Working with a Professional Resume Writer

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Professional Resume Writing
Professional Resume Writing

At Power Writers USA it is our job to help you stand out from the crowd. You may have wondered what you can expect from working with a Professional Resume Writer. Or perhaps you have questioned the benefit of hiring a professional writer to help with your resume. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and outline what you can expect when working with Power Writers USA.

First of all, it is important to look at your resume as an investment in your future. This document is going to be your initial point of contact with potential employers and we want to position you for instant impact when your resume lands in front of the employer or job recruiters.

Today’s job search methods are a bit different than what they used to be. With the ever-increasing drive for companies to streamline their hiring process, new software has been created to funnel prospective job applicants through a series of algorithms. This process is known as ATS which is short for Applicant Tracking System. In an article in SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com they define what ATS is and why it is so useful through the hiring process:


An applicant tracking system (ATS) is software that manages the recruiting and hiring process, including job postings and job applications. It organizes and makes searchable information about job seekers. As its name implies, an ATS tracks candidates through the hiring process. It helps scheduling, issues notification alerts and sends automated emails to candidates. But these systems are far more than organizers.

An ATS is also used to cull candidates. It conducts a preliminary analysis of the applicants to find the best fits for a job. The goal is to speed HR’s review of job applications and resumes. It may look for keywords or use AI-type algorithms that run a deeper analysis of the job applicant.


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Power Writers USA ensures that all resumes are written for ATS optimization. So you can rest assured that your resume makes it through all the rankings and algorithms and lands in front of the right people. To learn more about what ATS is and how it works read this helpful article found in, SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com.

Another component of modern job searching is your LinkedIn Profile. Having a presence on LinkedIn keeps you dialed into the job market. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your personal advertising page. It provides you with an online space to highlight your education, career goals, and achievements. Power Writers USA understands the importance of a LinkedIn profile which is why one of the services we provide is LinkedIn Profile Optimization. It is important to note that your resume and LinkedIn Profile are meant to compliment each other. So keeping your LinkedIn profile updated with the information from your resume will help give prospective employers the most accurate and current information on your career history and goals. Your profile not only keeps you current but it also helps you streamline your job search because LinkedIn helps filter jobs based on keywords found in your profile.

In her article on Forbes.com Robin Ryan talks mentions one of the many beneficial elements of a LinkedIn Profile. She speaks to having recommendations on your profile:
“Recommendations are pure gold as they live forever on the profile”. You can read the full article here. So you can see how your LinkedIn Profile becomes a virtual extension of your hard copy resume. They are not carbon copies of one another rather they are used to complement one another.

Here is an example from linkedjetpack.com on what a good recommendation should look like and how beneficial it is for “selling yourself” to prospective employers:


“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter. I had the pleasure of working with Peter for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams. Peter’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile. As a team member or a leader, Peter earns my highest recommendation.”

You can see how having a number of recommendations such as this on LinkedIn could potentially boost your appeal and put you ahead of your competition. Taking your raw data to formulate a streamlined and unique resume along with an optimized LinkedIn Profile is just two of the ways you will benefit from working with our Professional Resume Writers.

It is not uncommon for some to struggle with the ability to articulate who and what they are. Some of us find it very difficult to explain ourselves to others in a way that best highlights our achievements. All the elements are there for a strong resume but we need help compiling it into a cohesive format. Once all this data is collected and we have all our educational achievements and career accomplishments in front of us it can seem daunting to try and pull it all together while keeping in mind formatting and algorithms. This is where relying on a professional writer becomes invaluable.

It is not always easy to know exactly where we should be focusing our attention and efforts when it comes to our careers let alone job searching. Hiring a resume writer will help bring clarity to the various elements of your resume. Whether you are thinking about a career change or are looking to position yourself for advancement within your current job Power Writers USA has the knowledge and experience to craft an eye-catching resume for you.
Every resume written by Power Writers USA is custom made for each individual. As mentioned before the resume is also optimized for ATS.


Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!

6 Universal Rules for Resume Writing

Resume Writing

This is a great article to read if you are considering writing your own resume.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

Original article click here.

For busy hiring managers, your resume provides a snapshot of your career and is often the determining factor in whether you land an interview. If job search is a journey, a stellar resume is your passport.

The fundamental principles of resume writing have remained constant for generations, but evolving technologies mean more aspects of the application and hiring processes take place online than ever before. It’s up to you to stay informed of modern best practices and really put your resume to work for you.

If you’re getting ready for your next career move, keep these six universal rules in mind as you create or brush up your resume.

1. Cover all the basics

The goal of a resume is to best represent your relevant skills and accomplishments, and there are several ways to do that successfully. That said, every resume requires these basic elements:

  • Relevant educational degrees or certifications. The importance of your educational background will vary based on the job or industry you’re interested in.
  • Relevant work and volunteer experience. Most people choose to list their experience beginning with their most recent job. Don’t include everything you did in your past jobs. Instead, focus on achievements over responsibilities.
  • Contact information. Your full name, the city where you live, your email address and phone number. Because this personal information is sensitive, you should be cautious about who you share your resume with. Read over these guidelines for a safe job search to protect yourself.
  • Relevant skills and your level of mastery (for example, “conversational Spanish” or “familiar with Microsoft Excel” vs. “fluent in Spanish” or “expert at Microsoft Excel”).

2. Explore other resumes for inspiration

Search the Indeed Resume database for the job title, industry, or company that you’re thinking about and see how others present their backgrounds and skill sets. This is a great way to uncover stronger ways to describe your experience or to avoid overused words.

You can also get a sense of the internal language used within a particular industry or company. You might have experience that isn’t directly related but is still highly relevant to the position you’re applying for, and you want to include it in your resume. Someone else’s resume might feature a similar history and offer an example of how to frame this experience in a compelling way.

3. Use as few words as possible

Employers need to quickly understand your work experience. Format your experience as a list of short, scannable statements, rather than writing out dense paragraphs. For example:

Too wordy: Applied expert budget management skills to achieve a 20% reduction in departmental expenses through diligent research, identifying significant inefficiencies.

More concise: Achieved 20% departmental cost savings by eliminating inefficiencies.

The typical resume is two pages maximum, so make sure all the information you’ve included is essential. If you can’t decide what is essential, ask yourself if what you’re including is relevant to what the employer is asking for in the job description.

It’s also important to consider the kind of work you truly want to be hired to do. In other words, don’t include past experience for tasks you strongly dislike doing. Keep the experiences that you want to keep building on and match what the employer is looking for—this meets the definition of essential information to include on your resume.

4. Quantify your accomplishments whenever possible

Numbers and data bring your work experience to life and help hiring managers envision the potential impact you could have in their organization. When you can, back up your achievements with real data to boost your credibility and add informative detail to your resume. For example:

Unquantified: Improved lead generation through strategic content marketing initiatives.

Quantified: Achieved 180% year-over-year lead growth through strategic content marketing initiatives.

5. Use keywords that employers are using in their job descriptions

Hiring managers want to see that you can speak their language and know the lingo of their industry. When they see their own keywords mirrored back to them in your resume, it reinforces the idea that you’re a strong candidate for the role. And if your resume will be posted to an online database like Indeed Resume, the right keywords are critical to getting found by employers.

To research keywords commonly used in job postings, explore Indeed Job Category Trends and select your industry. Here you can view top keyword searches and top job titles by month.

6. Proofread several times to catch typos and misspellings

Unfortunately, a single typographical or spelling error is sometimes enough to get your resume discarded early in the game. Review your resume multiple times, doing a thorough line-by-line, word-by-word edit. Reading content backwards—awkward and time-consuming though it may be—is a great way to catch minor mistakes that you might otherwise miss. And an outside perspective is always a good idea. Ask a friend, mentor, or family member to review your resume for you before you begin submitting it to employers.

A strong resume can streamline your job search process, helping you showcase your strengths and get one step closer to your dream job. With some diligent work up front—and by adhering to these six rules—you can turn this fundamental job search document into one of your strongest professional assets.

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!

How Do We Ensure Our Client’s Success?

Client Success and resume

Our business revolves around our clients and we want to ensure our clients experience successful results.  Success to us means that we create a resume for our clients that get them the callbacks for interviews they are after and go on to land the job they want.  Success also means our clients have a great experience working with us.  Here are some of the components that help us, and our clients succeed

Detailed Intake Process

At the onset of a project we engage in a detailed intake process with our clients.  We gather the necessary information from our clients to compile thoughtful questions.  We then interview our clients with these questions to dig out useful information we can use as content for the resume.

Collaborative Process

We approach resume writing as a collaborative process.  We get in touch with the person we are writing for to better understand them, their professional history, and what direction they want to go in.  Our lines of communication are always open for our clients.

ATS Optimization

With the ever-growing use of ATS (applicant tracking systems), it is becoming more and more important to make sure you have the right formatting and keywords.  If your resume doesn’t have these key ingredients, it will not get to a hiring manager.  We make sure that our resumes are optimally formatted to make it through the challenges of the software and algorithms.

Targeting a Resume

What good is your resume if it doesn’t have a focus?  We take the time and effort to understand what specific jobs you are targeting so we can incorporate key details from those jobs into your resume.  This ensures that your resume speaks clearly to the hiring managers reading it.  If a resume is too broad, you will not come across as the right candidate for the job.

Follow up and Customer Engagement

We hate goodbyes!  So, we invest time and effort to stay connected to with our clients to gain their feedback, share our news, answer questions, and remind people that we are ready to handle any updates they need.  We love to hearing the many success stories of our clients.

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Resume Tips for New Grads

Resume Tips for New Grads

This article is intended to help new grads like yourself optimize the formatting and content of your resume in order to draw the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.  While this article covers some of the basics, there are entire books and workshops dedicated to a comprehensive approach on how to write a resume.  The following sections are in a suggested order of how your resume should flow and what type of content should be included.

Preface

Understand the jobs you are applying for.  Take the time to carefully read each post, possibly several times.  Write down striking keywords or phrases that you can relate your experience or education to so you can incorporate those into your resume.  The better you understand your target positions and what is required, before you start writing your resume, the easier it will be since you will have more of a focus.

Lose the objective

First off, it’s obvious that you want a job.  Replace the outdated objective with a powerful summary of your skills, qualifications, and relevant experience.  Let the reader know right off the handle why you are a good fit for the job.  Keep it action oriented.  Keep “I” out of it; readers also know that the resume is about you.  There is no need for you to take up precious content to remind them that. Include some power words that describe some of your personality characteristics such as Motivated or Results-Oriented.  Keep it short, sweet and to the point.

Core Competencies

Think about what innate or learned skills and abilities you have and how they relate to a job you are applying for.  What are you good at that relates to the position you are applying for?  Read back through the job postings and try to match your strengths with keywords.  List them out in their own section.

Highlight your education

Hopefully you paid attention in class and have something to show for it.  Capitalize on what you studied.  Highlight your education towards the top of the page, below your core competencies.  If you were involved with any academic related extracurricular programs, let it be known.  Unless a minimum GPA is required for a job or unless you have a stellar GPA, feel free to leave it off all together.  Instead, you may want to list out some classes or areas of study that are directly related to the type of position you are after.

Work Experience and Internships

It is really important that when you write this section of your resume that you want to convey the results of your work, not just a job description of the work you performed.  Nothing could be more boring.  Try to keep the content relevant to your target jobs.  There are different ways to format this section, we suggest writing a short paragraph to give some context to the reader and then bulleting some key experience or accomplishments.

Technical skills

Chances are that any job you are going to land will require you to use some form of technology or software.  List what software programs you know, including the ubiquitous Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).  In some cases, it may even be appropriate to list various social media.  Your technical skills can be listed out in a relatively short section.

Additional Qualifications

If you need to fill up some space, use this section to highlight some other key reasons you are a good fit for a job position.  You can include life experiences, other skills that may not have been listed in your core competencies.  Just make sure you keep it focused towards your target role

Formatting

If this is your first professional job out of college you should have a one-page resume.  It’s pretty much a given that if a hiring manager sees comic sans on a resume that it’s going in the trash. Use a grownup font such as: Times New Roman, Garamond, Cambria, or Calibri.  Also, these are standard fonts that will work on almost any device without having formatting compatibility issues.  Since you are a young professional and probably pretty light on content use a size 12 font, you can go bigger for section heading and certainly for your name in the header.  For additional formatting help you can find templates online for inspiration or use resume building software.

Best of luck!

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!

How to Write a Resume That Will Get You an Interview

Resume writing

There is a lot of advice out there about how to write an effective resume that will get you an interview.  Since everyone’s career path and everyone’s resume needs are different we like to share a variety of advice.  If you are writing your own resume, it is important to take the time to understand what’s involved with writing a resume and what you need to do to make yourself standout in the crowd. This article highlights the basics then goes beyond to give you some key advice.

Original article click here.

Resume and Interview
How to write a resume that will get you an interview

Do you need to review how to write a resume? While it’s only a page or two in length, a resume is one of the most important parts of a job application. Your resume is your most powerful tool in telling the story of your professional history to potential employers.

A well-written resume that highlights your most relevant qualifications for the job will help you get selected for an interview. Above all, your resume needs to be consistent, concise, and clear and easy to read.

How to Write a Resume

Choose a resume type. There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, a combination, or a targeted resume. A chronological resume (in reverse chronological order) is the simplest format to use, but there may be circumstances where you want to focus on your key accomplishments and skills rather than your employment history. Taking the time to choose the best type of resume for your situation is well worth the effort.

Choose the right font and size. It’s important to choose a font and font size that is legible and leaves enough white space on the page. You also want to keep style features (such as italics, underlining, bold, and the use of bullets) to a minimum; reserve the use of boldface for section headings and for quantifiable achievements that you would like to have “pop” on the page (Example: “Secured and fulfilled $1.5M contract”).

When you use a particular style, use it consistently.

Review resume examples. Read through samples that fit a variety of employment situations. These sample resumes will provide you with examples of resume formats that will work for almost every type of job seeker. They also help you see what kind of information to include.

However, whenever you use a resume example, be sure to customize your resume so it reflects your skills and abilities, and the jobs you are applying for.

Use a resume template. Along with resume examples, you can use a resume template as a starting point for creating your own resume. Add your information to the resume template, then tweak and edit it to personalize your resume so that it highlights your own unique skills and abilities.

Use resume keywords. Most companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings. In order to get found, your resume needs to contain keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in. Spend some time matching your qualifications to the job to ensure you’re including the appropriate keywords and skills. In addition to helping your resume get selected, it will also help the hiring manager see how your skills and experiences make you an ideal candidate for the specific job.

Jazz up your job descriptions. Review the descriptions you’ve written for each job. Are they going to show the hiring manager why you’re a good match? Do they sound impressive? Take a couple of minutes to tweak them a little so they look super impressive.

Get resume advice. Writing a resume is hard work, and it’s often a good idea to get help before you send it to employers. You can find resume writing advice and resume writing tips here. You can also meet with a college career counselor if you are a college student or alumnus.

You might use a professional resume service instead, or check with your state’s Department of Labor website for information on any free job services they offer. There are many great, free resume resources, so do some research before paying money for someone’s advice.

Proof your resume. Be sure to thoroughly edit your resume before sending it. Check for grammar and spelling errors, as well as any style inconsistencies. Consider asking a friend or family member, or even a career counselor, to read over your cover letter.

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!

Job Searching is Marketing.  Do You Know How to Market Yourself?

Market Yourself

Job searching is not a passive activity, it requires energy, focus, time, the assistance of others, and in some cases, luck.  But if you think of yourself like a product, out there competing with other products who are motivated to be swept up by the right organization, you can increase your odds of lining up a great job.  Much like a tangible product in the real market, you, as a product, needs to be marketed in order to be consumed.  You need to market yourself.  Here are some pointers to help you improve your self-marketing abilities.

Know your self

Knowing yourself is critical to helping you define what you want to do by knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are.  A lot of job satisfaction and come from you being in an environment where you can perform well.  Knowing yourself also helps you define your value to a potential employer.  Taking the time to get in touch with your personality, strengths, successes, passions, etc., will help you to clarify your personal message to an employer.  You will have a more focused resume and you will be able to answer interview questions easier and more confidently.

Know your market

Now that you more about yourself, what you are good at, and what your strengths and weaknesses are, you will be able to more clearly define your job search and identify your target market.  Take the time to understand what a target employer is looking for in a new hire.  What are their organizational pains that you can alleviate?  How can your experience make a direct impact on their organization and their bottom line? Knowing who your audience is will help you understand how you can approach a potential employer and how you can relate your personal message to the employer in a way that will engage and excite them.

Have the right packaging

When you buy something at the store, do you pay attention to the packaging?  Whether you realize it or not, you do.  And it is very important.  As a jobseeker who is marketing themselves to potential employers, you want to make sure that you too have the right packaging.  Consider what is visibly apparent to an employer, or even a recruiter; namely your resume and your online presence (LinkedIn Profile, Facebook, etc.).   Take the time to refine your resume, or work with a professional resume writer, to make sure you are dialed in.  Good resume writers will know what questions to ask to make sure you are including the right content, they also know how to optimally format your resume for visual appear and to help pass through ATS.  Many resume writers can help you with your LinkedIn profile as well;  check out our recent blog on that.  Bottom-line, make your resume and LinkedIn profile stand out as they will be your first impression.  Your interview will be your second first-impression if that makes sense.  So be ready for that as well!  Make sure you are well groomed and dressed appropriately for the position you are after.

Develop your people skills

Take the time to read some refresher articles on being a good communicator, and how to listen more effectively as it will pay off in your job search.  Communicating well with recruiters, networking associates, those you may conduct informational interviews with can help you get closer to that job you want.  Part of this process is knowing how to talk about yourself so make sure you take the time to know yourself first.

Know how to interview

Marketing yourself doesn’t stop once you’ve gotten a callback for an interview.  This is where you need to really shine to get an edge over your jobseeking competition.  But do you know how to interview?  We’ve written several blogs on the matter including 5 Ways to Woo Hiring Managers During The Interview Process and 7 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Interview in addition to the information we provide there is a plethora of books, videos, blogs and seminars available out there.  We also offer interview coaching for those looking for some personal feedback.  A few keys are to really understand the position you are interviewing for, being prepared, and listening well.

Be Proactive

This is a pretty obvious point but is often overlooked.  You must take charge of your job search and be active with it if you truly desire to make a positive change in your career.  It’s been said that luck rewards the hard working, and we feel this is true.  Send emails, make connections, pick up the phone and get yourself out there.  Going back to the analogy of you being a product, your activity can be the difference between you as an item that sits on a shelf waiting too long for someone to find it or being an item on an end-cap with high visibility that is sure to catch people’s attention.

Make a plan

This last point is very important.  Take the time to make a plan.  We are all busy people and making a plan can give our job search focus and can help us realize our progress.  Decide what your end goal is and how much time you can dedicate each day or week to reaching your goal.  Set a schedule for working on your resume, contacting recruiters, sending out job applications, and practicing your interview skills.  Work with Define your progress by blocks of time (30 minutes a day), or by units (2 applications a week) etc.  Keep a visual calendar and mark off each goal of your plan or each day that you make progress, it is encouraging and will push you closer towards getting the results you deserve.

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!

How to Leverage Your Resume to Negotiate Salary

Leverage Resume to Negotiate Salary

Negotiating salary can be a challenge for many people.  It is the topic of many books, seminars, blogs, etc.  You can give yourself an immediate advantage right out of the gate however by having an excellent resume and by being prepared.  Of course, the resume is only a part of the hiring process, knowing how to interview is the other part, which is a topic for another day.

Your resume gives the reader a first impression of who you are and what you can bring to the organization.  This first impression can act as an anchor, framing the mind of the reader to think you are at the low, mid, or high end of the performance and professionalism spectrum.  Obviously, you want to anchor the mind of the reader to think that you are on the top performing end of the spectrum.  This is where you can have leverage.

So how do you make a strong first impression with your resume?  Let’s look at some key components.

 

Demonstrate your achievements and the value you bring

It is very important to highlight the career achievements that are most relevant, relatable to your target job, and that they are clear to understand.  In many cases we include a “career highlights” or “notable achievements” section near the top of a resume so it grabs the readers attention.  Further, you need to clearly understand and define your bottom line message of how you can help the organization you are wanting to work for.  Answer this question: “What can you do, and what can you offer an organization that no other candidate can?”  In order to answer this you need to know yourself well and clearly understand your target job positions.

 

Move beyond the job descriptions

It is important to create context in your resume by letting the reader know what you did in your past or current role.  But what is critical to this is that you explain to the reader what the results were of your efforts.  In other words, you want to provide statements about what actions you performed and what the positive results were for the organization.  Knowing how your actions impacted the organization you work(ed) for will also communicate to the reader that you are not just in it for yourself but for the good of the organization as well.  Resumes that are only a job description will give you no leverage for negotiating salary.

 

Showing your experience

Before writing your resume, you want to completely understand the job positions you are targeting.  This may be no big deal if you are making a lateral job change, but if you are making a vertical jump, you need to be prepared.  A key part of being prepared is by understanding the experience that the hiring manager will be looking for and effectively communicating that you have that experience in your resume.  One suggestion is to read the job postings of your target job, make a list of the key areas of experience the organization is looking for, and then write down some examples of relatable experience.  Do this before you write your resume to give yourself some framework.

If you can concisely capture your accomplishments, define your value, show the results of your work, and relate your experience in your resume in an eye-catching document you will have a leg up.  Your resume will now be working for you.  During an interview or salary negotiation you can reference your resume, for example: “As you have read in my resume I have extensive experience managing ABC while improving XYZ to accomplish LMNOP, this combined with my ability to EFG is why I feel I am the top candidate for this position.”

 

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!

What do hiring managers look for on a resume

Resume Tips

It’s not always easy finding the best match for a vacant job position.  Hiring managers are bombarded with countless resumes and have such short time to go through them.  So what can you do to increase your chances of success of getting noticed?  You need to understand what employers and hiring managers look for on a resume.

Keywords

Keywords are an important part of any resume.  These technology-driven days we live in makes it particularly critical to disseminate which keywords will increase your chances of getting your resume through ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems).  Take the time to review each job posting you are thinking of applying to and try to find similar keywords, or relevant keywords that you can seamlessly incorporate into your resume, or cover letter.

Accomplishments

Reading a list of responsibilities is absolutely boring to anyone.  Your resume should include accomplishments, facts, and figures.  We already know that you were an assistant manager or an engineer, but so what?  What did you DO with your time?  What results did you create for your employer?  Make sure to integrate these accomplishments and quantifiable figures in a way that will capture the readers attention.  Numbers can be related to sales goals, efficiencies, savings for the organization, growth for the organization, reduction in turnover, number of people you managed or trained, etc.  You’ve worked hard, show the results of your labor.

Readability

It’s important that you clarify your message with clarity.  So many resumes we see are overly wordy, use too many abbreviations, too much industry jargon, etc.  When writing your resume, try to consider the reader; you don’t know how much or how little they know and the more clear the message the easier it will be for a hiring manager to understand.  Some resume writers suggest telling a story, others emphasize the use of bullet points, some incorporate both.  In either case, you want to answer the question of “what did you do in that role?” in as clear a manner as possible.  Don’t get hung up on technical details, they are rarely relatable.  Instead, describe the effect on the organization your technical contributions.  And in general, shorter is better.  Keep in mind your resume is a marketing tool designed to get you interviews.  You can go into more detail in the interview.

Obvious embellishments

Please don’t lie on your resume.  While it is generally acceptable to speak highly of yourself and your contributions, keep your message in the realm of reality.  Hiring managers and recruiters can often smell BS, and if somehow you slip through the cracks on false accomplishments, the truth will eventually catch up with you.  If you just can’t think of the right things to say about yourself, consider working with a certified professional resume writer, they can be pretty crafty with their words!

Time spent at each job

Employers do look at the time you’ve spent in each role.  While it is becoming more common to change jobs more frequently as a way to fast-track your career and earning potential, if you’ve struggled to hold several jobs for more than a year or two, this may raise some red flags.  There are some ways a resume writer can work with this to make it less obvious on your resume but you will eventually need to come to terms with this and consider how you can explain this to a hiring manager.

Formatting

Formatting is closely related to readability in the sense that you need to give consideration to the reader.  Make your resume as clean and organized as possible.  Make sure there is a good balance of text and white space so as to not overwhelm the reader with information. If you are going to write the resume yourself, make sure you select a format that is appropriate for you industry and seniority.  A recent college grad looking for his first full-time job is going to focus more on education, relevant experiences, extra-curricular activities, etc while a senior level tech industry manager will have more emphasis on the results of their professional experience, with much less emphasis on education.  Refer to our past posting about the components of a resume.

There are a lot of resources available to you if you want to write your own resume.  But do yourself a favor, invest the time to do it right.  Your resume can have a huge impact on your career.  If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, work with a professional resume writer, it’s worth it.

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When should you update your resume?

Update your resume

While there may not be a consensus on how often you should update your resume, we do recommend that should shouldn’t wait too long.  Keeping your resume fresh ensures you are prepared for any professional encounters, or job related changes that may (and frequently do) occur.

A few things to consider:

If there is a promotion opportunity up for grabs at your current job, you can be one of the first to take advantage of the opportunity if you have your resume updated and current.  Being prepared can make a big impression!

Waiting too long in between resume updates may leave you forgetting notable accomplishments that a future recruiter, employer, or hiring manager may be interested in seeing.

Keeping your LinkedIn profile updated, along with your resume, just may catch a recruiter’s eye, which could open the door to new opportunities and higher earning and increased job satisfaction.

Are you networking, giving a presentation, or interfacing with a lot of individuals outside of your immediate work space?  Being prepared with your current resume and updated LinkedIn profile can be a great way to make a formal introduction of yourself to let others know of your career history, areas of expertise, and accomplishments.

If the worst should happen and you are let go from a job, you can start looking immediately.  Not bringing in a paycheck can be stressful enough, no need to compound the stress by rushing to get your resume updated.  Being prepared will allow you to get started on your job hunt with your newfound free time.

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Current Resume Trends

Resume Trends

The topic of resumes and resume trends is an ever evolving, and often contentious discussion.  There are many experienced, knowledgeable professionals with differing opinions on what a resume should look like.  And while there certainly are appropriate formats for particular job positions, there can be a tremendous amount of variation within each realm.  Let’s take a look at what resume trends Power Writers USA has observed to be successful.

 

Going beyond black and white

You want your resume to stand out among others, right?  While the industry hasn’t quite advanced to the point where we send video, or even hologram resumes, you can make an impact with some color!  Liven things up by a tasteful use of color to highlight key sections that you really want your reader to notice.  Use subtle color or shading to break up larger sections of bulleted information.  Just keep in mind to use color sparingly and tastefully.  Using too bold of colors or using too much color can be distracting to the reader and take away from the message.

 

Show your accomplishments

It’s one thing to write about your accomplishments, in fact, it’s to be expected.  But let’s take it a step further and try to incorporate some eye-catching graphics that are easy to understand and add visual support to your accomplishment. This will break up the monotony of text and can help the reader remember key messages you want to convey.

 

Keywords, Keywords, Keywords

It’s not just about colors and graphics.  A great resume will incorporate keywords or phrases blended from the job postings you’re are looking at.  Take the time to read through each posting to identify what is most important to the hiring organization.  Incorporate those keywords into your own experiences if you really want to make an impact.  Having a core competencies section with focus keywords is also a good way to showcase your job-related skills.

 

Use Plain English

Make sure your message is simple and clear.  You don’t need to write your resume like you would write a dissertation.  Deliver your message and relevant experiences and accomplishments in a way that almost anyone could get the idea about what you’ve done and what value you bring to the table.  If you have to provide a context for an accomplishment or job component that is more than one short sentence, you may be at risk of losing the reader’s attention.

 

Remember the Purpose

A resume is a marketing tool, not your life story.  Take the time to deliver a clear message about what you’ve done and what value you can add to an organization.  For each line or statement you write, try to answer the question, “so what?” in order to make a big impact.  A hiring manager wants to see that you can deliver results.

 

There Are No Rules

This is mostly true.  You can be bold and unorthodox with your resume presentation in an attempt to stand out.   Just make sure your message is clear and your resume flows nicely from top to bottom.  We are creatures of habit and react well when we can quickly understand a pattern.  This being said, use a traditional outline (unless you happen to be in a creative field), then spice things up to stand out from the pack.

And remember, you can always reach out to us if you have any questions or want an opinion.

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!