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Jazz Up Your Resume
Jazz Up Your Resume
7/7/15 10:49 AM
4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Resume
Here are some key elements of today's most compelling resumes:

1. Add a headline and personal branding statement.
At the top of the résumé, just below your name and contact information, create a simple headline in large type that highlights the job type or title you seek.

2. List professional experience.
This is where you list your employers, dates of employment and job title(s). Because you'll only get about six seconds of eyeball time on the first pass of your résumé, and one of the things a résumé reviewer looks at is the timeline of your career, make your dates easy to find and comprehend. In the vast majority of cases, employers aren't (at least initially) concerned with how many months you worked at a given place, so dispense with them!

3. Use your bullet points to show how you handle your responsibilities – not what they are.
Each bullet point of your résumé is an opportunity to tell your story in more vivid detail. Rather than listing responsibilities, think of objectives you needed to meet, and explain them in an italicized "challenge" statement under your job title. The statement should summarize the overall set of your responsibilities. For example: "Charged to manage and oversee the entire production of green widgets with a workforce of 85 individuals"

4. Proofread.
It will likely take several hours and much editing and rewriting to get your résumé in perfect shape. By the end of it all, you may be impatient to just save the document and send it off for that perfect job you saw advertised. However, now is the time to stop, get up from your seat, clear your head and think about other things. Then, later, go back and check grammar and spelling. Don't rely on spellcheck alone for editing! Make certain to print your résumé and carefully read it line by line. Ask yourself if every single sentence makes sense.

When you've done all that, you are well on your way to creating an effective résumé that will be a key marketing piece for your job search campaign.

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