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  • Writer's pictureKaitlin Sutton, Certified Career Counselor

Create a Resume that Stands Out

It's said that you never get a second chance to make a great first impression. Your resume is just that--your opportunity to make your best first impression to potential employers. Here are some helpful tips to make your resume stand out from the others:

  1. Do Your Homework - As you apply for different jobs, study each job description for keywords that show what the employer is looking for in an ideal candidate. Many companies and organizations use algorithms that search your resume for certain keywords. Create a tailored version of your resume including those keywords from the job description for each position you apply for.

  2. Be Relevant - Research has shown that hiring managers tend to spend only 6 seconds per resume. Try to include only work experience, achievements, education, and skills most relevant to the employer. You can find the most relevant skills an employer is looking for by closely reading the job posting. You should prioritize important information higher on your resume to draw attention to key skills and achievements.

  3. Make it Organized and Concise - Organize data and information on your resume in bulleted lists and avoid lengthy paragraphs on your resume. Use strong action verbs when creating content on your resume. Avoid using "I" statements. When describing previous jobs or positions you have held, talk about what you did, how you did it, and the outcome of what you did in order to demonstrate your value to a hiring manager through your resume.

At Cornerstone Counseling & Wellness we offer a variety of career counseling services, including individualized resume writing assistance. To learn more, please contact Kaitlin Sutton at 434-515-2556 or via email at

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