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What are some ways to enhance one's resume to make it stand out amongst others?

Asked Carrollton, Texas

5 answers

Katie’s Answer

Updated Baltimore, Maryland

When writing your resume, you want to make sure it does not stand out for the wrong reasons. As a hiring manager, I can tell you that having a memorable resume is not always a good thing.

Here are some tips and hints --

--Spelling and consistent formatting are important.

--Make sure the objective/career summary you list makes sense for the types of roles you are seeking.

--Don't try fill to up two pages just to fill up two pages. It is OK to have a shorter resume when you are starting out.

--Review and update your resume before using it.

--Avoid the use of company specific abbreviations and acronyms.

Here is an article that provides tips on how to enhance your resume--


Katie recommends the following next steps:

  • Have someone read over your resume before you submit it.

Gagan’s Answer

Updated Bend, Oregon

Your resume provides the prospective employer and the hiring manager to judge if you would be the right fit for the job. The best way to enhance your resume so it stands out is to tailor your resume for the job you are applying for. Before you apply for the job, ask yourself why you are interested in the job and what are the unique characteristics and qualifications that you bring to the job. Doing this analysis helps you answer the question "why" and helps you focus on positioning yourself as a candidate.

Once you've done the homework, build your resume to highlight those strengths that make you unique. Always create a new resume for every opportunity you apply for since it is more targeted and is also shows your prospective employer as well as the hiring manager that you are interested in the job and have made the effort to understand why you are a good fit for the job. A cover letter also helps you stand out.

Gagan recommends the following next steps:

  • https://www.pongoresume.com/articles/420/5-rules-for-building-a-great-resume.cfm
  • https://resumegenius.com/how-to-write-a-resume

Gerard’s Answer

Updated Troy, Michigan

The tips that were provided in your first response were, for the most part, spot on. The only other suggestion that I may have is to find a good lucking template/style for your resume. You do not have to use the template, but replicate it as best you can in Word.

An aesthetically appealing resume is the first thing that will catch the eye of HR. You may have the greatest experience in the world, but it doesn't benefit you in the least if HR doesn't want to look more closely at your resume.

Lucy’s Answer

Updated London, England, United Kingdom

Make it eye-catching with colour and maybe some graphics, do no over crowd the CV with too many words, list your achievements as specifically as you can as these can be a great basis for interview questions.

Ceil’s Answer

Updated Oakland, California

Visual variety - unless you're looking for work in a very traditional industry, separate yourself from the crowd with color, layout, and a strong use of graphics. Pinterest has good examples, particularly of the Infographic style.

Conciseness - even if you have to go with the traditional (old school) resume, you can stand out by being brief. If you can't cover your whole career in one page, go back and try again. In addition to brevity, spend less time talking about what you did, and more time talking about why it mattered. "Posted to the relevant social media sites" for a marketing role is boring; "helped saturate the relevant markets with lively information about our service" talks about why it mattered.

Ceil recommends the following next steps:

  • Cut back on the details you cover in your resume - it's an advertisement that should make people want to talk to you.
  • Make it really easy to get the gist of your history - short, sweet, focused on results