Your resume is your key into your dream job. To create a truly impactful resume, think of it first as a marketing document and second as a list of your experience in chronological order.

Here’s the bottom line: your resume is prime real estate for you to sell your skills and value proposition to convince hiring managers that you’re top talent.

Here are three resume writing tips to help you accelerate your job search:

  1. Create a personal branding statement

A personal branding statement is a brief, 2-3 sentence at the top of your resume. It clearly, concisely, and compellingly communicates the top aspects of your background that you know will resonate most with your target employers. Best of all, it acts as a quick summary that entices recruiters to read on.

  1. Include industry and company-specific keywords

When you start talking in the language of your target employer, your message will start to resonate. The best way to do this is to analyze the job posting you’re applying for as well as previous postings for other positions. Focus in on keywords that are repeated more than once and use these throughout your content. Then, check out postings published by other companies in the industry and observe patterns.

  1. Use action verbs to start each sentence

Action verbs are phrases like ‘led’, ‘championed’, ‘spearheaded’, and ‘organized’. They are powerful words to describe an action that you took. I recommend starting each bullet point on your resume with an action verb. Recruiters like to see this because it helps them easily scan your resume to detect relevant action verbs. Then, they’ll be enticed to read on.

Do you have any questions about effective resume writing? Let me know in the comments section!