Leverage Job Descriptions to Create Your Resume

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Job descriptions often have useful tidbits you can use when writing your resume. As you job hunt, read through each posting carefully and select the bullet points you want to address in your resume.

For illustration purposes, below are mock job-description bullet points along with accomplishment statements that speak to each bullet point.

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As you can see, job postings can serve as a resume blueprint. So if you are unsure of what accomplishments to highlight, use the information in the ads to pinpoint which accomplishments are the most important and relevant to the open position.

If you are unable to find good job descriptions, focus your resume on several of the duties you performed and their impact on the company. For example, showcase your ability to run your department effectively by writing, "Improved operations and productivity 65% by instilling a culture of accountability." You can also demonstrate pride in your work by writing, "Recognized as the department''s ‘go to’ person.”

Author Linda Matias is certified in all three areas of the job search - Certified Interview Coach (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW).  She is a contributing writer to over 15 career-related books.  You can visit her website www.careerstrides.com

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