How to Create a Resume
That Gives a Shout Out!

You want to learn how to create a resume that gives a shout out and then keeps the reader’s attention. An ideal resume is an ideal tool that helps you land the job you desire. But you can’t get that job if your resume quietly sits unnoticed in a stack of submissions due to lack of interest.

The resume is so much more than just a list of jobs and degrees. It is your first handshake with a company representative. It is a presentation of your special skills and accomplishments. It is a forward thinking document that makes the reader turn psychic and able to clearly see how you can fit in the company.

Defining Quality

The word ‘quality’ gets tossed about a lot, but that is a how you want your resume defined. It needs to be a quality document with valuable information. How do you achieve quality? Quality lies in the care you give your resume as it’s prepared.

To make your resume stand out in the crowd, the first step is to identify the qualities you personally have that make you unique and such a good fit for the job. The resume should be customized and avoid generalities. Each statement should be informative and applicable to the job you are applying for.

It is amazing how many resumes are filled with useless statements that have no meaning for the job. No one cares that you like hiking in the woods unless you are applying for a job in forestry. Statements like that waste valuable limited space.

The resume reader wants to know how your skills can be used to the job’s benefit. So let uninformative statements that are not job related ‘take a hike!’

Turn the Spotlight on You!

When the resume gives a shout out and gets the attention of the reader, then the next step is to keep the spotlight on you. How do you do that? You maintain quality in your presentation and respect the reader’s time.

  • Make sure there are no grammatical or typographical errors

  • No more than 2 pages

  • Don’t use more than 2 fonts

  • Choose one style and stick with it from beginning to end

  • Use actual statistics to support your statements

  • Include white space in your resume so it’s easier to read

  • Target each and every statement to the job

The items on this list may sound obvious but you would be amazed how many resumes are submitted with typos! If you can’t be bothered to reread your resume then it indicates the type of care you would take with your job. You can’t rely on the word processing spellchecker program either because it doesn’t always catch errors.

Let your resume shout out ‘read me’ and you have your foot in the door. The information you include in your resume should be interesting, informative and useful. That is how to create a resume that is high quality.

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