Be The Voice on Your Resume

Is it your voice on your résumé, or is it someone you wish to emulate? Someone else wrote your résumé? Cool. But is it you?

Elaborate and flowery words that are not in your vocabulary will be a disservice to you. Can you articulate the résumé you, your spouse, or friend wrote?

I like presenting clients a draft to make sure it sounds the client. I am constantly talking through with the client about their experience, ensuring translation, and accuracy. It takes time, thought, research, trial and error, dictionaries, thesauruses, grammar references, performance reviews, and accommodation letters. There is more, but all of the work must reflect, walk, and talk like the owner of the résumé.

Here are ways that your voice can stand out:

  1. Be unique. Whenever possible, allow your accomplishments to demonstrate the professional you are, not slang or jargon.
  2. Provide volume, but don’t scream. There are occasions for bold fonts and caps, but never an egregiously use them to stand out.
  3. Write clear and concise sentences. Job seekers using 30 or more words and lose the resume’s essence and the reader. Shorter than 30 words in most sentences are sufficient to communicate anything.
  4. Say the write thing. Use correct spelling and remain mindful of vocabulary use. We no what were talking about, rite?

Proofread more than twice, then allow others to help. You want your voice to sound the best. Need help? Please, contact me.

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