What’s the best way to stand out in an applicant pool at first resume glance if your current agency isn’t necessarily a “sexy” one with a well-known name? (Portfolio aside)

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Nobody who matters in the hiring process is looking at your resume before they look at your portfolio, so don’t sweat it. Just have a good portfolio.

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Contrary to ACD1’s feedback, a resume can often be the first step in the candidate sorting process. If you’re weeding through 200 applicants, you can’t possibly look at 200 books. Agencies don’t staff enough recruiters (because we’re overhead) in order to look through that many links. Most of us do a quick skim to weed out the people who don’t have relevant/caliber of work experience. We do all of that before anyone even makes it to phone screen or before books are reviewed with creative teams (if that’s your process).

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