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SECRETS TO WRITING
A CAPTIVATING
RESUME
CCONTENT INSIDE
RESUME
ORGANIZATION
01
CONTACT
INFORMATION
02
PROFILE03
SKILLS
SUMMARY
04
EXPERIENCE
SECTION
05
EDUCATION
...
A typical resume should have
the following sections:
•	 Contact Details
•	 Profile
•	 Skills Section
•	 Work Experience
•	...
CCONTACT
INFORMATION
You probably already know that your contact information—which includes your name,
address, phone numb...
PPROFILE
A POWERFUL
INTRODUCTION
Starting your resume with a profile packs a powerful punch. The first thing the recruiter...
Check out our guide to a successful job application!
Click Here
Do you have the qualifications for the job? That’s what an...
You should include the following in this section:
•	 Names of organizations where you were employed.
•	 Positions and/or t...
The best placement depends on what you are trying to emphasize.
Place education before experience if you are a recent grad...
07
You Led a Project
Chaired, Controlled, Coordinated, Executed,
Headed, Operated, Orchestrated, Organized,
Oversaw, Plann...
LINK YOUR ONLINE PROFILE
READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION
In today’s world you can link your modern resume
to your LinkedIn profil...
CONNECT WITH US
/cityofedmontonjobs
/coejobs
/cityofedmontonjobs
/company/city-of-edmonton
Visit Our Talent Hub
www.edmont...
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SECRETS TO WRITING A CAPTIVATING RESUME

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Are you struggling with your resume? Not sure how to put it all together to get your next job interview? This guide will help you put the pieces of the puzzle together.

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SECRETS TO WRITING A CAPTIVATING RESUME

  1. 1. SECRETS TO WRITING A CAPTIVATING RESUME
  2. 2. CCONTENT INSIDE RESUME ORGANIZATION 01 CONTACT INFORMATION 02 PROFILE03 SKILLS SUMMARY 04 EXPERIENCE SECTION 05 EDUCATION SECTION 06 POWER VERBS 07 QUICK TIPS 08
  3. 3. A typical resume should have the following sections: • Contact Details • Profile • Skills Section • Work Experience • Education RRESUME ORGANIZATION Make sure that your resume is legible and appropriately spaced. Resumes with a lot of words jammed together are almost impossible to read. A resume with lots of empty space and too few words looks basic and with not enough detail. Your goal should be to have an adequate mix of white space and words. Is your resume catching the attention of recruiters in 6 seconds? USE ADEQUATE WHITESPACE Your resume must be clearly organized. Separate your resume into sections. 01 Did you know? We host Ask A Recruiter session on our City of Edmonton Jobs Facebook page every Wednesday!
  4. 4. CCONTACT INFORMATION You probably already know that your contact information—which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address—should always appear at the top of your resume, regardless of the resume format you use. Your name should stand out, so make it bold and a larger font than the rest of your contact information. Professional E-mail Address Contact information is the first element recruiters see. Make sure your email address is professional. Examples: janedoe@email.com jane.doe@email.com jdoe@email.com What to include: Your Name Your Address Your City, Province, Postal Code Your Phone Number Your Email Address **Do not include personal information such as: birth date, SIN or a personal photo. Are you relocating to another city? Remove your current address and simply replace this line with “Re-locating to ______ (city).” This tells the recruiters that you are willing to relocate or are already in the process. 02
  5. 5. PPROFILE A POWERFUL INTRODUCTION Starting your resume with a profile packs a powerful punch. The first thing the recruiter will see is all of your greatest achievements and skills that are directly related to the job posting they need to fill. JOB POSTING 03
  6. 6. Check out our guide to a successful job application! Click Here Do you have the qualifications for the job? That’s what an employer wants to know. The sooner the recruiter finds this information on your resume, the better. One way to get your point across quickly is to write a skills summary section about your qualifications. Read the job posting carefully to see what the job qualifications and requirements are. SSKILLS SECTION A list of 6 bullet points displaying a range of your most impressive skills and how they relate to the job. 04
  7. 7. You should include the following in this section: • Names of organizations where you were employed. • Positions and/or titles you held. • Employment periods for each job, written as Month/Year. • Showcase your experience highlighting your achievements, not responsibilities. EEXPERIENCE SECTION 05
  8. 8. The best placement depends on what you are trying to emphasize. Place education before experience if you are a recent graduate or have fewer than three years of work experience. Place education at the bottom of your resume if you have three or more years of experience. Simple tips to follow: • List your highest level of education first along with your year of graduation. • If you attended college but did not graduate, list the dates you attended. Make sure to note this degree/diploma is incomplete. • List any certifications and licenses you may have. EEDUCATION SECTION Education is one of the most easiest to write. It’s simple and straightforward. 06 AWARDS? If you’ve won any awards, add an additional area after Education & Credentials to list them.
  9. 9. 07 You Led a Project Chaired, Controlled, Coordinated, Executed, Headed, Operated, Orchestrated, Organized, Oversaw, Planned, Produced, Programmed You Envisioned and Brought to Life a Project Built, Charted, Created, Designed, Developed, Devised, Founded, Engineered, Formalized, Formed, Formulated, Implemented, Initiated, Introduced, Launched, Spearheaded You Saved the Company Time or Money Conserved, Consolidated, Decreased, Deducted, Lessened, Reconciled, Reduced, Yielded You Increased Sales or Customer Satisfaction Accelerated, Amplified, Boosted, Capitalized, Delivered, Enhanced, Expanded, Expedited, Gained, Generated, Maximized, Outpaced, Sustained You Managed a Team Aligned, Cultivated, Enabled, Facilitated, Fostered, Guided, Inspired, Mentored, Motivated, Recruited, Shaped, Taught, Trained You Wrote or Communicated Authored, Briefed, Campaigned, Co-authored, Composed, Corresponded, Critiqued, Documented, Illustrated, Persuaded, Publicized, Reviewed PPOWER VERBS Since most resumes tend to start with the same words like: managed, handled, responsible for, they don’t have the power to catch the reader’s attention. Use power verbs to spice it up.
  10. 10. LINK YOUR ONLINE PROFILE READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION In today’s world you can link your modern resume to your LinkedIn profile, portfolio, website, blog, etc. Many employers may encourage it or even ask for it in the application. You can simply add these links to the contact area. Check out our presentation on building a magnetic LinkedIn profile. Always read the job description you are applying for. A resume tailored to the job description is more likely to be read by a recruiter than one that is generic. If you haven’t started to tailor every resume to the job you are applying for, now is a great time to start! QQUICK TIPS PROOFREAD YOUR RESUME Your resume is too important to risk an overlooked typo. Ensure it’s flawless. Ask at least 2 people to read and review your resume for spelling and grammar. Don’t submit until you proofread. 08
  11. 11. CONNECT WITH US /cityofedmontonjobs /coejobs /cityofedmontonjobs /company/city-of-edmonton Visit Our Talent Hub www.edmonton.ca/jobs

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