Because your resume is your employer’s first look into who you are as a person and as an employee, it is crucial that it represents you and puts you forward – but not too much. While certain things can make a resume, and therefore the person, undesirable, others will help it accomplish the opposite. Here are 5 tips that will make yours stand out.
While the layout is an obvious make-or-break, many people give it little consideration – probably because of its obvious nature. In fact, many people have scored great positions, especially creative ones, solely based on the artistic formatting of their resumes. Clear margins and a clean structure will help, and keep it within a page!
Adapt your resume
Surprisingly, many people only print out one version of their resume, and distribute it everywhere. While a well-rounded resume is useful for more general jobs, it is vital to be able to adapt your resume for specific positions. What a junior analyst position requires is very different from one of a marketing position!
You, not them
When talking about past experiences, focus on what you did differently – and better. Don’t simply list down what anyone with your position would have on their resumes too.
Choose the right words
Use words from the job description you are applying for in your own resume – that can change from job to job. That way, it is obvious that you know exactly what you are applying for and that you are ready for the position.
Spell check and go beyond
A word might be well written, but it might not be exactly what you’re looking for. Effective or efficient?