DIY: How to Create A Resume that Stands Out

Regardless of your sparkling personality, great interview skills, or fascinating work history, your resume is a large part of whether or not you get hired.

Managers and Human Resource representatives often look through hundreds of resumes before hiring the right one for the job, so how do you create a unique resume that’s going to stand out? Thanks to a new media internship I took this past year, I learned how to do just that. Here’s a few tips:

Use a QR code

Putting a QR code on the top of your resume is the best way to show you’re tech savvy and know your way around the Internet, but only if you have website for it to go to. Create a online resume through one of the countless blog platforms with some information about yourself, but don’t forget to put a PDF version of your resume on it.

Put a picture of yourself on your resume

A little head-shot in the top corner will do, it will help interviewers remember you when they look through your resume later.

Put a few descriptions about yourself under your name

Three words or so will work. This will also help the people reviewing your resume remember a few solid things about you before they take a look at your work experience.

Use adjectives

Show that you actually paid some attention in English class. Adjectives and descriptive words, as long as their commonly known, will describe you and your work history in a more unique and intriguing manner.

Keep it short

You should never have a resume longer than one page; otherwise people will just skim through it. Never put more than two lines describing your work history at one job. Summarizing is key.

Use a bold or underlined format

The left side should list your job title in bold, and the right side should underline the place, leaving the rest of the text normal. This will show the important parts of your resume, just in case someone decides to skim.

Put a little color on your resume

As long as it’s not overwhelming, put a bit of color somewhere on it, again, it will help you stand out.

Always put references in

References are key. If you don’t have them, people might think you’re a terrible employee, but always ask the person before listing them.

Put an interests’ section somewhere at the bottom

Of course if you’re short on room, leave it out, but listing a sentence or two of your interests might stir up some conversation or give the interviewer a better idea of the things that drive you.

Don’t use the word intern

Well, at least not explicitly. You can’t lie, but put it under the job description, something like “via internship” or “through internship.” “News Writer” will stand out better than “News Intern.”

Keep in mind, this all depends on what job you’re applying for, you could vary it depending on how much you’re trying to show off your skills.

Remember: keep it simple, but make it interesting or intriguing to look at. Don’t overwhelm it, but one or more of these suggestions might help it stand out, even if it’s just a little bit. Your resume is the only thing people have to remember you after an interview, and it might even help someone decide you’re the right one for the job. Creativity can go a long way, but if all else fails, take a look at these or simply Google it.

Lexis Galloway Recent Suffolk University graduate and current Cambridge resident, I'm an aspiring journalist/novel writer and I can't live without coffee and my macbook. Oh, and I'm also TNGG's Current Events Editor and writer for TNGG Boston. @lexgalloway

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