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Job Search: Polish Up Your Job Descriptions

I was reading a WSJ article and came across an interesting comment. Reader "Brad" says that he previously worked as a lawyer with a big investment bank, and worked in a department that mainly provided clerical services. The head of the department managed to jazz up her job descriptions so well that it may have contributed to her success, which boasts a 6-figure salary, corner office, and clocking out at 4.30 p.m., to start with.

"Brad" says that she turned tasks like typing documents using PowerPoint into "leveraged internal resources of production staff to optimize efficiency and productivity of global IBD marketing operations," and designing client invitation cards into "partnered with firm-wide management to aggressively support business development of major institutional client relationships at key revenue-generating events."

The department head's case is a little bit extreme, but I think it's a good idea to have a similar approach towards your resume. There are so many ways you can describe your experience, so make sure you're choosing your words carefully and polish up your job descriptions. If you need more inspiration, ask a literary creative-type friend to help — two heads are better than one!

Upload your resume (minus your personal details, of course) to the Resume Remedy group! You'll give other group members, including me, the opportunity to constructively critique it and help you land your next gig.

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Baconlover Baconlover 5 years
However, be prepared to to be able to talk about your bullet points...definitely be able to back up your claims.
Angelica-Marden Angelica-Marden 5 years
This is an incredibly important reminder for job seekers. The hiring manager will be able to decode and extrapolate the level of your past positions, but choosing the right words and display of your topline skills and responsibilities will prove your smarts.
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