5 Minor Changes to Make Your Resume Stand Out

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by Jameela Hollingsworth

Have you ever wondered what makes a resume stand out? Or what makes it get lost within the "black-hole" of resumes recruiters often receive? Well, wonder no more! We’ve got you!

Here are five easy steps you can take to make your resume stand out:

1. Appearance is EVERYTHING!

Too many resumes have a cookie cutter image which doesn’t help you to stand out from your competition. It won't matter how talented you are if your resume doesn’t grab the recruiter's attention. We suggest that you:

  • Ensure you utilize a clean and creative layout, but keep it professional.
  • Choose an easy to read font and use it consistently throughout the resume.
  • Ensure you utilize bullet points to make comprehensive easy to read list for recruiters to follow.

Some great websites for resume templates are canva.com or uptowork.com. For the personalized touch, The HR Boss provides a resume writing service for Caribbean millennials.

2. Spell Check

Recruiters hate to read resumes with grammatical errors. Ironically, many candidates often list “attention to detail” as one of their skills.

Trust me - it is not a good look.

Ensure you double and triple -check your resume or utilize spell check.

3. Experience & Qualifications

Ensure you list your work experience and qualifications, starting with the most recent. Depending on the role you are applying for, you might want to give more detail on any relevant duties which can help your application by listing your responsibilities and any people you supervise.

4. Contact Information

Ensure you provide a current home, cellular phone numbers, email and mailing address.

Now you have successfully completed the steps mentioned, ensure you actually answer the phone. It is a pet peeve of recruiters to call a candidate and not be able to reach them because you're out of money (if you are a culprit-GET YOUR LIFE!) or unavailability.

Get it together – you wouldn’t want to miss out on an opportunity!

5. Sending it In!

If you are sending your resume via email, ensure you use a professional email address. A professional address consists of some part of your name.

If you decide to go the traditional mailing method (which is outdated and can cause your resume to get lost, not to mention recruiters hate piles of paper resumes.) Ensure you have the current mailing address and address it to the right person.

If you need a professional resume review or you need the whole thing redone, visit The HR Boss.


Jameela Hollingsworth is the owner of the HR Boss a Caribbean millennial career consultancy with readership in over 27 countries. The HR Boss was founded with the mission of helping Caribbean millennials kick butt and take names and be the Boss you were destined to be. The HR Boss is currently on its regional Career Tour with seminars being held in Barbados, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

Jameela is a qualified HR practitioner with over 6 years’ experience in Jamaica, Barbados and St. Lucia. At present; she serves as the HR Business Partner for a regional group of companies. 

When Jameela isn't being the boss she was destined to be; she spends her free time : traveling, spending time with the important people in her life and being Olivia Pope.