Resume writing tips

One Easy Way to Market Yourself in your Resume

Make a marketing move on your resume with a headline.

This is one simple fix helps shift your resume from a professional list of experiences to a marketing document. A headline is located under your contact information and above your branding statement.

Don't complicate it. The headline is the job you are applying for. It’s the billboard that shouts the purpose of your resume.

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You are not only branding yourself as said position but listing the job title up top in your document is advantageous for ATS.

⚡️BONUS MOVE: Add the most important keywords found in the job ad underneath your headline that is also synonymous with your skillset.

FOR EXAMPLE:

Headline >> Product Manager

Keywords >> Cloud-Based Product Development | Project Management | Information Technology

Three Tips to Uncover Your Value through Resume Writing

Resume writing is a strenuous process. But like all hard things, the work is worth it.

I recently was chatting with a client who purchased my resume branding workbook. She had a seemingly unconnected work history with leaps and jumps. She had a hard time connecting the dots so she knew employers would too.

She was trying to establish credibility in a new field and was thinking of pursuing a graduate degree. Once she identified themes and the connective tissue of her work life in the resume writing process- her value popped before her eyes. Graduate work didn't seem so important anymore.

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Do you know you know your value? Can you communicate what you uniquely bring to the table? If you are in the same struggle:

▶︎ Identify your strengths. Reflect on what skills you like using. What do others acknowledge in you? What are you consistently asked to do?

▶︎ Look for themes in your professional history. Layout your past and see what themes emerge. Do you typically volunteer to manage projects? Have you always enjoyed leading teams? Are you first to see the solution to a problem?

▶︎ Compare yourself to typical applicants. In other words, identify your unique value proposition. What experience, skill, credential or accomplishment makes you different from others that will typically apply. Once you identify it, own it!

We have the perfect guide to unlock your value. Find it here.

Personal Hobbies: Resume Worthy or Not?

Should you share personal hobbies on your resume?

The National Resume Writers Association Ask the Expert contributors tackle this very question today on the blog.

Want the cliff notes version?

Always write your resume with your career goal and target audience in mind. If your personal activities showcase why you are uniquely qualified for the job, work it in. If not, don't!

🚨CAUTIONARY NOTE: Be careful to include activities that invite unconscious bias. Check out Lisa Rangel's answer for this smart tip.

Take a look - it's a worthwhile read!

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3 Things to Consider Before You Hire a Resume Writer

You loathe updating your resume. You want career fulfillment, but does this task alone slow you down? If so, hire a resume writer.

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I honestly didn't know this was a thing until a few years ago. Maybe you didn't either. Think you would benefit from resume writing services? First:

📍Have a clear career goal. Targeted resumes perform better. A "general resume" will do you no favors so if you are struggling to nail down your focus hire a career coach first!

📍Get in the marketing mindset. Every detail about your life and work history may not be relevant to your career target. These details are important to who you are, but they are not necessarily important for this resume or for this job target. The goal is for your resume to tell a curated story about who you are and what you can do.

📍Do your research. Find a resume writer that is right for you. Ask friends for a referral or use professional association listings within The National Resume Writers Association or the Professional Association of Resume Writers/Career Coaches to start the process. Above all, trust and connect with your writer. The resume writer/client relationship is and should be a collaborative one.

Ready to start the resume writing process? Let’s collaborate!

My Career Journey: Ready Pause Go Podcast

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I'm having a bit of a vulnerability hangover 😂 BUT today, I fulfill a bucket list item, by being a podcast guest. Check out episode 24 on the Ready Pause Go Podcast.

I spill all about my career journey and motherhood, in addition, to resume and LinkedIn tips if you are blowing the digital dust off your resume during your career pause.

Does your Resume fall into the Information Trap? Three Tell-Tale Signs

Are you informing or selling? Many resumes that land on my desk share an abundance of information without discernment towards a job target. Resumes with a lack of focus do not perform. Do you fall into the informing trap?

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INFORMING looks like:

🚫 Copy and pasting your job description into your resume.

🚫 A laundry list of professional positions and community activities you've participated in.

🚫 Blocks of text with lengthy descriptions that lack accomplishments.

SELLING is:

✅ Articulating your unique professional accomplishments that demonstrate your value towards company pain points.

✅ Carefully organizing and discerning which jobs to include and where (within a 10-15 year time frame) to create a coherent and thoughtful narrative.

✅ Using the top third of your resume to market yourself toward a specific job (using a headline and branding statement).

Need help transitioning from informing to selling? Grab our branding statement mini-workbook.

Is there a New Way to Write Resumes in 2019? The NRWA Experts Answer!

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It is a privilege to be featured on The National Resume Writer’s Association’s Ask the Experts blog with other certified resume writers this week answering the question: I realize resumes have changed over time; is there a new way of writing resumes in 2019 and beyond?

You can check out the round-up of answers here. Most focus on the importance of:

▶︎ Concise Writing. Attention-spans are short and recruiters/hiring managers first scan a resume, so include only relevant career history focusing on achievements and results instead of job functions

▶︎ Your personal brand. Showcase what you can do for a company instead of describing what you want in a job in an old-school objective statement. Articulate your value clearly in your resume and LinkedIn profile.

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▶︎ Modern format and design elements. Consider color and modern design elements to drive how you will deliver results for a company.

Don't Hide! Bring your Accomplishments forward with one simple Question.

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Don't make it difficult to spot your qualifications in your resume, draw attention to them! Excite your reader with your career story instead of inviting them to nap between the lines.

YOU create the narrative within the six-second scan so draw the reader in by ➡️ quantifying results, ➡️ highlighting challenges you overcame and ➡️ the action you took to get there.

Replace dense paragraphs describing your professional accomplishments with bulleted, lean achievement-driven statements. How do you get from paragraph to bullet point? Keep asking yourself, "So what?" For example:

I help customers on the phone and increase customer satisfaction.

So what?

I created a procedure for call handling to ensure calls aren't missed.

So what?

I did this so well I was asked to create the customer satisfaction function of our company improving missed customer calls.

And so on. Boil it down to quantifiable, difference-making bullet points:

▶︎ Created the company's customer satisfaction experience function from scratch.

▶︎ Decreased missed inbound calls by 30% in six weeks by developing a new call handling standard operating procedure (SOP).

It takes time and more mental brain power to express yourself succinctly. Resume writing is hard work - so be patient with yourself.

Take time to pack the punch. When you do the work on paper, it is easier to articulate your value in person.

So, keep asking yourself: "So what?"

Need more help unlocking powerful resume statements? Download our free bullet point writing formula.

One Simple Trick to Take the Weight out of your To-Do List

Do you have that one thing that you keep pushing down on your to-do list?

Yeah, that one.

Mine has been on my list for MONTHS...and I just checked it off this week. Cue the balloon drop and fireworks!

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What's weighing down your weekly to-do list? Mine was a certification course. It was just TOO BIG to get done in seven days. Looking back, I needed to take my Dad's sage advice on how to eat an elephant...one bite at a time.

Do you feel like this with your resume? You are blowing off the digital dust and it just feels too overwhelming to start. Take one bite at a time.

Gather materials. Collect performance reviews and assessment results, grab your kudos file and revisit projects finished and clients won to remember your professional wins.

Conduct a SWOT analysis on yourself. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and identify opportunities and threats.

Know your job target. Learn the ropes of your next job through online and in-person research. (This can take time - break it up!)

Write. Yep, just start. Go section by section or job by job.

Edit. Eliminate fluff and ensure quantifiable accomplishment statements replace paragraphs of job duties.

What stops you from updating your resume?

Remember: Add only the bites to the to-do list, not the whole elephant.

Need a helping hand? Collaborate with Meg on your professional resume. Find out more here.