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When applying for a job, you’re counting on your skills, experience, and your overall personality to help you land that coveted position. However, before you even get that chance to meet with a potential employer, you need to get a call for an interview. And you’re counting on your resume to convince a recruiter that you are worth the time for said interview.
If you haven’t already figured it out, your resume is the key first step in helping you land your dream job. Your resume is what will get your foot in the door and land you the interview you need to secure the position you’re applying for. So, it’s crucial that you make sure your resume is spectacular before you send it off to a recruiter. To help you out, I’m sharing seven ways you make your resume stand out from the crowd and impress everyone who see it.
1. Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for.
The truth is, a generic resume that you send to every employer isn’t going to catch the eye of the recruiter who receives it. What they’re really hoping to see is a resume that has been tailored to the job at hand. They want to know that you’ve read their job listing and that you know exactly what they want in a potential employee. And you should tailor your resume to show off the skills and experience they’re looking for.
While it may be time-consuming, it’s worthwhile to make a few tweaks to your resume before sending it off. Review the job listing for the position you’re applying to and figure out what the company is looking for in an employee. Determine what it is they value for members of their team. Make sure your resume shows that you have those skills so they’ll see that you’re a perfect fit. This is a key way to make your resume stand out since many applicants won’t be bothered to do this.
2. Use industry keywords when appropriate.
I hate to break it to you, but many recruiters aren’t going to take the time to read your resume in its entirety. This is especially true if you’re applying to a job at a large company that may receive hundreds of applications per job. Many of those companies will actually use a filtering system to scan your resume for certain keywords that they’re looking for.
3. Use a header.
If you really want to make your resume stand out, one great way to do that is by using a header. Use this space to include your name and contact information and also mention the specific position you’re applying for. It’s a simple, but effective, way to grab their attention! It also helps to bring the resume together and will give it a polished look.
4. Back up your skills.
One important section of your resume is without a doubt the section where you list your skills. In this space, you’ll want to focus on the skills that are most impressive to the employer you’re hoping to land a job with. However, while many people just list the skills they have, you can take it one step further.
Back up your skills with proof. Instead of saying you helped the last company increase their sales by implementing a new marketing technique, state how much sales increased. This is a sure-fire way to impress every recruiter who sees your resume. Always remember to use metrics to back up the skills you possess so a recruiter sees you could potentially bring those same results to this position.
5. Show how you’ve grown by telling a story.
You’ve probably never thought to tell a story with your resume content, but it’s a great way to get results. You can use your resume as a way to showcase your experiences, your accomplishments, and the skills you have, but also make it clear how you’ve grown over the years. How have your skills developed as the years have gone on and as you’ve changed positions? Show that off and you’re sure to get a call for an interview!
6. Add a cover letter to truly stand out.
Guess what? If a job application says to submit a resume, more often than not, people will just submit a resume. However, if you go the extra mile to submit a cover letter as well, a recruiter is going to be impressed. Add a cover letter to supplement your resume and to briefly expand on your skills. They’ll love it and appreciate the extra time you took.
7. Proofread before hitting send.
Before you hit send on that resume, you need to take a couple extra minutes to read it through. You need to make absolutely certain that there are no errors. There shouldn’t be any spelling mistakes, typos, or grammatical errors. Keep an eye out for any kind of formatting errors as well.
When you send a resume that’s riddled with typos and mistakes, it’s not going to impress anyone. And while this final step may seem simple, it’s one that many don’t take the time to do because they’re too impatient. To make your resume stand out, double-check for mistakes before sending it to recruiters.
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