Giving your resume and coverletter a little pop is definitely a good thing. You want to make your application noticed by thinking outside-the-box with a few ideas that indicate you are serious about your career. Here are a few ways to bring more attention to your resume:

1. Referral Quotes

Dust off any old referral letters and use some sterling quotes about your work and professional attitude to bring your coverletter to life! Isolate the quote in your introduction by making the font bigger and indenting it. Show your prospective employers why they should hire you! Use multiple quotes if you can.

2. Adding Visuals

This means graphs and perhaps charts to give your resume a visually striking appeal. Make sales numbers (for example) work for you by giving them true visual flare–hiring managers need to see data that can help their company success plain and simple if they decide to hire you. By providing visual evidence you are showcasing yourself as the talent they need to hire.

3. Be a Story-Teller

Craft a compelling story about yourself, work experience and career aspirations in your coverletter. Hiring managers want to see a strong communicator because that is one of the key components of a good leader and solid co-worker. Write about how you overcame odds and fought to be a candidate that they need to hire. Include projects, team-exercises and experiences that have built your character and shaped your career. People love stories especially true ones that reflect underdog spirit and an never-give up attitude!

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