Avoid Resume Dismay With These Tips

In this age of infinitesimal attention spans, creating a resume that lands you a job is a daunting task. The impatient eyes of employers can potentially scan thousands of resumes a day—how will yours stand out among the crowd?

Beyond the Resume

A piece of paper detailing your career will only go so far at getting you hired. To lure the most eyes toward your resume, connections and relationships must be formed. These days, it's all about that overused word: networking. Making meaningful connections with other professionals gives you an “in” at companies and leads to jobs you wouldn't know about otherwise.

The to-be CEO of Ernst & Young, Mark Weinberg, is one example of a networking success story. “I had a thirst for knowledge and would talk with many members of Congress,” he stated, according to the Washington Post. Because of his determination and networking skills, Weinberger was able to climb up the political ladder while in Washington.

Just remember, your resume is only one mile in the marathon to obtain a job.

The Basics

  • Your name should be first, in large, bold font.
  • Limit it to one or two pages.
  • Avoid obvious, extraneous information such as “Available for interview” or “References upon request.”
  • State a clear objective.
  • Like this list, use bullet points to break up large chunks of text into bite-sized bits.
  • Proofread! One small typo could cost you the position.
  • Use keywords pertaining to the company's job description. Companies scan resumes into digital databases and initiate search queries based on specified keywords.
  • Tailor each resume to a specific job. Resumes aren't universal.

Alternative Resumes

Resumes need not be an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper with a chronological list of jobs in glorious black and white. Some job seekers are using nontraditional methods to attract the eyes of potential employers. 

Video – Video resumes will certainly attract more attention than a piece of paper or email. Rather than conjecturing what you're like, employers will see the “real” you.  Stan Paprzycki shot an introductory video and posted it to YouTube. He then sent the link to potential employers. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a sales manager job, mentioned the Huffington Post. The video resume is especially appropriate to jobs where your personality is on display. Sales and marketing positions, news anchors and broadcast journalists could stand to gain much from video resumes.

Infographic – Creative types and designers, this may be for you. Transform your resume from a boring black and white affair to a piece of art with pizazz. Journalist Chris Spurlock added visual appeal to his resume by morphing it into an infographic—one that went viral and attracted more than 8,000 visitors the next day, according to the Huffington Post. Infographic resumes may lend themselves best to positions in web design, graphic arts or marketing.