How To Stand Out To Employers When Applying Online

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If you are hunting for a job but are not sure you are on a career path that is perfect for you, you are probably going to wind up doing something that doesn’t fit you very well, that you are not going to find fulfilling, and that you will most likely leave within five years. Doesn’t sound like much of a life to me. How about you? Are you willing to keep putting up with pinning your fate on the random turnings of the wheel?

Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job. That is beyond discussion.

Did you know a research made by shows that it takes only 6 seconds for a recruiter to look through your resume? 

The two resumes below include a heat map of recruiters’ eye movements. The one on the right was looked at more thoroughly than the one of the left because of its clear and concise format:

Incorporate these ideas to rise above your competitors.

1. Know the purpose of your resume

Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document was to land a job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you the job!

2. Format Your Resume Wisely “Do the Hiring Managers” Work for Them

  • Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type and clear headings
  • Selectively apply bold and italic typeface that help guide the reader’s eye
  • Use bullets to call attention to important points (i.e. accomplishments)

3. Make it fit within two pages

It would be considered more effective if you can consolidate within a single page. This helps you get recognized better among thousands of resumes that have been applied to the same job position.

4. Keep it current

You should keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that could be important.

5. Make it keyword friendly

If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles and job buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your CV from the pile. Confused? Don’t be. A marketing candidate might mention SEO, direct marketing and digital marketing among their experience and skills, for example. If you’re not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly mentioned when you input your job title.

Bottom Line: Even in this digital world, a quality resume is essential to your job search. And in a crowded market, it’s important to stand out from other job candidates. Once you’ve nailed the basics—your resume has a clean look, is free of grammatical errors, and clearly presents your skills and experience.


  • Did I miss something?
  • What works best for you when seeking for a job online?
  • Did you know that recruiters spend roughly 6 seconds scanning a resume?
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About the Author:

Vladimir is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of SeederList(Global Personal Branding firm).

The article originally appeared on LinkedIn Pulse News

September 4, 2015