7 Secret but Powerful Resume Hacks that Get Interviews


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So how can you tell the difference between a ho-hum, reasonably good resume and a powerful, attention-getting, interview-winning resume? You’ll know, because the rules that govern excellent resume writing will have been hacked. Here is the countdown of my most secret hacks to writing a resume that breaks the rules and gets the right interviews.

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7 Secret but Powerful Resume Hacks that Get Interviews

  1. 1. 7 Secret but Powerful Resume Hacks that Get Interviews Amy L. Adler CEO
  2. 2. 7. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with a color--or two • Use color in the horizontal rules • Good choices – Blues – Greens – Grays • Avoid red Image courtesy of Stock.xchng / ftibor http://www.fivestrengths.com
  3. 3. 6. Include a testimonial • Use the text box function in Word. • Use a comment from a letter of recommendation or annual review. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
  4. 4. 5. Include the number of years in each position • Focus on tenure rather than dates if been out of the workforce for some time. • Include the dates as well, particularly if you were with each company for a significant period of time. Image courtesy of twobee / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
  5. 5. 4. Don’t have enough material to cover two full pages? • Don’t increase your margins. • Don’t drive up your font size. • Use vertical white space. Image courtesy of bulldogza / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
  6. 6. 3. Create a graph or a chart • Convey increase or decrease in a critical metric. • Use simple visuals, because understands “up” or “down” on a visceral level. Image courtesy of Stock.xchng / svilen001 http://www.fivestrengths.com
  7. 7. 2. Use Word’s layout functions • Improve your readability in applicant tracking systems (ATSs). • Put page numbers in the header or footer of your document. • Promote the readability of your resume when the ATS spits it out again. Image courtesy of Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
  8. 8. 1. Write the resume in layers • Write the resume so that a hiring executive gives a high-level read and multiple levels of deeper reads. • Focus on branding first. • Use up to two layers of headings and bullets. Image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net http://www.fivestrengths.com
  9. 9. Not sure how to implement my 7 best resume hacks? Reach out to me--I’ll custom create your best resume strategy for your unique job search situation. http://www.fivestrengths.com
  10. 10. Face Your Career Change Fear Get your complimentary copy of “3 Simple Steps to Clear Your Career Change Fear” Amy L. Adler, CEO (801) 810-5627 Toll-Free (800) 590-2377 http://www.fivestrengths.com