How to Write Your Best (Non-Boring) Resume

3 Expert Tips You Need for a Better & Bolder Resume

How to Write Your Best (Non-Boring) Resume: WordsbyErynn

Starting the search for a new job is scary enough, but when you’re also faced with a lackluster resume that’s screaming to be made over? Or maybe it’s just sighing, since it’s too dull to do much more than that?

Banish the blahs with these tips for writing your best (and non-boring) resume!

 

1. Look for interchangeable terms

That synonym feature in Microsoft Office? There’s no shame in using it!

If you’ve spent hours racking your brain and can’t figure out how to describe your extensive experience, go ahead and click that synonym button and start skimming. Even if you don’t find the perfect word to describe your experience scrubbing toilets in a way that sounds super glamorous (polishing privies?), it might spark your imagination.

For people with a rather vanilla C.V. that lists the same job functions repeatedly for each position, this is a helpful tip for breaking up the monotony. The whole point of a resume is to attract attention to your best qualities and your experience- to get you an interview.

Potential employers won’t keep reading if they’re bored out of their minds. Feel free to spice it up a little! Sure, you wrote reports at your last job. But you did the same task in your previous job too. It’s not a huge stretch to say that you created reports, transcribed them, or documented or detailed them.

 

2. Your resume = your stage

That little blurb at the top of many prepackaged curriculum vitae design bundles? It’s meant for a professional profile, or a competencies section, or an objectives area. But what is its actual purpose?

Attracting attention!

What’s going to make a potential employer pick your resume up and take more than a cursory glance at it? A catchy, short, and decidedly non-generic description of who you are and what you do.

Sure, underline your current job title under your name at the top of the resume, but expand on that directly underneath. Three to five sentences packed with your best qualities are preferable to a bland statement about wanting to work for a company with upward mobility or a commitment to integrity. Right?

Think about what makes you different and valuable in the workplace. Is it your penchant for positivity? Aptitude for number crunching? Explore more than just your tendency for punctuality or your ability to multitask. Besides, multitasking is a lie anyway- and many employers won’t choose to interview you based on those types of claims alone.

 

3. Show, don’t tell

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If you’re a sales figure-busting powerhouse that consistently surpasses company thresholds for excellence, define it in a way that speaks to potential employers. Quote statistics or amounts of cold hard cash you saved or earned your current employer, and prospective employers will form a better picture of what your abilities are.

It’s one thing to claim knowhow in a specific area, but it’s quite another to display that readily on paper. Forbes contributor Jon Youshaei says to “quantify your impact,” which makes perfect sense.

Throw those numbers around and show employers what you’re capable of. In that same vein, use Jon’s strategy of relating your accomplishments to the competition. He gives an example of noting an award you’ve received, alongside statistics that show how many people you beat out.

Brag on yourself a little- it might land you the job of your dreams.

 

What’s your secret to getting noticed on paper?

I’d love to know what helped you get hired for your dream job!

Resume Upgrade: Getting Job Search Ready

Last week I listed the different types of online jobs that are out there. This week, I want to focus on the number one game-changer in any job search: your resume. It’s the first piece of ‘you’ that a prospective employer will meet, and it needs to be stellar.

Your resume: the number one game-changer in any job search. It's the first piece of 'you' that a prospective employer will meet, and it needs to be stellar. Resume upgrade advice from WordsbyErynn.com.

Format for reader friendliness!

Whether you’re staying in the brick and mortar market or exploring online jobs, you’ll likely be submitting your resume online. Ensure your resume is optimized for online viewing. Skip fancy fonts and layouts in favor of streamlined text (with just a little color).

Be bold, but don’t be difficult. Word offers a template for resumes that is simple to edit and easy to customize. Just enter your details, then make sure your name stands out and each section heading is noticeable.

There’s nothing wrong with infusing your resume with some personality. Just as long as it’s the professional and put-together bit!

Give your resume an introduction!

You’ll find there are two suggested ways of starting off your resume. The first is an objective statement, typically employed by job search newbies with little to no experience out of college. This statement will outline what you’re looking for and where you hope to go with your vast set of new skills.

The second way to begin your resume, which is preferred for experienced job seekers, is a competencies statement. A competencies blurb will include a brief description of who you are and what you do, where you’ve been, and precisely what you offer to the employer. I favor about three sentences, as this section should be happily short. You may need to tailor this statement to each separate job you apply for, unless you’re going after similar positions in the same field.

Go for more than just the obvious…

Please don’t include a ‘Skills’ section if you’re only going to list Microsoft Office proficiency. If you’ve done your job right, your resume itself will serve as proof of your Word prowess. Rather than elaborate solely on your speedy typing abilities or general computer knowledge in the skills section, list only the programs you know intimately. Most everyone has a functional knowledge of Microsoft or Apple software, but not everyone can manage photo editing programs or accounting software!

… but don’t fluff!

All resumes need a few basic items; your contact info, a competencies or objectives statement, experience/job history, and education. Definitely list all relevant job duties, but don’t stretch out those sections to fill extra pages. One page is sufficient, two if you’ve got a lengthy job history to include. Don’t try to fill your resume with fluff- get in the important details and let that baby speak for itself.

PS- I offer resume writing.

Stumped, or just too busy to spruce up your resume? Hire me to do it for you. Consider me your job finding wing man (er, wing woman?), because I’ll help you look professional and poised on paper (sorry, though, the rest of it’s up to you!).