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15 Tips for Writing Winning Resumes

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The thought of writing a resume intimidates almost anyone. Itís difficult to know where to start or what to include. It can seem like an insurmountable task. Here are 15 tips to help you not only tackle the task, but also write a winning resume.

  1. Determine your job search objective prior to writing the resume. Once you have determined your objective, you can structure the content of your resume around that objective. Think of your objective as the bullís-eye to focus your resume on hitting. If you write your resume without having a clear objective in mind, it will likely come across as unfocused to those that read it. Take the time before you start your resume to form a clear objective.

  2. Think of your resume as a marketing tool. Think of yourself as a product, potential employers as your customers, and your resume as a brochure about you. Market yourself through your resume. What are your features and benefits? What makes you unique? Make sure to convey this information in your resume.

  3. Use your resume to obtain an interview, not a job. You donít need to go into detail about every accomplishment. Strive to be clear and concise. The purpose of your resume is to generate enough interest in you to have an employer contact you for an interview. Use the interview to provide a more detailed explanation of your accomplishments and to land a job offer.

  4. Use bulleted sentences. In the body of your resume, use bullets with short sentences rather than lengthy paragraphs. Resumes are read quickly. This bulleted sentence format makes it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume and still absorb it.

  5. Use action words. Action words cause your resume to pop. To add life to your resume, use bulleted sentences that begin with action words like prepared, developed, monitored, and presented.

  6. Use #ís, $ís and %ís. Numbers, dollars, and percentages stand out in the body of a resume. Use them. Here are two examples:

    • Managed a department of 10 with a budget of $1,000,000.
    • Increased sales by 25% in a 15-state territory.

  7. Lead with your strengths. Since resumes are typically reviewed in 30 seconds, take the time to determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective. Put those strong points first where they are more apt to be read.

-Ann Hackett
President of Quest
ahackett@QuestCareer.com or 952-929-4197
www.QuestCareer.com
A career management company that provides recruiting, outplacement, and resume writing services. For more help with your job search, request a copy of Quest's FREE 5-part report, "Turbocharge Your Job Search," by sending a blank e-mail to: turbojobsearch@getresponse.com