The average recruiter will spend no more than six seconds looking at your resume.
But hey, I don’t make the rules.
The good news is that there are three ways for your resume to stand out in that short time.
1. Quantify your experience
Put what you’ve done into numbers.
Maybe you’re a waiter, perhaps?
Instead of being “responsible for taking care of customers,” say that you “provided excellent service to over 80 customers a day.”
2. Write in the first person
Your resume is a personal account of your skills, not a job description.
Think about it: would you rather have someone talk at you or talk with you?
Talk with your recruiter by using the first person, making your resume more memorable.
3. Tailor to the industry
Professionalism doesn’t just come in black and white.
A resume applying to a sales position will look different than one applying to a career in graphic design.
Do your homework on the industry and customize your resume format to the position.
Your resume will only get 6 seconds of fame, so quantify your experience, have a conversation, and customize your resume.
You won’t regret it.