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Core Strengths = Competitive Advantage

I tell every job seeker that they should seriously consider a core strengths/competencies section (a.k.a. keyword heaven). A professional resume writer can create a dynamic and powerful core strengths section based on the best industry specific keywords for your career goal. However, if you choose to go it on your own here are a few pointers to remember.

1. Keep it short. No more than 1 or 2 words for each bullet point. Putting three or more words crowds the section and loses the effect.

2. Choose the right words. You want industry specific keywords for the job you are TARGETING not neccesarily the positions you’ve performed. Obviously you do not want to lie on your resume but if you dig deep enough you can find hidden gems which leads me to my next point.

3. Research, research, research. Look for similarities between what you’ve done and what you want to do. If you want to do the same thing then you’re all set, just choose the best keywords for the position you’re pursuing, but if you are career changing think about those words and skills that are transferable but still powerful and relevant to the position you want.

Choosing the right keywords, skills, and strengths to put in your core competencies section will catch the reader’s eye and also that computer software program that is scanning your resume. Double bonus = competitive advantage.

Thinking to yourself you do not even know what a core strengths section looks like or where to begin to write one? View expert resume samples to see for yourself.

Jessica Holbrook is a former Hiring Manager and a professional resume writer with Great Resumes Fast. She creates powerful, customized, and targeted resumes that are guaranteed to get her clients interviews. For a free resume analysis visit or for a free phone consultation call 1.800.991.5187.

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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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