In the first article we discussed five great ways to create a resume hiring managers will remember. In the second installment we’re going to share four more pointers for creating a job-winning resume. Our disclaimer again: This isn’t a definitive list, but it will give you a great place to start on your way to resume superstardom (and that new career you’ve been dreaming about)!
KEYWORDS ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS
You have seven seconds to catch the hiring manager’s attention. Seven. That’s how long it has taken you to read this. Don’t just catch it—command it by using industry-specific keywords! Front-load the resume with great keywords that match exactly what the hiring manager seeks. If nothing else, you’ve just secured yourself an additional 30 seconds of his or her attention.
‘Wow’ them with the ‘good stuff’
Lead off the resume with your biggest and best accomplishments. Of which accomplishment are you the most proud? Spell it out for the hiring manager and call attention to it! There’s no rule that says you can’t bold or underline it. If it’s impressive, you want them to know—and you want them to know NOW!
DRIVE THE C.A.R. HOME!
Challenge—Actions—Results. What challenges have you faced, what actions did you take to address them, and what were the results of those actions? Use this formula when writing out each bullet point on your resume; you’ll suddenly have more quantifiable accomplishments than you’ll know what to do with!
I CANNOT TELL A LIE
You’d better not! Lying has no place on a resume. (Come to think of it, it has no place anywhere!) That being said, I have a degree in public relations, and I spent four years of my education learning how to put a positive spin on just about any situation. (It can be done; just listen to any White House spokesman.) This is a critical element in resume writing, especially in a market that is so tight; and you have to consistently outshine the competition if you hope to get a call back. There is a positive way to frame just about anything—from being out of work for three years, to why you left your last position, or even how to explain that you’ve hopped through six jobs in the last two years. Strategic positioning, phrasing, and content are always on your side. Be creative—but be truthful!
Add these four new strategies to the five from our previous article, and before long, you’ll be a resume-writing pro.
For more great resources about resume writing or to view resume samples, visit Great Resumes Fast. To request a free resume evaluation, send your resume via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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I especially like your CAR suggestion.What a great way to get people thinking in terms of what they accomplished! So many times their resumes list as bullet points what is actually the job description; which, if they hadn’t done, they would have been fired. It is often hard to get people to showcase their skills and accomplishments. This is a great way to get their minds thinking in a more positive way.