5 Tips That Will Make Your Resume Stand Out
Your Resume Does Not Land You A Job. At Best, It Might Get You An Interview!
Here are five simple things that you can do to make your resume stands out.
1. Focus On The Top Third Of Your Resume
Website visitors spend an average of 30 seconds on a web page before they decide to continue or not. This is also true for your resume. Make sure the top third includes your contact information, an Objective Statement, an Achievement section and at least, the beginning of your Work Experience with bullet points that highlight your background.
2. Show Your “Return On Investment” (ROI)
Companies hire staff to help them make money, save time or improve a process. Use bullet points that start with a bold keyword that describes how you can deliver an ROI. The bullet point should describe the problem, your action and the result. Example: Lead Developer responsible for a software rewrite which reduced the shipping error rate. Result: $200K savings.
3. Make It “Key Word” Rich
Your resume should be keyword rich utilizing technology terms and “long tail” keyword phrases that are relevant to your specialty. Think about how you search on Google. Hiring managers are doing the same so make your resume search friendly.
4. Link To Your Online Profile & Personal Brand
Before you put links in your resume consider what your Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or other accounts say about your image. If necessary, it might be time to update (upgrade) your profiles. This is one of the first places hiring managers go to find out more about you.
5. It’s All About UX
As in “User Experience”. It has been proven by UX and CE (“Customer Experience”) experts that humans read from left to right and then down. Make your read fonts that are between 12 to 14 points in size.
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