Aside from the given personal branding and first-step job search strategies everyone needs to embrace before writing their resume – targeting, research, and relevant keyword development.
. . . And resume-writing best practices in terms of value-driven content, formatting, and grammar,
Here are 2 tips you may not know for your resume that can help elevate the value you offer and catapult your job search forward. With adjustments, both of these also apply to writing your LinkedIn profile:
1. Add a quote to the “summary” section at the top.
Insert a short compelling quote from someone you’ve worked with about you and the value you offer. Or include a quote of your own – something you’re known for saying. Or choose an inspiring quote that guides you, from someone well-known in your industry.
Highlight it with italics and bolding to make it stand out, and consider placing it in a graphic box for even more emphasis.
For your LinkedIn profile, obviously don’t pull a quote from one of your LinkedIn recommendations.
2. Create a personal brand statement with personality.
Some people forget about the “personal” in personal branding. Do more than create a brand statement that simply lists relevant keywords and phrases. Ignite it with some of your personality.
Generate chemistry by weaving together your key areas of expertise (typically these are your relevant keywords) with your key personal brand attributes – who you are, how you operate, what you’re passionate about, your leadership and management style, what you’re like to work with.
How does the following vibrant brand statement grab you? Do you get a feel for this COO/President turnaround management expert?
Entrepreneurial, persevering leader who takes on turnarounds that no one in their right mind would touch. Known for cutting to the core to identify organic business growth opportunities, enhance operations, improve profitability and reorganize to transform losers into profitable organizations.
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