The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
While it is ideal to effortlessly craft a masterpiece resume that's irresistible to any employer, the reality is most people hate writing their resume and the result can often be obvious in the finished product. Poorly presented resumes communicate a lot more than what is written on the page. They tell employers that the candidate may lack attention to detail, follow-through, and quality.
The simple solution is to have a professional help you, but while that’s not always feasible there are some things you can do to instantly make your resume more competitive with the professionally written resumes used by many of your fellow candidates.
1. Accomplishments are the name of the game! In today’s job market, you must be able to show you can create results. Do so wherever you can – in your introduction, job descriptions, education. Accomplishments are preferably measurable, but can be any kind of unique contribution (i.e. time saved, processes improved, corporate awards, academic honors, etc.) These will set you apart from candidates who just list responsibilities.