The job market is always competitive. Can you offer any tips on how to make a résumé stand out?

The most important element of résumé writing is focusing on your specific accomplishments.

The most important element of résumé writing is focusing on your specific accomplishments. Most job seekers write job description résumés. They simply tell the reader what anyone in that particular position would do, as opposed to what the individual specifically accomplished.

If what is written on your résumé can be written by the person who did the job, before, with, or after you, then you haven't done yourself justice.

Résumés need to be infused with numbers, data, records, and accomplishments. When listing accomplishments, think about the how the organization/ department benefited as a result of your involvement. Reflect on any situations where you were singled out for superior work. Also, write the scope and the results of projects that you undertook for which you are particularly proud. These are the components of a great résumé.

By writing an accomplishment résumé, you present yourself as a superior, skilled candidate, and you stand out from the crowd.

Brad Karsh is president of JobBound, www.jobbound.com.

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