Break tradition, be unique
Meet Bailey! Bailey came to meâ€”seeking rĂ©sumĂ© assistanceâ€”as a new nurse wanting to advance her career and gain entry into a graduate nursing program.
The challengeâ€¦ Baileyâ€™s original rĂ©sumĂ© looked likes thousands of others I have seen throughout my career. Instead of showcasing her experience, Baileyâ€™s original rĂ©sumĂ© hid her differentiating factors in a sea of black and white text. With a lackluster format, no appropriate prioritization of the most important elements of her candidacy, and a focus on what Bailey wanted in the next stage of her careerâ€”instead of how she could add value to an employer or graduate school cohortâ€”her rĂ©sumĂ© fell short of helping her stand out.
The turnaroundâ€¦ Key to differentiating your candidacy is creating a unique picture of your background. As you will see from Baileyâ€™s new rĂ©sumĂ© (view on www.ladybug-design.com/blog), focus was paid to creating a unique picture full of personality.
Qualifications summaryâ€¦ Instead of opening Baileyâ€™s rĂ©sumĂ© with a self-serving objective statement, a qualifications summary leads the rĂ©sumĂ©. This section allows the prioritization of the most important aspects of Baileyâ€™s candidacy, providing recruiters with a quick overview to facilitate their ever-so-brief screening process. An extension of the qualifications summary, a slightly more detailed overview was presented on the right side of the rĂ©sumĂ©. This section was designed to create visual interest, engage the reader, and extend the screening process.
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