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How To Write a Powerful Resume

Updated on March 17, 2016

Write it Great!

Selling Yourself

A resume is a sales pitch to a potential employer. You are essentially selling your skill set to the recruiter. The better your sales skills, the more likley you are to impress and sell your employment potential to the recruiter. You are advertising you, so put your best foot forward!

Write Powerful Ad Copy

Think about your favorite commercial. It is merley an advertisements to entice potential customers. How did this comercial entice you to buy the product? A powerful resume is nothing different than a successful comercial. You are writing an ad about yourself to draw in recruiters. Think of your skill set as a product, and sell it.

Use Power Words

Use power words such as, accelerated, accomplished, ability, applied, briefed, broadened, capable, competence, executed, efficient, effective, generated, launched, maintained, navigated, negotiated, participated, proven, raised, replaced, scheduled, superseded, successful, targeted, tackled, and verbalized,

Research and Focus

Focus on the needs of the employer. Research the company you are applying to. Many times they have listed on their website or in their job description what they are looking for in an employee.These are their needs. Do not copy word for word what is read during this research. Do however, gain an understanding of it and implement it into your wording. Use a Thesaurus if need be, to find other wording that is simialr to, but not the same as what the employer is looking for. Spend some time and address the skill set the employer is looking for with the skillset you can bring to the company.

Be Creative

Gone are the days of the old style, block, boring, black and white resume. With new technologies emerging almost daily, recruiters who are forced to sit at the computer screen quickly become bored with yesterdays resume style. The most productive resumes have some added flair. Adding a picture of yourself, or an engaging picture that corresponds with the position you are seeking can quickly move your resume to to top of the list. Add some engaging video to your online resume. Many recruiters will appreciate this. Not only will it show a sincere interest, it will also show skill, as well as personality.Thousands of interviews are being booked daily with eye catching pictures and a little bit of color. Flair, creativity, and a bit of personality shows this this new generation of recruiters that you are serious about the position you are seeking. Adding the willingness to go that extra mile to land the interview is what will set you apart from the competition.

Showcase Accomplishments and Professional Abilities

Think about your past experiences and work related activities. Ask your self what you have accomplished, not only in one position, but in every position in which you have ever worked that would be of value to the new position you are seeking. There is no need to write a boring life history of the jobs you have had in the past. However, you can combine skills from each one in order to write and effective advertisement of yourself, your skills, and your abilities.

Write Your Resume for a "Shock and Aw" Effect

You want those words to jump off the page but not to slap your potential employer in the face. Showcase your best talents, skills, and abilities. Add the flair, but don't use 3D and other potentially detremental things. Be subtle, yet enticing. Include only those skills and abilities relevent to what the employer is asking for. Use powerful wording that lets the potential employer feel your confidence in your abilities. Most of all take your time, no one writes an effective resume in 30 minutes or less.

Experiment With Your Resume Writing

A resume is not written in stone. Write several different ones, in several different formats. Send them out to potential employers. Keep track of which resumes land interviews and how many interviews each one independently brings in. It will not be long before your perfect resume is resting on the top of recruiters files. This is your target. Remember, your goal is to land on the top, to be noticed and interviewed. If you have all of your eggs in one basket, relying on one resume, you may never have those calls and interviews. If you want your phone to ring, and keep ringing then by all means, experiment.

© 2013 starme77


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    • KoraleeP profile image

      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Great tips and advice for writing up a Resume. I especially liked the powerful ad-copy, because that is something most people would never think of.

    • dilipchandra12 profile image

      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Good hub, well written!