6 Tips To Make Your Resume Better Than The Rest

By Advice Column

Recruiters look at dozens of resumes a day. If they see something they don’t like, your resume could wind up in the “no” pile in just seconds.

Here are a few tips you should follow to make your resume better than the rest, standing out from all that competition!

1. Make Sure Your Resume Is Error-Free

We know that sounds like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised by the number of resumes that have a spacing issue, a punctuation error, or even a misspelling. The problem is that you have looked at your resume so many times, your brain knows what it is supposed to say, but in reality, it says something else.

Get several people to proofread your resume, and have them read it for different purposes. One person should read for grammar, for example, and another should read for punctuation and spelling. You cannot afford to send a resume to employers with mistakes. Any superficial error can severely hurt your chances of getting a call for that job.

2. Align Your Resume With The Description Of The Job You’re Applying For

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Too often people think that their resume is a “one and done” proposition. Not so! You should customize your resume for every job each time you apply.

Match up keywords from the job description with keywords in your resume. Make sure that your achievements and successes indicate that you are an excellent candidate for the job you’re applying for. You need to tweak your resume for every single job posting. There are no exceptions.

3. Make Your Resume Sleek

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Some people think the trick to a great resume is to stuff as many accomplishments as possible into it by using tiny font and stretching the margins to the limit. The result is a resume that is difficult to read and looks cluttered and clunky. Those resumes will wind up in the “no” pile because the hiring manager doesn’t care enough to search the document for truly relevant information. They also don’t have time to waste when there are dozens of other resumes to review.

Your resume should have a clean and contemporary look and feel. Use lots of white space and be as concise as possible. Also, use clean-looking fonts like Calibri or Arial.

4. Use Keywords Strategically

Check the job description carefully for each position you’re applying for. Then, use keywords in your resume that match keywords in the job description. Also, you may find it helpful to use free word cloud tools to identify the keywords that are used most frequently in the job description. Adding those keywords to your resume will make it easier for you to get your resume past the ATS.

Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for individuals who are a good match for their job opening. Don’t make them guess whether or not you have the required skills or experience. Your resume should get them curious to know more about your qualifications. At the end of the day, the goal of your resume is to get the employer to call you. It won’t be the thing that gets you the job, but it will be what gets you an interview.

5. Describe Accomplishments, Not Responsibilities

Man looks for a job while writing his resume

Avoid using the word “responsible” in your resume. Instead, concentrate on specific and quantifiable accomplishments. For example, which sounds more impressive:

  • Responsible for manufacturing production with proven record of exceeding expectations.
  • Managed five different teams over the course of 10+ years resulting in $50 million in new sales along with a 30% reduction in waste.
If you said the second bullet point, you picked the right one. That’s what hiring managers are looking for on a resume.

6. Use “Power” Words

Hiring managers discuss a job candidate's resume

Demonstrate that you are a person of action. Rather than being “responsible for” something, use words like “advised,” “led,” “launched,” “executed,” “generated,” “planned,” “produced,” etc. These powerful resume words (and others like them) demonstrate your ability to perform on the job and your specific role in previous jobs. Strong action words validate your capabilities and specific duties you have performed.

Consider which is better:

  • Responsible for launch of a new product.
  • Initiated and led new product-launch that resulted in $20 million in revenue.

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Don’t forget that your resume represents who you are and what you can do when you can’t be there in person to explain all of that to a recruiter or hiring manager. Your resume is just one of hundreds that fly into a company on any given day. You need to stand out from the crowd, and it is your responsibility to make that happen. By following the tips above, you’ll be sure to create a resume that’s better than the rest.

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4 Easy Steps To Speed Up Your Job Search

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I got an email yesterday from a client wanting to know if I had any job search tips. Unfortunately, he had been recently laid off and found himself on the job market. Talking to him got me thinking…what really makes a job search successful?

The bad news is that there isn’t a magic formula. The good news is there are a number of very simple things you can do to improve your marketability.

Here are four easy steps:

1. Update Your Resume As Soon As Possible

This might sound simple, but it is by far the most important (and first) step in a job search. You need to have your resume ready to roll at a moment’s notice.

The way I see it, there are two kinds of job seekers. There is the job seeker that draws confidence from being prepared and then there is the kind of job seeker that gets blindsided by the unexpected. I know which kind I’d rather be.

The best time to focus on your resume is when you don’t need it.

2. Figure Out Who Your Resume Is For

Man speeds up his job search by optimizing his resume

Is your resume for you or is it for prospective employers? The resume might have your info, experience, and accomplishments on it, but ultimately, the documents that make it past the ATS not only have the right amount of keywords peppered throughout, but also show, very clearly, what the applicant can do for the potential employer.

When writing your resume, always keep potential employers at the forefront of your mind. Make sure you quantify your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Give them a preview of the kind of positive impact you could have on their organization if they were to hire you.

3. Realize It’s Not About You

Woman uses strategies to speed up her job search

Really. It’s not. The most successful job seekers understand that it’s about what you do for others, not about what they can do for you.

This is a fundamental idea that for some I hope turns the act of “networking” completely upside down. In every interaction, the most important thing is to demonstrate, “How can I help YOU?” It’s the folks that unselfishly look out for those around them that make opportunities happen. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

What connections can you help make? Ask open ended questions. You may even choose to treat the conversation like an informational interview. What professional needs does the other party have and how can you fill them?

4. Determine Your Target

Man makes a phone call while looking for a job

This is such a simple concept, but it’s probably the biggest obstacle I see with many of my clients. You have to have a target. It is as easy as that. How can you expect to reach the goal of employment without aiming for a bull’s-eye?

The first step is to clearly identify the job/profession/industry you are targeting. You may even have a company that you’ve always wanted to work at. (It’s always a good idea to have an interview bucket list—a list of companies you’re passionate about that you’d love to work for someday.)

Make sure that your goal aligns with your experience. Then (and only then) are you free to begin outlining a plan to achieve your goal.

Here’s an example:

I have an open door policy with my resume clients and I keep tabs on them throughout their job searches. Out of all the resumes and resume clients I’ve ever had, only one resume didn’t work. One. When I wrote the initial resume, my client was targeting retail sales positions. Then she called one day a couple of months into her job search wondering why she wasn’t getting any responses. I asked her to send me an example of the jobs she was applying for and guess what? All the online job applications she had filled out were for human resources positions. No wonder her resume didn’t work!
After rewriting her resume, she found work relatively quickly and it just goes to show how important it is to aim before you pull the trigger.

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Know your audience, be proactive, and remember that it’s not about you. If you apply these things to your job search, you’ll be employed in no time!

Need more help with your job search? We’re here for you!

Check out our FREE resources page and Live Events Calendar.

Or, join our career growth club today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!

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5 Things You Should Do While Looking For A Job

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Anyone who’s ever been unemployed (or looked for a job while employed) knows how stressful and exhausting the job search process can be. So, during your job search, should you feel guilty for taking some time for yourself?

The short answer: No. Of course not.

If we’re not spending every waking moment applying for jobs, sometimes it’s easy to feel guilty—like we’re not doing EVERYTHING we can to land our next job. This strategy of applying for as many jobs as possible and hoping for the best actually doesn’t help anyone get a job faster. In other words, choosing quantity over quality. This is the wrong mindset to have, and it does more harm than good.

The job search process is about working smarter, not harder.

Think about a normal work day. It’s pretty balanced, right? You get up, go to work, come home, and still have hours left in the day to do whatever you want. Your job isn’t the only thing you have going on in your life. That’s why it’s called work-life balance. To sum it up…

Your job isn’t your whole life. So, your job search shouldn’t be either.

Here are some ways you can take time for yourself as you look for a new job (because you deserve it!):

1. Exercise


When you’re unemployed, here at Work It Daily we like to say this is an opportunity for you to get in the best shape of your life.

Taking care of yourself is important and regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for both your physical and mental health. It’s a great way to relieve stress and it may even help you sleep better.

Take advantage of the free time you have after applying for jobs and get moving! Chances are, you’ll walk into your next interview with more confidence and an extra spring in your step.

2. Read


Nothing helps us detach from our busy lives like reading a good book.

Quiet those racing thoughts by reading—any genre will do! Reading may help you learn something new, gain new perspectives, and help with empathy (all things that will benefit you at your next job).

Knowledge is power!

3. Network


Although you may dread networking, think of it as a necessary evil. Sure, it sucks having to step outside your comfort zone and you’d rather be doing other things. But nothing can produce positive career results quite like networking. There’s no substitute for it.

If you’re between jobs, you should devote some of your time to networking. You’ll meet new people in your industry, and connect with those who have similar interests and career goals. If it doesn’t help you get your next job, it may help you get a job down the line.

4. Visit Family & Friends


Sometimes all we need when we’re feeling down is a visit with our family and friends. They’ve supported you through tougher times, and they’ll support you through this transition, too.

When you’re starting to doubt yourself, they will remind you of your strengths and accomplishments. They’ll give you that confidence boost you need. At the very least, you’ll have quality time with the people you love—time you don’t always have when you’re working every day.

5. Learn A New Skill


One of the best ways you can spend your time during the job search process is by learning a new skill.

Whether it’s getting certified or taking a class, this skill should be applicable to your new job. You can add it to your resume, and it shows employers you’ve been doing something productive for your career, even when you weren’t employed.

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If you try these five things (or just one!), you’ll transition to your next job with ease—and it won’t feel like you’re just waiting out the clock. Be proactive and take ownership of your career like never before! You may be looking for a job, but don’t let that stop you from living your best life.

Need more help with your job search? We’re here for you!

Check out our FREE resources page and Live Events Calendar.

Or, join our career growth club today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!

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Resume Tips – Land your dream job today

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We get messaged a lot on the LEETjobs Facebook pages with people asking advice about their resume.  Or how should they apply to a certain job etc.  So we wanted to address some of this in this article. You can have the best resume for each job post with just a little work. Before we […]

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