Five Resume Tricks That Will Make You Stand Out

resume review Tired of having a vanilla resume that doesn't seem to "wow" hiring managers? Get ready to be bold and take some risks with the presentation of your professional qualifications to spice up your resume, entice hiring managers and get the phone to ring. Here are five ways to turn that big yawn of a resume into a powerful and vibrant self-marketing tool.

1. Add accomplishments.

The cornerstone of a strong resume is the content. Hiring managers don't want to read long lists of job tasks. They need to know how you have helped the companies you supported do things smarter, faster and more efficiently.

Don't simply write about your job responsibilities; write about impact. Try to show the before-and-after picture of your work and whenever possible, use dollars, numbers and percentages to show how you made money, saved money, or saved time.

2. Key in on keywords.

Keywords are the buzzwords for your industry or profession. Hiring managers and the applicant tracking systems that frequently scan resumes search for these keywords. Without them, you may never land the interview.

Review job postings of positions that match your skill set and mirror the keywords in the job descriptions in your resume. You can achieve this by adding an "areas of expertise" section or weaving the keywords throughout the content of your resume.

3. Test out a testimonial.

Including testimonials about your work from supervisors, clients and vendors that prove the value you brought to an organization can go a long way on a resume. Few job seekers include these endorsements on their resume, assuming no one is interested.

Hiring managers frequently review endorsements on candidate's LinkedIn profiles, and some even sort candidates based on the number of endorsements they have. If endorsements are searched on a LinkedIn profile, chances are good they will be read on your resume.

4. Bring on the bling.

Design elements such as bold, shading, boxes, graphs, charts and images can be used on a resume to make a more powerful presentation, convey quality information in a small amount of space, or just differentiate your candidacy from the 500 other "vanilla" resumes sitting on the hiring manager's desk. An engaging resume doesn't look like everyone else's. It stands out from the crowd.

5. Link to social media profiles.

You can make your resume more three-dimensional by including links to your social media profiles within the contact information section of the resume. By adding your LinkedIn URL, you can direct your reader to additional information about you, showcase more detailed testimonials than you may be able to fit on your resume, share information on the groups you belong to and even display samples of your work.

If you are active on Twitter, you can include your handle on your resume, which is a great way to show employers your passion for what you do, your thought leadership, and the way you engage within a community. Social media can turn a static one-dimensional resume into a multidimensional, real-time representation of who you are and what you have to offer the employer.

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Audie Collins

I sure wish I could have her fix my resume up! Sounds smarter than I am, looks better than I do too.

August 01 2012 at 6:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

bsls44 - understand your point of the website application in hopes they are hiring. surely this doesn't apply to advertised jobs listed in a reputable place other than the company's website. I sense you have "big picture" expertise. I spent a long time with the same company, and am new to the hiring practices of today. Your opinion.....different fonts? shading? color of paper? do these things actually make a difference nowadays? i was under the impression this type of thing created havoc when sending apps thru the computer. rarely do I actually take an application to the company unless it's requested, so paper color is ridiculous until you actually have the interview and are leaving a copy. gee......i'd be spending all my time on the road. but, applying a link for them to go to? or even that scenario of reading a blog that some prior boss would write? i can see maybe going to that trouble if you're interested, but not in the initial decision to bring you in for an interview. your thoughts?

January 30 2011 at 10:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Audie Collins

I know you! I've seen you before.. remember that "Horse and carriage ride" on the New York strip, with the Driver in his fancy black tux, with the long tail, the beautiful white carriage with the rose wood trim, and that masculine white horse, with the "Vision Blinds" on, so it couldn't see from side to side, only straight forward?
Well, I'm so glad to see you gain, I all ways did love Horses....

August 01 2012 at 6:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The vast majority of quality jobs are filled by individuals with whom the decision maker or hiring manager previously knows or has already designated as the person to fill the position. Those who spend countless hours responding to company website postings in an attempt to be a "blind hire" are wasting their time. The primary function of these so called "recruiters" are to eliminate applicants with an electronic response. Interviewers are merely fulfilling the legal requirement to avoid unfair hiring practices.

January 30 2011 at 8:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Audie Collins

Lets not forget, "To dodge the Taxes" involved here as well!

August 01 2012 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Since when does the colors of a resume surpass the experience? If this is what jobs have come to ............. References, and job experience, and work attendence etc. etc. Man wish I had my own company!!

January 29 2011 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Audie Collins

Get off the Color, what are you thinking! (Sounds racist!)

August 01 2012 at 6:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

put your resume on bright orange paper and you bet they will notice it

January 29 2011 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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