How Much is Too Much: The Guide to Making Your Resume Stand Out – But Still Look Professional

September 19th, 2014

Resumes are a tricky art. You want to put enough information on them so your potential employers are genuinely interested in calling back but you don’t want to submit a 19 page manifesto about everything you have ever done professionally. How much is too much? Here are a few ideas for making your resume stand out and still look professional.

  • Design an infographic. Are you applying for a job where creativity or visual media is part of the job? Or does the company take pride in a culture where innovation is cultivated? Infographics are fun ways to visually showcase your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Create one in conjunction with a traditional resume so you have both tools available when applying to different companies. However, avoid too much added fluff to your regular resume. Keep the font readable and stick to black and white with no graphics.
  • Use good keywords and avoid buzzwords. Keywords are good, buzzwords are bad. How can you tell the difference? A keyword provides very specific information about your and your background. They are often action words or language that is common in your field of expertise. For example, an administrative assistant should have comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office so spell it out on your resume. A buzzword is anything that is commonly used in corporate lingo that doesn’t mean anything when analyzed. These include “outside the box,” “team player,” and “multi-tasker.”
  • Chronological versus functional. There are two primary resume formats you can follow. The chronological lists your jobs in order starting with the most recent. It includes company names, dates of employment, and a bullet point list of experience and accomplishments. A functional resume focuses more on what you’ve learned and is great for someone just out of college or who is changing careers. There are also hybrid approaches that may work best for you. Research these formats on the internet to learn more.
  • Make your presentation fit the job. The most important thing you can do is tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying. This goes beyond rewording the objective statement to fit the different job titles. If you’re applying for a web commerce company, create an online portfolio site that showcases your experience. If you are applying for a restaurant management group, design a resume like a gourmet menu. The options are limitless but always make sure they are appropriate.

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