As a job seeker, one of your biggest hurdles is standing out from the crowd, in a good way, of course. With online job boards, the playing field has been leveled and more people than ever have access to a given opening, making the task of standing out more difficult. Follow these tips to help make yourself stand out to hiring managers:

Use a Simple Design

You’ve worked so hard formatting your resume, but do you really know if all your formatting tricks will accurately translate to the hiring manager’s computer? No. Your work of art might appear to be a jumbled mess when the hiring manager pulls it up on his/her computer. Keeping your resume simple is a good way to prevent common formatting issues.

Adjust Resume Keywords

With many online application systems comes automatic computer scanning. With these types of systems, it won’t matter how much quality experience you have, if you don’t include the right keywords, your resume will be overlooked. Your resume in its current state is not perfect for every open position, so you need to go through and customize. Having trouble choosing your keywords? Pull words and phrases from the job application!

Put Most Up-to-Date Information at the Top

With hundreds of resumes coming in, it’s safe to assume that the standard hiring manager might not be thoroughly reading through your resume. Keep it simple. Highlight your most relevant skills and experience first and then work your way down to other information.


It’s ok to let your personality shine through on your resume. While taking advice and critiques from trusted mentors, remember that your resume is supposed to represent you. Always keep your resume true to yourself, because it will give hiring managers a better idea of who you are as an individual.

Standing out when applying for jobs is tough, but not impossible. If you follow these tips, you can be confident that your resume won’t get lost in the shuffle, but rather in the hands of a hiring manager.