Does your resume stand out?

First impressions are everything...! Your resume is your opportunity to sell yourself, but you must do so within 30 seconds if you want whoever’s reading it to stay tuned! If you're applying for jobs but the phone's not ringing and you just can't snag that next interview, maybe there are some things you can do to jazz up your resume and stand out from the crowd! Formatting - Is your resume still in a standard same old word doc format? We’re in the 20’s now baby! GET CREATIVE – DARE TO BE DIFFERENT! You want something with intention, something eye catching, something that tempts the reader to keep reading! You don’t even need to use to Microsoft Word – shock, horror…say what?!?! There are a bunch of resume tools and templates out there…remember Google is your friend! Bad Alignment or Margins – ever had something just constantly poking you in the eye! Yep, this is definitely one of those things…and made especially worse for “The Perfectionist” or OCD impaired. You want your resume to be aesthetically pleasing if you don’t want it to end up in the bin! Straighten it up! Typos – No one wants to highlight their so-called “lack” of attention to detail! Which makes it so so so important to proofread before you send! Please, please, pretty please PROOFREAD! Or better yet, ask someone else to do it for you. Sometimes when you’ve been looking at something for so long, you could be looking at an error square in the face and still not see it. That extra set of eyes will generally pick it up straight away and may even highlight other areas for improvement. But sending a resume riddled with typos is a sure-fire way of ensuring you stay unemployed. Try to stick to 1 page – Trust me, when you have 20, 30, 40+ resumes to get through, no one is sifting through page after page and your Cover Letter is page 2. · No more than 15 years work experience and if it doesn’t all fit then cull to 10 years. · Don’t repeat yourself! I see this all the time…listed in work experience and then again in the cover letter or the same duties listed in multiple roles. Even if you did the same role at the last 3 jobs you had, mix it up. · Highlight achievements not duties and put your most valuable information first, forget the rest! · Keep to the facts, keep it simple & concise! No Cover Letter – Your cover letter is your introduction…without this who even are you? Seriously, your cover letter is what needs to be dope. It should be specific to the job you’re applying for. This shows that you have made an effort, you’ve done some research, you’re not lazy! People skim your resume for certain things they’re looking for, your cover letter if you’re opportunity to sell yourself so use it and do it well. Time to start thinking outside the box. Remember we're in a time of change…but this is good! it means that we're no longer constricted to the "norm", "what we've always done" or so to speak. So, its time to start keeping up and challenging tradition - what’s the worst that can happen? You don’t get a call, well are you any worse off than you were before you tried something new? No, so what are you waiting for you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! #resume #cv #curriculumvitae #coverletter #resumewriting #resumedesign #coverletterwriting #opportunity #resumeservices #resumehelp #resumetips #resumewriter #standoutfromthecrowd #professionalresumewriting #resumebuilding #resumeadvice #jobseekers

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