Career Ninja Series Step 2: Give Your Old Resume a Much-Needed Karate-Chop!

Once you’re clear on what the right career target is for you (tackled in last week’s post) then you need a resume & cover letter that can get you there.  This week I’m sharing with you a resume that I recently revamped for a client.

My client wanted to leverage her broad-based industry experience into a management position.  Unfortunately, her original resume was a dry document full of bullets that desperately needed a swift karate-chop! 

I turned her resume into this compelling document that clearly communicates her expertise and brand. A carefully crafted Areas of Expertise section indicates the range of what she can do and provides specific proof of her skills as a way to capture the reader’s attention.

Through our conversations, I was also able to uncover some pretty impressive career wins that she’d neglected to mention in the original resume. Adding these as Highlights and Achievements in the new version allowed her to be taken more seriously.

Remember: Your resume is no place to be humble.  Proud, yes.  Humble, no.

Here’s the final product, complete with a line-by-line dissection of why it works and tips for giving your own resume a much needed karate-chop!

Resume Ninja infographic

p.s. Next week I’ll share with you the smokin’ hot cover letter that accompanied this resume.  Sign up here so you don’t miss it: The No-Fail Cover Letter Recipe – 4 paragraphs that make your phone ring

Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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