Standing out from the crowd can be a good thing or a bad thing - it depends. Take the ongoing saga of Britney Spears; she certainly stands out in the highly populated celebrity arena, but not necessarily with positive spin. Contrast that with Oprah and her mission of giving back; her personal brand consistently conveys caring for others and integrity.
In the crowded job search and careers arena, your resume can also stand out - for better or for worse. In fact, Seth Godin's post "Why bother having a resume?" captured the potential employer's frustration with the overwhelming lack of resume quality. While I do not agree with Seth about totally eliminating resumes (HR folks do still expect to see such a document and application systems are currently set up around collecting and screening resumes), I DO agree that your most critical self-marketing piece (your resume) had better be remarkable.
To learn more about creating a STAND-OUT Resume that will create positive traction for your job search, sign up for this complimentary webinar 3 Steps to a STAND-OUT Resume that I am presenting on Thursday, May 8th at 1:00PM ET for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and The Center for Association Leadership. You'd best hurry as I hear the 200-seat webinar is filling up fast!