How to Write a Stellar Resume to Land the Job You Want

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The economy added 1.8 million new jobs to the economy in July, even though we're still in the midst of an historic high unemployment rate. While roughly half of the new jobs are in the hospitality and retail industries, other organizations across industries have opened up or created new positions that they are now hiring for. Since it takes less than 10 seconds for a recruiter or hiring manager to review a resume, you want to ensure it stands out. For those in the market for one of these new positions, Carol Parker Walsh, Ph.D., J.D., career strategist and professional brand expert, joined us to share how to build a stellar resume to land your ideal job in the midst of the 2020 pandemic.

  • Keep it simple - avoid fancy formatting and tables, do not use an "objective" section, be sure all of your vital info is in the top center section and keep it under two pages.
  • Use a summary or career profile section - use this section to highlight your experience and successes. Think of it as your strong elevator pitch.
  • Talk results not just tasks, titles or skills - when you talk about your experience don't just say what you've done, like managed 20 people, or that you're a strong leader. Instead speak to accomplishments and what results you've achieved because of the work you've done.
  • Tailor your resume to each job - don't just send out the same resume to every job you apply for. Be strategic and be sure to use keywords related to the job you're applying for in your resume.

For more information, visit Dr. Parker's website.