6 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out
Submitting a job application can feel a little like throwing a needle into a haystack. When so many people are applying for the same jobs, there’s no guarantee that your application will win out over anyone else’s.
But you can boost your chances of getting noticed by featuring in-demand skills and qualifications on your resume. When you go the extra mile to make your resume attractive, employers are more likely to take yours out of the pile, read it carefully, and call you in for an interview.
Your resume is more impressive when you back it up with numbers. Data and statistics give employers concrete facts about the things you’ve achieved, and they help employers form an accurate picture of your experience. When appropriate, include specific numbers like sales figures, revenue growth, marketing response rates, the number of events you organized, or the number of people you managed.
2. Social Media Links
Along with your contact information, add a link to your LinkedIn profile. If your profile URL is an unsightly string of letters and numbers, customize it and replace those random characters with your name. If you have a professional Twitter account, add that link too. Add links to your Instagram and other social profiles if they’re relevant to what you do—for example, if you work in digital marketing and media relations, or if you’re a chef and your Instagram features food you’ve created.
3. Software Skills
Do you have experience with computer systems or software like OPERA, Delphi, Salesforce, or Cloudbeds? Create a distinct section under Skills for software, and highlight the property management software or other hotel-specific programs you have experience with. If you have space, mention the number of years’ experience you have with the software and whether you’re an expert in any advanced functionalities.
4. Language proficiency
Lots of people put “Spanish” or “French” on their resume, but employers can’t tell whether the candidate just took a few courses in high school and then forgot most of the vocabulary or whether that person actually speaks the language in a professional setting. Add specificity to the "Languages" section of your resume by including your level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or another international language standard. If you’ve taken an exam that proves you’ve mastered a level, that’s ideal. But even if you haven’t, you can note an estimated level. This shows attention to detail and lets employers know that you’re serious about speaking a language.
Have you earned AHLEI certification, or are you certified in marketing, culinary arts, accounting, security, or another area? Feature that certification prominently on your resume. If your certification involved completing a project or a hands-on challenge, give some details about what you accomplished.
6. Volunteer work
Include a section for volunteer work, and add meaningful information about causes you support and events where you’ve helped out. This lets employers know that you’re involved in the community. It also suggests that you’ve got important soft skills like teamwork and empathy, which are necessary to sudcceed in a hospitality setting. Showcase your leadership experience by noting times when you spearheaded a volunteer project or organized a group of volunteers. Any volunteer position in which you interacted with the public—like as a docent at a museum or a greeter at a church—is especially worth highlighting because it signals that you’re comfortable welcoming guests.