How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

By Jay Shifley

Remember the resume is not about you.

Show your potential employer how you can contribute to their company.  Tailor your resume to the company you are applying to, which requires some research into what type of person they are looking for.

Be creative.

Don’t send a standard resume to everyone but experiment with creativity.  What are some creative ways you solve problems, or what are the distinctive ways you approach challenges?  Highlight them in your resume.

Use different tools

Everyone uses Microsoft Word and Excel.  Does your potential job require you to have a working knowledge of another program, such as Adobe Suite or Prezi?  Can you use one of these programs to design your resume?

Send your portfolio

Everyone should keep a portfolio of their best work.  In the digital age, it is possible for you to pick some of your choice works and attach them to your resume as you send it in.

Practice gun control.

Bullet points are overrated.  Use a pithy narrative to describe your experience and accomplishments, because concise communication is a skill every employer wants.

Use your space effectively

Employers are busy.  Don’t waste their time by putting your contact information as the first item on your resume, but get to the point immediately.  Concise communicators can get their point across in one page, so don’t bother with hobbies or jobs you held in high school.

Originally written: February 23, 2017

 

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