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How To Write An Outstanding Resume From A Completely New Approach

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How To Write An Outstanding Resume From A Completely New Approach

Submitting a resume is like an audition; you have no idea who you’re up against and it’s up to you to stand out to secure the job. In today’s highly competitive job market, employers often look at tons of resumes and most look somewhat alike.  To get the job, yours needs to stand out. You’re objective in creating a resume is to get yours noticed. Don’t let your dream job opportunity slip away. Here’s some ideas on how to write an outstanding resume from a completely new approach.

1. Break The Rules

When you write your resume, you might feel constrained by all kinds of rules that you’ve probably heard from other people.

You should make decisions about your resume based on what will sell yourself best, not based on a arbitrary rules that everyone is expected to conform to.

It may feel risky, but breaking the standard set of “rules” of what’s expected may just be the ticket to get your resume to stand out. Try writing it on something other than paper, use multi-media, or maybe don’t use words at all. The sky and your imagination is the limit!

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    2. Incorporate Different Elements of Your Personality

    The best way to make your resume stand out from the rest is to incorporate elements of your personality and let who you are shine through. Take my resume below as an example:

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      I chose an infographic resume with lots of colors and images of things I specialize in. I used bright colors and fun graphics (like bacon!) to showcase my outgoing, adventurous, and humor-loving personality. I really wanted my resume to pop off the page and be inviting. Something someone would actually WANT to read.

      Use your talents and you’re strengths. If you’re a graphic designer, think about ways you can demonstrate that skill and design something that reflects you’re personality. If you’re an illustrator, maybe consider utilizing one of your illustrations in the resume. If you’re an architect, maybe create a blueprint with elements of you’re education and experience in it and perhaps include on of you’re favorite design sketches. Incorporating those strengths along with elements of your personality will really make your resume pop and be uniquely yours.

       

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      3. Try An Infographic Timeline

      Clarity and simplicity can create outstanding resume. Using an info-graphic timeline approach can showcase your growth and progress through the years in a clear and attractive manner. A timeline can explain how you’ve gotten to each stage in your career and convince the employer that you have a solid growth pattern and a lot of potential. This will clearly bring across that you can help the prospective company grow and evolve. You can use graphics, pictures, text, and numbers to showcase your story along your timeline to help walk the employer through your work and education history. This will make your resume stand out visually and could be really impressive if you take time to design it properly.

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        4. Make A Video

        Go beyond the page!

        Try your hand at creating a short video presentation. It’s definitely something most employers don’t see often (unless they’re in the film production industry). There’s sites like Prezi that help you create amazing presentations. Don’t fret, these presentations are nothing like your average PowerPoint presentation. A video is a great way to also showcase that you can think outside the box and use mixed media beautifully and creatively.

        Watch this example:

        Eric Jannot’s Resume (made with Prezi)

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        A video resume can be like your own personal teaser trailer and also a clever way to showcase your individuality and personality. Have fun with it, don’t take it too seriously, and make sure its not too long. Making a video is a great opportunity to chance to show your creativity, humor, and editing skills. When you produce your video, it’s good to focus on your experience and skill set that might be especially relevant to the position you’re inquiring.

         

        5. Show Your Love For The Company To Which You Are Applying

        One thing that will most likely entice your employer is a appreciation and passion for his company or business. It really showcases your strong dedication that you put into the job application and it demonstrates how much you want the job. One of the most impressing things to an employer is an eagerness to work and thrive.

        A clever way to demonstrate an appreciation for your prospective employer’s company is to creatively incorporate the company’s service/goods in your resume. It involves some thought and creativity, but if you can pull it off, it will make an outstanding impression.

        Here is what this applicant did to get a job with Pinterest:

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          Try to convey to the employer why you would be the right person to hire and what you can do for their company.

           

          No matter what you submit, remember that a resume is your opportunity to demonstrate why you really would be an excellent addition to a company. Have fun, break some rules, and take advantage of your creativity to land you the job you want.

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          20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

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          20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

          “Please describe yourself in a few words”.

          It’s the job interview of your life and you need to come up with something fast. Mental pictures of words are mixing in your head and your tongue tastes like alphabet soup. You mutter words like “deterministic” or “innovativity” and you realize you’re drenched in sweat. You wish you had thought about this. You wish you had read this post before.

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            Here are 20 sentences that you could use when you are asked to describe yourself. Choose the ones that describe you the best.

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            “I am someone who…”:

            1. “can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements.”
            2. “consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other people see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.”
            3. “has a very creative mind. I always have a unique perspective when approaching an issue due to my broad range of interests and hobbies. Creativity is the source of differentiation and therefore, at the root of competitive advantage.”
            4. “always has an eye on my target. I endeavour to deliver high-quality work on time, every time. Hiring me is the only real guarantee for results.”
            5. “knows this job inside and out. With many years of relevant experience, there is no question whether I will be efficient on the job. I can bring the best practices to the company.”
            6. “has a high level of motivation to work here. I have studied the entire company history and observed its business strategies. Since I am also a long-time customer, I took the opportunity to write this report with some suggestions for how to improve your services.”
            7. “has a pragmatic approach to things. I don’t waste time talking about theory or the latest buzz words of the bullshit bingo. Only one question matters to me: ‘Does it work or not?'”
            8. “takes work ethics very seriously. I do what I am paid for, and I do it well.”
            9. “can make decisions rapidly if needed. Everybody can make good decisions with sufficient time and information. The reality of our domain is different. Even with time pressure and high stakes, we need to move forward by taking charge and being decisive. I can do that.”
            10. “is considered to be ‘fun.’ I believe that we are way more productive when we are working with people with which we enjoy spending time. When the situation gets tough with a customer, a touch of humour can save the day.”
            11. “works as a real team-player. I bring the best out of the people I work with and I always do what I think is best for the company.”
            12. “is completely autonomous. I won’t need to be micromanaged. I won’t need to be trained. I understand high-level targets and I know how to achieve them.”
            13. “leads people. I can unite people around a vision and motivate a team to excellence. I expect no more from the others than what I expect from myself.”
            14. “understands the complexity of advanced project management. It’s not just pushing triangles on a GANTT chart; it’s about getting everyone to sit down together and to agree on the way forward. And that’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.”
            15. “is the absolute expert in the field. Ask anybody in the industry. My name is on their lips because I wrote THE book on the subject.”
            16. “communicates extensively. Good, bad or ugly, I believe that open communication is the most important factor to reach an efficient organization.”
            17. “works enthusiastically. I have enough motivation for myself and my department. I love what I do, and it’s contagious.”
            18. “has an eye for details because details matter the most. How many companies have failed because of just one tiny detail? Hire me and you’ll be sure I’ll find that detail.”
            19. “can see the big picture. Beginners waste time solving minor issues. I understand the purpose of our company, tackle the real subjects and the top management will eventually notice it.”
            20. “is not like anyone you know. I am the candidate you would not expect. You can hire a corporate clone, or you can hire someone who will bring something different to the company. That’s me. “

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