Travel Placement Service's tips for making your resume stand out in the digital age

18 Jun 2014

If you are pursuing new professional opportunities in the travel industry, remember that a resume that looks great on paper might appear lackluster on screen.

If you are pursuing new professional opportunities in the travel industry, remember that a resume that looks great on paper might appear lackluster on screen. To land a job in today's world, you must package your qualifications in a digital-friendly format, so that it's ready to share with the connections you make through Travel Placement Service Inc. Too many of us still assume that our resumes will be viewed on printed sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" paper, but it is highly possible that they will only ever be seen online.

It is important to consider how a hiring manager will mentally process your information if he or she is reading your resume on a computer monitor or even on a smartphone or tablet screen. According to a 2013 Slate article, many web users do not scroll down a page to read anything "below the fold." In other words, assume that a hiring manager might only read the information at the top of your resume, simply because that is what is visible as soon as the page loads. If that valuable real estate is dominated by your contact information, adjust font sizes so that more of your pertinent experiences and skills make it onto the screen. 

Researchers at the Nielsen Norman Group also report that many web readers focus their attention primarily on the left side of the computer screen. This is one compelling reason to align text to the left, rather than centering it. You might also consider moving your less important contact information to a vertical bar on the neglected right side of the page, again so that your credentials can take the spotlight. 

If you are a travel industry professionals looking for new opportunities, visit the Travel Placement Service Inc. website today!