The Notables Technique

If you are having difficulty filling in the details contained in the bullet points of the resume, ask yourself this question: "What did I do that was notable?" Ask this question for each section, for each major heading, and for each activity listed on your resume. As you do, you will begin to formulate the details that will begin to build an outstanding resume. Were you the youngest person ever hired by your employer?

  • Youngest person ever hired by this upscale fashion store.

Did you receive any special awards or recognitions in your academic program?

  • Received the Johnson Award of Excellence, which is given to the top three students in the Journalism degree program.

Did you accomplish anything of note in your extracurricular activities?

  • Captain of the first school wrestling team to ever win the regional title.

Think about the notable accomplishments in your life. Think about what you might tell your parents or grandparents about notable accomplishments during your college years. These notables will provide you with excellent detail for your resume. They set you apart from the crowd. They are what employers look for in deciding whom to interview. And they form the basis for building the compelling stories used in successful interviews.

Note your notables. Build them into your resume. And build them into your job search vocabulary as the foundation for showing what differentiates you and your value proposition to employers.

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