Employers will simply throw out an unprofessional resume and they will do it without even giving it a second glance. They simply do not have the time to waste by sorting through badly presented information. Regardless of how qualified you are for the position you are applying, if your resume is not in tiptop shape then you will never even get to the interview. Trying to make your resume stand out can be very overwhelming. The biggest mistake made by most people is that they include too much information. By keeping to just the vital information the important parts will not become obscured and passed over.
Simply list your skills, achievements, and experience. Do this in a concise, well organized manner. This will take some time sorting out what is impressive, what is important, and what should be left out. If you put in unimportant or non-impressive information, you will end up down playing your achievements that should astound.Of course, if you build yourself up too much, you will just sound pompous and full of yourself. By having a balance you will make your chances of getting an interview much greater.
If your education is a vital part of why someone should want to hire you, list it first; this is especially true if you do not have much real world experience in the field you have a degree in. If you are trying to get the job based more on your experience and expertise and have education, you will still want to list education first but be as brief as possible. If you have a degree, even if it has little to nothing to do with the job you are applying for, simply having the fortitude to complete a degree can get you the job. Also, employers recognize the difference in hiring a college graduate and being educated makes you appear more intelligent.
One of the most important parts of building a resume will be presenting your contact information.It may seem silly that, if nothing else, people would get this area correct but this is not always the case. If employers do not know how to get a hold of you it is very unlikely they will take the time to try and track you down. Regardless of how well you fit their needs. Be absolutely sure that everything is spelled correctly and double check phone numbers. You do not want to endure the embarrassment of getting an interview and having to explain how you spelled your own name wrong on your resume.