5 Resume Writing Tips to Attract a Potential Employer!

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter


You shouldn’t have to worry, “How do I write a resume?” or put together a cv when you’re applying for a job and putting together a CV to assist you to land your dream job. “How do I write a flawless resume?” you might wonder. “How do I write a resume that shines out for all the right reasons?” or “How do I write a resume that stands out for the right reasons?” You have to first catch the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter in order to get an interview.

Here are 5 ideas to help you create an attractive résumé!

  1. Keywords! Join The Keyword Party!

Keywords are like “location, location, location” in real estate. are the foundation of any good resume and how you will design a CV that will stand out. This is especially true when it comes to an online resume. To make effective use of keywords in your resume, start by choosing job-specific keywords that are relevant to your previous work experience, accomplishments, and career objectives. The keywords that a hiring manager or recruiter searches for in their applicant database or on a job board have to be included in your resume. A recruiter or potential employer is not looking for personality descriptors or vague soft skills. Good communicator, self-motivated, and affable are adjectives to avoid. When writing your resume, use functional skills and individual job titles like fund accountant, contract negotiation, and benefit and loss management.

  1. Make your resume specific to the job you’re applying for. 

Too many job hunters construct a resume that screams, “LOOK AT ME!” They brandish a list of responsibilities that the prospective employer may not be concerned with. A better resume includes the duties from your prior jobs that are MOST APPLICABLE to the position you’re applying for. All of these are legitimate qualifications for the position, and they are exactly what an employer is searching for. Choose similar milestones and achievements and add them to the list as well. This leads me to the next point I’d want to make.


  1. Don’t just mention responsibilities; include accomplishments and achievements as well.

Employers are interested in seeing what you can accomplish for them, what value-added benefit or skill set you can offer. Select achievements that are relevant to the position you are interviewing for. To assist you to develop a resume that directly addresses a company’s demands, look beyond the job posting on the company’s website or LinkedIn profile to learn more about their philosophy, goals, and vision. An excellent resume focuses on the organization you want to work for as much as it does on you.


  1. Write an interesting opening summary statement.


Your opening statement should be relevant to the position you’re applying for, sell your greatest attributes, and be STRONG. When reading an introductory statement, employers are looking for something that gets their attention. They want it to persuade them that you’re the best candidate for the position and tempt them to read the remainder of your resume. Make it more than simply a resume factual statement—as if they haven’t already made it clear—you must respond to what the company wants and needs, not just what you expect from them.


  1. In a primary knowledge section, highlight your strengths.

This is a fantastic resource for keywords. Use industry-specific keywords in this section. Your chances of being entered into an applicant tracking system—or being the first to appear on a prospective employer’s job board search—increase dramatically if you include your keywords here and sprinkle them throughout your resume.

Your goal is to attract into your resume so that you have the opportunity to interview for the position. Using keywords, looking for places and ways that you can WOW a potential employer so that they want to “ask you out” on an interview are the point of writing your resume.



JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes.

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