June 20, 2016

13 Ways To Make Your Resume Better Than The Competitions

Every job seeker needs a resume that will help them land a job. Is your resume capable of beating out the rest of the job search competition?

Professionals at starting line on track ready for a race

Before you answer that question, read this post excerpt from EreMedia.com. It reads, “For the specific case of an online job posting, on average, 1,000 individuals will see a job post, 200 will begin the application process, 100 will complete the application, 75 of those 100 resumes will be screened out by either the ATS or a recruiter, 25 resumes will be seen by the hiring manager, 4 to 6 will be invited for an interview, 1 to 3 of them will be invited back for final interview, 1 will be offered that job and 80 percent of those receiving an offer will accept it (Talent Function Group LLC).” Wow.

Ok. That puts the hiring process in a bit more perspective, right? You need a kick-butt resume that gets noticed. When a recruiter only spends about 6 seconds reviewing a resume, you don’t have much time to capture their attention and leave them wanting to learn more about you. A single mistake can get your resume tossed out. Your resume needs to be in tip top shape. It absolutely must stand out. Is your resume better than the competitions?

Here are 13 ways to make your resume better than the competitions:

  1. Select The Right Type Of Resume For The Job
  2. Focus On Design and Format
  3. Use Action Words
  4. Quantify Your Accomplishments
  5. Proofread For Errors And Mistakes
  6. Customize Every Resume For The Job You Are Applying For
  7. Highlight Your Relevant Experience
  8. Capitalize On Keywords
  9. Make Your Contact Details Clear And Accurate
  10. Address Resume Gaps Honestly
  11. Update Your Paper And Digital Resume
  12. Tell Your Story
  13. Choose The Best Resume File Format

Now take this tick list and triple check that your resume meets every single requirement. Give it to your friends, your mom, and your neighbors to proofread. Be 200% sure that your resume is as good as it can possible be.

Your resume is your ticket to landing a job interview and hopefully a job. Give it the time and effort that it deserves.

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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