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It is both astonishing and sad that so many people enter the job market with an insufficient resume. Too many people perceive a resume as just a piece of paper and do not comprehend how imperative a resume can be in promoting you within a competitive job market. The job market is overflowing at the present time with qualified individuals. To be noticeable, get attention, and yield strong results, as many professional resume writers will tell you, your resume must establish an exceptional first impression. An old-fashioned format, passe content, and an ugly design are all guaranteed ways to land your resume in the circular file while the employer turns to the next job seeker who actually spent the time to write an enticing resume that speaks to their needs. The vast majority of people struggle through long, unsuccessful job searches that could be turned around in an instant if only they took the time to revamp their resume.

If you are guilty of this line of attack then you need to know that you’re in for an extended and protracted job search. You simply have to be sure that your resume is top-notch if you are going to win a chance of even getting to an interview, let alone getting a job. You have to demonstrate how you are a fantastic candidate, an excellent problem solver, and will exceed expectations and produce concrete results.

Here are some guidelines if your resume is in need of an overhaul.

1.Your focus must be directly apparent. Never write an all-purpose generic resume. Your resume must express, in the space of a few seconds, precisely who you are, what you can deliver to the table, and how you will fit in the company you are applying to. When possible, personalize your resume for each specific job opening.

2. Write about the positive outcomes that you delivered for past employers. It’s just not good enough to write about the responsibilities. You have to demonstrate how you delivered benefits to past employers, using real numbers if at all possible to demonstrate what you brought to the bottom line.

3. Use design elements to tastefully heighten the eye appeal of your resume. A resume created from a template will just ensure that you blend in with others and not stand out. Be strategic and use design elements to draw the eye to key areas of importance.

4. Write in terms of success stories related to the challenges that you faced and the actions you took to meet the challenges. Write about the results of your actions and the strategic importance for your previous employer. This is known as the Challenge-Action-Result (CAR) method of writing a resume. The stories will make you memorable and help the employer comprehend how your past achievements will translate into future value for them.

5. Rethink everything, proofread meticulously, and ask a friend to check it over again. Any errors will seriously detract from the professional, quality, and detail-oriented picture that you should represent. This may seem like an obvious point, but so many people neglect it to their detriment.

These are five essential tips to help you strengthen your resume in a very competitive job market. To be truly effective you should consider the wise investment of hiring a professional resume writer. Professional resume writers know how to market people and will often be able to help you identify a value proposition that will help you stand apart from the competition and shine in those interviews.

Michelle Dumas runs of one of the longest-standing and most respected professional resume writing firms on the internet. Since 1996, Michelle has empowered thousands of professionals with resumes that get results and win jobs fast. Get insider resume writing tips that you won’t find anywhere else at her website. Go now to

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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!


  1. Khalid Munir on February 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Wonderful tips. One needs to be quite experienced in writing such an effective resume. Professional resume writers are so many and with so much variety of offers that an ordinary person finds it difficult to decide who can be really effective.

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