How to Write Your Best (Non-Boring) Resume
3 Expert Tips You Need for a Better & Bolder Resume
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?
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 tellBrag on yourself a little- it might land you the job of your dreams. Click To Tweet
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!