5 Tips to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Date:25-12-2013 13:20:18 read:10
Category:Life Style-->Cereer

If your job application is being rejected again and again, the fault could lie in your resume. In a competitive world, you have to create resumes that stand out from the crowd and have some amazing features that others don’t. Here are a few tips to create a dazzling resume which may grab an employer’s attention.

1. Include a YouTube video link

Since most resumes these days are sent online, you can use a YouTube video link to spruce it up. This video could be a two minute self spoken introduction about yourself or a visual representation of the goals you want to achieve for the company you are applying to. An interactive element like a video may manage to grab the attention of the HR personnel who typically sorts though more than a hundred applications per day.

2. Use QR codes

If you are a tech savvy person who is applying for a technical position, you can use a QR code to garner some interest in your resume. Once you generate a QR code, include it in your resume. If your potential employer scans the code with a smartphone, he or she can be redirected to a website as per your code. This website can be a one page website giving out details about yourself in the form of an unconventional resume. Even if you are not tech savvy, you can get an expert to generate a code for you.

3. Add infographics and interesting images

Infographics are a great way to represent a chunk of boring information in a creative way. For example, you can use a Venn diagram to show all your skills and highlight the common ones that are required for just about any role. You can also use a graph or a timeline to chart your professional journey until now. Depending on the kind of job you are applying to, use images that show your previous work experience or a flow chart that displays the transition of your career from one phase to the other.

4. Make a resume in the form of a powerpoint

You can use this idea whether you are using a digital resume or a conventional printed resume. Forget about a traditional format in which you may have been creating resumes all these years. Include content in the slides by imagining a powerpoint presentation about yourself. How would you sell yourself to someone? Use a healthy mix of short pointers and images to make your powerpoint resume attractive and conversational.

5. Add your social media pages to your resume

Instead of worrying about hiding your social media profile from potential employers, use it to your advantage. Clean up your social media profiles and include hyperlinks to all of them in your resume. If you are applying for an art, design or writing related job, you can also include links to your Flickr and Instagram account. If you have a blog which is relevant to you field of work, include that too. Show your employers that your social media pages are your assets.

6. Use font and color to your advantage

As a general rule of thumb, conventional resumes don’t allow the use of too much color or varied font. But you can use this combination sparsely to highlight certain key features of your resume in a way which you may deem professionally appropriate.

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