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Leverage Job Descriptions to Create Your Resume

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.

Example #1

  • Job description bullet point: Build new business
  • Matching accomplishment: Increased customer base 45% and grew territory 10% through the execution of aggressive new business development initiatives.

Example #2

  • Job description bullet point: Ensure safety standards
  • Matching accomplishment: Cut OSHA citations 38% by revamping the department''s outdated Standard Operating Procedure manual.

Example #3

  • Job description bullet point: Strong written communication skills
  • Matching accomplishment: Created and delivered a high-impact presentation to a group of 500.

Example #4

  • Job description bullet point: Solid project management skills
  • Matching accomplishment: Delivered multi-million dollar project on time and within specified requirements.

Example #5

  • Job description bullet point: Possess strong organizational and follow-through skills
  • Matching accomplishment: Serve as the right-hand person to the director of the company-flawlessly coordinated travel itinerary, scheduled meetings, and screened telephone calls.

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