How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

1. Match Your Resume to the Job

To dart past job software filters, a resume must closely match your qualifications with the requirements specified in a job posting’s position description. Include keywords to help connect the dots. Alternatively, when  you’re posting your resume in a job board’s resume database, research a dozen job ads in your target career field for typical requirements and keywords. The old generic resume has nearly dropped dead.

2. Choose Flattering Format

Select the best format for your situation. For example, the reverse chronological format is appropriate when staying in the same field, but a skills format works best when changing fields. A hybrid format (using parts of both types)  is effective in any situation. One to two pages, in most cases, is the right length to avoid T.M.I. (too much information).

3. Sell, Don’t Tell

Forget the naming-your-previous-responsibilities routine. Merely listing “Responsible for XYZ” doesn’t assure the recruiter you met your responsibility or the result of your efforts was worth the money someone paid you. Don’t be stingy with your accomplishments. Always answer the “So what?” question for each accomplishment. The hiring honchos are thinking “Who cares?” or “What’s in it for me?” Tell them!

4. Prove Your Claims

A good start on backing up your claims of skills and accomplishments is measuring them with numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts.

Compare the following statements. Which is the most convincing?

  • Easy Ways to Be More Popular OR 50 Easy Ways to Be More Popular
  • Towels on Sale OR Towels 40% Off
  • Designed internal company insurance plan to replace outside plan at great savings OR Designed $30 million self-insured health plan, saving estimated $5 million per year over previous external plan.

5. Use Bulleted Style for Easy Reading

Using one- or two-liners opens up your resume with white space, making it more appealing to read. Big blocks of text suffocate readers. Let your words breathe.

  • Republished from:

    Resumes For Dummies, 6th Edition

    buy NOW

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

One thought on “How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

  1. Hello… As a retired RESUME WRITER and an internationally credentialed CAREER MASTER, the few resume tips shown above are barely the “tip of the iceberg” but a good start when considering writing your resume. Before preparing your own resume, you must keep in mind that what you are about to create is actually a “short commercial” about yourself and what you have to offer a prospective employer. Your goal is to sell yourself on paper and get the reader interested enough to want to interview you. Before you actually start the writing, decide on what style of resume will best suit your background (targeted, functional, formal, basic). Select a good quality paper and envelope and now decide on the font size and letter style to compliment the paper. Plan out the categories you will need to complete the resume and decide on the order of the information to be presented as well. As trivial as all of the above might seem to you, these are all very important areas to consider PRIOR to doing the actual writing of the document. The creation/writing of the resume is a whole other topic. Feel free to contact me, should you need any other tips!! RO-LAN, rlapointe@aol.com …………

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

Fields marked with an * are required
Foods That Harm Foods That HealWant a Free eBook?
FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL offers important information about the role diet plays in the struggle against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Answer the question below to receive your FREE digital eBook.

Someone in my household experiences the following conditions:

Send me a link to download FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL:
By clicking below, I agree to the Trusted Media Brands Privacy Policy