Your resume is your first impression to hiring managers, so needless to say it needs to stand out from the rest. Luckily, gone are the days where your resume gets you hired. In this modern era, your resume gets you the interview and then the INTERVIEW gets you hired. So how do you make sure you get to that next vital step in the hiring process after you submit your resume? Read below to see tips and tricks that make your resume stand out and get you noticed.
The first step you need to take for resume perfection is to tailor it to the job you are searching for. Make sure that keywords, specific for your position, are bold in your resume’s type face. For example, if you are applying for a Leasing Professional job you will want words such as “apartment industry”, “resident relations”, and “multi-family housing” to stand out.
The next step is to imagine the personality traits the ideal candidate for the job would have. Using the Leasing Professional position example again, you will want to have “outgoing”, “personable”, “dedicated”, and “sales-orientated” to stand out. Think about the aspects of your personality that makes you the best for the job.
Now that you have your keywords figured out, pair that with your relative experience to make a visually appealing design. The modern resume is not a one-page, type-only, mind-numbing listing of your work history. The modern resume is your calling card, it’s how you want to be seen during a first impression. When a hiring manager is clicking through submissions, you want them to stop on yours. The best way to do that is to make sure your resume looks different from the rest. Below we have put a fantastic example of a resume that gets noticed:
Notice how the resume above features all the relevant information in a creative way?
This resume would absolutely get noticed. Don’t be intimated by the design, to make a resume like this is relatively simple. There are free online programs, such as PicMonkey, that give you the ability to easily design a visually appealing resume. Reach out to friends and family on social media for design help if you are stuck, you would be surprised at the skills your online friends have. If all else fails, you can do an online search for “Resume Design Services” and find multiple companies that will help you out.
Happy resume designing!