Resume Writing Workshops

“Write to Influence!” in a Competitive World

Stand Out from the Crowd … With a Winning Resume

Bang! The clock is ticking and the race is on! A potential employer is reading your resume. You have thirty seconds to snag his or her attention. The resume must sell itself—and you!

Many people view “marketing” themselves as a difficult … even onerous … chore. Highlighting their own capabilities and accomplishments seems to be bragging. I, therefore, offer these three suggestions.

  1. Write your resume from a strictly fact-based approach. Begin with these questions, “What did you do?” and “What were the impacts?” Be specific in your answers; these constitute information from which to write your resume.
  2. Imagine you are describing accomplishments of that stellar subordinate whose career you want to advance. The goal of your resume is simple–make your star shine brighter than your competition. Don’t kid yourself, the competition is writing with the same objective!
  3. Compose text that is specific, powerful, and compelling. The task is challenging because your resume should be two pages in length; some organizations require a single page.

Consider this important document as an opportunity to highlight your skills and accomplishments.

With that, let me present one of my most popular workshops …

Powerful Writing Changes Lives! Write a Resume that Stands Out – For All the Right Reasons. Duration: 1 hour – 2 hours

Stark reality – You may be the best-qualified candidate for that job – hands down – but, if the competition is better at telling his or her story, you lose. Make every word and each second of the reader’s time play to your advantage in this all-important, often single piece of paper. Learn to:

  • Apply 12 strategies to identify and prioritize your key accomplishments
  • Describe accomplishments using dynamic, focused, hard-hitting text to WOW the reader
  • Highlight accolades and frame each story to stand out from the crowd
  • Avoid mistakes that close doors to opportunity

Write to Influence! For Teens … Land That Job! Writing Resumes and Job Interviews. Duration: 1 hour – 2 hours

Everyone begins somewhere! Demystify the process of interviewing for a job. Start by learning how to write a powerful, attention-grabbing resume. Next, become familiar with standard interview questions. Learn to prepare and deliver spot-on responses! Learn to:

  • Identify skills, capabilities, experiences to highlight in your resume
  • Apply five tools to compose powerful, hard-hitting text
  • Strategies to craft powerful resumes – even for those new to the workforce
  • Practice interview techniques based on actual interview questions

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Excerpts from “Write to Influence!”

Chapter 14. Your Resume: Stand Out from the Crowd

  1.  Don’t write a resume that sounds like a job description, detailing elements of the job or required skills; instead tell what you actually did.

Many resumes contain bullets that begin with, “Responsible for …” This wastes the opportunity to specify your real accomplishments. The fact that an individual is responsible for something does not indicate how well you fulfilled that responsibility.

  1.  Avoid repetitious and redundant opening verbs. Vary the verbs. Use descriptive and crisp verbs to portray the action and develop a solid rhythm that keeps the reader engaged.
  2.  Highlight accolades such as awards, bonuses, and any other recognition that set you apart from peers.
  • Did you receive letters of appreciation or an organizational coin for a job well done?
  • Were you a member of a team recognized for an accomplishment, e.g., member of a four-person team that did such and such?
  • Did you win a competitive award?
  • Were you selected for a competitive position? How many people were eligible to compete?
  1.  Resumes also have hooks. While formats vary, the writer must still grab the reader’s attention. Here are examples of weak opening hooks (including original mistakes):
  • Job objective is to fully utilize my office and security management experience in a business-oriented environment. (aka: “I want to work.”)
  • Apply technical and leadership skills in a fast-paced professional environment, while continuing to develop a passion for state-of-the-art tools and technology.
  • Has over six years experience supporting five federal agencies … (Note: This line opens the garden gate — See Chapter 9 of “Write to Influence!” and causes the reader to wonder, “Why did you move so often, essentially one agency per year?)
  • Senior-level consultant providing leadership and management expertise in IT program and project management, policy and governance development, and OMB reporting across a wide spectrum of federal information sharing initiatives, controlled data access, information discovery, process re-engineering, quality assurance, contingency planning, systems integration, strategic planning, technology systems life-cycle management and coordinating the research, planning, dissemination, staffing, and collaboration of unified community efforts.