Desperation stinks, especially in a job search. So, keeping your resume up-to-date is important. Be prepared for interesting opportunities or unexpected life changes.

Why does someone leave their job? Infinite reasons. It may be you liked the duties in your last job but didn’t enjoy the work culture. Or you liked the people but were bored to tears with the work. Maybe you are moving across the country and can’t take your job with you.

Whatever the reason, you want that resume to shine bright in the inboxes of recruiters – whether it is a Fortune 500 or a mom-and-pop shop. Whoever is doing the hiring is looking for the right people and they often start with that resume.

You can get a great resume in a few ways.

  1. Write it yourself
  2. Hire someone to write it for you.
  3. Go online and use a resume generation tool.
  4. Do the prep work, pop the data into a resume generation tool or write it yourself, then hire a resume writer to edit or improve it for you.
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Parts of a Resume

  • Header
  • Summary or Objective
  • Skills
  • Work History
  • Education

Get Prepared

To write a great resume, you need to know these things. They involve prep time.

  • Know Yourself – what do you like, what do you aspire to, what do you not like
  • Know the Job you are applying for
  • Know what soft skills you bring to the table and what you are willing or interested in developing

Take inventory of your likes, dislikes, and aspirations

Time to break out the ol’ Pros and Cons list. A great place to start for working with aspirations is my Intention Adventure Map. Grab your copy here.

Take time to do some personality and skill assessments. Myers-Briggs is a fantastic place to begin getting to know yourself better.

Human Design will give you powerful insight into how you are wired and what you are here for. It’s a pretty wild and interesting approach – a culmination of astrology, the I-ching, and a lot more.

And as for assessment tests, you might try working on assessments through LinkedIn. They provide a ton of skill assessments and classes. I’ve taken some of them and found them to be great for showing others my skills as well as strengthening and developing new skills.

Preparing to Create Each Section in Your Resume

#1 Your Personal and Professional Summary

You have to know yourself to get the job that is right for you. This is the place you focus on what you are great at and the areas of work you really enjoy. It’s important to note what skills and qualities you have that are on the list of required skills in the job description. But again, here is your chance to focus on matching what is important to you and to the hiring manager.

For instance, if you don’t like doing repetitive data entry, don’t focus on it here.

If you don’t like having to do extensive cold-calling as part of your sales position, this is the time to make a shift and put the spotlight on the fact that you prefer to work independently doing sales meetings outside of the office and show your potential employer why it makes sense.

For instance: Built extensive local and remote network using LinkedIn and local networking groups to grow book of business by 200% in 9 months.

Tip #1

Focus on what you want to do in your next position. And leave off what you no longer want to do. This is your big chance! Take it.

Identify the special skills and abilities you have, at least 2 or 3, that stand out from the usual professional summary verbiage. Yes, you need to use some of the language they use in the job description. But don’t forget to add a little personal polish and flair. You’re going to spend a lot of time at the job. Give them a taste of what makes you the best person for their company.

Tip #2

To write powerful summaries and work history details, use X-Y-Z Method made famous by Google and others.

In your resume, you can highlight your brilliance with a simple technique. Of course, it will take a little preparation to do it right. It’s called the XYZ method and was written about by Lazlo Bock who was a Google employee.

The basics are: I accomplished X as measured by Y by doing Z.

So, a rough first draft might look like this: 200% increase in revenue for website development in 9 months by developing my local network through involvement in 3 local networking groups.

Or: Grew my energy healing business to $100K in 18 months by creating an extensive content marketing approach including blogging and podcasts.

Or: Decreased overhead by $40% for my residential cabinetry business by partnering with another contractor to share workshop space.

Or: Completed $100K revenue project under budget and 2 weeks early by teaching my team to maximize their efficiency through our new project management software.

See LinkedIn article by Lazlo Bock https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140929001534-24454816-my-personal-formula-for-a-better-resume/

Tip #3

Sketch out these details and then give yourself some time to contemplate what achievements you want to show off. Just because you accomplished something in the past doesn’t mean it gave you satisfaction. What do you want to focus on moving into a new position? Contemplate what you desire and what makes you feel great.

Get a big sheet of paper, whiteboard, or poster board and map it out.

Once you have the basics, you can finetune your professional summary so that it really amplifies your accomplishments. It’s okay to toot your own horn!

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