We’d all like to think our resumes are among the best. But let’s face it: some resumes look better than others, and work better, too!
After all the hard work you put into creating it, you expect your resume to do its job. These three simple yet powerful cues will turn up the volume on your professionalism and make your resume stand out from the rest:
Flawless Spelling and Grammar
Most recruiters have a zero tolerance policy for grammar and spelling errors. A single misspelled word or missed comma could take you out of the running completely.
Minor mistakes like these can be hard to catch, which is exactly why they matter so much. It shows a lack of attention to detail. If the job you’re applying for isn’t very detail-oriented, you might not think a typo matters. But whether you’re wanting to be a writer or a fry cook, you need to put your best foot forward at all times, starting with how you present yourself on paper.
Professional Email Address
A professional email address is often overlooked as a resume qualifier, but it can make you stand out against a sea of unprofessional-sounding emails.
Seriously, which one would you rather hire:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com?
The first might seem plain and boring, but it certainly doesn’t mirror the immaturity and un-professionalism as the second.
If you have your own website domain (i.e. an online portfolio, blog, or website) or your own brand, tailor your email address to match. If you don’t want to spend money on a professional email address, you can get a Gmail address for free and choose a name that makes you look polished and deserving of a great career (a lot of professionals use parts of their first and last name).
The Company’s Requirements
Another no-brainer but commonly missed cue, your resume should be tailored to the job and company you’re applying to. Their job posting is filled with hints about what they’re looking for, and these items should be somewhere in your resume.
At the very least, using the company’s verbiage can help you get around screening software and ensure a real recruiter sees your resume.
But more importantly, including the company’s requirements in your resume shows you actually read and understand their job posting and can meet their requirements.
Is your resume recruiter-ready? Contact me today for a consultation on how to craft a winning resume!