Building a Resume That Will Get Noticed

Is your resume holding you back from getting your dream job?

You can use this guide to create a resume that will get you noticed, and called in for an interview.

The Good.

What makes a resume a “good resume”? Every resume should contain the following information.

  • Your name, a phone number and email where you can be reached. Leave off your home address.
  • Education— Detail when you went, what degree or certificate you received, and where it is from. If you’ve graduated more than 10 years ago, put education under your previous employment.
  • Previous employment- List relevant work experience to the job that you are applying for. 3-5 places is perfect. Detail when you worked there, what the highest position you held was, and where you were employed.
  • A list or graph of your skills and your proficiencies.
  • Use numbers to quantify your accomplishments whenever possible.
  • Use keywords to amp up your resume—If you’re a web designer, make sure that you’re including keywords like HTML, CSS, etc. If you’re applying online, mimic some of the keywords in the job posting.

The Bad.

What makes for a bad resume, that gets passed over time and again?

  • If you’ve held a variety of jobs in different fields which have only lasted a short amount of time, only list the jobs that relate to the one you’re trying to get. You may have gained a lot of valuable experience, but constantly changing jobs creates questions as to why, and you may be passed over for someone who has a more stable work history.
  • Anything negative about a company or boss. You should not have to provide any reasoning as to why you left your previous positions on your resume—leave those questions to be answered in the interview.
  • Using empty words like “go-getter” or “self-motivated”. Everyone says that—be different and set yourself apart from the crowd.
  • Obvious spelling/grammar errors. Take your time, proofread your work, have someone else read through it. Read it backwards and forwards.
  • Leave your hobbies at home unless they directly relate to the job you’re applying for. A sports company probably won’t really care about your house plant collection, but they’ll be interested in your adult soccer league.
  • Not saving your file in a .PDF, or using fonts that are not standard. Your resume may look gorgeous with a Lato Narrow font, but if the person opening your resume does not have the font, your resume is going to look like a jumbled, unformatted mess.

Tricks to Discern Your Resume From the Rest.

  • Instead of using a Microsoft Word resume template, use business newsletter template in Microsoft Publisher
  • Bring the eye to the parts of your resume that you want noticed, with color, bolding, italics, etc. Just be tasteful, and don’t let the formatting take over.
  • Be yourself, be professional, but show that you’re creative and that you’ve taken the time to make your resume look its best.

Resume Template

Click the image below to download a .pub of the template. Edit your new resume, using the tips and tricks we have outlined in this article. Did you get called into the interview? Let us know in the comments!



Grace is a technical writer, whose passion is creating guides and how-to's to help people figure out what eludes them. She loves to find out how things work and teach others what she has learned. She has a wide variety of interests, from gaming and technology to cooking and being out in nature.

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