Resume How to: Writing
You need a resume. Arrrrgh!
Most people do not enjoy writing their resume.
Why not? Let’s face facts: you need a resume when you need a job and there are usually only three reasons you need a job:
1. Your present job is not working.
2. You are out of work: You don’t have a job at all
3. You are soon going to be out of work.
None of these are desirable situations to be in. So you are probably not in the best frame of mind when you need a resume.
Relax… you can now access the resume power words you need to easily complete your resume. Pick the skills or abilities from the tool bar on the left, review the words in the category and choose the ones that best suit you. Click on the word and see the examples that will help you create the powerful phrases and sentences that get noticed.
Resume How to Tricks
Just reach down into the hat and abracadabra: a resume! There are resume tricks that can certainly help you get your resume noticed by employers more than the worn out hat and rabbit trick. As with most magic, there is some logic behind these tricks.
As an HR Director one of the complaints I have heard more than once from my resume screeners has been: “All these resumes look just alike, I wish one would just stand out.” Imagine pouring through hundreds of resumes all day. This is a job that can be monotonous and even tedious.
Once in awhile I would hear a buzz between the screeners about how a cover letter had been outrageous. One actually read:
I saw your opening for a budget administrator and I am friggin sick of looking for a job.
Please contact me and give me hope.
While this one certainly got attention the person’s resume was not considered. So how can you make your resume and cover letter stand out and still be acceptable? Reaching into our bag of resume how to tricks here are two that have worked:
1- Use unusual vocabulary – words like stupendous, breathtaking, grand, honed, imagine, astounded, and remarkable, could all get attention.
I was astounded to see your company is looking for a senior accountant. I have always considered your marketing program remarkable and imagined being part of your organization. I have honed my skills to exceed your expectations and would welcome the opportunity to visit with you.
Make sure you know how to use the words you wield. There is a fine line between brazen and narcissism.
2- Address Someone in the Company by Name – Get the head of the department where you would be working and include that in your cover letter.
I am intrigued to see the opening for a programmer at your company. If possible, please forward a copy of my resume to Jack Sheldon, IT Manager.
This will get their attention. Whether you know Mr. Sheldon or not there is a good chance they will forward your resume to him and be under the impression that you do know him.
Resume How to Tips to Get Noticed
With all the job seekers out in the marketplace, you need some special resume how to training to ensure that your job application stands out from the crowd and gets noticed. Don’t fall for the easy gimmicks, like using fancy colored paper or loud graphics. You want to get noticed in a good way, not for doing something tacky. You want to separate yourself from the crowd by looking organized, professionally driven, and ready to deliver results now.
Words are what resume writing is all about. Choosing and Using: Choosing the right power words for your education, knowledge, skills, and abilities and using these words correctly and to maximize your attributes and accomplishments to get you noticed is what the Resume Dictionary is all about.
Looking organized is a resume writing skill that many job seekers over look. They turn in a generic resume that could be for any job out there, rush through the supporting material, and neglect the power of the cover letter. Show that you are organized and care about this job by tailoring your application specifically to the job for which you are applying. Have all your documents in order, apply according to instructions, and include everything you are asked to deliver. Use power cover letters and followup letters for your job hunt.
Next, you want to demonstrate that you are professionally driven. To do this, you need to show the employer that unlike other job seekers who just want a new job, any job, you are driven to want only this job. Using your cover letter, explain why you are motivated for this job and why you feel you would be a good match for the position. Create a job resume that targets the employer by using the employer’s key skills words to illustrate your drive, commitment, and ability to achieve.
Demonstrating your ability to achieve is a resume how to tip that many candidates overlook. Yet employers don’t just want a warm body in the job—they want someone who can deliver results. Quantify your accomplishments, be specific about your abilities, and you will be pleased to find that you are getting noticed and getting invited in to have that first important interview.
Resume How to Tips for Your Accomplishments
One of the most important resume how to tips that you can master is learning how to effectively talk about your accomplishments. You want to show employers what you have done without coming off as arrogant or self-centered. It can be a delicate balance, but there are a few proven methods for getting it right.
Assess your resume skills and abilities and then list your accomplishments.
First, remember to always keep the employers needs in mind. If they are looking for someone with a proven track record in sales, they will love to see your sales awards and company records. They might not care if you were interviewing for an accounting position. Framing your accomplishments in terms of their needs makes them feel like you are merely telling them what they want to know, not bragging on your resume.
Secondly, focus on outcomes. Show how your actions impacted a customer relationship, a sales figure, or the bottom line. You don’t have to be the star of the show in this case, as you are merely telling a story. It just happens to be about your actions making a difference for a former employer.
Thirdly, watch your use of the word “I” as you write. During your practice interview sessions, explain to your practice partner with your resume and cover letter how to screen for arrogance. They can mark on the page the number of “I” statements. For better or worse, a pattern of “I, I, I” in interviews comes off as arrogant in tone, even if the course of action is true. Mention team members, use the project name, or use “in my role as XYZ, it was important to” as a way to weed out “I” statements that may be leaving the wrong impression. See resume writing without pronouns.
A More Comprehensive Resume How to Writing Plan
If you have the time to get a really great top notch resume – and who doesn’t need one of these nowadays – start with Resume Writing Step One from Phil Baker. Phil Baker is the guru of job hunting and resume writing. His books: The Secret for Job Hunting and Employer Secrets and How to use Them to get the Job You Want are bestsellers. His methods are taught by the US Government for job hunting.
Step One tells you why usual resume writing is all wrong and you need to work backwards!
When you finish step one you will be directed step by step on how to write a resume that sings with the help of the Resume Dictionary. The Resume Dictionary is revolutionizing resume writing.
Also for an edge that can get your resume noticed see how to write with the Resume Skills Tier Method.
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