What makes a resume stand out?

  • Brief statements – not sentences.
  • Descriptions of accomplishments - quality and quantity.
  • Transferable skills.

Compare these two examples

Which is more effective?


  • I worked as a cashier and waitress serving customers.  When new waitresses were hired, I sometimes trained them.


  • Provided friendly and efficient service to customers in fast-paced restaurant.
  • Balanced cash drawer without errors.
  • Trained new employees, assuring company standards were met.

The duties and activities are the same, but most employers would be more interested in talking to candidate B.

What makes B better?

  1. Responsibilities and duties are written as phrases – not sentences.
  2. Each phrase begins with a verb.
  3. Each phrase has an accomplishment.
  4. Quality work is indicated in both customer duties and cash activities.
  5. The person shows an understanding of good business behavior (quality and standards).

Be sure your resume will help you be selected for the interview!