A technical writer can take your resume and find a layout to make it pop. A resume is more than black and white text listing your achievements, education, skills, experience, and technologies. A resume is a marketing tool for any individual looking for a job.
No one is going to take the time to read a resume that is three pages long. No one is going to read a resume that is text heavy. No one is going to read an unorganized resume. For example, look at this fictional resume for Ashkevron, Harry (Fictional Resume Original). This resume and others like it will be tossed into the garbage without a second glance.
One job can receive hundreds of application from around the world. Ashkevron’s resume has all of the necessary information that a university would look for in candidates. However, that information is buried and hard to find. The visual clues are confusing and direct your eye down the side of the page skipping over the text that shows his experience.
A resume is like a 10 second commercial. It has to catch your eye, show your skills, and demonstrate your experience while at the same time evoking excitement in the hiring manager. They have to believe that you are the perfect fit for their company. Ashkevron asked a technical writer for help and here is the result Ashkevron, Harry (Fictional Resume).
This resume is only one page and it is scan able. It has visual clues such as font styles, bullets, color, and white space that invite the eye to read the text. This resume now stands out and will get attention instead of landing in the garbage.