While some people are enjoying the lazy days of summer poolside (how I wish I was one of them!), many others are hitting the pavement looking to find the perfect job. But with the large pool of recent college grads plus seasoned professionals looking to make the next big leap in their careers, how do you get noticed among all the prospects?
Obviously you want to put your best foot forward and highlight your skills and experience in a concise and eye-catching way. But what about some out-of-the-box ideas to help take your resume from plain to perfection?
If you have graphic design skills, or a good friend with those abilities, put them to good use to jazz up your resume. It’s probably best not to go too crazy with design, unless you’re seeking a job in a highly creative field, but a small touch here and there may be just enough to stand out.
Even a small adjustment, like changing the position of your contact information, can be enough to catch a hiring manager’s eye.
Another great way to set yourself apart is to infuse a little color – both in explaining your qualifications and in the paper that you choose. While pink and scented may not be the most professional option, adding a hint of color can help your resume move to the top of the stack – and the call-back list. Your local FedEx Office® has an abundance of paper choices, from brightly and lightly hued options to cardstock, that can help add just the right amount of pizzazz.
You might even consider choosing a few different colors and textures and tailoring your paper choice to fit the personality of each company where you apply. This is also a great way to add a touch of creativity and innovation to a portfolio.
Crunched for time and don’t want to wait on copies? Heading to an out of town interview and left your resume copies at home? No problem. You can use FedEx Office® Print Online to submit your print job and pick it up at any store. You can access and preview various paper types using the Print Online platform, which is a nice way to visualize what your finished resume will look like before hitting submit. Plus, if you’re away from your home computer, you can upload your file from the cloud and submit it online.
Do you have a creative resume or job hunting tip that has helped you land the position of your dreams? If so, we’d love to hear it!