5 Tips to Write a Resume Your Future Boss Will Love


You sit down to write your resume and consider all the reasons why a company should hire you. You include everything you think will impress them like your education, certifications, skills, and achievements. You share your responsibilities in each position, how you’ve achieved goals, and the noteworthy things you’ve done throughout your career.

While this approach to writing your resume is normal, it’s not how you should write your resume. Though your resume is technically about you, the focus shouldn’t be on you.

Your resume is your personal marketing document and the #1 rule of marketing is to focus on your customer. When writing your resume, you want it to focus on your future boss or “customer”.

Today I want to share five tips on how to craft your resume to target your ideal “customer” aka your future boss.

1. Market yourself as a problem solver.

Every boss wants a team composed of members who solve problems, not create them. This kind of team is more effective, productive and makes going to work more enjoyable for everyone. As you write your resume, include bullet points that speak to how you have identified and solved key problems.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • In your career, how have you taken initiative and found solutions?

  • What have you done to make tasks and projects easier for others?

2. Showcase how you’ve helped others.

Companies are more likely to hire candidates who support others and believe in building other team members up. On your resume, include bullet points that highlight your ability to support and encourage others to be the best they can be at their job. Your future boss wants to know they’re hiring someone who will be a team player and not make everything about themselves.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How have you contributed to the personal development of others?

  • If you had a team, did you create succession planning?

  • Were people promoted because of you?

  • How have you supported your boss in previous jobs?

3. Demonstrate you’re a big picture thinker.

One of the most important contributions you can make to a company is being able to see the big picture and understand how your actions affect the whole organization. When you write your resume, don’t just speak to the responsibilities you had within your area. Include how you succeeded in impacting the global outcome.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What did you accomplish that contributed to the big picture?

  • How did your actions within your department contribute to the entire company?

  • What did you do that made an impact?

4. Prove you’re irreplaceable.

When considering candidates, companies want to find people who are going to make their company stronger. They know a company is successful because of its people. And a boss knows their team’s success is based on the success of its members. So make it clear to the person reading your resume how organizations have benefited from your actions.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • During your career, how have you contributed to making a company stronger?

  • How has a company benefited by having you on their team?

  • What contributions did you make to the overall mission of a company?

5. Highlight collaboration.

Being a leader isn’t just about having direct reports. It’s also about being a leader among your peers. On your resume show how you work well with others, embrace diverse perspectives and share how these actions have made you a valuable team member.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How did you make a team stronger?

  • What did you contribute as a team player?

  • What benefits did you bring to a team and how did you support the team dynamics?

Your resume is about quality, not quantity. It’s better to have a condensed resume highlighting the best parts of your career, rather than a long resume listing every responsibility you’ve had in a job. Tailor your resume to showcase what you have to offer, how you can contribute and how hiring you will make a difference in the company. Let your resume show you’re a well-rounded candidate.

When you read your resume, ask yourself: would you want to hire you

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Ren Burgett