Simple ways to stand out

Your resume is often the first and sometimes only thing a prospective employer looks at when deciding whether or not to interview you face-to-face. Smart job seekers understand how important it is for resumes to make good impressions, since most hiring managers spend mere seconds assessing this document.

That’s why it’s important to find the right balance of information: You want to put enough to prove that you’re qualified, but you don’t want to bore the hiring manager with pages of useless bullet points and details.

If you want to spruce up your existing resume to compete in the job market, Business News Daily rounded up some of the best expert resume tips to help you land an interview.

Create a striking visual

When creating your resume, avoid dull and tacky formatting. Go with a design that’s pleasing to the eyes but also functional. In an interview with Business News Daily, Veronica Yao, a former recruiter and current marketing manager at HigherMe, stressed your resume should be readable and logically structured.

“Think about the way a hiring manager would read your resume – starting at the top and ending at the bottom,” she said. “However, if they don’t finish reading the whole thing – and they often don’t – you still want to ensure your strongest points come across.”

Craft a career snapshot

More recently, career experts have urged job seekers to do away with the old “objective” statement and instead include a brief summary, called a “career snapshot,” at the top of their resume.

“With the career snapshot, you present a branding statement that briefly explains your unique value as well as your skills and qualifications. This would then be followed by a few bullet points that highlight your experience and your accomplishments,” said Tomer Sade, CEO of Wise Data Media. “Whatever you list here should be relevant to the position you’re applying to.”

“The top third of your resume is prime resume real estate,” added Lisa Rangel, an executive resume writer and official LinkedIn moderator at Chameleon Resumes. “Create a robust summary to capture the hiring manager’s eye.”

Optimize your text

If a company uses an applicant tracking system (ATS) to collect and scan resumes, a human hiring manager may not ever even glance at your application if it doesn’t fit the job criteria they’ve entered. Trish O’Brien, vice president of human resources at Caliper, emphasized adapting your resume to the position to increase your likelihood of passing the first level.

“Make sure you’ve carefully reviewed the posting and … [used] the appropriate keywords in your resume to get past the screener,” O’Brien said. “Be truthful, but understand that the first pass on your resume is likely via an ATS.”

“Customize your resume for every single job application,” added Dana Locke, certified professional resume writer (CPRW) and manager of the resume and research departments at Impact Group.

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