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How To Make Your Resume Stand Out To Hiring Managers

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How To Make Your Resume Stand Out To Hiring Managers

Applying for jobs, let alone your dream job can be stressful. Jobs tend to have hundreds of applicants and that is only amplified by those who are out of work due to the pandemic. So with jobs having hundreds of applicants, how do you stand out from the pack?

Hiring managers definitely don’t have a ton of time to view each resume (if it makes it past the automated algorithmic filter in many cases), which means that you need to be careful and tactful with each thing you include on your resume. From font, to deciding whether or not to include that one position you had, building and curating your resume in 2020 is no easy task.

 A resume should be a space to communicate your professional story. It should reflect more than just what you did for/at a company and gives specifics for what you’ve actually accomplished throughout your career.

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What Are Some Tips To Make My Resume Stand Out?

  • Incorporate industry keywords and buzzwords into your resume, just don’t overdo it.
  • Tailor your resume to the job.
  • Use a modern, professional format.
  • Make sure it’s error free and easy to read.
  • Use a header at the top that defines who you are.
  • Keep things professional.
  • Include metrics, they help people know what you have accomplished in a quantifiable manner.
  • Customize your resume to tell a story.
  • Don’t overdo it with fancy fonts and colors.
  • If it needs to be more than one page, that’s fine. But as a general rule of thumb, keep it to one page unless you have substantial experience.
  • Write those optional cover letters, even if they aren’t going to read them. This shows that you have more initiative than other candidates.

Tailor Your Resume To Your Industry

In many cases, people are encouraged to include their personality in their resume, but you should rethink that strategy unless you’re applying for a job in a creative industry. If you’re applying to be a designer, sure, be as creative as possible and show off your skills. If you’re applying to work a job in sales, you want to see numbers and accomplishments; not pictures, colors, and fonts.

Include Keywords From The Original Job Posting

Using the job posting you're applying for as a guide, you’ll get the hiring manager's attention because you have the words that they are looking for. If they’re looking for someone with a certain skill and you have that skill, use that word on your resume as long as it reads coherently. Some companies even include keyword searches when sorting through resumes to cut down on the bulk. Which means they’re important to include so that you nail that interview. It may sound tedious, but customizing your resume for each individual job you apply to is a phenomenal tactic for sticking out from the middle of the pack. In the long run, you’ll have more success with landing interviews, which means that all that time you invested in custom resumes will have a better return.

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Keep It Clean And Succinct

It’s often difficult to view your resume from the perspective of the potential reader, but one thing everyone can agree on is that simplicity goes a long way. You never know how or when a hiring manager will read your resume, it could be on their phone or through an applicant tracking system. Preserve space whenever possible, use a clean and professional format, and use a legible font. Make all your job titles in bold because it catches the readers eye and stick to simple colors. Also use quantifiable numbers to show what you’re capable of.

Write An Amazing Objective Statement

Whether you’re switching careers or you are feeling a little inadequate for the job you are applying for, include an objective at the top of your resume. This helps hiring managers to understand the thought process behind your decision to change industries or know why you are applying for the job. This also makes your resume look bulkier if you are lacking experience or looking to fill in gaps in between jobs.

Objective statements are typically two to three sentences and explain what you are trying to accomplish and what you can contribute. Also, don’t be discouraged if your objective statement or resume doesn’t completely line up with the job description. These descriptions are written for the perfect candidate, which they are not expecting to find.

To determine if you are right for the role at hand, usually job descriptions are written from the most important criteria to the least important, top down. So if you have the majority of what is in the beginning of the job posting, tap that apply button.

Get Cultured And Network

You should take some time to go beyond the job posting and do your research on the company. By going to their career site and checking what their values are, you’re already a step ahead of the competition when it comes to an interview. Think about what you have on your resume that fits well with the company culture. Also, even if the company doesn’t mention anything about volunteering, you should include it on your resume.

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Arranging informational interviews with people you connect with can help your resume stand out from the pack. Because most applications are submitted online, the amount of resumes hiring managers need to go through can be a bit overwhelming at times. So establishing a rapport can help you get noticed. You can also mention to your interviewer that you met with someone in the organization and you had ‘X’ question about the organization. You can also ask someone with a lot of experience in the field that you’re trying to be in to look over your resume, never hurts to have a fresh set of eyes.

How To Make Your Resume Stand Out To Hiring Managers
Jake Tilk

Jake is the Digital Marketing Manager for OptyConnect and Healthcare Consultant. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University and has a certification in Software Development.

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