How To Write A Resume That Gets Results

Write a resume that gets an employer’s attention

resume-writingDue to the increasing competitiveness of today’s job market, the job seeker is required to be far more aggressive in their overall job search campaign, particularly when developing their career-marketing document – the resume.

With a window of opportunity often as little as 10 seconds for the resume to spark the reader’s attention, a dynamic document is needed that portrays the candidate’s expertise and overall value offered. It’s essential to write a resume that gets results.

Gone are the days of a task-based resume with an inventory of a position’s responsibilities, coupled with a standard (and boring) list of personal aptitudes. This has been replaced with an achievement /accomplishment driven document depicting you as a pro-active candidate who demands results, and that demonstrates the significant value on offer to the organization.

Your resume is your initial handshake and must therefore not be second-guessed, so the aim is to demonstrate your ability to fulfill the employer’s requirements and to build an interest in the benefits and value you present. Strive toward developing a document that will motivate the reader to act – and that is to contact you to attend an interview.

So what strategies can be followed to create a professional marketing document that promotes your overall value and portrays you as a passionate contributor to the ongoing success of the company?

Here are some tips to inspire your writing:

  • Replace an uninspiring career objective with a succinct career profile that summarizes your expertise and includes accomplishment highlights with quantifiable results. This is bound to impress the reader and concentrates on what you can deliver for them, rather than on what you want.
  • Incorporate industry-related key words as well as action words that will grab the reader’s attention. For instance:

Orchestrated, devised, instructed, spearheaded, maximized, led, directed, streamlined, oversaw, managed, motivated, controlled, delegated, consolidated, generated, implemented, proposed, specified…and the list goes on.

  • Identify challenges you overcame; the action or solution you undertook to alleviate the challenge; and the (quantifiable) result, and script into a powerfully written statement. For instance:Challenge: Staff turnover high, performance levels extremely poor, with overall costs to recruit and train new staff high.Action: Developed staff monitoring and incentive programs; implemented staff training programs.Result: Increased staff knowledge base; decreased staff turnover by 66.7%; increased staff morale and collaboration; increased productivity levels by 77%.

    Then by incorporating a number of action words, the above can be written as:

    Enhanced staff morale; optimized productivity levels by 77%; and reduced staff turnover by 66.7% through implementation of strategic monitoring and incentive programs.

    Notice the deliberate detailing of the quantifiable results at the forefront, followed by the method in which this accomplishment was obtained.

  • Ensure your document is consistent in its formatting; if you bold a position title, bold all job titles throughout your document. Make certain your overall document is well structured (plenty of white space), and aesthetically pleasing (professional headings and layout).
  • Refrain from providing details of every single position you have ever had. As a guide, generally the last 5-10 years is appropriate (if the position being applied for is relevant to what you have been doing), with a maximum of about 15 years.
  • For far greater impact when identifying your professional experience, create a strategically written paragraph outlining your main accountabilities (remembering to incorporate attention grabbing action words), followed by a bulleted list of achievements.
  • Lastly, edit, edit, and edit again. Then ask a family member or friend to read through the document to ensure your career-marketing document is error free.

Happy writing!

About Annemarie Cross

Annemarie Cross is a Personal Branding Strategist & Business Coach supporting women entrepreneurs build a powerful authentic brand and reputation as an authority in their niche so they can attract a constant stream of ideal high paying clients. She also works with women executives and professionals; helping them get noticed, promoted (and/or hired) and paid what they're worth for the value they bring to the workplace.

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