Professional Resume Writer Reveals Top 3 Tricks

Learning to write a professional resume is like learning to ride a bike.

You get on and feel wobbly at first; maybe you even use training wheels (resume templates you found online somewhere).

Once you learn how to balance, you go around in circles, but you don’t really know how to use the tools at your disposal to accomplish your goals. At best, you can get from one place to another.

Finally, you develop some skill. You learn how to jump over curbs and ride on one wheel. You discover that you can accomplish fitness goals and become a good-looking cycling machine.

A professional resume showcases you as a good-looking machine for your particular line of work.

Regardless of your experience level with writing resumes, you’ll benefit from my top three tricks. Even a total novice to professional resume writing can put them to work and get great results.

A professional resume has a headline and hook

If you’ve ever read a newspaper, you know what a headline is — a title that tells you what the article is about. A hook is marketing lingo for something that “hooks” readers, like a fish, so you can reel them in to the rest of the content you want them to read.

Professional resume writers use formatting and positioning of carefully chosen words to lure people into the resume and keep them reading.

For example, I recently created a resume for a guy with a background in construction management. He had a great record for turning around projects on time, so I decided to highlight that and use his record as a hook.

I opened his resume by listing his name on the first line, the job title he was targeting on the second line (the headline), and on the third line I italicized “98% of projects completed on time, within budget” (the hook).

By listing the hook near the top of the page, after a good headline, hiring managers immediately know enough to make a decision about whether they want to read this resume or not – and who wouldn’t want to read the resume of someone with that record of success?

Professional resume writers know how to sell accomplishments

A professional resume presents accomplishments in a compelling fashion and draws the reader in.

When listing accomplishments in job descriptions:

  • Always write in active voice, using strong verbs.
  • Tell the story (not too long, but share the context of the situation).
  • Quantify success whenever possible; use numbers to help sell accomplishments.

A professional resume conveys a strong sense of success

Your professional resume should show, not tell, the hiring manager that you are successful. Ultimately, you want them to draw the conclusion that you succeed at everything you do.

When they draw that conclusion on their own, without you shouting it at them, you stand an incredibly good chance of being invited for an interview.

Make your resume tell a story. Use formatting to lead the reader from success to success. Encourage their eye to go to all the right places.

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