The job hunt is tough, as we know, but you can make it that much easier by improving your resume. Sometimes the problem may not even be your qualifications, it may simply be your resume. Make sure yours is saying what you want it to say!

1. Don't be humble

Resumes are a place to BRAG! If you won't hype yourself up on your resume, where else are you going to do it? Outline your biggest achievements for each position and show that you're able to drive results when you work, no matter what the position is.

2. Make it easy to navigate

Emphasize your headings and make sure that the more important headings (i.e. your name) are identifiable among your other already-emphasized headings. Also, place things on your resume in order of importance, rather than chronologically. It's a lot less important to employers what order you worked jobs in compared to how relevant those jobs actually are to what you're applying for.

3. Make sure your contact information is accurate

It'd be kinda funny if a potential employer were to see your resume, read your resume and then actually choose to pursue you as a candidate, only to not be able to reach you. With this in mind, also consider what they may encounter while contacting you: is your voicemail unprofessional? Is your profile picture on your email something super weird? Make sure it's all under control before sending out your application. 

I also always recommend straying away from using your address on your resume, there is no reason a potential employer should know where you live, for safety and privacy reasons. Your city is enough for them to go off of.


4. Don't include your high school 

Unless you're a college freshman and have some outstanding high school extracurricular activities or achievements, keep everything high school-related off your resume. At this point it's a little outdated and will make you seem younger and less experienced than you really are. However, you can  include jobs from your high school years. While working in retail or in fast food may be completely unrelated to what you're applying for, the soft skills you learn can be transferred to any kind of job!

5. Don't include reference information

It's great if you have references ready to provide a potential employer but don't put them on your resume or offer them up unless asked. It's way more information than they need that early in the application process and, this way,  your reference will only receive calls when they are expecting them (and will be better prepared for them).

6. Be creative

Regardless of what kind of position you're applying for, there's always a way to make your resume look (or sound) creative and set you apart from the others. Do some research online and see what additions you can make to your resume in that sense.

7. Customize your resume for each job

This is definitely a lot of work, but by using the information from the job posting within your resume, you have a much greater chance of getting contacted for an interview. You don't have to completely rework your resume for each job, but definitely switch things around on your original resume to make it suit the job better. This can include rephrasing your skills and past job tasks to include key words straight from the job posting or even just including the exact company name or job title in the resume file name.

The job search is tough, but it can be just a little easier when your resume is up-to-date - not just information-wise, but also up-to-date on current resume trends, including some of these. I wish you best of luck and remember: when in doubt, have someone proofread your resume!

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