Hiring managers can look through hundreds of resumes a day. So how do you make sure that your is the one resume out of the hundred that they will look at? Here are 6 ways to make your resume stand out:
- Use buzzwords
Every industry will have different buzzwords but words like "team player" and "managed" will draw attention to your resume. Make sure to include these words in the natural language of your resume rather than forcing them into it.
- Customize your resume
While it's good to have a general resume on hand it's also important to tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying to. Keep the job's main requirements at the center of the resume.
- Have a cover letter
Cover letters are crucial to telling your story to your future employer. Here, you can expand on key parts of your resume and explain how your past experiences make you right for the job.
- Pay attention to basic requirements
While having a good resume is important, it will mean nothing to job recruiters if you ignore their basic specifications. Make sure you send the resume to your future employer in the proper format, such as a PDF. Read the submission instructions carefully and make sure you follow them to a T.
- Proofread carefully
As previously stated, while the content of your resume is important it won't mean much to employers if they are riddled with spelling errors. Be sure to carefully proofread your resume before submitting it. You might also find it helpful to have a friend or family member proofread it for you as well.
- Numbers, numbers, numbers!
Quantify everything. Don't just say you managed a budget, say that you managed a budget of $1,500. If you lead a team, specify the number of members that were on that team. Quantifying your past performance is a good way to easily demonstrate your past achievements.