9 Tips for Creating a Stand Out Resume
In a job market like today’s it’s difficult for Career Girls to find ways to stand out among a pool of 100+ resumes per single job opening. As a job seeker, we will need to be able to submit a clean resume free of grammatical errors while showing on paper how your experience is relevant to the company and the job opening. As a Career Consultant and Career Development Facilitator, I’ve compiled a list of 9 tips I give to each of my clients during our resume writing appointments that I believe are helpful to anyone who’s searching for employment:
- Always, always, target your resume for a specific company or position. Keep in mind the employer’s perspective. How can you stand out among all of the other applicants? How is hiring you of benefit to the company and their goals?
- Remember: Relevancy and Accuracy. Don’t include everything you’ve done, but make sure what you include is accurate! Also, make sure the information you do include is worded in a way to show relevance to the position you’re applying for.
- Make your resume achievement and outcome oriented. Show results, responsibilities, and include quantifiable outcomes. (e. g., Trained a team of 50 employees in Data Analysis Systems)
- Always include a Career Profile or Qualifications Summary. This will be the one section that is tailored the most towards each specific job description. Your career experience will generally stay the same on each resume.
- Be sure that any skill, task, or qualification you include in your resume you can speak to using specific examples if asked during an interview. For example, if you’ve used a data management system to enter information then include it, but don’t add “assisted in the maintenance of company’s data management system” if you’ve never had a part in that task.
- Do not include reference names or statements about references (e. g., References Available Upon Request) on your resume. You should only provide this information when asked to do so. If an employer is interested in hiring you they will take the time to contact you for your references. This also gives you the chance to become aware of an employer’s interest in you.
- Make sure to produce a resume that shows business-style font (Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri [my favorite], Book Antiqua are good fonts to use) at an appropriate size (10-12 for text, 14-16 for headings), and be consistent when using bold, italics, underlines, etc.
- Use high quality paper when printing your resume using black ink. Your resume handed to an employer should look like an original; although with many resumes being submitted online this isn’t a concern much anymore unless you plan to take your resume to job fairs and networking events.
- Incorporate specific words and phrases from the job description that reflect your actual skills and experience. Many applications and resumes are scanned by a computer before an actual HR Manager looks at them. This is usually done when a mass hiring is happening in a company, or when there is a continuum of application acceptance throughout the year.
- The standard maximum length for a resume is two pages so make sure your name is on both pages by adding a header in case they are separated. A federal resume however, will extend past two pages in length.
These are my tips for resume writing. Tell us your favorite tip.