When you walk into a room first impressions count and when it comes to your resume there is no difference, so how will you stand out?
Your resume should be well presented, clearly laid out with detailed descriptions (where needed), in short giving the reader what they want and quickly. However don't fall into the trap of telling the reader every tiny detail about your life as it will only dilute the message which needs to be “I can add value to your organisation, hire me”.
I recently read an amazing article showing six of the most innovative resumes I have ever seen (of course these won’t work for everyone but you get the idea).
Your resume should cover off any gaps in your work history. There are many perfectly good reasons for being out of work and of course being unemployed does not mean anything negative, however people will always draw their own conclusions so why not take control of the situation and explain the gap.
A great way to stand out can be through sharing social media links to work you have published, CSR initiatives you have been a part of or generally anything that you feel will help an employer know more about you and see “the real you”. This also helps in the long run ensuring that your new employer will know exactly who you are, saving any surprises at a later date.
However a note to the wise, make sure that if you share your social profiles (Facebook, Twitter etc… that you are comfortable with sharing what they contain).
The eye is in the detail of what you write, make sure you resume is not just full of adjectives: hard-working, team player, fast learner. We want to see how you have done this.
If you say you led by example then tell us more, we would love to hear about the amazing project you ran from start to finish that drove an increase in sales by 20% year on year, it is clear, specific and measurable - this would certainly would make your CV stand out.
In 2014 Pritchett asked 300 CEOs to rank the most critical skills needed in the organisation to assure success in the future 36% said multitasking skills; 31% said initiative; 21% said creative thinking; and 12% said they look for something else (different to others) in candidates.
Finally ask yourself this one simply question "why should someone hire you?" when answering take a moment to see if those details are contained in your resume?