7 Tips to Get Your Resume Noticed

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Career | 0 comments

7 Tips to Get Your Resume Noticed

I confess that I couldn’t tell you who won the Super Bowl last year – or even most years. But the Super Bowl commercials? Some of those have stuck with me. The three frogs croaking out BUD-WISE-ER always made me laugh. The golden Lab puppy that makes friends with the Clydesdale tugged at my heartstrings. Companies know that the best commercials grab viewers quickly, make an impression, and increase sales of their products. With so much competition for a viewer’s attention, a good commercial can be tough to create.

Think of your resume as your own Super Bowl commercial. It also has to grab a reader’s attention and make a positive impression fast in an overcrowded field. But the ultimate test for a resume is to get you an interview. If your resume isn’t leading to interviews, you might need to rework it. Just like good commercials, an effective resume can be tough to create.

Here are some tips to get your resume noticed.

  1. Understand that your resume is more of a personal marketing tool than a complete job history. Its job is to get you an interview, and you have about 10 seconds to grab an employer’s attention.
  2. Put your best details up front. Use a summary or profile section to showcase your skills and value to the employer. Think of this section as a highlights reel that will persuade the employer to read more.
  3. Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for. One size does not fit all when it comes to resumes. Emphasize specific skills and qualifications that fit what the employer is seeking.
  4. Punch up your job and activity descriptions with active verbs. Use bulleted lists that begin with active verbs, and avoid weak phrases such as “responsible for” or “in charge of.”
  5. Manage length. New graduates or students should keep the resume to one page. Seasoned professionals should keep their resumes to two pages.
  6. Sell yourself, but be truthful. Your resume doesn’t have to list every detail about your job history. Emphasize your accomplishments. But don’t embellish or get creative with the facts either.
  7. Keep it simple and professional. Use a 10 to 12 size professional font and avoid heavy graphics, colors, tables, columns or fancy typefaces. Applicant Tracking Systems can easily misread them. Make sure your grammar, spelling, and syntax are flawless. One typo or error will make you look sloppy and ruin that all-important first impression.

Just like the best Super Bowl commercials, great resumes take the product – you! – and sell its best qualities to the targeted buyer – the employer. Spend time analyzing what you have to offer and how best to sell it to a prospective employer. And if you want professional help, give us a call.

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