Let’s face it: applying for a job is kind of like being on Tinder. Superficial as it may sound, there is a quick and brutal ‘yes’ or ‘no’ swipe. In todays market – with too little jobs for too many talented people – that decision happens in a split second. Really – it takes you longer to look through those mutual Tinder friends: on average, your resume will be looked at for five to seven seconds. Ouch!
Somewhere in the piles of resumes there are letters with mistaken dates, listings of every irrelevant job or hobby or spelling mistakes. There are Word templates with plain layouts and hardly any details that are uplifting or that stand out.
So how do you catch attention and stand out – how to make a first impression that counts? It’s by dressing up your resume to make it visually appealing and personal, first and foremost. Make those first seconds count! How to boost your chances and create a well-designed resume if you have zero to little experience in InDesign or Photoshop? (Or no time?) You go to the online magic place: Etsy.
We had no idea, but there are tons of tasteful, cool shops that offer all set templates for resumes. Simply pick one that you love and fill in your own details. Costs: around ten euros. Impact: guaranteed.
PS. After you get your resume a pretty ‘outfit’, do make sure to raid it like crazy. At CHAPTER FRIDAY we’ve seen everything from mistaken names and dates, to listings of every irrelevant hobby and motivation letters that were either two sentences or two pages long. To get back to that Tinder analogy (a little full circle moment): obviously substance is more important than looks, but a unique first impression might just open a door to something new.
The resume’s we found above are from Odd Bits Studio, The Resume Boutique, Janna Lynn and LandedCo.
Let us know what your tips and tricks are to stand out from the rest in hopes of making it to an interview. We’d love to hear your strategies to stand out in this difficult market!