5 tips to make your resume go from meh to a-meh-zing.
Creating a stand out resume isn't as hard as you might think. By following these simple guidelines and tips you'll have yours up in no time!
Place your job title at the top of your resume like in the picture

An easy way to describe yourself as a professional is by constructing an original yet easy to understand job title. Get inspired by your desired career or how other professionals would describe you. You only have a couple of seconds to grab an employers attention so place your job title at the top of your resume. Your reader will get a better idea of what your resume entails. It's important to keep your job title in mind when putting down experiences/accomplishments. You can even keep the career title from the job you're posting for. Just don't forget to make it your own.

Some great examples from our own Young Potentials:
Creative and Graphic Designer: let them know you're a creative at heart but have the experience a graphic designer needs.
Communication expert: you're more than just a marketeer, you're an expert at connecting with people.
"while you'll want to list relevant information on your resume, you also want it to be appealing to readers" - Nida Sea, 2017.

Studaro receives about 20 different resumes every day that contain this one crucial mistake: not enough use of white/negative space. This tip isn't just useful when creating your resume, but can be applied to any text, poster... you have to create.

Usually a resume contains a lot of text. So it's super important to make sure your reader can rest his/her eyes when reading yours.

Quickly compare the look & feel of these two resumes. The one on the left is much easier to read because of the correct and balanced use of negative/white space. It's clear and easy to comprehend.The one on the right will have a harder time at grabbing the readers attention because of the long sentences and limited use of white space.
The same person, two different resumes. Your resume shouldn't just fit you, but also fit the job you're applying for.

We know it's a lot of extra work, but please don't forget this one. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all-resume. "In truth, there is no resume that can be designed for that purpose. Using that sort of resume won't receive any responses or recognition." - Nida Sea, 2017.

Change up your design, your use of language etc. depending on the job and company you're applying for. Some companies prefer edgy or fun resumes, while others prefer simple and clean ones.

Even more important than what your resume looks and sounds like, is what you choose to talk about. Never forget about the 4 basic elements to any resume and keep those in mind while creating one that fits the job you're applying for.

Employers (usually) read resumes on their computer screen. So send them your resume in a PDF file and not in Word/Pages/... format. Why? Link building of course!

When creating your pdf resume, make sure you add a link to your social media profiles (LinkedIn), your personal website (if you have one) or online portfolio (like Behance) and your contact information.

First of all, it's way easier to click a link on your resume than to look you up by hand. Most of the time they can't even be bothered. This way you'll direct them to your website or social media profile in the easiest way possible.

Secondly, it means you can limit the amount of information on your resume. If they can see/read more online, you can keep your resume neat and tidy.

Last but not least, it's smart to make your resume interactive. It will make for a more interested employer/reader.

We cannot stress the importance of this step. So many people forget about it, even though it's the easiest thing to do. You can either proofread it yourself, of let someone else do it. If you choose to do it yourself, leave yourself a couple of hours after creating it to proofread it. Further more, print it out, as people are more likely to see mistakes when it's on paper.

The better thing to do is for others to proofread your resume.

A graphic designer or visual creative can answer the following questions. Is your resume easy to follow? Is it structured? Does it stand out? Is it creative and attractive to a reader?

A professional from the field you're interested in can help you with: Are you highlighting the correct experiences/accomplishments? Are you selling yourself in a good way? Is it interesting to read? Is it too much or too little text? Are you using the right photo?

A language expert will correct your spelling and your sentences. Construction and style are just as important as anything else!

Good luck!
Download the Studaro Resume Template
Having trouble creating your resume from scratch? The Studaro Resume Template is easy to use, edit and will give you a head start. Simply add text, upload your picture and think about the skills you want to show off. Ready to use in Word or Pages. Download it here for free.
Studaro is working hard to give you all the help you deserve to further your professional ambitions. Do you have any questions or topics we haven't discussed yet, you can always let us know here.
JUNE, 4 / 2019

Text author: Georgina Cocker
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