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04 Jan

Rhomiela Diafante

Associate Consultant

This post originally appeared on Job Search Ninja


You need to stand out. If you’ve been job hunting for a while without getting any response, maybe it’s because your resume is nothing special. And maybe you think it’s supposed to be that way.


You’ve heard that you shouldn’t use fancy paper or a large font on your resume, and that is correct. However, many people also believe that their resume should include the same details as everyone else’s, because that’s what hiring managers expect.




At Integrity Staffing Solutions, we believe that no resume should be “nothing special,” because there’s no such thing as a person with nothing special to offer. The resumes that get noticed are the ones that showcase the individual’s unique skills, accomplishments or selling points – what he or she will bring to the job that no one else can.


Is your resume missing this competitive edge? If so, it needs a rewrite. Find the one thing that sets you apart and play it up for all it’s worth. Whether it’s a special achievement, advanced training certificate, employee award or other selling point, it should be first and foremost on your resume.


Not only does this one thing make your resume stand out from the rest, it also makes you more memorable to those reading it. They’ll associate your name with this fantastic fact and want to learn more.


Maybe at this point you’re thinking that you just don’t have anything outstanding to share. Talk to your friends and coworkers – they may be able to point out strengths and abilities that you always took for granted and thought were “nothing special.” Personality traits are at least as important as job history in determining a person’s career success; that’s why we always make them a big part of our hiring decisions. So even if your special thing is as simple as going the extra mile to support your coworkers, put it down. It could be just what an employer is looking for!


This is not the time to be humble. When you’re looking for work, you need to speak up and show the world what you have to offer. And you DO have something to offer. All you have to do is figure out what it is, and let it take your resume from one of the crowd to leader of the pack.



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