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November 2022

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When writing a resume, it’s important to remember that you are creating a physical representation of yourself that explains why you are the right candidate for a position. This single sheet of paper may be the difference in finding your dream job.

Writing a resume is about more than just listing your previous job experience. It’s about leaving a lasting impression on the reader that says, “I am the right person for the job.” Once you’ve created the initial outline of your resume, go back through and look for opportunities to replace certain words with powerful keywords. This process will help you understand where your resume can be improved and that there is no room for waste.

When using action words such as ‘managing,’ consider using other similar terms to avoid repetition. Possible replacements could be ‘coordinated’, ‘directed’, or ‘administered.’

If you have ‘teaching’ experience, try using words like ‘advised’, ‘facilitated’, or ‘trained.’

This exercise is a great excuse to dust off the ol’ thesaurus and expand your vocabulary. This is also an opportunity to review the job listing for keywords to include in your resume. For example, if you were applying for an Administrative Assistant position and the job responsibilities included, “coordinating and communicating with volunteers,” it would be wise to use this terminology if you do have experience working with volunteers.

By spending a little extra time writing your resume you can wow a hiring manager.

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