The Perfect Resume

"Resume: a written exaggeration of only the good things a person has done in the past, as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have." - Bo Bennett

Ok so maybe Bo's words should not be taken to heart, but he definitely makes some good points.

While exaggerating is an absolute "no-no" when it comes to resume writing, highlighting the good achievments isn't a bad idea.  A resume is an advertisement that sells you.  So of course you don't want to lie, but you want it to be perfect and to sell only your best qualities.

Using the right words is only half of the battle. Think about how many resumes employers look at.  How can you make yours stand out?  Why not make your resume fit you and the job you are applying for?

Depending on the position you are applying for you can:

  • Add color
  • Add design
  • Use stand out words
  • Use a different format

to create a resume that surpasses the others and represents you, but also is appropriate to the job you are applying for.

If you are applying for a creative job (i.e. graphic designer, web designer, advertising, marketing etc...) use a unique design that is simple and displays your accomplishments.

If you are applying for a job in medicine, finance or sales, design may not be your best option.  Instead use your words to figuratively draw a picture for employers.  Choose words that are straightforward and show action.  Avoid using empty words.

Quick Tips:

  • Be specific.
  • Use enriching keywords.
  • Keep it simple, yet appealing.
  • Sell, sell, sell!




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