Writing a Winning Resume
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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." 

The goal of everyone who writes a resume is to have a chance.

  • To be included in the pool of prospective employees. 
  • To make that two-dimensional document reflect as accurately as possible the three-dimensional individual that is you.  

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

Consider the reader in all you do. 

The 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.

Writing a winning resume

...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

  • Someone who will fit into the organization. 
  • Someone who will take the job seriously. 
  • Someone you can trust. 
  • Someone you know will be conscientious, reliable, responsible. 
  • Someone who will be professional.  

How can you prepare your resume to reflect all of the above traits?

  • The document must be clean.
  • It must be easy to read. 
  • The important information must be very clear – and must “jump off the page” at the reader. 

In fact, a well-formatted document will virtually read itself to the reader

Two examples to prove the point

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:

  • The name of the candidate and personal information are much clearer.
  • There is an objective included.  The objective is clear - and the objective is a very important part of the resume.  It provides a focus for the document.
  • The objective focuses the reader - and focuses on filling the needs of the reader.
  • The skills - also so very important - are provided clearly in that bulleted-list format - easy to read.
  • Each of the bulleted points begins with a short keyword or keywords to catch the reader's attention and to summarize the long point - making the reading much easier.
  • The clear titles make the understanding of this document very effective and easy.

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.

  • Technical documents.  User manuals, marketing sheets...
  • Software.  Framemaker, XMLSpy...
  • Communications.  Strong presentation...

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!

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