Ways To Make Your Résumé Stand Out

Ways To Make Your Résumé Stand Out
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    Save the flair for your personality when it comes to applying for jobs.

    Your résumé should appear professional.

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Interviewers aren’t looking for out-of-the-box introductions to applicants, even if they’re looking for someone with out-of-the-box ideas. Contemplate these ways to make your résumé stand outpositively as you start your journey.

Only Include Relevant Information

You may have had a slew of summer jobs over the years, but save your résumé for more relevant work experience. You want to list jobs that pertain to the position for which you’re applying, which will show you have the base skills you need for the job.

Additionally, providing information on the positions you held the longest will make you seem more dependable. Refrain from listing multiple jobs you held for only short periods of time. Companies don’t want to invest in someone who appears flaky.

Use a Formal Font

Resist the urge to choose fonts that appeal to you based on creativity or aesthetics. Calligraphical fonts are difficult to read, and above all else, they give off a sense of insincerity or lack of seriousness for the interviewing process and the potential position.

Instead of attempting to set yourself apart from others, show maturity by sticking to normal fonts such as Calibri, Times New Roman, and so on. You want the information to be legible and easy-to-read at a glance.

Bold the appropriate areas to draw the eye, and let your words speak for themselves. You also want to print in black ink. Your font should never come in any other color or shade.

Use the Appropriate Paper

Using a properly weighted paper is impressive to potential employers. You can test this at home—try holding two different weights of paper in your hands. Which one feels more official?

Consider using thirty-two-pound bond; this paper weight is heavier than the normal paper on which you may print a memo or use for more trivial print jobs. The paper you choose for your résumé should be white and durable, and it should have a level of opacity to it. Colored paper is not an option when it comes to sending out a professional résumé.

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There are many ways to make your résumé stand out. At the end of the day, the information you put on it will lead you to the next step in the interview process. However, it’s important to consider the message you’re sending to potential employers before they meet you in person.

Set yourself up for success by presenting yourself as mature, professional, and aware. After that, you’ll just need to perfect your interview skills. Happy job-hunting!

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