How to Create a Resume That Stands Out

How To Create A Resume That Stands Out

Your resume is your ticket to earning an interview. Research shows that employers scan resumes within six seconds, so it’s important to quickly and effectively “sell” your skills and abilities to a potential employer. The layout, content and presentation are critical to achieving this goal. Here are four things your resume should include so it’s tailored to mirror the job description and clearly demonstrate, at a glance, why you’re the best fit for the role:

Career Summary Statement.

Set the tone for your resume with a brief, powerful statement of your professional brand, value and credentials at the very top of the page. This statement describes your functional expertise and industry in which you have the most experience. From there, you’ll want to identify your top marketable skills and strengths that will have the most appeal.

Who Did You Work For?

Include a brief statement that describes the scope (operation, aim, purpose), size, revenue, products, employees and geographic presence of the company – Who, What, Where, When.

For example:

  • $10 million family-owned global consumer goods company
  • Global leader in manufacturing of industrial products with 40,000 employees in more than 500 locations in 100 countries
  • World’s leading supplier of beverage dispensing and cooling equipment for top beverage brand owners, restaurants, convenience stores and hospitality chains, with US revenues of over $300M and 2,000 employees

What Did You Do?

In paragraph form, you want to provide a 13-week summary of your job. This should be 2-3 sentences/phrases that provide an overview of your day-to-day responsibilities, a description of team leadership and supervisory duties, systems/software you’ve worked with, etc.

For example:

  • Managed a global team that included one Accounting Manager, two Senior Accountants and three Staff Accountants. Developed and managed a $1.5M discretionary budget, covering operations and suppliers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, China and India.

How Did You Make a Difference?

Numbers draw more attention to your resume and are more believable, so quantify your accomplishments in measurable terms. Follow the Problem, Action, Results format. Include how you added value with examples such as boosting sales performance, enhancing products or services, ensuring compliance, expanding customer base, increasing customer satisfaction, solving problems, or reducing costs.

For example:

  • Coordinated and redesigned the North American consolidation reporting packages for actual, forecast and plan; efforts eliminated redundant work and increased reliability of financial reports.


Finally, keep in mind the Three C’s when developing a resume: Clear, Crisp, and Concise.Visit learn more.