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Craft an impressive Resume with 5 easy techniques.

Updated: Feb 12

A organizational basket with Paper, pen and a Ruler Sitting on a desk next to an eraser.
"Ideas do not work … It is YOU who has to do the work." -Manoj Arora"
 

While I wouldn't claim to be an expert. I've managed to improve my own resume and assist several mothers in a work-from-home group in enhancing theirs and securing many opportunities. As one mom said, "You helped me secure the bag" I hope this article helps many of you "Secure the bag" Using these 5 easy resume techniques.


"I've come to realize that the most common mistake people make is not revealing their true selves to the reader. What exactly do I mean by that?"


Tip #1 - Show Authenticity In your Professional Profile Resume


Many of us have grown accustomed to following the traditional template for resumes as outlined in textbooks. However, I believe it's time to close that chapter and start writing a new, more concise story.


Here's what to include: 


  • Craft strong statements that reflect your achievements and capabilities. 

  • Express yourself genuinely, letting your personality shine through. 

  • Highlight your longest-standing skill, demonstrating your expertise. 

  • Showcase your best asset, emphasizing what sets you apart. 

If you have a degree, make sure to include it, underscoring your academic qualifications. 


By following these guidelines, your resume will paint a compelling picture of who you are as a professional. Putting your authentic self onto the paper, which is essential. We can't merely write down what we think they want to hear from us. Instead, let's reveal who you truly are and showcase your professional journey. Allow Your Professional Profile to Spark a meaningful conversation. It shouldn't be overly lengthy or too brief-- just enough to catch the eye.


Tip #2 - Compile a list of all your skills, certifications and Licenses.


Once your professional profile has been finalized, it's time to compile a comprehensive list of all your skills and certifications.

Here's how to proceed: 


  • Utilize a computer program like Notepad or Microsoft Word to create your list, ensuring easy reference for future applications. 

  • Write down every skill you possess, whether it's technical, soft, or industry-specific. Remember, no skill is too small.

  • Once you've completed your list, review it carefully.

  • Look for skills and certifications that align with the job description of the position you're currently applying for. 

  • Add the relevant skills and certifications to your resume, ensuring they are tailored to the specific requirements of the job application. 

  • Include details about each certification or license, such as the issuing organization and the date of certification. 

You'll create a comprehensive and targeted resume that highlights your relevant skills and certifications, increasing your chances of securing your desired position by following these steps.


“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” —Thurgood Marshall

Tip #3 -Compile a list of all your employers.


Similar to compiling your skills list, compile a list of all your employers using a computer program, I'll explain the easiest way below.

 

Open a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, creating columns for the following information: 


  1. Company Name 

  1. Position Held 

  1. Start Date (Month and Year) 

  1. End Date (Month and Year) 

  • List each of your previous employers in separate rows, filling in the corresponding details under each column. 

  • Be sure to include the month and year you started and stopped working at each company, along with the company name and the position you held. 

  • Save the spreadsheet for future reference. You can easily update and refer back to this list whenever necessary, such as when updating your resume or job applications. 

Organizing your employment history in this manner ensures a convenient and accessible record of all your past employers and positions held. Utilizing a spreadsheet facilitates quick and efficient ordering of this information.


Tip #4 - Creating a Cover Letter


Creating a cover letter is often dismissed as unnecessary, but this is a big misconception. Sending a resume to a company without a cover letter is a missed opportunity.  


  • A cover letter allows you to demonstrate that you can take initiative and research the company. 

  • It also provides a chance to personalize your application without getting too informal.  

  • If there are any gaps in your employment history, the cover letter is where you can address them.  


Including a cover letter demonstrates to the recruiter that you understand the importance of proper job application techniques and are committed to making a lasting impression. It provides the recruiter with a comprehensive understanding of your background and qualifications, piquing their interest and increasing the likelihood of securing an interview.


Tip #5 - Putting it all Together


Once you've completed the previous steps, it's time to focus on refining your resume: 


  • Sit down at your computer in a distraction-free environment. 

  • Open a thesaurus alongside your list of skills. 

  • Identify the skills from your list that directly align with the job you're applying for. 

  • Use the thesaurus to find synonyms or stronger variations of those skills, making them more impactful and compelling. 

Next, review your list of previous employers and positions held. 


  • Only include the jobs that are relevant to the job description of the position you're applying for.  

  • For example, if you're applying for a call center or security job, focus on including relevant experiences rather than listing every job you've held, especially if they're unrelated to the position. 

  • Highlight the skills and experiences from those relevant jobs that demonstrate your qualifications for the position you're applying for. 

  • Use Microsoft word to locate a template for your resume and begin crafting magic.

  • Remember each resume can have a different style or theme.

By following these steps, you'll tailor your resume to highlight the most relevant skills and experiences, increasing your chances of making a strong impression on potential employers. 

"Securing employment is essential for meeting our basic needs, especially as the cost of living continues to rise. With groceries becoming more expensive, the necessity of having a job becomes even more apparent—we all need to eat to survive." -Lipe

Following the steps outlined earlier will undoubtedly strengthen your chances of landing the job you need. However, it's crucial to remain authentic throughout the process, both in person and on paper. Embrace the transition from the old, dusty book of traditional job-seeking methods to the fresh, new approach outlined here. 


Ultimately, by being true to yourself and diligently following these steps, you'll position yourself for success in securing the job you desire. Remember, the key is to take the necessary actions to achieve your goals. 


www.lip3e.com Can assist with Resume Building If you don't want to do it yourself. 







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