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YPOV: Write a Résumé that Stands Out

January
2018

It tells your story, shares the skills you have acquired, and highlights your professional accomplishments. It is vital to helping you to progress in your career. But why is it so hard to put together a résumé?

When applying for a job, you have to think of yourself as more than just a list of skills. A résumé needs to describe the impact and value of your service and tell a story. Telling an effective story helps the hiring manager to envision you in the role, even before calling you in for an interview.

Define your brand. Telling your story starts with defining your brand. Everyone has a brand, but many have not designed it consciously. Unfortunately, this leaves your career and résumé open to interpretation. To define your brand, consider your values, passions, vision, and mission.

Values are your moral principles and beliefs or accepted standards. Ask yourself what is important to you at work — personally, morally, materially, and spiritually. Your core values help you to define what is important to you in a new role or company. For example, do you value and recognize individuality or do you feel conformity is important? Do you feel fulfilled by recognition, rewards, or appreciation?

Passions elicit strong feelings of excitement in you. If you didn’t have to consider your monetary needs, what activity or career would you pursue? What do you enjoy...

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