A Winning Résumé

June 7, 2013 | Jenni Proctor
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The Essentials for a Winning Résumé

When you write a winning résumé you must consider whether you are writing it for the job you’re already performing or for the one you’d like to perform. There’s a big difference there and that’s a trap. Write your résumé to fit the job you want, not just regurgitating the responsibilities of the old job.

Before you start writing anything you need to have a strong understanding of what will make your résumé stand out from the crowd.

When you write your résumé you must consider whether you are writing it for the job you’re already performing or for the one you’d like to perform. There’s a big difference between these two perspectives and that’s a trap. Write your résumé to fit the job you want, not just regurgitating the responsibilities of the old job.

What happens if you think you have the ability and skills to do a job, but what you do at your current job does not really tell that story? That’s a good question. This is where some clever writing can help your application. This just means that you tailor a winning résumé to suit the job you are applying for. 

There are three things to consider here.

·         Your qualifications

·         Your work experience

·         Your life experience

Obviously the first two are relevant and important to your chances of success. But let’s say they don’t give you a fantastic rating in terms of the fit for the new job? Well that’s where the third element comes into play.

If you have had experiences outside your employment or if you’ve had achievements which were not part of your previous work, these can be highlighted. They can be used to illustrate your versatility and your all-round capabilities. 

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