How to Format a Resume so it Get’s Noticed
January 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Picture this: Your resume sitting on a pile beneath 20 others on a desk. You know you have what it takes to be successful in this job, but first you have to catch the hiring manager’s attention. How do you stand out amidst all those other resumes? How do you communicate on one sheet of paper that you are a candidate who shouldn’t be ignored? The answer isn’t always simple, but there are a few tricks you can utilise to make sure you stand out from the crowd.
Highlight Your Key Accomplishments
Most applicants are used to using a Chronological resume format that breaks down your past work history from top to bottom. In some circumstances this can be beneficial, especially if your previous job titles are impressive and fairly identical to the job you are applying to now, but in most cases hiring managers are hoping to see something more. It isn’t just about your past job titles or who you have worked for; they want to know what you can do. Create a bulleted list that highlights some of your past accomplishments, whether that includes recognition and honors you have received on the job, or ways you have helped past companies to get back on track.
Personalise Your Objective
Plenty of people use the objective at the top of their resume to create a generic phrase they submit to each and every job they apply for. The problem is that for hiring managers, it becomes very obvious when the objective is little more than fluff meant to take up room on your resume. Instead of using the typical buzz words in your opening phrase, consider including the job title and company you are applying to work for. This is a very simple way to let hiring managers know you are serious about getting this position. It takes a minimal amount of effort on your part, while helping you to stand apart from the many applicants who likely have mirror image objectives to each other.
Target Your Audience
Think about the job you are applying for and how your skills and background play into that job description before you submit your resume. If you take the time to tailor your resume to the current opening, you stand a much better chance of capturing a hiring manager’s attention. Look for any key words which may appear in the job description over and over again, and then be sure to include those same words in both your resume and cover letter. If there are certain skills or abilities which seem particularly important to being successful in this position, take the time to alter your resume in a way which makes it clear you possess those qualities. Use your resume to show that you are not only the right fit for this job, but that you are also interested enough to have studied the company and the job description.
Show Your Worth
Listing off your various skills and abilities is a simple task to accomplish, but when you can actual quantify your past achievements in a way that hiring managers can relate to, you make it much harder for them to pass you by. Paint a picture by using numbers and percentages to show how you have been successful in past positions. Give indisputable facts which can back up your worth as an employee. Anyone can use flowery language to make themselves sound like a great candidate, but when you can actually sell yourself with quantifiable evidence, you become a candidate who is difficult to ignore. Nothing is ever quite as convincing as hard numbers when it comes to assessing an applicant’s abilities.