Top 4 Tips to Create Winning Resumes!

Top 4 Tips to Create Winning Resumes!

Arlene Newman

Did you know that recruiters and hiring managers spend approximately 7 seconds scanning a resume?

If you are a job-seeker, it’s crucial to maximize this short period of time and communicate your qualifications through a strong resume.

Make sure yours is ready to pass the initial screening using these critical tips!

Strategies to Build a Winning Resume!


  1. Tailor Your Resume
  • Gather job postings of interest and align your skills with the role’s responsibilities and requirements.


  1. Differentiate Yourself From Others
  • Catch recruiters’ and hiring managers’ attention with the top 1/3 of the page, so they are enticed to read through the remaining content.
    • Create an eye-catching 2-3 line “Profile” summarizing your strengths and experience.
    • List “Areas of Expertise” or “Core Competencies” using keywords from the job listing to communicate your skills relevant to the role and industry.
  • Add contact information at the top of your resume, including LinkedIn profile URL and website.


  1. Focus On Your Experience
  • Begin each bullet point with a strong action verb and quantify your achievements to emphasize your success.
  • Include relevant experience such as consulting, volunteering, and professional affiliations and/or credentials to strengthen your candidacy.
  • List formal education as well as additional degrees and certifications earned to build credentials.


  1. Avoid Common Mistakes
  • Review your resume to prevent careless errors:
    • Check for spelling errors, grammar mistakes, and inconsistent formatting.
  • Keep your resume to 1-2 pages in length, depending on your experience level.
  • Ensure your resume is results-oriented to be impactful.


Use these key tips to create a winning resume and land your dream job!


Arlene Newman, President of Career Bound Success and former President of NYC SHRM, specializes in Career Advancement, Transition & Outplacement.

Currently, she is Chair of the Professional Development Special Interests Group and is a member of the Leadership Council.


Twitter: @anewmancareers




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