Three tricks for making your resume stand out

Want your resume to get noticed? Brandon Rackley, regional vice president of Robert Half Technology in Nashville, shares three strategies job candidates, especially in the IT field, are using to catch employers' attention.

Twitter resume: While you can't say a lot in 140 characters, a job seeker can concisely share who they are, why an employer should call them and provide a website link that tells more about the candidate. Retweeting can spread the candidate's message. "It's the 30-second elevator pitch of 2013," Rackley said.

QR codes: These are here to stay, he said, adding that a quick response code enhances the message candidates are trying to send, but doesn't replace it. Especially for Web developers, a QR code can take managers straight to the code samples. "It speeds up the hiring process because they are going, 'I like your history, I like your story, let me look at your code.' "

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Infographic resumes: It may be good to keep a traditional resume on hand, but an infographic resume that includes charts or illustrations can help set someone apart, especially in creative and design areas. "For them to have an infographic type of resume shows they are on the cutting edge," he said.

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While no approach guarantees a job, innovative techniques do enhance an overall impression, Rackley said.

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"We are looking for candidates that are motivated to do great work," Rackley said. "If somebody has gone above and beyond to use all the different resources and tools to try to be recognized, it's probably a pretty creative, hard working, outside-the-box thinker. We want those people on our team all day long."

Jamie McGee covers tourism, entertainment and technology.



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