5 Must-Haves for a Successful Resume

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By Megan Lacombe

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5_Must-Haves_for_a_Successful_ResumeAre you creating your resume for the first time? Or perhaps you're updating your resume, and making a few tweaks here and there before you send it out to hiring managers. Either way, there are some things that you must have on your resume.

At Liberty Staffing, we want you to succeed professionally. Some of our clients will require a resume from you (especially our skilled trade roles, and clerical positions). 

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Here are some resume writing tips, and must-haves to create a successful resume. 

1. Your Contact Information

Probably the most important thing that you will need to have on your resume is your contact information. Make sure to include your legal name, phone number, email address, and web address to your LinkedIn profile

After all, without your contact information, how will an employer reach out to you to invite you to come in for an interview? 

2. Describe Your Skills/Past Experience

In terms of content, put your skills and past work experience on your resume. This is a must for any resume. Without this information, an employer won't be able to judge if you would be a good fit for the role. 

Often the two go hand in hand. When you're typing out your work experience, you should be going into detail about your responsibilities while in that role. The tasks that you were/are responsible for are basically outlining what you can bring to the table. 

3. Keep it Simple

Your resume should be no longer than two pages. Any resume that is longer than two pages will be but immediately in the no pile by an employer

Also remember to keep your content direct and to the point. A hiring manager does not have time to read run-on sentences. Keep your content clear, concise, and simple. 

4. Legible Font

When creating or updating your resume, keep in mind that you want to make your resume as aesthetically pleasing, and clear, as possible for an employer. Choosing a legible font is an important part of the resume writing process. Be sure to choose a font that is commonly used, and easy to read. If a hiring manager cannot decipher the text, they will not consider you for the position. 

Commonly used fonts include: Times New Roman, Helvetica, and Arial. If you stick with one of these fonts, you'll be well on your way to landing that job interview

5. Align Margins

Keeping with the theme of creating an organized, simple, and legible resume, you'll want to make sure that your margins are aligned. Also check out your paragraph indentations. Your margins and paragraph indentations should be concise throughout your entire resume. A misalignment can be quite eye-catching, and an employer may question your attention to detail. 

Need more resume writing tips? Contact a Liberty Staffing branch nearest you! We hope that you land that job interview.  



Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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