Always include a cover letter The cover letter is your time to highlight your skills and sell yourself as well as your resume to the recruiter. Make sure to use power statements and highlight your best qualities to get their attention. Your cover letter should address all the requirements for the position and explain why youre the best person for the job.
Make your resume original Make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. Dont be afraid of trying something different or breaking from the mold. Sometimes a little creativity can garner enough attention to get your resume read which can make all the difference. Dont overdo it though. Being wacky or silly may be a part of your personality but usually is not a desirable quality in the work place. Photos are usually a bad idea as well. Be creative but keep it simple to avoid drawing attention away from what is really important.
Use proper formatting Make sure to avoid excessive white space and to use the space on the page. Avoid using more than one page if possible definitely no more than two. Highlight key points with bullet lists and make sure your paragraphs are clear and concise. Resumes are not the time to be wordy. Be straight to the point.
An attractive resume template/outline makes it more powerful. Just as dressing smartly helps a candidate in an interview good formatting does the same for a resume. Looks do matter at all places in the real world and on paper. When you present yourself well you get noticed. Similarly when you present a good resume it will be noticed; otherwise it would be very easily find a bin to rest in.
Functional resumes are good when you have little to zero work experience (or new grads). This type of resume allows you to showcase skills that fit in with the job requirements. Fair warning: most recruiters and hiring managers dont like this format and feel as though you may be hiding something. If you have a chronological resume you do not want to have one part chronological and one part functional because it will throw off the entire formatting and may confuse the employer about your skill set.