The following tips can help your resume be different on purpose and elevate your personal brand.
Your resume is the first impression you make with potential employers and hiring managers. This important tool, when done well, can help you stand out among many. The following tips can help your resume be different on purpose and elevate your personal brand. Though certain industries may welcome more outside-the-box résumés that showcase creative skills and personality, all résumés must highlight strengths and expertise. So while a social media manager résumé may show an applicant’s engaging Twitter feed, that of an accounting analyst may highlight certifications and extensive corporate tax knowledge. No matter what the industry, some approaches to effective résumés are universal and can make yours different enough to stand out
THE BASICS: SHOW YOUR BEST SELF
Insert key words from the job description into your experience. A video game developer applicant will naturally share coding skills, but consider embedding links to showcase your prowess.
Give your most impressive skills top billing. Students or recent graduates might include internship experience that ladders up to the job criteria.
Think of your résumé as your sales pitch. Whenever possible, demonstrate the value of your accomplishments by using real data.
Be succinct. Highlight what’s important – maybe your technical skills, project work and experience illustrating contributions to workplace initiatives – but be cognizant of length.
FEATURE YOUR PERSONALITY AND CREATIVITY
Take a stand-out approach. Share characteristics that make you unique, such as interests and ambitions not directly related to the job but that align with company values and culture.
Match your résumé format to the job. For example, a budding online journalist might want to show off her editing skills by submitting her résumé as an infographic.
Get social. If you update your social channels regularly, insert hyperlinks to professional-facing pages to connect and be transparent.
GENERAL BEST PRACTICES
If you submit a résumé with a creative format, have a back-up template drafted. Even in creative industries, companies may require a Word document or PDF application.
Use key words. Larger companies may automatically scan for key words before a hiring manager reviews résumés manually. Even though 60% of Fortune 500 companies don’t scan résumés, hiring managers watch for words that match the job description.
Make your résumé easy to skim. Don’t center text or justify the lines.
Top priority: Your résumé should be quick and easy to decipher. No matter how creative, ensure your top takeaways stand out in a 10-second scan of the page.
Your next career move could be right around the corner, so review your résumé today to ensure it’s unique and stands out.
The author is MD-International, DeVry Education Group