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  • Get unstuck with these 26resume writing tips

    The ABCs of

    Powerful

    ResumesA publication by

    Match Resumes and Careers

    www.matchresumesandcareers.com

  • Your talents and expertise are valuable!

    As you begin your job search and discover the increasingly competitive job

    market, think about your past accomplishments and contributions. The key to

    creating a powerful resume is differentiation. Communicating the value you bring

    to employers will make your resume stand out.

    An effective resume creates a picture of relevant knowledge, action, and results.

    Carefully read the job announcement and determine specific qualifications to

    highlight. Think of your resume as a marketing document designed to sell YOU.

    Keep in mind, the number one purpose of the resume is to get the interview.

    INTRO

  • A Resumes Attention Grabbing Characteristics

    FIRST IMPRESSION5 F

    Organized

    Professional

    Clarity

    Easy to Scan

    Writing quality

    Spelling, grammar

    QUALIFICATIONS

    F

    Experience

    Education

    Professional skills

    Technical skills

    Transferrable skills

    Job spec matches

    PROBLEM SOLVING

    F

    Proof of abilities

    Success stories

    Progression

    Rewards

    Goal oriented

    Teamwork

    1 2 3

  • Here we go

    I am going to walk you through an A-Z list of best practices for creating your

    masterpiece resume.

    Increase your interview opportunities

    Put you ahead of competing candidates

    Entice recruiters to want to know more about you

    26 essential elements thatll make your resume attract attention.

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Accomplishment statements

    Incorporate success stories that

    demonstrate your expertise and

    prove your value at work.

    A

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Bullets with metricsUse three to

    five high impact concise

    statements for current and

    previous jobs to showcase

    qualifications and achievements.

    B

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Clarity A well-organized resume

    that is prioritized to the particular

    job application will be interesting to

    the reader compared with a

    generic format.

    C

  • Resume writing ABCs

    DifferentiationBeat the

    competition with details and

    success stories that set you apart

    from other candidates who have

    similar basic qualifications.

    D

  • Resume writing ABCs

    ExpertiseEmployers are looking

    for specific problem solving

    capabilities. Advertise your

    expertise and provide proof in your

    achievement examples.

    E

  • Resume writing ABCs

    FocusedA resume that is

    focused on the position, the

    companys issues, and the

    company culture communicates

    the candidates genuine interest

    and motivation.

    F

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Gaps in employment history

    Employers prefer consistent work

    history, so use an appropriate

    strategy to address periods of time

    off from working.

    G

  • Resume writing ABCs

    HeadlineCreate a visually

    appealing headline with a large

    font for your name. Below it include

    your phone, email, LinkedIn url,

    city and state. Next list the job title

    instead of an objective.

    H

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Interviewablean effective

    resume will present talking points

    for your interviews. Inspire readers

    to want to know more about your

    past successes.

    I

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Job history with context

    Incorporate numbers and metrics

    such as dollars, percentages, and

    improvement measures to provide

    context to accomplishment

    statements.

    J

  • Resume writing ABCs

    KeywordsSprinkle career

    documents with specific industry

    buzzwords, qualifications, skills,

    software and technology

    competencies, and relevant

    credentials.

    K

  • Resume writing ABCs

    LinkedInUtilize this *FREE

    professional resource to serve as

    your online profile and networking

    platform. Include your LinkedIn

    customized URL on your resume.*Note: premium LinkedIn subscriptions may be

    beneficial to certain job seekers.

    L

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Marketing orientedA resumes

    main purpose is to capture the

    interest of an employer and get

    you an interview. It is your

    professional expertise

    advertisement.

    M

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Needs basedAnswer the needs

    of the employer by customizing the

    resume for each application.

    Generic resumes rarely work.

    Recruiters screen resumes for

    specific qualifications.

    N

  • Resume writing ABCs

    One or two pages? A good rule to

    thumb is one page for less than

    five years work experience and up

    to two pages for higher career

    levels and more experience.

    O

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Position titleReference the

    specific job title for the target

    position in the resume and/or cover

    letter to grab the readers attention

    and provide clarity.

    P

  • Resume writing ABCs

    QualificationsMeticulously

    incorporate the specific

    qualifications language from the

    job announcement to ensure any

    reader can determine your resume

    is a good match for the position.

    Q

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Results orientedProve your

    value with examples of past

    achievements supported by value

    impacts to current and past

    employers.

    R

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Skills/ExpertiseClearly state you

    have the capabilities to solve the

    specific problems of the employer.

    Readers typically scan the first 3rd

    of the document to confirm

    qualifications.

    S

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Technical competencyMost jobs

    require technical experience and

    knowledge in specific areas. An

    expertise section on the resume

    makes it easy for the reader to

    verify these requirements.

    T

  • Resume writing ABCs

    UncrowdedResumes are

    usually scanned in less than 10

    seconds. Avoid filling the pages

    with dense text and small margins.

    Make it easy for the reader to

    quickly capture your relevant

    qualifications.

    U

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Visually appealingImpress the

    reader with a well organized

    document. Remember, your

    resume is your first impression,

    make it a good one.

    V

  • Resume writing ABCs

    White spaceClean and wide

    margins, and spacing between

    sections improves the readability

    of your document. It is better to

    use two pages than to cram every

    detail onto one page.

    W

  • Resume writing ABCs

    X-ray visionProof read your

    document as if you could see

    through it! Spelling and grammar

    mistakes are widely referred to by

    recruiters as reasons for resume

    rejection.

    X

  • Resume writing ABCs

    Years of ExperienceReferencing

    work experience from twenty years

    ago may not be necessary if it

    doesnt add relevant value to the

    resume.

    Y

  • Resume writing ABCs

    ZealPaint a picture of passion

    and zeal for professional success.

    Referencing your

    accomplishments, awards, and

    contributions to your employers

    shows the reader you are

    enthusiastic about your work.

    Z

  • Resume writing ABCs

    The ABCs of resume writing are incorporated in custom career

    documents produced by Match Resumes and Careers. Serving clients

    who prefer collaborating with a certified professional resume writer, we

    accelerate the job search, and win targeted opportunities and better

    compensation.

    For a free consultation please contact Deborah Olson,CPRW; owner

    and certified resume writer at Match Resumes and Careers.

    www.matchresumesandcareers.com

    206.310.7357

    A-Z

    http://www.matchresumesandcareers.com/

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