I’ve been working in Human Resources for a little over 10 years now.  Hundreds of resumes of potential candidates come through our office on a daily basis.  People over the years have asked for my advice on how to make their resume stand out among the masses.

The truth is, there really isn’t a magic layout; your resume doesn’t have to be a certain number of pages or follow a specific format.  I just want a clear, organized, detailed description of who you are and what position you want.  The design of your resume needs to showcase the most important information about your work experience, skills and education.

Ultimately, when you submit your resume you want to get an interview, right?  It’s important that your resume grabs a potential employer’s attention in the first few minutes they glance at it.  By using job titles and skill headings that relate to the positions you want, employers will see parallels in your skills and their job opening. Use bullets and short sentences.  Overly long descriptions of work will lose the employer’s attention.

A few final tidbits of advice:  please hit spell check before hitting submit.  Typos in resumes are a glaring indicator of a lack of attention to detail.  Finally, if you’ve gotten creative with your email address:  neatguy411@yahoo.com or coolchick123@msn.com, it may be best to establish a new address to show potential employers you’re serious about professionalism.

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