How Can I Get My Resume To Stand Out? By Jeremy Cyrus 08/03/2012
During these challenging economic times, the job outlook still seems bleak across a wide range of industries. In some cases, dozens-- and sometimes even hundreds-- of candidates are finding themselves competing for the same open positions. If you have spectacular education credentials, you’ve won every top award in your field, and you’ve literally made millions for your previous employers, then your credentials speak for themselves. But what if you’re just a regular, dedicated, hardworking person? You still need a job. And you still deserve one that provides everything you’re looking for. How can you stand apart from all these other candidates and get the employer attention you need?
You can start with a great resume. And FreeResumeBuilder.org can help. Polish your credentials till they shine. Then use our resume formatting system to organize this information so it’s easy to read and appealing to rushed, busy hiring managers. Consider these simple resume layout and formatting tips.
Resume Tips: Formatting and Presentation
Make sure employers can find what they’re looking for fast. Begin with clear contact information at the top of the page, followed a simple summary of your career path and potential contributions. Keep your summary between two and four lines of text.
- Follow your summary with education credentials that are easy to read and skim. Most employers just want to know that you have them, and they want to see what you’ve studied. If you’re a recent graduate, list your GPA. If you’ve been out of school for more than three years, leave your GPA off of your resume.
- Follow your education section with a “Work History” listing your previous titles, employers, responsibilities, and specific accomplishments. Don’t forget to include dates beside each position.
- Conclude your resume with a section titled “Additional Skills”. Use this area to list your publications, foreign languages, musical talents, and other achievements and interests that may not be directly relevant to the position. Keep this section short but interesting.