3 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out
There are some common lessons I have learned over the last 15 years in reviewing candidates resumes. As an employer or human resources professional reviewing sometimes hundreds of resumes for a specific position can be a daunting task. What makes your resume stand out from the pile can mean the difference between getting an interview call for your dream job or being filed away in a “not interested” pile.
These 3 recommendations can help set your resume apart:
- Tailor Your Resume to the Job You Are Applying For – depending on the industry/jobs you are going after, there may be more than one type of position you are applying for. Many times I have reviewed resumes that are clearly set up for a different type of position, or relevant experience for the job I am hiring for is buried away in the text and not focused on. Review your resume before sending it and edit it to highlight information for the specific job you are applying for. If nothing else, Make Sure You Update Your Objective Statement Based On The Job You Are Applying For!
- Don’t Over-Clutter The Body Of Your Resume – I know that everyone wants to get every bit of their experience and qualifications on to that page so that potential employers are blown away by the depth of your resume. Reality is however, interviewers are looking at a large number of resumes and trying to compare and contrast the candidates they have in front of them. This is a “less-is-more” situation sometimes. Having a clear and organized resume that communicates the highlights of your career effectively is far more important than jambing every task you have ever performed onto the page!
- Be Specific About Your Qualifications – Avoid using generalizations about your abilities. This means focus the language of your resume away from cliche statements about your desire to “Be a part of a challenging organization” and “how much of a team player you are” and explain how the specific talents you have will be suited to perform the job you are applying for effectively. A resume is not where you will convince an employer you are punctual and have a great attitude. That opinion of you will come from your interview demeanor and follow-up. No one puts on their resume “I am usually late and hope to coast by at work.” So use your resume to focus on real qualifications specific to you and the position you are applying for.