5 CV Writing Tips To Land You Your Dream Job

Resume Writing Tip #1: The Importance of Having a Direction, Plan, and Purpose.

Have you ever sat back and wondered what your purpose is? What you should be doing with your life and your career? What you would actually ENJOY doing every day? What would make you feel fulfilled and provide professional satisfaction?

Develop Your Plan

Once you’ve decided on a direction for your career, it’s time to plan which industries, positions, and companies you want to target. Knowing the industry, company, and position will help bring focus to your resume. The more focused you are on the specific industry, position, and company that you want to work for, the greater number of responses you’ll receive when you submit your executive resume.

Include the position title at the top of your resume like in the sample below:

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Resume Writing Tip #2: Ask the Right Questions When Writing Your Resume

Asking the right questions can draw out the best content from your work experience to use in your resume. I know for some people you don’t even know what to ask. You’re looking at your experience and you’re so close to it that it’s hard to even know where to begin and how to look at it from the employer’s perspective. That’s one of the benefits of working with a resume writer who has an outside perspective. They’ll see things or think of questions to ask that you may never have thought of.

Resume Writing Tip #3: Include Your Strengths on Your Resume

Including strengths on your resume may seem like a no-brainer compared to the opposite end of the spectrum which would be including weaknesses on your resume. But, that’s not what I’m talking about when I mean include strengths on your resume. What I’m getting at is the fact that most people don’t really do a calculated assessment of the top strengths needed for the specific position for which they’re applying. They then fail to match up their top strengths to the requirements for the position, missing an opportunity to align themselves as the best choice for the position.

Resume Writing Tip #4: Optimize Your Resume for Applicant Tracking Software

What a hot-button topic. So many people struggle with formatting, writing, and optimizing their resume to make it through an electronic screening system. Too many of them get stuck in the system and it creates so much frustration with the job search process.

Resume Writing Tip #5: But Don’t Forget It’s a Person Who Calls You for the Interview

Often times, we’re so worried about getting through the dreaded screening system we forget there’s human HR professionals or hiring managers that will read our resume and ultimately they will be the ones calling us in for an interview. As someone who reviews resumes and has for over a decade, I can tell you I would so much rather see a resume that is easy to scan and not overly text-dense. I personally prefer color, visuals, graphs, and bolded sections that direct my eye where to look.