Ahead of the Competition

20 Jun
June 20, 2012

Run a Google search for tips about resume writing, and you’ll find thousands of guides hosted around the internet. Much of the advice is common sense: proofread, use proper grammar, make your best qualities stand out, etc. Yet, this quote from the Rockport Institute’s “How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resume” sums up the biggest problem to overcome:

Here’s an imaginary scenario. You apply for a job that seems absolutely perfect for you. You send your resume with a cover letter to the prospective employer. Plenty of other people think the job sounds great too and apply for the job. A few days later, the employer is staring at a pile of several hundred resumes. Several hundred? you ask. Isn’t that an inflated number? Not really. A job offer often attracts between 100 and 1000 resumes these days, so you are facing a great deal of competition.

How can any sane individual tasked with sorting through a thousand resumes possibly discern the value of each person behind the page?

These folks, especially Recruiters from HR, have an eye for the outstanding

A few days ago I finished meticulously updating my resume. I know that whoever picks it up will instantly know they’re holding a page from someone worth following up with.

Here’s how:

Focus, Language, and Design

Nobody enjoys trying to read something that looks messy. I invested particular effort beyond the content of my resume into the appearance of the page. Headers stand out, bullets are easy to read, my strongest points sit on top of the page. The layout is easy on the eyes, almost inviting. I included a QR code as well, which when clicked or scans navigates directly to this site and my portfolio. I built this entire site especially for my resumes and QR code I’ve included. The format adapts perfectly on any size screen of any device, and navigation is fluid with touch functions and standard pointing and clicking alike. Go ahead, load this page on your iPad or smartphone, or adjust the size of your browser window. You’ll see the layout dynamically adapt to the available screen real estate.

Nothing is stopping me from entering this industry, and it’s my responsibility to demonstrate my abilities to these hiring managers to help them make the right decision to hire me. By concentrating on effective, powerful, descriptive language, my readers can better sense the unrivaled determination driving my career. They deserve to know the truth: that I’m far ahead of the competition; that they’re holding a page created by someone who has exactly what they’re looking for.

I’m not just made up of potential. I can honestly and sincerely say that my success is inevitable, and my brand here on this site and in my applications reflects that. I’m excited to see where I go next in my career. Now, I continue sending out resumes, cover letters, and so forth.

Further iterations are inevitable, but I’d say this is a good start.

You can view my resume by clicking on this link. Did I succeed in writing an outstanding resume as I’ve claimed?

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