Five Tips for Writing a Winning Resume

Powerfully written words influence people, create opportunities, help you get jobs, thrive in your career, and can bring you greater wealth.

Bruce Kasanoff’s article,  “Five Writing Tips that Can Double Your Salary,” says it all.  His tips are crucial for writing a winning resume.  Here’s how to apply them to create what I call your “foot-in-the-door” resume:

  • Be clear.  Show how your background and experience meets the qualifications the potential employer is seeking.  ResumelSo many people say “I could do that.”  If your background doesn’t fit the position description, reconsider spending time and energy to submit a resume.   It isn’t the resume reviewers job to decipher what you’ve done and what you’re capable of.  They’re looking for a match.  It’s up to you to show them how you fit.


  • Know your audience. Who will be reading your resume?  It could be a computer program that is scanning for keywords, an HR manager, a recruiter, the hiring manager, and even the CEO depending on the company’s  interview process. What perspective is the perspective of each of these people?  What are they looking for as they review your resume?  It’s important to give this some thought as you sit down to write your compelling message.


  • Use powerful not passive writing.  Don’t be shy.  Show the results you’ve achieved, how they fit the company’s needs and how you add value.


  • Use examples.  Instead of saying “productivity was increased.” Say something like, “the system created was so user friendly 50 out of 51 affiliates chose to use it resulting in a 35% increase in productivity.”


  • Review it three times.  Look for typos and ways to tighten your sentences.  Ask a friend, coach or mentor to review what you’ve written.  Another set of eyes can often pick up typos that can become invisible to the writer.


When I review resumes for my clients or at job fairs, the greatest challenge I see for very accomplished women and men are that they are often afraid to boldly state what they’ve achieved.

My advice:  Let your new potential employer see who you are, what you’ve been up to and what you can bring to the position you’re applying for.  And, if for some reason you don’t get the interview or the job, know there is nothing wrong with you.  You just weren’t the right fit and something even better is on its way!