Does your resume need to be updated? Better yet, do you even have a current resume? By keeping your resume current, you’re always ready for whatever comes your way. Here are 10 tips to make sure your resume stands out in the crowd.

1. Look for Current Trends

Once you decide it’s time for a new resume, a great first step is to research current design trends. Ultimately, you need the experience to get the job, but you need a well-designed resume to get you noticed.

2. Find a Template that Works for You

If you aren’t a designer, no problem! You can find templates online and in various design programs, including Microsoft Word that makes assembling a clean and on-trend resume simple.

3. Select Simple Fonts

Whether you’re using a template or designing your own, one of the keys to the overall look is to not get too crazy with fonts. Typically, you should use no more than two per document, usually with one for headlines and the other for body copy. Avoid any of the more whimsical fonts in favor of those that are easier to read.

4. Organize Your Information

While a reverse chronological resume is the most common, it’s not your only option. Before you begin inputting your information, determine what you want to include, and the best order for it in the resume.

5. Use Real Numbers When Possible

Regardless of how you organize your experience, using real numbers in your description of the job performed is a great way to show what you can do. Instead of explaining in an abstract way what you were able to do, use numbers to show the growth.

6. Don’t Forget Your Contact Information

This seems obvious, but it’s important to make sure you include current ways to get in touch with you, including email, phone, and even your address. You can include additional links, like to your LinkedIn or own professional website.

7. Research Keywords for Your Industry

More and more, companies are using different software to scan resumes as the first round of screening. In order to stand out, you need to make sure you include keywords that resonate with your field so you’re more likely to get noticed.

8. Don’t Be Afraid to Play with Color

This one is a careful balance, but a few key touches can help highlight information and give your resume a ‘pop’ that helps it stand out.

9. Consider Adding a Profile

Including an objective has arguments for and against it, but if you have space, a brief profile about you and what you’re looking to do can add a personal touch that appeals to the employer.

10. Edit for Every Opportunity

Now that you have a beautiful and well-organized resume don’t forget to update it for every job opportunity. Customizing based on the role will give you a better chance of getting noticed because it’s tailored specifically.

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