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Think Outside the Box to Get Your Resume Noticed


Lifehacker, October 17
If you want to get hired in today's job market, you have to stand out from the crowd, and that usually starts with a resume that gains attention. According to career experts, there are several different ways to think outside of the box to get your resume noticed. For one, you might want to consider re-writing your resume from zero, so that you can include as many of the key phrases and requirements that are mentioned in each job listing. By understanding how the social Web works, you can work to get your resume into the hands of influencers, or take advantage of other paid tools to promote your resume across popular Web sites visited by recruiters and hiring managers.
The first way to think outside the box is to "reverse write" your resume. Forget everything you already have on your resume. Open a new blank document, check the job description of the job you're seeking, and then write your resume in reverse chronological order. Focus exclusively on "what have I done that the people who wrote this description will like?" The process of building a resume from scratch that is targeted towards a particular job forces you to let go of the unnecessary material you have in your generic resume. You can also target and differentiate your application using colors and fonts, without being overly aggressive. The next time you apply to a company with a recognizable logo, for example, try using a bit of the color scheme somewhere in your resume.
There are also ways to use the Internet to your advantage. For example, you can submit your resume to a paid StumbleUpon campaign or sponsor a Reddit ad. You can start randomly endorsing skills and recommending your contacts on LinkedIn. Send out some unsolicited recommendations to your previous colleagues, bosses, and partners. This has the effect of building up a bunch of goodwill towards you while reminding people you are out there. Make sure the recommendations aren't generic because people can see your other recommendations, but you can keep them short. There are also riskier strategies. For example, you can pick a Twitter or Facebook fight with a professional expert in your field. This may turn off some employers, but it may have the effect of getting your name in front of leaders in your industry.

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