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Does Your Resume Stand Out From the Crowd?
Job hunting is challenging these days. Employers get flooded with applications for
every opening and may spend as little as ten seconds screening each resume.
Here are some suggestions that can help your resume stand out from the crowd and
ensure that you get called in for an interview.
Formatting Your Resume
1. Hit the highlights first. Put your most important data up on top right after your
name and contact information. A brief and compelling summary of your
qualifications and skills will get the reviewer's attention and display what you
can do for the company on the basis of your credentials and accomplishments.
2. Err on the conservative side. Take it easy on the formatting tricks. Use bold and
italics sparingly so that the text is easy to read. A clean and professional
appearance is usually the safest approach.
3. Be consistent. Make your document easy to scan. Use a consistent layout that
makes your resume easy to follow and find all the important information at a
glance like company names, dates, job titles and accomplishments.
4. Leave lots of white space. It's good to keep your resume to one page but even
better if you do that while maintaining normal margins and 11 point fonts. Use
bullets and leave some space between lines to make your resume look more

5. Consider a combination format. You may hear some experts advising that you
use a functional format in which you stress skills rather than your work history.
Surveys show that many employers still want to see the conventional reverse
chronology so try using both, in two different sections, to cover all your bases.
6. Take the multimedia route. Consider supplementing your traditional paper
resume with a video or other digital content. Give people a link to your
professional website or blog or use your LinkedIn Profile.
Writing Your Resume
1. Emphasize keywords. Read the job posting carefully and integrate the
keywords into your resume. If your resume gets screened by an automatic
tracking system, this will help it rank higher.

2. Customize your resume for each opening. These days, the competitive job
market favors personalizing your resume as much as possible. Try to adapt your
language to what you know about the company's culture and the kind of
candidate they're seeking, while still being authentic about your true identity.
3. Quantify your accomplishments. The contribution you made in previous jobs is
likely to be the most important factor in helping you get your next job. Focus on
how you improved procedures, cut costs, won awards, earned promotions or
brought in new business.
4. Use action words. As you're describing your accomplishments, try to start each
bullet with a verb. This makes you sound more dynamic and makes your resume
more interesting to read.

5. Be concise. Try to pack lots of information into as few words as possible. Avoid
any repetition or empty jargon. Keep your sentences short.
6. Proofread everything. Print out a copy of your resume to proofread. Read it
backwards word by word. Give it to at least one friend or family member
because a fresh pair of eyes may spot typos that have become invisible to you.
The job market is tough, but a resume that looks good and quickly demonstrates your
strongest selling points could help you rise to the top of the stack.
Give yourself the best
chance to succeed by crafting a resume that will make your prospective employer
want to learn more about you.