How to boost job search success with a compelling resume

How to boost job search success with a compelling resumeHow do you create a compelling resume? Most resumes are mediocre at best!

Sadly, most people learn to write resumes in high school or college with old rules.

Job search changed exponentially. Using old rules leaves you with a lackadaisical resume that does little to sell you.

Create a compelling resume to illustrate your value

Despite the changing face of job search, your resume remains the foundation of the job search.

However, the key is not the resume itself but the resume development. If you create a compelling resume, you uncover the evidence, the achievements, and key resume stories that illustrate the job seeker’s value.

As a professional resume writer, I dig for relevant information to position the client for greater success in his or her field. The resume stories craft the job seekers’ message and help the job seeker gain confidence and clarity about the value they bring to the workforce.

What questions do you ask to write a compelling resume?

  • How did you get the position? Ask yourself were you recruited? Who recruited you? If you were recruited by the President to drive business development for the new market initiative, say it on the resume.

 “Recruited by the President of the company to lead the healthcare vertical market to achieve $16.2 million in annual gross profits for a business interiors solutions provider with $140 million in annual revenue, set the “go-to-market” strategy, and collaborate with six member sales team to set and reach revenue goals.”

  • Were you promoted? How did it happen? Were you selected for the position over others?

“Orchestrated award-winning $40 million product launch, a total plant retrofit project and total product platform redesign, which reduced the overall product footprint by 15%.”

  • Did you save the company money? How? How much?

“Customized SKU tracking software, reducing costs by approximately $120,000.”

“GAP – Conducted gap analysis to migrate six divisions of XYZ Corporation to a single business process and platform for HR Timekeeping and Payroll.

SOLUTIONS – Centralized payroll to a single geographic location, payroll, and timekeeping platform.

RESULTS & BENEFITS – Standardization of processes across US and Guatemala | Third party costs eliminated”

Why is the resume the foundation of your job search?

The foundation you build while writing the resume sets the stage for your LinkedIn content. Furthermore, the resume stories influence the way you network as well as your answers to interview questions. Without building stories, you lack information to be successful in the rest of your job search.

This discovery process, an unearthing of things initially seeming unimportant to the job seeker changes everything. As we delve deeper, suddenly the aha moment happens and I can hear the difference in the person’s voice and self-perception.

Land your next role! I am the pioneer of a unique resume writing strategy, I use interactive live writing and coaching sessions to capture your value and position you for success in your resume, on LinkedIn, and throughout your job search.

I help bring out your passion and stories to dig deep into your experiences with you. Let’s Talk!

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Julie Walraven, Design Resumes

Julie Walraven

Professional Resume Writer

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