How to Write a Resume: 3 Steps to Make it Great

Do you know that most recruiters and hiring managers spend only 15 to 30 seconds reviewing a resume, and that time is primarily spent looking for ways to disqualify the candidate? It’s no wonder many qualified candidates are passed over.

Many resumes I receive as a recruiter are ineffective because they don’t accurately describe the candidate’s experience in a manner that matches the job’s requirements, and they don’t spell out the candidate’s accomplishments and capabilities.

Before I submit resumes to hiring managers, I often have to ask a large percentage of candidates to rewrite them, so that they are tailored to the job description.  Or I might ask them to do a better job highlighting their most significant professional accomplishments, so the hiring manager can get a full picture of the skills they bring to the table.

Remember this: your resume is the first thing a company will ever see about you when you apply to a job, and if the experience a recruiter or hiring manager is looking for does not jump off the page at them, they’re going to pass you over…even if deserve the job.

So here are 3 steps you can take to write an award winning resume that will get read.

Step 1:  Customize

Tailor your resume to match the job description so that anyone who gives it a 30 second look will be able to see that you are the perfect fit for the position.


  • Read the job description and make a list of the experience and skill set you think the hiring manager wants to see in a candidate.
  • Make sure you include that experience in your resume (only if you have it).
  • Use that experience in the form of “key words” frequently in the beginning of your resume to grab the reader’s attention.
  • Match your job title to the title of the open position (once again, only if you are doing similar work). Each company may use a different job title even if the work is the same. And if your title matches the title of the open position, there is a greater chance the recruiter will slow down and read your resume.

Step 2:  Clarify

Make your resume clear, concise, and easy to read – recruiters and hiring managers spend a short amount of time reviewing resumes and you want to make sure they’re able to see all

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