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Resumes That SHOUT OUT Your Accomplishments

Revitalize your resume with verbs that add energy to your resume:  Initiated ... Met challenges of ... Reversed downward trend ... Changed (workflow procedures) ... Initiated ... Led ... Overcame (inertia, even) ... Instigated ... Sparked ... Ranked (if in sales) ... Won award for ... Known for ... Pioneered ... Launched ... Produced first ... Formed (task force, committee) ... Addressed problem of ... , to list a few.  Presumably you will use these verb starters  for the bullets or sentences that describe your activity under a job listing.  But -- go back before the bullet points and enter an overview sentence or two that accentuates your role in the position and its significance in achieving the purposes of the organization. By impressing your reader with the importance of the role and organization, you will be selling yourself, too. And getting that process started is  the purpose of your resume.  At the workshop we will discuss examples of resumes that show job seekers' success potential targeted to the position sought. We will examine the advantageous use of a positioning headline, layout designs according to eye tracking phenomena, a persona statement, and ways to bring to the top third of your resume those key points that constitute your strongest claims on the position. Bring your resume for critiquing and suggestions by a professional resume writer and attendees at this workshop. The informal workshop focuses on the issues of participants and is intended to help attendees gain confidence in taking next steps. The leader has written more than a thousand custom resumes across industries, job functions and experience levels.  Learn more about resumes by clicking on the leader's this website.

We will discuss alternatives for organizing your sections, ways to highlight your most important strengths, techniques to showcase your capabilities, and more. Handouts cover tactics to present gaps in employment, transition to new job categories, and sort through the dilemmas of resume writing, such as one page/two page resumes, what to include or delete, dates, and many other issues.

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  • Marilyn T.

    Great group, and returnees showed us their transformed resumes. Congratulations! How can you get the advantage of listing earlier jobs that are more relevant to your targeted position before the most recent, less relevant ones without incurring the risk that your reviewer will conclude that you have a work gap? The fix! And double thanks to Caitlin who filled in the missing piece of this puzzle. Before you begin the Experience section, set up a heading, such as "Chronology of Experience" in which you list organizations worked for, job titles and dates – nothing else yet. Then set up a heading (Summary of Experience"?) beneath that for each job where you show organization, title, and dates, plus the descriptive information. You can then arrange your jobs to bring your strongest, most relevant ones to the earliest-listed place to increase your odds of getting the interview. You can, alternatively, use a specific heading, such as "Experience Solving Marketing Challenges."

    February 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the honorable mention, Marilyn. It was a great group this Saturday. Very inspiring. Thanks for the reminder to look at this as a puzzle. It really helps to keep the work at hand fun! That, and the support of the group. I appreciate you all!

      February 9, 2014

  • jrotzell

    Can't wait!

    January 25, 2014

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