According to experts, employers will spend about 10 seconds looking at each resume.  10 seconds!  It’s important to construct a resume that is concise and structured.  Below are some more tips to help you stand out:


  1. Choose the right format.  There are 4 common types of resumes: chronological, functional, combination, or targeted.  A chronological resume lists your most recent job history first.  Most employers prefer this style, and is best for applicants that have strong work history in a related field.  Functional resumes focus more on skills, and are generally used by applicants who are switching careers or have gaps in their work history.  A combination is just that – a combination of chronological and functional.  The skills are listed first, followed by employment history.  Last but not least, a targeted resume takes a little more effort as it relates specifically to the job you are applying for, but is impressive to employers.
  2. Use a normal font.  Remember, you have 10 seconds.  Nobody wants to try to read a fancy font, and will skip right past yours.  A basic font also looks more clean and professional.
  3. Make the objective specific.  Rewriting this part of your resume to fit the job description you are applying for is important.  It will show the employer that you are more interested in the position than someone with a more general objection.  Remember, this is a competition after all!
  4. Use keywords.  Many businesses today are using applicant tracking software to manage incoming resumes, which can scan based on keywords.  Try to use similar terms as the job description and requirements, and your resume will make it’s way to the top of the stack.
  5. Focus on your accomplishments.  Your job title and the dates of employment are important, but equally important are your achievements at that job.  Did you win any awards?  Did you land that big deal?  This is your time to brag.