Does it seem impossible to create a resume that stands out?
Resumes require more thought, effort and research to be competitive in today’s job market. You can’t just put information in a template and hope to catch and hold the attention of a busy recruiter. To really stand out, you need to be strategic about how you organize and prioritize information on your resume.
For example, do you put your contact information under your name on your resume? Have you ever thought about why you automatically do that? It’s because everyone does it and most resume templates are set up this way. Also, look at the large amount of wasted white space above the name.
If you’re leading with your contact information on your resume, you’re squandering an opportunity to make your resume stand out because you’re wasting the most valuable real estate on your resume (the top) on less important information.
Because of technology, the employer already knows how to contact you if they are reading your resume...unless you’re one of those people that uses a stealthy ninja to deliver your resume to the hiring manager’s desk after the building is closed.
Instead, consider putting something under your name that is going to catch the resume reader’s attention and entice him or her to keep reading since recruiters spend eight seconds or less scanning a resume before making a judgement.
If you have key qualifications that match the requirements listed in the job posting, consider putting a few of those under your name instead (like in the example below). This strategy helps encourage the resume reader to invest a little more time on your resume because you made it easy for him or her to quickly see that you meet some of the important requirements at minimum.
This is a simple yet highly effective strategy can help make your resume stand out, especially if your audience is a busy recruiter that has to go through hundreds of resumes. The more important the information is to the resume reader, the closer it should be to the top of your resume so he or she has to do as little work as possible to find it.
To learn the rest of my resume secrets, check out my best-selling books, The Common Sense Resume, and Resumes Made Simple.