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5. Make Your Resume Stand Out

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In this video, you will revise your resume to make it more compelling.

A resume is an advertisement for you and your skills -- so make sure that it is convincing to prospective employers!

The most successful resumes use *action verbs* and *measurable details* to catch the reader’s attention.

You have already incorporated many words from the job description into your resume.

Read over it again to see if you can include any more.

Revise your resume to use persuasive, measurable details whenever possible.

Your resume should be no longer than one page, so it is important to make every word count.

You don’t have to include every responsibility you had at every job.

Select only the skills that are most relevant for the job you are applying for.

To make sure you can include all your skills in one page, make your language short and concise.

As you read, consider: “Would this help convince the employer that they should interview me?”

If so, keep it.

If not, cut it from your resume.

Once you’ve revised your resume to include *measurable details* and *action verbs,* move on to the next video to share it with a partner and collect feedback.

Now, It’s Your Turn: Edit your resume to use action verbs and specific, quantifiable descriptions wherever possible.

Use numbers and percentages to give a measure of your success at past jobs.

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  1. Edit your resume to use action verbs and specific descriptions wherever possible.