Four Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Your resume is likely the first impression potential employers will see as you go through the job-hunting process. Just like your interview outfit, your resume can speak volumes before you even get a word in. Did you wash and iron that shirt for your interview? Or, did you wake up late and throw on the cleanest looking shirt in your days old pile of laundry? First impressions are a big deal when it comes to job seeking, and as recruiters who look at multiple resumes on a daily basis, we see our fair share of them. Here are our favorite tips for how to best use that piece of paper to market yourself for your next job:

1.       Spell check: Do it. Then, do it again. Accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling is one the of easiest ways to set yourself apart when writing your resume. Conversely, a poorly written resume – even just a few typos – is a red flag for any future employer.

2.       Layout: Resumes not only hold your highest career accolades and achievements, they are also a visual representation of your job history. Do your resume readers a favor and create a visually appealing resume that isn’t cluttered with excess words. Bullet points are a great way to relay concise information clearly.

3.       Tell the truth: You may think this is an unnecessary tip, but according to HireRight’s Employee Screening Benchmark report, a staggering 85% of candidates lie on their resumes. Chances are, if you lie it will eventually come to light. Instead of having to explain yourself, be honest and upfront about your skills.

4.       Only include relevant job history: Sure, you may have been an awesome burger-flipper back in the day, but if those skills aren’t relevant to the job you’re applying for, save room and remove that position from your resume. Instead, try to quantify things you’ve done in your previous positions that saved your company time, money or increased revenue. Quantification and numbers are an easy way to show a potential employer how you can add value to their company.

Starting a job search can be intimidating, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. Here, at NW Staffing, we wish you the best on your job search and would love the opportunity to come alongside you as you look for your next position. Head over to our website www.nwstaffing.com to find the Branch location closest to you.  

 

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