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How to Write a Winning Résumé

Keywords, font choice, computer-friendly layouts—every detail matters, so we asked certified professional résumé writer Cherie Heid of San Diego’s Competitive Edge Resume Service to edit this sample CV.



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Forget old standards— resumes can be 1-2 pages to ensure relevant keywords and accomplishments are listed for the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to highly rank your resume.

 

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Be careful with font color. Red means “loss” on financial documents. Stick to black.

 

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This section has a good use of action words and metrics—it shows the value you provide.

 

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Terms like “MS Project” will help ATS rank a project manager resume highly. Keywords are specific to each job title. To figure out which to use, read the job description carefully and think like your ideal employer.

 

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Avoid repetitive words and using pronouns such as “I” on your resume—save that for the cover letter.

 

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Spell out acronyms. Not everyone knows PMP is Project Management Professional. Also, ensure keywords are listed.

 

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Hobbies typically don’t belong on a resume, but there are exceptions. Some volunteer experience demonstrates relevant skills.

 

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