Is your resume too long? Is it unfocused? Does it include unnecessary material? If you answer yes to any of these questions, it’s time to act.

  1. Say more with less — “Cut out words that aren’t needed and delete words that are repeated.”
  2. Leverage action verbs — “It may be accurate to say you wrote the company’s five-year plan, for example, but it’s more powerful to say that you strategized, authored, and executed the company’s first-ever five-year plan.”
  3. Eliminate passive language — “The sentence, ‘I was exposed to different cultures, people, and challenges’ is weaker than, ‘Gained cross-functional and cross-cultural exposure to 5 ethnicities in 12 countries,’ for example.”
  4. Use numbers when possible — “Numbers talk, so it’s imperative to use them in resumes to quantify key achievements and context information.”
  5. Be specific — Use “specific details that add value and meaning to the text.”
  6. Format your resume more effectively — “Maximize readability and use of space and minimize document length.”
  7. Categorize material –“Some content can be categorized or sub-categorized to convey information in more powerful ways.”
  8. Place your material in context — “Give your readers the right quality and type of detail to help them understand the full scope of your impact.”
  9. Focus on results — “In real-estate, it’s location, location, location that is critical; in resumes, it’s achievements, achievements, achievements.”
  10. Do not include extraneous details — “Choose carefully which details you include and how you do so.”

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3 Replies to “How to Keep Your Resume on Target”

  1. Great post. A really good resume looks different than an average one. This is all about differentiation and it is good advice.

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