Cool resume templates
You've probably heard of the show "Pimp My Ride," where a lucky person has a
chance to turn an otherwise crappy vehicle into the beautiful car of their dreams.
Well, as beautiful as a 1978 Ford Pinto can get, that is.
The point is that there are ways to turn something not-so-beautiful into something
spectacular. The same can be done with your resume. So if you want to turn your
bland document into a job-getter, take a moment to review some tips that will help
you "pimp" your resume.
Tip #1: Focus on the Employer
One way to make sure that your resume is impressive in the employer's eyes is to
make sure you correlate your qualifications with their needs. In other words, as you
review the job posting, you want to zero in on what they're looking for then note the
qualifications that you bring to the table that match their desires. This way, they won't
have to play the match game on their own to determine how qualified you are for the
Tip #2: Try an Executive Summary
An executive summary is similar to an objective; however, it is a little bit longer
(about 60 words, or 3 typed lines), and describes your both your objective and key
selling points. So instead of simply noting that you're looking for a specific position,
you might mention that you're a Yale Law School graduate with experiences as a law
director who now seeks to showcase law talents in an executive position at ABC
Try #3: Narrow Down the Positions You Mention
It may bit tempting to take the approach of jotting down every job you've held in
recent years. But if you were laid off three years ago and took a four-month part-time
job to make ends meet, you don't have to mention it unless it is relevant to the
position you're applying for.
Tip #4: Emphasize Accomplishments AND Education
You probably hear quite often how important it is to emphasize your
accomplishments. In other words, it's important to discuss in action phrases what you
completed, not simply what you were responsible for. This shows that you were not
just given a task, but you got it done. Well, the same goes for education. It's
customary to mention the school you attended, year you graduated, and degree you
earned. However, there's nothing wrong with mentioning academic projects, advanced
coursework, and activities that are relevant to the position you're applying for. Also,
noting honors isn't a bad idea.
Tip #5: Don't Forget Your White Space
A great way to "pimp" your resume, or make it more attractive to read, is making sure
there is plenty of white space in the document. There's nothing worse than trying to
dig through a resume for relevant information. By creating bullet-point lists and
utilizing other ways to "open it up" with white space, you can make it easier to read -
definitely a plus.
Creating the right resume can make or break your chances of snagging the job you
want. So if you're dusting off an old one, consider these tips on "pimping" your
resume that can help make it a winner.