Kill The Competition: Tips For Writing A Knockout Resume

So, there’s a job opening at a company that seems to be what you think is your big break to jump start your career. But the problem is that you’re competing against a thousand hopefuls just like you who also want this job badly. Now, the question is, how do you rise above the competition? It’s easy to write a resume but it’s harder to write a good one. When you’re writing your curriculum vitae, you don’t need to strictly follow the standards, because there actually aren't any. The truth about resumes is that they don’t have a specific format. Its purpose is to serve as a tool for advertising your credentials and getting the attention of prospective employers. In this article, we are going to help you learn the most effective ways of writing a successful resume so you can land that dream job of yours. For starters, you basically need to include the following details in your resume:


  • Personal information
  • Education history
  • Employment history
  • Character reference
You can also add the following optional details to make it more interesting to read:
  • Career objective
  • Interests
All of the basic elements stated above must be indicated in your resume, but the thing is, it’s still not a winning resume.

Facing The Competition

The reality is that your resume is still insufficient to get the attention of headhunters and employers. Why? Because no matter how much skillful or how much you are very dedicated to your job, it won’t be useful unless your resume gets noticed. The thing is, you are competing with other hopefuls who are vying for the job that you like. And, if it is a very meaty and rewarding job, then it’s going to be a hell of a competition. In order to stand out, you need to present your resume in a style that is completely different but still has that professional touch. You need to think out of the box.

What's The Purpose Of Your Resume?

You can actually build a successful resume that will make you a more qualified nominee for that job position that you really want to get. First, you need to know the purpose of your resume and how to make it more interesting. Imagine the person who is tasked to screen every applicant who is interested for the job. For sure, they will be digging through a ton of monotonous and boring resumes, and if yours is just the same, then it most probably will end up in the paper shredder. Now, your main objective is to get your resume noticed and make them more interested with what you’ve indicated on that document.

Power It Up With Power Words

Using power words can actually help a lot in making your resume more interesting to read. Power words are positive and apposite languages that can certainly change the way employers look at your resume. For example, the phrase “They told me that that I have good communication skills." Sure, this may sound good, but there’s a form of doubt since you are referring to other people’s opinion of you. With the use of power words, you can improve this negative statement and change it to “I have exceptional communication skills." In this way, employers will be more curious on how exceptional you really are and to be able to do this, they need to interview you!

Usage Of Bullets And Highlights

The usage of bullets can also be very helpful in highlighting key details in your resume. This can also make your document more organized and interesting to read instead of browsing through a series of paragraphs. Proper organization of words and details will show your structural skills and how good you are in it. With the help of these simple tips, you will certainly give your resume a better chance of getting noticed and shortlisted for an interview. In summation of all the points mentioned, you need to make your resume different and unique for it to stand out against other documents but on the other hand it still needs to look professionally made. If you’re able to achieve this then you are certainly going to get a callback from your prospective employer. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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