4 Tips for Creating an Attention-Grabbing Resume

Hiring managers and recruiters are very busy people. They are tasked with finding the perfect person for each specific job they must fill. This can be difficult when each job has different skills, experiences, and education that is needed. As a job applicant, you must make your resume stand out to busy hiring managers and recruiters if you want to get noticed, and get hired.

Your resume is the first impression of you a recruiter or hiring manager will get, so make sure it’s a great one! Read on to find out four tips for creating an a resume that will get noticed by recruiters.

Tip #1 – Use design. Creating your resume with design in mind can definitely help it stand out among the crowd. Many people still have their resume in plain-text boring documents. When hiring managers are looking through hundreds of resumes, they all start to look the same. That is why using design to make your resume stand out can help you get noticed.

Unless you are a graphic designer, and want to create a visually appealing resume from scratch, using a resume template will save you a lot of time. Luckily for you, there are thousands of resume templates online. Many are free to download, and there are premium templates you can buy. Below is a beautiful resume template from Trendy Resumes that you can purchase, and it’s compatible with Microsoft Word. Resumes like this stand out in the boring document crowd!

Tip #2 – Use color. If a resume template like the one above seems too flashy for you, the job you’re applying for, or the industry you work in, try adding a little color to guide the reader. Making all your headlines red, for example, is a great way to guide the eye of the reader right to what he or she is looking for. If the most important thing to a hiring manager is the certifications you have, you want to make it as easy as possible to find your list of certifications in your resume. A hiring manager or recruiter should never have to search through your resume looking for the information they need.

Tip #3 – Keep it short and sweet. It can be tempting to add everything you have ever done professionally to your resume. This is especially true for those with a lot of experience. From your perspective, it’s all important, but the hiring manager really only wants to see what is relevant to the specific job you are applying for.

A resume should never be longer than two pages. As hard as it may be, you have to cut and edit it down to that. One way to do this is to cut out really old jobs or ones that aren’t relevant to the job you’re applying for. In addition, editing is your best friend here. Take out any unnecessary words, phrases, and sentences. Make sure everything you write is concise and to the point. Walk away from your resume for a few days, and then edit it down again. This should get you to two pages. Your complete work history should be on LinkedIn anyway, so include a link to your profile on your resume.

Tip #4 – Use keywords. Many times when you apply for a job, your resume is entered into the company’s database of potential candidates. This means that your resume, along with many others, are just waiting to be looked at by hiring managers. How do hiring managers and recruiters find your resume in the masses? They use keywords to search for it. Just like you use keywords to search on Google, they are doing the same thing to search for resumes. Think about what keywords recruiters would use when searching for the perfect person to hire for the job you are applying. These will be different for different jobs. Then, make sure you use these keywords in your resume. This will increase the chances of getting your resume in front of recruiters and hiring managers.

Meet our Author!

My HeadshotBy Jennifer Cruse| Senior Social Media Strategist
Jennifer attended West Virginia University and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. She began working for a group of colleges before graduating with her Master’s. In this role, Jennifer helped manage all marketing activities. This included more traditional marketing like TV and radio, and also modern marketing like social media and digital ad campaigns. Jennifer is experienced in creating high-level strategies and operational tactics. She believes marketing is both an art and a science, because it takes an artist to create and a scientist to measure the results. Jennifer is super excited to be in her current role as Senior Social Strategist at Sutherland! When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her two sons. Playing outside, swimming, and basketball are some of their favorite things to do! She also enjoys reading about all things science and technology!

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