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Why Small Resume Changes Make a Big Difference

Updated on September 11, 2014

Why it's 'the little things' when it comes to your resume

Nobody likes to be rejected when searching for a job, especially in a market where great jobs are hard to come by. But don't fret because there are some small tweaks you can make to your resume in order to be noticed by human resource managers.

As a recruiter, I see at least 100 resumes a day. Many of those I receive are unacceptable in so many ways. Knowing how to stand out from the crowd is critical when it comes to getting noticed so you can score an interview.

Human resources isn't so human anymore
Human resources isn't so human anymore

How to pass the computerized systems

Your first and perhaps biggest obstacle to scoring an interview is getting humans to see your resume. Many job seekers are completely unaware that people don't sort resume submissions, computers do!

Job seekers need to place key words and phrases from the job description into their resume so the software recognizes you as a viable candidate. So, in other words, you will need to customize each resume submission for every single job you apply to. Yes, I know, it's a very big pain in the neck, but it's the world we live in today.

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Most candidates don't have any life-saving skills on their resume, so having them helps you
Most candidates don't have any life-saving skills on their resume, so having them helps you | Source

Adding CPR to your resume is easy and effective

When companies post job openings online, hundreds of candidates flood the HR department with submissions. So how can you get noticed? Actually, you can get some CPR training, which is a quick and easy thing to do.

Contact your local YMCA or fire department and ask about getting certified in CPR. Once you do that, just add it to your resume in the "special skills" section. Every little thing matters in a world where recruiters are splitting hairs when trying to decide who to call in for an interview.

In the end, if the job is between two candidates of equal experience, the one with all of the extra bells and whistles on the resume is likely going to get the job offer.

Volunteering shows you care about people, and hiring managers look for that
Volunteering shows you care about people, and hiring managers look for that

Volunteering ideas

Here are just some ideas for volunteering in you local community:

  • Homeless shelter
  • Reading to the blind
  • Visiting hospitals
  • Big brother/sister programs
  • Helping war veterans
  • Animal shelters
  • Helping local schools
  • Community centers
  • Retirement homes

Volunteering on a resume is "Value-Added"

Yet another very simple and easy remedy for your job submission woes would be to volunteer in your local community. Most HR managers and recruiters will take it under consideration. Volunteering shows you care about your community, and it says a lot about your character.

Some job seekers really only care about their own well-being, and that manifests itself in interviews because those people usually ask about what the company can do for them (salary, benefits, vacation, etc.).

Take the road less-traveled and show you want to help others first. Employers love that sort of "give back" attitude because those qualities foster a positive work environment, and people who volunteer often become leaders in their workplace.

The right resume format makes a difference

If you have a sloppy or outdated resume format, then your submission will likely be deleted. If you feel lost from all of the internet's conflicting information about what a resume should and shouldn't have, then you're not alone. But don't worry because there are resume templates that can help you get your work experienced organized.

"The Ultimate Resume Template & Job Search Kit" is one such product because it's written by a recruiter who understands how to make your submission effective.

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    • celebassistant profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Daniel 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      It's the small details that matter, and always go the extra mile to impress!


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