How to Write Tight

“I apologize for writing such a long letter. I didn’t have time to write a short one.” – Mark Twain

Words of wisdom ring true throughout the ages. And it's so true: writing succinctly takes time in drafting, proofreading and editing.

I've seen plenty of four plus page resumes, which I neatly condensed to two pages - without a loss of important facts. How do I accomplish this? Here are a few tips:

  • Don't repeat. If you've said it once, it does not need to be repeated.
  • If you have done pretty much the same "stuff" at each job, consider compiling the accountabilities into one section.
  • Remove information that is irrelevant. No need to include your watercolour course in your Education section if you're applying to a management position. No need to "muddy the waters," i.e. confuse your reader, by including your certificate in fitness training when you left that long ago.
  • Keep a vigilant eye for redundancies. Phrases like "future plans" (planning can only be future-focused), "past accomplishments," and others.
  • If you have a 3-line bullet, challenge yourself to reduce it to two lines! It is possible; I do it daily.

Long-winded resumes will turn off your reader's interest. Clear and succinct writing is a winning strategy. If you need help, consider the expertise of New Leaf Resumes. I love nothing better than the challenge of helping a new client advance a career goal. Working to your career success, Stephanie