Make Your Resume Stand Out
How can you make your resume stand out without standing out so much that it gets tossed in the trash can? Tough question and there isn't an easy answer, but there are some things you can certainly do to make your resume look as awesome as possible without alienating a prospective employer.
Here are four tips to help you make your resume stand out:
First, load your resume with keywords. Ok, perhaps we should rephrase that. Load might not be the best word. Inject keywords into your resume to embolden it. Use words that show action as well as words which are common to your particular field. Many companies use software to review resumes and search for keywords. If your resume doesn't have the right ones or have them in the right amounts, you won't get selected for an interview.
Second, make sure you use a job objective to clarify exactly what it is you are looking for and how you will be an asset to the organization. Don't assume it will be clear to someone who reads your resume. Be clear and be concise. A job objective will rarely ever work against you, but if you don't have one and the employer can't figure out exactly what it is you’re looking for, you’re dead in the water.
Third, use white space to your advantage. Don't make your resume so busy that it wearies the eyes of the reader. Allow for breaks between paragraphs and sections.
Fourth and last, use the best quality paper that you can afford. Actually, if you can't afford outstanding paper, find someone from whom you can borrow money and buy the best paper you can find. It will be worth it. Make it look good - and that means white, opaque, linen paper.
So, now you have a pretty good idea of what you need to do to make sure your resume looks as good as possible. Use this information (and the rest of the information on this web site) to your advantage. If you are going to write a resume, you might as well write an excellent one. Make your resume stand out – write it right!
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