5 Not-So-Common Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out (In a Good Way)

You know by now that setting your resume apart from others is absolutely imperative when it comes to landing an interview, especially for high-demand jobs where employers sift through dozens of resumes each day. But before you break out the wacky fonts, neon ink, or colored envelopes (by the way, all of those methods are bound to get your resume instantly rejected), consider some of these more professional, relevant, and uncommon ways to make your resume stand out.

  1. Make it interactive with an online resume. As suggested in U.S. News and Report, in addition to emailing a standard PDF or Word document resume, include a link to your online resume. This can be something as simple as a webpage that showcases your resume and allows users to click on specific parts of it for more information. This can work for nearly any job because online resumes can be tailored to the position. For example, if you’re applying for a job in a conservative business environment, keep your online resume simple and clean. On the other hand, if you’re applying for a job in a more creative environment, you can make your online resume more visually interesting with photos and graphics. Overall, an online resume can be a great way to let employers learn more about you while also demonstrating at least some technical prowess. Another tip: Make sure that the URL is simple and concise.
  2. Send along a PowerPoint presentation. Just like an online resume, a PowerPoint presentation can help expand your qualifications and can be tailored for nearly any field. Just check out this PowerPoint cover letter featured on Business Insider, which got the applicant interviews with Citi Bank and Bank of America. Use the PowerPoint to talk more about what makes you a great fit for the company, but be sure to keep it professional, easy to read, visually pleasing, and relevant.
  3. Use white space. Too often, job applicants will cram every single detail about their qualifications onto a resume. The result often looks like a difficult-to-read jumble of sentences and bullet points. Instead of going this route, pare down your resume to only include the details most relevant to the job you’re applying for and organize it in a way that makes good use of white space. White space is any space on your resume that is not occupied with type and it can be utilized to create a clearer organization of information. For example, you could use a triple line break to indicate the end of one section and the beginning of another, such as the jump from listing your education history to listing your work history. This way, all of the information is easier to read and digest, making the information on your resume pop.
  4. Include a QR code. You may have noticed the little square icon that’s popping up on everything lately, from grocery store circulars to Coca-Cola cans. This is what’s known as a QR code, which, when scanned with a smartphone, will take users to either a webpage or video online. You can easily create one of your own, as detailed on Optimal Blog, and include it on your resume for employers to scan. This can lead them to your online resume or portfolio. While you can be sure that not all employers will scan the QR code, simply having it available will show that you’re on top of technological trends and developments, which is never a bad attribute for a job candidate to possess.
  5. Send along an example of what you can do – or even just a box of donuts. If you’re applying for a job where you’ll be creating something on a regular basis, such as graphics, charts, graphs, or engineering specs, consider creating one on your own and submitting it with your resume (granted it won’t take up too much space in the employer’s office). This will show the employer that you undeniably have the skills to tackle the types of projects related to the position you seek. However, if you’re at a loss as to what to submit with your resume, a good old-fashioned bribe of donuts or other treats couldn’t hurt either! Of course, while donuts are not a fail-safe way to get a job, sending a box with your resume taped on top is bound to get you noticed, which can in turn convince an employer to bring you in for an interview.

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