Putting together a perfect resume


There is a good chance that before many hiring managers ever speak to you, or meet you, they will look over your resume. That’s why it is essential to put together a perfect CV. First impressions are everything, so when your first impression is a resume, you want to be sure that yours is a good one.

Recruiters typically spend only a few seconds looking at resumes, so it is important to make sure that you catch the eye of whoever is reviewing the document. Your resume is going to be one of hundreds, maybe even more depending on where you are applying. Of course, many people understand that a well-laid out, concise and informative resume is essential, but how do you put one together? Luckily, if you’re looking for a finance job, there are plenty of basic rules that will help you design a CV that will help you stand out from the crowd, in a good way.

“Recruiters typically spend only a few seconds looking at resumes.”

Your foundation is your font
The first step to putting together your resume is as straight-forward as choosing the font. However, that’s not always a simple task. Plenty of people would like to add a little flair to their font, and a select few may think that using Comic Sans is a good idea. However, when it comes to font, your options are fairly limited. If you’re going with a serif font – a stylized variety with small tails or serifs – it is wise to go with one such as Times New Roman. If you’re looking for something a bit less frilly, then try out Helvetica or Arial. Bloomberg, in fact, called Helvetica the “one consensus winner” out of all resume fonts. As far as size goes, keep your font between nine point and twelve point.

Get rid of your objective statement
An objective statement may seem like a good idea, but there’s really no reason to include one. College Atlas found that 80% of the time, when a recruiter is reviewing a resume he or she is looking at the name, the current and previous job titles, the start and end dates for each position and education. Something that the majority of them aren’t looking for, though, is an objective statement, so do yourself a favor and leave it out – you could be wasting valuable space on your resume.

Recruiters won't spend much time on your resume, so make it special. Recruiters won’t spend much time on your resume, so make it special.

Keywords are key
Using keywords in your resume is pretty much essential. In fact, 53% of recruiters surveyed by College Atlas indicate that it is of “the utmost importance” that candidates tailor their resumes for the specific jobs they’re looking at. This is especially important because most companies sort and review resumes with keyword-based technology. If you apply to one of these firms with a resume that doesn’t include any of their keywords, you most likely will not make it very far.

Exclude an unsavory GPA
It is okay to include your GPA on your resume for several years after you graduate with your bachelor’s, or any other degree. However, only if it is above a certain threshold. GPAs lower than 3.0, or sometimes even 3.5, should be left off of the resume. Instead, highlight other achievements that hiring managers may find particularly interesting. Once you’re out of college for a few years, though, your GPA won’t be all that necessary on your resume.

Your resume has to be nearly perfect to catch the attention of hiring managers, which means avoiding silly fonts, including relevant keywords, removing clutter such as objective statements and only showing off the achievements worth bragging about. An alluring resume is simple, concise, well-thought out and includes only the best facts about your previous work experience and education.