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A reader asks:
Do you have any tips or tricks you can share about how to write a resume that will actually get results? I have great experience. I am certain I am among the top tier of the candidates in the job market. Yet, I send out my resume and nothing happens. Nobody calls. It is like my message just isn’t getting across and I don’t know what to do to improve this. Can you help? Please tell me how to write a resume that will actually win me some interviews!
(A Loyal Reader)
In this article, published on Forbes, I reveal what is one of my most important professional trade secrets on how to write a resume that engages a reader and compels them to pick up the phone and call you: Storytelling: The Secret Formula For An Engaging Resume
The most essential 4 points in the article:
- Know and write to your audience
- Incorporate the key elements of good storytelling (characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution)
- Organize your stories and write them with attention to CARS (Context, Actions, Results, Strategic Impact)
- Find and showcase the overall theme
Of course, it is one thing to be told how to write a resume using storytelling. It is another to see it in action. Here are some example excerpts from effective resumes I have written that illustrate the storytelling technique in action. The story is dramatic in some and subtle in others. Can you identify the 4 key elements for how to write a resume?