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Résumé Hack #1: Bragging Rights

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Writing a résumé can be a daunting task. And the most time-consuming part is writing about your work history. Long ago, when writing work histories, people would list all the things they have done at all the companies for which they worked. But the job market is more competitive than ever, and when employers post jobs, they assume, if you're applying, you already have the basic qualifications for that role.


For example, if you're applying for a software development position that requires specific coding language, a hiring manger would expect you to know that language and other skills fit for a software developer. So, in your work history, it may not grab a manager's attention that you, "used C++ to build apps." That's a given.


To make your résumé stand out, you have to brag about your accomplishments and success in the roles you've had in the past. What makes you stand out from the likely 100 other candidates?


Instead of:

Used C++ to build apps.

Write:

Used C++ to build a time tracking app to identify gaps in production and help managers improve processes that ultimately saved over 50% in production costs.


Your work history is the currency that buys you an interview. So, when you're writing, think about why you're the best candidate for the job. What can you bring to the table that another qualified candidate can't?


Cheat Code: Keep a running journal of all your accomplishments during your employment for any company. Write about solutions you offered to solve problems whether big or small. It's easy to forget all the work you've done, especially when you're ready to make a career move.


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