Already created your resume but need help to fine tune it? Follow these tips and improve your resume today! These tips have been tailored for those who have already created their resume but would want to make improvements so that they stand out amongst the hundreds of other applications.

  1. Template Layout. Your goal is to have a clean layout so that it is aesthetically pleasing to the recruiter. Ensure there is enough white spaces to content ratio; break your resume into clear sections and subsections.

    Feel free to download and customize these template samples to get started with your new and improved resume.

  2. Research Targeted Roles. Equip yourself by learning what the job is about. You can do this by following the job post and viewing the resource links shared. You can also do researches on the company online as well. For Fast World Freight, you can learn about the company by visiting the website, follow us on Facebook and Linkedin. You can go to or and read up about Landstar and FWF Logistics. There are many videos and reading materials online that will help you learn the basics to impress the recruiter for any job that you are applying for.
  3. Be an Achiever. Your resume should look clean, but definitely NOT empty. You know that you have to have experience in order to get a job, and you have to have a job in order to get experience. Quite a conundrum. There are, however, some other ways you can get some great experience that’s relevant to your job. You can volunteer or sign up for an online interactive courses. But if volunteering or taking a course does not apply to the job you are looking for, then you can gather from your previous job experiences and highlight those qualities that would apply. Egs. Specific to our logistics field, you can highlight experiences from your management or sales career that will show the times you had to be convincing and won over the customers, or how you took the lead and solve specific situations.
  4. Check your contact information.
    1. Ensure that your email is a professional one and that you have constant access to it. Do not miss opportunities by not checking your email. Egs. Don’t Use:; USE:
    2. Ensure your contact number is easily accessible. Most jobs that do not respond by email, will give you a call. You don’t want to miss an interview because you put the wrong phone number on your resume or did not answer or return the call.

      Also, exclude information like your birth date or marital status. You do not have to respond to questions about religion, race, or gender on an application.

  5. Your resume needs to be readable. A lot of resume looks faded or the wording looks blotched. This makes it almost impossible to read and your resume may be overlooked. So ensure the font sizes are between 10-12 and the font style is clear. The quality of the document needs to be sharp and readable.
  6. Suggested Font-style
    • Times New Roman
    • Arial
    • Calibri
    • Helvetica
    • Cambria
    • Verdana
  7. Put the important details first. You have approx. 6 seconds to catch the attention of the recruiter reading your resume. Your resume is a marketing document that sells you as the perfect candidate for the job, it is not necessarily a comprehensive career historical listing document. A clearly focused resume is much more appealing than one containing unnecessary or excess information. It is good to have one document with your comprehensive career history listed and work off that master list when creating your focused.
  8. Keep it real. Don’t lie on your resume. This includes not exaggerating or manufacturing information about your previous positions, tasks or skills. Lies will make it evident that you aren’t a suitable candidate.
  9. Proof-read. This is a critical step in the resume writing process. We have found that most people use a template, which is great! But you should not just copy and paste, you need to customize. For sections you aren’t using, remove them. Bottom line, you must ensure that you’ve checked your spelling, avoided major errors and most critically, put your information in your resume, not the person’s you copied.

Following these tips will help you to optimize your resume and have it stand out to the recruiters.