8 Stand out resume tips - Easy to implement
Resume tips to standout for tech interviews
6 to 7 seconds is what it takes a recruiter to decide on your Resume. This is an average number as per Indeed analysis.
Here are 5 changes you can make to your Resume today to Stand Out of others
Tip #1 - Use action words to begin each sentence.
Some common action or impact words are
Designed Developed Accomplished Implemented Architected Deployed Optimized … Using these words shows that you have accomplished something .
Tip #2 - Show results with supporting data.
Instead of saying you did something, add some metrics to it. Eg: Improved performance of code by 50% with my algorithm.
Generally this is presented in this format: Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z]
Tip #3 - Highlight key achievements in bold.
Key achievements are lost among huge content in your resume. So always highlight them in bold to instantly grab attention.
Tip #4 - Include leadership points.
Many tech/coding resumes forget to highlight some of the leadership initiatives you have taken. Try to add some of them so that you are different from others.
Tip #5 - Keep the resume format clean and readable with bullet points and numbers.
Having a cluttered resume pays the penalty of being ignored. So have a clean resume. Some prefer to have colored resume but it’s up to individual choice.
Tip #6 - Include links to your personal projects
Personal projects certainly adds weight if done right. If you have personal projects that you are proud to share , adding them to resume keeps you out of the crowd.
Tip #7 - Include contact information
Make sure the minimal contact information includes
- Personal website (if any)
Tip #8 - Use STAR method
If you can reword the descriptions of each work item into STAR method that would add a great value.
If you are not sure about STAR method, here is a quick summary.
Situation: What was the situation or problem, or conflict you were facing?
Task: What were you tasked with or What are your responsibilities or goals?
Action: What action did you take? What did you do to solve this problem? (Don’t miss Tip #1 i.e. start with action words)
Result: What was the result or outcome of your action? How did it benefit the organization? Can this result be quantified?
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