Writing a winning resume takes time and effort. You need to really look over your key strengths and experience (chose what works and doesn’t for the job you are applying for)–tighten up your resume (less repetition and more action words) and put it into a readable and clear format. However, if you need a few ideas to get started take the following 5 tips on how to write a winning resume into consideration:

1. Writing a Strong Professional Summary

A professional summary sums up your relevant skills, experience and overall career goal. It gives the hiring manager a quick run-down of what you bring to table and why they should continue to read your resume and eventually award you an interview.

2. Naturally incorporating keywords

Keywords are an essential part to your resume. If you are a sales professional keywords and phases such as ‘exceeding sales targets,’ and ‘excellent customer service’ or ‘cold-calling’ are some you should use on your resume. If you need a refresher on some keywords from your industry check out 2 or 3 top brands and look for their career sections for some ideas.

3. More information about Education

Give a few blurbs of why your education has helped your career. In fact, it gives the hiring manager a good idea of why you studied in the first place! If you haven’t been in school for a while, check back to see what courses can fit your job position you are applying for.

4. Connecting your experience to job you are applying for

Always relate your experiences back to the job position you are applying for–it gives the hiring manager a clear indication of the candidate they are hiring (and the fact that they will help them!) Research the company more–their website is a great start. Use keywords and also connect any projects you have done in the past that resonates with the current job opportunity.

5. Using bolded and italicizing effectively

By bolding and italicizing certain words and sentences on your resume–you are bringing attention to key points you want the hiring manager to focus on. If used effectively and sparingly–you are separating your resume from the competition because you are making it reader friendly (essentially giving the hiring manager what they need to make a quick decision about calling you for an interview.)

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