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How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Date: 21/08/2013

How to make your resume stand out

When you're applying for a job, be assured that you won't be the only one having your qualifications and skills analysed. Your resume will most likely compete against other competent applicants. For this reason, it’s important to make your resume stand out.  

"Standing out" doesn't necessarily mean that you should impress the hiring manager with an unusual format or tacky stickers. Your resume should be aesthetically easy to scan, download and upload. This will save the hiring manager time from having to re-format your resume when printing out a hard copy. Avoid including boxes, unusual fonts, indenting and using bright pink coloured papers.

Make use of keywords you've found on the company's website. For instance, if you know that the company you're applying for fights against childhood obesity, make mention of that in your career objective by stating that you would want to work for a company which promotes healthy living. This shows your employer that you have a genuine interest for the company and that you pay attention to details. 

To avoid coming across as being boring in a rather uninteresting document, you have to make sure to include some personality. Try to convey a positive and professional personality when describing your expertise in your field. This can be done by including enthusiastic describing words that best portray you.   

Don't get too personal and over disclose. For example, your political views and your sexual preferences, aren't in the hiring manager's interest and don't belong in your resume. Exclude these details from your resume: your age, birthday, marital status, gender sexual orientation and visa status. This will save you from attracting any potential discrimination from employers.   

You should avoid making jokes. You don't know if you have the same humour as the employer, and the last thing you want to do is risking offending someone. As humour in writing has the potential to be misinterpreted and definitely should not be present in a professional document, such as your resume.   

Finally, in an age where social media sites are expanding like a forest fire, it never hurts to let the hiring manager know that you're keeping up with technology. Don't hesitate to include your social media profiles in your resume, but first, make sure that they look professional. A lot of employers also use LinkedIn as a potential resume type. To stand out, create an account on LinkedIn that aligns with your resume, as this can increase your possibilities of attracting and persuading employers.