Ah, spring – the season of renewal, rejuvenation, and… a revamp of your RESUME. As much as leaders may fear it, we are entering JOB HUNTING season and it’s the perfect time to give your resume a fresh coat of paint. In our experience, resume writing and editing brings chills to some candidates but, truthfully, there are SIMPLE ELEMENTS that can set yours apart.

Resume FORMATTING is among the most common misses we see as Recruiters. Why is formatting so crucial? Imagine your resume as the storefront of your professional brand. Just like a well-designed store window attracts customers, a well-formatted resume catches the eye of RECRUITERS, HR, and HIRING MANAGERS.

In the competitive landscape of the Insurance Industry, where talent is abundant, your resume serves as your first impression. While most leaders don’t articulate it, your resume speaks volumes about your PROFESSIONALISM, ATTENTION TO DETAIL, and suitability for a role. In a sea of applicants, a neatly formatted resume can make all the difference between catching a Recruiter’s eye or getting lost in the shuffle.


Consider this: Recruiters, like us at Sauce Recruitment, sift through multiple resumes for each posting. When one is difficult to read, particularly for simple errors, we can move on quickly to other candidates. Part of our role is to fine-tune and elevate your resume, but candidates can maximize their chances of getting noticed by starting off with a clearly formatted resume applicable to the role they are interested in.


Let’s dive into 10 TIPS to help you spring clean your resume and stand out from the crowd:

  1. Clear Header, Fresh Start: Begin with a CLEAR HEADER containing your name and contact information. This sets the stage for a professional introduction and ensures easy contact.
  2. Tailor Your Objective: Customize your summary or OBJECTIVE SECTION to align with the specific role you’re targeting. Tailored messaging shows you’ve done your homework and understand the employer’s needs.
  3. Highlight Relevant Experience: Showcase your experience and skills that DIRECTLY RELATE to the position you’re applying for. Focus on what matters most to the employer and leave out the irrelevant clutter.
  4. Visually Appealing Layout: Create a visually appealing LAYOUT with ample WHITE SPACE. Avoid cramming too much information onto one page just because some say it’s best. Expanding to a second page is acceptable as long as the information is relevant and the formatting is consistent.
  5. Connect the Dots: Guide the reader through your resume by ORGANIZING INFORMATION in a logical manner. Highlight your most impressive achievements and qualifications upfront to capture attention from the get-go.
  6. Consistency is Key: Maintain CONSISTENCY in FORMATTING, including headings, font sizes, and spacing. Keep a close eye to avoid jarring changes from one page to the next.
  7. No Hanging Titles: Ensure that content flows smoothly from one page to the next. Avoid AWKWARd PAGE BREAKS that disrupt the reader’s flow and comprehension.
  8. Align Page Formatting: Check that your HEADER and FOOTER remain consistent throughout the document. Avoid having your name and address on one page and the position title on the next.
  9. PDF Perfection: SAVE your resume as a PDF before sending it out. This preserves your formatting and prevents any unintended changes when viewed by the recipient.
  10. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread: Before hitting send, meticulously PROOFREAD your resume for typos, grammar errors, and formatting inconsistencies. A polished document speaks volumes about your attention to detail.


By following these 10 tips, you’ll be well on your way to spring cleaning your resume and presenting yourself in the best possible light to potential employers. Remember, your resume is more than just a document – it’s your ticket to exciting career opportunities in the Insurance Industry. Roll up your sleeves, dust off your keyboard, and let’s breathe new life into your professional story. Happy spring cleaning!