Techniques for Sharpening Your Resume's Focus


Here are ways to consider sharpening the focus of your resume:
  • Use a branding statement or headline or both atop your resume.
  • Add a profile/qualifications summary with keywords relevant to the job you seek.
  • Add a keyword section relevant to the job you seek.
  • Beef up portrayal of accomplishments and transferable skills. Be sure to spotlight skills that apply to what you want to do next.
  • Use our Cover Letter and Resume Customization Worksheet to help you sharpen your focus.
  • For college students and new grads: Consider adding class projects in your major (or other classes) that are applicable to what you want to do upon graduation.
Riskier options for sharpening your focus:
  • Consider a chrono-functional format. Organize your resume around skills clusters that directly apply to the job you seek.
  • Use an objective statement.
Read more in our Frequently Asked Questions About Resumes: The Complete Resume FAQ.