Welcome to the second blog post in a four-part series on resume writing.

Employers only spend 10 seconds glancing at a resume. You need to grab their attention and pull them in with a great resume title.  Do a little research to understand the appropriate job titles for your industry. However, you must make yourself look unique. Look at what has been done in the past, then punch it up with a few key words that make you stand out.

Choose a headline strategy. Your resume title should be concise. Consider using bold, italics, or capitalized letters. But remain conservative and professional. Avoid bright colors and font better suited for arts and crafts projects. If you have space for a sub-heading, this is the place to add your personal stamp. Refer to an accomplishment or skill that helped you rock it in a previous project or position. Also remember to tailor the headline to the industry you want to be in.

Use a career objective. Do not literally label the career objective as an “objective” in the resume. The content of your objective should be woven into your career summary. The objective should send the message of – this is who I am as a professional, competent employee. Avoid the giving the impression – this is who I want to be in the future. The objective should show your benefit to the company. Remember to be concise and specific.

NEXT STEPS:  Come back same time, same place next week for tips to writing the career summary.

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