How to write a powerful resume that scores a job interview

powerful resume

A powerful resume says a lot about you.

One can perceive a lot by just reading your resume—from your aspirations to goals in life, your growth potential, coachability and capacity.

The first thing that a hiring manager will see is usually your aspirations and goals.

Therefore, instead of fussing over aesthetics matter, you should focus on the content.

Make sure your resume shows the value you will bring to the company.

Specifically, on how you can be an asset to the organisation.

Think of it as a first date, or the first parents visit.

You would not want them to like you enough to want to continue their association with you.

Similarly, your resume is that first impression.

A resume is the first invaluable chance for the hiring manager to decide whether to meet with you. The reason for them to want to find out more about you in person.

So if you’re looking for the things that make a powerful resume, then this article is for you.

1. A noteworthy objective statement

An outstanding design format or flowery graphics will make it difficult for the hiring manager to read. As it may distract their eyes from the more important stuff like the text.

Therefore, your objective statement must clearly and concisely show

  • the position you want,
  • with what experience you have,
  • for how long, and
  • the unique values can bring to the table.

A good objective statement must answer the job description of the position that you are applying for.

While a great objective statement shows how you and the organization will work together and further each other’s goals.

2. Skills and Areas of Competencies

Carefully read the job description.

Then, list down the skills that you have to match the job.

You can further attract the attention of your potential employer by indicating your specific skills set that is relevant to the position that you are applying for.

Feel free to include other relevant skills but always justify them with tangible statistics and figures.

For example, you may indicate how a marketing project that you spearheaded had achieved or even surpassed its goals in terms of an increased sales value or growth percentage.

3. Accomplishments and initiatives

For every position that you have held in an organisation, list down the measurable ways where you have helped the company improve.

How did you change the way your team worked for better efficiency or turned a contentious incident into one of success?

Precisely deliver the message of how you interact with your past colleagues will show your future employer

  • how you can fit into the social environment of the organisation,
  • the way you handle circumstantial situations,
  • your influential skills on others,
  • whether you can follow orders when needed, and
  • more.

All of these could be easily revealed throw the accomplishments or work experience section. It is a matter of how you write them to make a powerful resume.

4. Passion

Aside from your work experience, you should include activities that you do outside of work.

For example, you may be part of a volunteer group for the needy or other non-profit organisations.

If you have any volunteer roles that have helped improve your professional skills, do not forget to include them in your resume as well.

Sometimes your activities outside of work may show your

  • leadership skills,
  • empathy,
  • capacity for greater things,
  • other skills that were not used during work that may elevate your position for greater roles,
  • powerful network, and
  • more.

Therefore, never underestimate your passion and hobbies outside of work. These are the things that allow you to create a powerful resume that can land you an interview.

5. Who you are

In summary, your resume must indicate the other roles and skills that make you the best candidate for the job.

Avoid duties and responsibilities that are not within your scope because they will only serve as a distraction.

There are irrelevant things that must not be included in your resume depending on the type of job that you are applying for.

Including unrelated job experiences and accomplishments in your resume will only make hiring managers think that you do not fully understand the job requisition.

Therefore, may lead to the dismissal of your application altogether.

Also, do not include information just for the sake of including them to ‘supplement’ your resume.

This will only lead to complications when you’ve been found out that you have not been honest in your resume.

A powerful resume is honest. What you need is the right words and phrases to use to better explain who you truly are.

6. Your digital footprint

Last but not least, most of us have a digital presence one way or another.

Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, or others

A hiring manager can simply search for you online.

Even if you do not have any social accounts, your friends may ‘tag’ you on a photo or a post online.

So remember to Google yourself. Understand what will be shown typically.

If you do not like what you see, change it.

If you do but may not be suitable for your new workplace, then be sure to have an honest yet acceptable answer to any of your online presence.

For more information on your digital footprint, read more on my site at

Simply put, just be your best self and that will show through your powerful resume.

Good luck!

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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