5 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out
Resume writing may seem simple, but when you get down to it you see that there are intricacies that go into making a good resume, especially one that stands out.
Most recruiters look at over 50 resumes per job posting. If a resume doesn’t stand out it can get lost among the noise of other resumes.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Most recruiters and companies typically use automated systems that filter resumes with the keywords that are found in the resume. Always read the ad and the job description posted very clearly and tailor your resume to those keywords and skills that are called upon. Example: Job posting calls for an accountant with expert MS Excel skills, then it would be a great idea to add your proficiency as well. Don’t stop there but go ahead and add all relevant skills to your resume, however be sure not to be too overbearing.
Simple yet Modern Design
Nothing screams as loud as a simple and modern design. Today, the Internet and media is moving towards a more minimalist and simpler approach. Avoid the use of fancy colours and fonts. Karen Epp, our finance and accounting recruiter believes that some colour doesn’t hurt. In fact, it is a good tool to direct the attention of the reader to an important skill or experience. Stick to a standardized font across the resume to keep things consistent. Try to ignore irrelevant information and keep it concise.
Keep the Important Points on Top
Most recruiters and hiring managers look at a lot of resumes throughout the day; they typically skim the resume to see if your resume catches their eye. A hiring manager will want to see immediately what skills and experience you bring to the table. As such, create a summary to highlight your important skills and experiences. This is a great way to pique the interest of a recruiter especially if you have the right skills for the job.
Focus on Accomplishments, Not Responsibilities
Every job comes with responsibilities, and the answer that a recruiter seeks is if you are good at what you do. That can only be quantified by your accomplishments. While it is important to understand your responsibilities, make it a point to add your accomplishments and wear them like a badge. Perhaps you trained a team of sales people or scored a huge sale by yourself, nothing would give weight more than to quantify them.
With spring just around the corner, take this time to update your resume. Make sure there are no typos or grammatical mistakes – these are never good. Your skills and experience are always evolving and you are learning something new every day. Your resume must reflect this and be sure to review when you’re done.
These few tips should get you started and make your resume more noticeable.
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