Dazzling Resume Headlines Guaranteed to Get You Noticed

Dazzling Resume Headlines Guaranteed to Get You Noticed

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Tailor Your Title (Every Time!)

Tailor the title of your resume to each different job you apply to. (In fact, you should be doing this for the whole of your resume, not just the headline.)

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Echo Their Tone and Voice + Use Keywords

Echo the language that your prospective employers have used in the job description about their ideal candidate—you want to demonstrate from the get-go that you are a dream candidate with the skills and experience that they need for this role. Have they repeated any words or phrases throughout the job description? These 

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Echo Their Tone and Voice + Use Keywords

keywords might be something to focus on in your resume headline.

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Keep It Short (15 Words or Less)

When I say short, I specifically mean 15 words or less. Your headline is a one-liner.  Some people also include a few sentences directly below the resume headline describing key skills and experience, but the headline itself needs to be as concise as possible. These short sentences below the resume headline are often called the resume summary.

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Make It S.M.A.R.T.

Have you achieved specific, measurable results, or been involved in a particularly big win individually or as part of a team?  Consider a major accomplishment that would make you stand out as a strong candidate. Thinking in terms of specifics will help you avoid clichés like “great team player” that will just make the hiring manager’s eyes glaze over.

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Consider Their Named Qualifications

Do they require a specific qualification, a specific skill set, or a number of years of experience? If so, include this in your title.

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Use Title Case

Remember, your resume headline is like an attention-grabbing title of a blog post or article; capitalize it, and communicate the most important thing (or two) that you want the hiring manager to know about you to entice them to read on.

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