The average employer spends six seconds looking at a resume. Six. Seconds! That means that you only have those few seconds to convince a future employer to keep you in the running for a job. The basics are important—your resume must be easy to read and free of mistakes. If you aren’t sure where to start, use a template from a reputable source (like these from the Stuckert Career Center). But beyond that, your resume needs to be appropriate for the job in order to help you stand out.