Writing a Winning Resume
What is a winning resume?
Obviously, it’s the goal of everyone who sits down to write a resume. If you don’t win, you’re not successful.
However, writing a winning resume does not mean necessarily that you will always “get the job.”
That’s just not possible.
But it will mean that your resume will not be tossed out before it’s even had a chance with the prospective employer. You can be a "contender."
It’s a challenge, but writing a winning resume is something you can achieve. Simply understand what the reader – the prospective employer – wants and needs.
Consider the reader in all you do.
reader is likely going to receive hundreds of resumes – of all kinds,
and all shapes and sizes. But the professional resumes – the winning
resumes – will be the ones that give the best impression.
...means that your document will pass the all-important 10-second test.
So, what does that mean? Again, put yourself into the reader’s position.
You have to hire someone. You want
How can you prepare your resume to reflect all of the above traits?
In fact, a well-formatted document will virtually read itself to the reader.
If you look at the sample above, nothing jumps out at the reader. Also, the format - everything fully from left to right on the page - makes the reading rather difficult.
When you read something, you focus on the left side - so a minor change in format can improve the reading experience.
Notice that the bulleted points are very long. The reader must work to read this information.
In contrast, in the sample resume below, notice the following:
Option. What might be changed below, perhaps, is that the keywords that begin each bulleted point could appear in bold to stand out just a little bit more. That change might help as well. See a brief example here.
The caution is to avoid too much bold. Too much bold can end up being distracting.
But have a look below and compare it with the first example.
With that example above, you can see, I hope, that the format of the document will allow you to make your document a winning resume!
In summary, consider what the reader wants and needs, and provide exactly that in all respects!
Make the reading and understanding quick and easy for your reading.
Onward and upward!