Iron Bowl Resume

I hardly think that Coach Chizik and his staff are saying the following to the AU football team this week:

“Hey boys, we’re in the SEC; you are some of the best athletes in the country so you don’t have to work that hard this week.”

They have been working out, practicing and playing every game to prepare for this week’s game.

“You know, we looked good that one game…so let’s just do that over again.”

Alabama is a different team. The coaches and players are reviewing Alabama’s plays and techniques so they can best prepare an appropriate offense and defense.

Likewise, you have to power up your resume for every job for which you apply. The language you use are the squats and sprints that will enable to break through the competition, and the layout is the play that results in the touchdown that lands your resume in an employer’s hands rather than the shredder.

So, let’s talk about how to have a winning resume!

A Reader’s Digest article suggests that every resume should be approached with the “So what?” mentality. “If you say, ‘I managed six people,’ ask yourself, ‘So what?’” Instead say, “‘I managed six people with no turnover.’” See the difference?

Here are some suggested power squat verbs:
  • accelerated
  • accomplished
  • collaborated
  • constructed
  • created
  • designed
  • developed
  • devised
  • drafted
  • established
  • expanded
  • formulated
  • generated
  • implemented
  • improved
  • initiated
  • launched
  • managed
  • negotiated
  • operated
  • presented
  • produced
  • streamlined
  • supervised
  • tracked
  • wrote

On another note, much like an effective play can get overused and quickly busted by a good defense; overused resume phrases lose their effectiveness. According to a Real Simple (November 2008) article all of us should avoid these 6 most highly abused resume phrases:

  • “Proven track record”
  • “Problem solver”
  • “Fast paced”
  • “Due diligence”
  • “Cutting edge”
  • “Results-oriented”

It also stated that women overuse “attention to detail” and men, “disaster recovery.”

Make your resume a winning job search tool. War Eagle!

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