You want a formula that works to get you a job, and it seems like everyone has this formula waiting for you. Whether you look online for research or for ideas, you might see that there are ‘certain’ ways of writing resumes, certain phrases you need to include, and certain things you need to do after a resume is sent.
Don’t believe what you’re reading.
While, yes, you want to abide by some common rules of resumes, you don’t want to be like everyone else. This is challenging for some people, especially those who are already facing a difficult resume writing situation because of a lack of experience.
You need to make sure that you stand out. You can do this by:
- Avoiding cliché phrases – If you look in the job posting, you will find there are certain phrases that are always used. Instead of just copying these, take time to rephrase them and make them applicable to your work history.
- Avoid repeated words or phrases – Read your resume and cover letter aloud to see what words are repeated more often than others. If you find there are some phrases or words that are repeated often, try to find replacements.
- Ditch the adverbs – Any words that end in ‘ly’ should be removed. These can make you sound like you’re trying to over-emphasize skills that are already listed.
Your resume shouldn’t be like everyone else’s anyway because you have a unique job history. But to make sure you’re not blending in with everyone else, you need to think about how your resume is presenting itself.
Look at your resume right now. Does it make you sound exciting? Does it sound like it could be anyone’s resume?
If so, you need to get back to the rewriting board and see how you can shake things up.
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