Resume Strategies

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Now that you know how to organize your resume, use correct language, and make it look great, let’s look at some key strategies to take your resume from good to great.

First, let’s start with the big three:

  • Be objective.
  • Focus on achievements.


This is a fancy word that means use numbers. This makes your resume more believable and impressive. Let’s see some examples:

  • Improved customer service

It’s great you improved customer service, but by how much? The employer wouldn’t know if it was a little or a lot. It’s impossible to be impressed with that. Instead, write this:

  • Improved customer service rating by 14% over 3 months

Notice how the numbers make it more believable. How could anyone invent a number as specific as 14%?

Be objective.

Objective means without bias or opinion. It is the opposite of subjective. Many people make the mistake of including subjective adjectives on their resume, like these examples:

  • Hard working
  • Knowledgeable
  • Creative

These are nothing but your opinion. The hiring manager probably won’t believe you, especially because everyone else writes the same thing.

You need to remain objective. Prove you have these qualities by listing achievements. So instead of calling yourself a team player, show how you contributed to a team in your last position. Look at the difference:

  • A team player who works well with others
  • Worked in an international team of 12 engineers

Doesn’t the second example seem much more believable. You can visualize the person working in the team. The first example is nonsense. Anyone can say that, and hiring managers know this.

As you write, you should always have this in your mind: prove it! Envision the hiring manager saying “I don’t believe you”, and you will finish with a much more impressive resume.

Focus on achievements not responsibilities.

Responsibilities are things you did, like these examples:

  • Assisted customers
  • Monitored inventory

These aren’t horrible, but listing responsibilities is a missed opportunity. Instead, focus on achievements. For the examples above, write something like these:

  • Improved customer service rating by 14% over 3 months
  • Reduced inventory spoilage by 22%

These are much better. By using the first tip (quantify) and adding action verbs (improved, reduced), you end up with a much more notable idea.

So those are the big three strategies:

  • Be objective.
  • Focus on achievements.

Do that and you will have a great resume. The strategies below will also help you craft that perfect document.

Make your resume job specific.

Your resume should always be job specific. Analyze the job posting and focus on your skills that best apply.  You don’t have to change everything for each job, but a few key changes can target your resume to that job. Especially pay attention to the points in the achievements section at the top.

Never include inappropriate personal information.

This really depends on the country, but most English-speaking countries do not accept personal information that may be expected in other countries.

This list shows you information you should never have on your resume:

  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Photo, Height, Weight
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Political Status

Always edit thoroughly.

Exceptional skills can be quickly wasted with a resume full of errors. Most hiring managers will throw a resume in the garbage as soon as they see more than one mistake. This could include simple typos or major grammatical mistakes.

Make sure you check your resume thoroughly for these errors. Also, have someone else check your resume, preferably someone with a good knowledge of the language. Do not let mistakes ruin your chance of getting a job for which you are perfectly qualified.