Building your resume: Here’s how to make it stand out


How often can you show your recruiter that you are really good at a job in just a single glance at your resume? Although, online portals have made it much simpler for applicants to submit resumes. But it has increased the number of candidates for the position by a significant amount. In this case, the recruiters are encumbered with CVs, and they are always looking for ways to condense the list and keep the best ones in line.

So that a typical hiring manager notices your resume, it’s compelling for you to make those first few seconds count.

To build your resume in such a way that it lands with as many interviews as possible, here are a few pro tips:

Include power verbs

While you are describing your previous employment experiences, use words such as ‘accomplished,’ ‘team player,’ ‘improved’ ‘initiated’ to highlight your qualities. These power verbs are not only catchy but simply goes beyond stating your responsibilities to emphasize the outcomes.

Simply, overdoing the same thing may get you rejected. Try to keep it subtle and to the point. Otherwise, you could just end up in the ‘rejection’ pile.

Quantify your success

The best way to describe your accomplishments is by showing hard numbers. Let your resume show ‘how much revenue you have generated for your previous company?’ ‘How much costing you have shortened with your efforts?’ ‘How many people did you train?’ Accordingly, your recruiter will have an idea of how you can be an asset to the organization. Through this process, your experiences and strengths will be magnified.

Manage to get to the bottom line of the job requirements of the company, say, they believe in sales or profit margins or tax savings and so on. Then evaluate the difference you and your team made. You can use phrases like ‘increased company sales by 5%,’ ‘initiated tax savings by 3%.’ Highlight your strong points in numbers without making it obvious and you are good to go.

Highlight awards & recognitions

Showing the recruiter that your former employer valued your contribution puts you in the spotlight. Insert another category in your resume for mentioning the awards/titles you have achieved. Using power verbs like ‘selected,’ ‘recognized,’ and ‘awarded’ would definitely add up quality to your resume. Be active on your Linkedin account and don’t forget to provide a link to your profile in your resume.

You can also ask your colleagues or superiors who are familiar with your work for written recommendations.

Show your qualities

Don’t just put your qualities precisely in one or two words. Try to beef up your game by including situations where you manifested these skills. Words such as incorporation, team-player, collaboration can automatically draw the attention of your hiring manager.

Ignore irrelevant information

Adding your external accomplishments which have nothing to do with the current position is never a good idea. Including a lot of information can sometimes backfire too. Better leave the part which is not exactly relevant to your resume.

Stick to the specific skills and requirements that the company is looking for. And, if your previous work is not relevant to the job description, you better frame your current skill that is well adjusted to the new role.

Don’t address a lot of things on your CV, because with a bunch of noise, the recruiter would have to find out what’s important, and trust us, they won’t. They’ll just pass it on.


With all these specifications on your resume, and a well-written cover letter you’ll be able to clear the first round. For further training, visit our website. We at Coding Ninjas offer you the best interview preparation course.