Résumé writing 101: Keywords can make you stand out

Highlight performance

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Dancers from the Radio City Rockettes rehearse Oct. 14 for the 2010 edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York, which begins its run next month. When writing your résumé, highlight your performance, not your responsibilities.

Employers glancing over résumés are looking for language that emphasizes performance, says Mr. Hekman. “Recruiters want to know what kind of results an individual can generate that impact the bottom-line.” The ResumeBucket.com survey found that just over half of employers chose résumés based on the “results stated in the candidate’s experience,” which Hekman says refers to measurable results.

“Accomplishments are incredibly important on résumés,” says Katharine Hansen of QuintCareers.com, an employment resource site. “Too many job-seekers mistakenly focus on duties and responsibilities. A résumé should be 100 percent accomplishments-driven.”

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