An HR manager takes less than 10 seconds to scan a resume before forming a sound judgment of an applicant. To stand out amidst the thousands of resumes, here are some things that you should definitely take into consideration to fit into your 2-page resume.

During job applications, many companies are still sticking to the traditional method of reading resumes. With over thousands of resumes lying on an HR manager’s desk, the smartest thing to do would be scan through a resume quickly before deciding if the applicant is suitable for a position. In fact, usually, an HR manager would take less than 10 seconds before forming a sound judgment of a job applicant. 

To stand out amidst the thousands of resumes, here are some things that you should definitely take into consideration to fit into your 2-page resume.

ITEM 1: Include your title, name, email and contact number

That’s right. Tip number one tells you to include your title, name, email and contact number at the top of your resume. Some of you may think that this is pretty straight-forward but you would be surprised at the number of people who may leave out some of these details. Also, some of us coming from different backgrounds may have names that is hard to identify with in terms of our genders. Hence, do not miss out your title too to avoid embarrassment on the recruiter’s side.

ITEM 2: Educational backgrounds 

Include the education institute that you had last attended together with the year of graduation. Remember to pen down your grade point average only if it is excellent, or compulsory. By not writing down your grade point average, there is a benefit of the doubt on how well you perform in school

ITEM 3: Work experiences

This is one of the more important subsections that an HR manager would look at and it would be extremely helpful to quantify your achievements in an organization. For example, indicate the cost-saving or revenue that you achieve for your company in dollars.

ITEM 4: Award and honors  

Employers love employing people who have some sort of achievements. So if you have achieved awards and honors in your previous organization or educational institution, remember to include them in. It could be a competition won in your academic years or even the happiest employee of the year in your previous workplace.

ITEM 5: Special skills 

Do you have special skills that are not reflected in any of the subsections? This subsection is dedicated just for that. You can put intangible or even non-tangible skills that you want your employers to see. 

ITEM 6: Hobbies

Most do not include this subsection but it is interesting for an employer. It could not only help them formulate an image of your character but also show that you are an exciting person. Most employers definitely would not want to engage a boring and workaholic employee. Therefore, write down your hobbies. It could be reading, running, traveling or even fishing. The more exotic your hobby, the more your employer would be interested in you. But be sure to not be engaged in exotic and weird hobbies.

ITEM 7: Travels 

If you have traveled wide and far, be it for school exchange, hiking trips or volunteering work, you definitely do not want to miss out on this. Details about your travel experience will show your future employers your ability to leave your comfort zone and remain independent. You can also share about the soft skills that you have acquired during your travels.

ITEM 8: Include live URL or QR code into your resume

In today’s digital age, everyone is basically tech-savvy to a certain extent. To stand out from the rest of the candidates, including a live URL in your resume. This would trigger the HR manager’s curiosity to explore more of you. This is ideal as a resume is only one or two pages. Do make sure that the URL is short and sweet. If typing of the URL is too troublesome, maybe you can also add a QR code into your resume.

WIth that, Student Competitions would like to wish you all the best in your resume writing and job applications. If you want to write a good cover letter, check out this template.


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