Simple Resume Tips To Make You Stand Out

I read hundreds of resumes every month and too many of them are hard to read and make me groan in distress. If your resume doesn’t show off how you can help the employer, they will just go onto the next one.


Your resume is the first thing a potential employer judges you by and too many times people don’t take enough time to make it shine.


So what things can you do to make your resume stand out?

  • Simple is always best – no fancy fonts, no weird formatting and no flowery words. Well written text and information telling a future employer who you are. Make it easy to find out what you can do.
  • Create sections with bold print and bullet points of information. Long paragraphs are boring, hard to read and so people don’t and can miss what experience you have.


Resume Format – what your resume needs:

  1. Objective – I like these when they’re well written, hate them when they’re rambling and say nothing. If you’re going to use one make it short and tell what job are you looking for. No more, no less.
  2. Summary of qualifications – a great way to highlight your best skills and what employers care about  – 2-4 well written bullets about your background
  3. Education – if you’re a new graduate your education should be before your work experience, if you’re more experienced and have lots of work experience it can go at the end or the beginning; it’s up to you.
  4. Work History – or you can call it Experience. See below for format sample. List your most recent position first. Write in the first person – but leave off “I”. So instead of I see – See 15 patients daily……
  5. License and Certifications – list National certifications and State licenses that are active or in process.
  6. Other – you might want to include associations or volunteer work that relates to the job you’re searching for.

Here’s an easy to read format for your work history:


Name of Company, city/state                     Dates of employment

Your Title (Bold)

Bullet points of what your job entails and your accomplishments. The key is show value and not write general descriptions. Write good explanations of your day including type and number of patients you see, note any procedures – chest tubes, suturing, etc.

Also consider:

  • Margins – the 1” inch margins are not always the best, feel free to change them and allow more on each page.
  • Number of pages of a good resumes – 1-3 pages works best – not too long but long enough to show them your experience. 5+ pages and you need to do some editing.


What to leave off your resume:

  1. Personal information like – Date of birth, Social Security #, etc.
  2. Photographs
  3. Jobs from 12+ years ago
  4. Information on your children and spouse
  5. References names & contact information – you will send them when requested by the employer
  6. References Available Upon Request – everyone knows this so no need to waste space saying it


Final tips – read the job description of the position and review your resume for the skills required. If necessary tailor your resume for the position. Also, you might need more than one resume to focus on specialty or job title.



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