Tips for a Standout Resume
Posted Monday, Apr 8, 2013 by
It can sometimes be hard to make your resume stand out from a sea of other applicants. To further complicate matters, TheLadders* found that recruiters only spend about six seconds reviewing a resume. That means you have mere seconds to convince a recruiter that you are right for the job. That is quite the task.
There are several strategies you can utilize to help you stand out from the crowd and get that call back. Your resume is the first impression you are leaving on potential employers, so it is important to make an impact.
Choose the Right Resume Format
There are several different types of layouts you can choose for you resume:
Chronological Resume – A chronological resume begins with your most recent work experience, and then works down towards your first job. This is the most commonly seen format because of its ease of readability. A chronological format works best for applicants who already have a solid work history.
Functional Resume — A functional resume places more emphasis on the skills and experiences that you possess, rather than the order in which they happened. This is particularly beneficial for applicants who are switching career fields or have gaps in employment. This highlights what you can do for potential employers rather than emphasizing any deficits.
Combination Resume — A combination resume is a blend of both the chronological and functional resume. Your skills and experiences are then listed first, followed by a history of your employment.
Targeted Resume – The targeted resume is geared towards the job description you are applying for. This will highlight skills that are specifically relevant to the job description. This takes more work, but can have a high payoff especially if your qualifications are an exact match to what they are looking for.
Recruiters go through resumes so quickly that they are just scanning for certain keywords. Thoroughly review the job description for the position you are applying to and incorporate the important terms. Go the extra mile and do some research on the company you are applying to. See what company goals fit your experience and be sure to emphasize that on your resume.
Think Outside of the Box
Not only do you need to appear competent on paper, but you also need to appear unique. Ask yourself why an employer should hire you instead of the other applicants. Think about what unique skills and experiences you have. Sometimes experiences that seem irrelevant to the position might help you relate to a recruiter or demonstrate other valuable skills.
Use Conservative Stationary
Use conservative or traditional high-grade stationary or printer paper when building your resume. Also, avoid using crazy fonts or colored paper for your resume. It is possible to stand out in a bad way. Recruiters want to get a sense of maturity and professionalism from their applicants. Along those lines, avoid jokes and personal opinions. You don’t know who might be reading your resume or what their response may be.
There is assistance available to you and a second pair of eyes can be greatly advantageous. Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, offers career service representatives who can help on all aspects of applying for jobs. These are professionals who know what recruiters are looking for. Everest’s career service representatives will take the time to get to know you and your needs.
About Everest University Online
Everest University Online provides quality training from industry professionals for online degree programs. And online classes are easier to accommodate your schedule. Instructors are dedicated to your success and the assistance doesn’t end there.
After graduation, Everest University Online will help you pursue employment, resume building, interview techniques and other necessary skills. Everest continues to help its graduates later in life. You can always seek help adjusting your cover letter, pursuing a new job or adding new experiences to your resume.
Contact Everest University Online to learn more about how they can help you.
* Source: http://cdn.theladders.net/static/images/basicSite/pdfs/TheLadders-EyeTracking-StudyC2.pdf