Surely, many people are vying for the same job position; in other words, a lot of people are competing against you. How will you beat them all if your resume is practically the same as theirs? How will the interviewer notice your resume if you sounded just like the others? If you want to outshine the other applicants, you have to be exceptional, and you can do that by not conforming to the way other people write their resumes.
The secret to being a nonconformist resume writer is to write from the heart and describe yourself—you and only you. Don’t mimic the language and style of other people. If you think that being unique takes a lot of work, think again. It’s harder to reorganize somebody else’s resume to suit your background than it is to simply start writing something that describes you.
Yet, how can you pinpoint your distinctive values? Here are few questions that can help you in defining your uniqueness.
1. What are your talents and skills?
Talk about your special talents and skills. Say something about the compliments you get from other people about these abilities, but remember to keep it within reason. You don’t want to sound arrogant.
2. What improvements can you make for the company?
Tell something about your plans to improve the company if you’re given the opportunity to do the job.
3. How do you solve client/customer/employer issues?
Express in words how good you are at handling problems and issues regarding your clients, customers, employers, and coworkers. Specify your methods of solving sudden conflicts.
4. What do people mostly say about you?
If you have LinkedIn testimonials or thank-you letters, talk about them. Just remember to be prepared to provide evidence of these performance reviews.
5. Which projects do you enjoy doing?
Tell something about the projects that you enjoy doing, and talk about the specific skills that you used for those projects.
Identify your core values with the help of these questions. Communicate using your own words, and your resume will be much more unique and eye-catching for potential employers.