Simple ways to stand out
That's why it's important to find the right balance of information: You want to put enough to prove that you're qualified, but you don't want to bore the hiring manager with pages of useless bullet points and details.
If you want to spruce up your existing resume to compete in the job market, Business News Daily rounded up some of the best expert resume tips to help you land an interview.
Create a striking visual
"Think about the way a hiring manager would read your resume – starting at the top and ending at the bottom," she said. "However, if they don't finish reading the whole thing – and they often don't – you still want to ensure your strongest points come across."
Craft a career snapshot
"With the career snapshot, you present a branding statement that briefly explains your unique value as well as your skills and qualifications. This would then be followed by a few bullet points that highlight your experience and your accomplishments," said Tomer Sade, CEO of Wise Data Media. "Whatever you list here should be relevant to the position you're applying to."
"The top third of your resume is prime resume real estate," added Lisa Rangel, an executive resume writer and official LinkedIn moderator at Chameleon Resumes. "Create a robust summary to capture the hiring manager's eye."
Optimize your text
"Make sure you've carefully reviewed the posting and ... [used] the appropriate keywords in your resume to get past the screener," O'Brien said. "Be truthful, but understand that the first pass on your resume is likely via an ATS."
"Customize your resume for every single job application," added Dana Locke, certified professional resume writer (CPRW) and manager of the resume and research departments at Impact Group.
Think beyond your job duties
Similarly, Cheryl Hyatt, CEO of Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search, advised including any promotions or recognitions you've received since your last resume update.
"Integrate recent achievements and awards into the existing format," Hyatt said. "Conversely, it may be time to trim off items you listed previously that are no longer relevant to your focus."
You shouldn't ignore your skills section either. Sade reminded job seekers to list any industry-relevant apps or programs they're familiar with, as well as find ways to incorporate examples of their soft skills (e.g., work ethic, multitasking, reliability) into their job descriptions.
Use the right language stand out
"Words such as 'professional,' 'results-driven' and 'detail-oriented' provide very little helpful information," Sade told Business News Daily. "It's better to use actual job titles than these words."
Diya Obeid, founder and CEO of applicant tracking software JobDiva, agreed, noting that you should remove buzzwords like "best of breed," "go-getter," "team player" and "go-to person" from your resume.
List your social media profiles
"If, and only if, your social media accounts are filled with professional posts pertaining to your industry, listing them on your resume can be advantageous," said Richie Frieman, author of "Reply All … and Other Ways to Tank Your Career" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2013). "They can show you have a strong network and are up to speed with modern-day marketing and communications practices. The hiring manager will see that you like to keep up with what's happening, and that you care about learning more."
Check for errors
"Make sure it's error-free and easy to read. HR reps equate typos and errors with laziness," Obeid said. "Use good English – the written word has a huge impact on the employer."
However, typos aren't the only type of mistakes to watch out for.
"Candidates often submit applications addressed to the wrong employer or even outline irrelevant experience to the role," explained Yao. "Most employers are realistic about that fact that you've likely applied to other jobs, but they are looking for evidence that you are seriously interested in the role and care enough to put something cohesive together. Receiving a resume that's crafted and addressed to someone else (or worse, a competitor) can be a huge turnoff and will set a negative tone even if they do choose to continue reading your applications."
Additional reporting by Nicole Fallon. Some source interviews were conducted for a previous version of this article.