To often job seekers write their
resumes listing everything they did as if filling out a home loan application.
In short: boring! Sure, a hiring manager needs to know what you have done in
your career, but they also need to QUICKLY understand what you can do for them,
not just where you have worked and your routine responsibilities. This article
will give you resume tips on how to add focus to your resume keeping the reader
KEEP THE READER IN MIND
Before you write your own resume, examine professionally written resume samples
to get ideas about writing styles and eye-catching resume formats. Then, write
your resume with the reader in mind.
If they are seeking someone with your background and skill set, be sure to make
that the focus of your resume. Do not use the resume templates that come with
your word processor. They look like everyone else's resume on the hiring
manager's desk. Take the extra time needed to add visual appeal to your resume.
If you are not able to do this effectively, you should seriously consider
retaining the services of a professional resume writer. Be sure to ask them if
they specialize in creating eye-catching resume formats in addition to their
Your goal should be to make a connection between what the hiring manager is
seeking and what you have to offer in those select areas.
To get that message across at first glance, make your objective clear and
visible. You can do this by creating a job title and positioning it prominently
below your name and address. It tells the hiring manager what you are all about
and sets the tone for the rest of the resume.
RESUME HEADING: should read in bold and all caps:
PROFILE or SUMMARY: should tell the hiring manager something about
yourself in a Summary or Profile so they get a sense who of who you are right
away without having to read the entire resume. The Summary should list number of
years of experience, industry, credentials, and key attributes that are
essential to the position you are targeting. For example, if the position is
sales, your attributes would be strong communicator, strategic negotiator, and
ability to establish and build key business relationships.
KEYWORDS SECTION: before you get to the Professional Experience section,
you need to communicate your areas of skills by listing a good amount of
keywords. These can be relationship building, territory sales management, client
consultation, public speaking, sales presentations, contract negotiations,
value-added selling, client training and support.
ACHIEVEMENTS: then you will want to toot your horn a bit by including
About The Author:
Ann Baehr is a CPRW and President of Best Resumes of New York. Notable
credentials include her former role as Second Vice President of NRWA and
contribution to 25+ resume and
sample books. To learn more visit
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