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3 Tips For Making Your Resume Stand Out To Recruiters

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Recruiters spend about six seconds on your resume. SIX SECONDS! That’s not a lot of time to sell yourself. If you want to make a strong (and positive!) first impression, you need to know what they are looking for BEFORE you write your resume.

Related: 7 Ways Your Resume Is Boring Just Like Everyone Else’s

Here are three tips from LinkedIn Influencer, J.T. O’Donnell, for making your resume stand out to recruiters:

1. List Your Top Transferable Skills Front And Center

Create two columns with those skills sets on the top fold of your resume. Why? Because recruiters want to see exactly what you’re all about from the get-go.

2. Choose The Right Format And Font

If you aren’t using the right format and there isn’t a ton of white space, you’ll overwhelm the reader and the content won’t get read.

Also, your font choice is very, very important. You don’t want to use one of those scripted curly-tail fonts. You want to use a clean-line font such as Calibri or Ariel.

3. Bullet Your Work History

You want to simplify the text wherever you can on your resume so it’s easier for the reader to absorb the information. Remember, this is about quantifiable accomplishments. They don’t want to hear about what your TASKS were; they want to hear about your ACCOMPLISHMENTS. So, by bulleting those numbers out and making them easier on the eyes, it really increases the chances that the recruiter will read that great information and want to give you a phone call.

There you have it! Did you like these tips? Check out our How-To Tuesdays series on YouTube for more great advice for your career.

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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.