What does a Winning Resume Look Like?

What does a Winning Resume Look Like?

Career Cousins,

2021 has been a wild ride!

The job market has seen many shifts, and millions across the country experienced shifts in employment status that rocked families and communities. With new jobs constantly being added to the market, one year into the Pandemic, jobseekers around the nation and beyond, are looking to head back into the office, and for some, a permanent change in remote status, and for others, a fresh start. A Career pivot. Whatever category you may fall in, keep reading for tips on how to remain relevant in the job market by having a resume worth reading!

A resume is a formal document that provides an overview of your professional qualifications, including your relevant work experience, skills, and education. 

It is the piece of paper and/or digital file, that holds the key between you and your dream job.

Today's major companies, use ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) that use artificial intelligence to quickly extract information from your resume and data from other resumes applying for the same job, to compare all candidates to the job description and choose the best fit applicants.

A winning resume, is one that will not be tossed out by the ATS, nor the recruiter. 

Typically, a winning resume is simple formatting, and includes the following sections:

  • Professional Experience
  • Core Competencies
  • Technical Skills
  • Certifications
  • Education

Let's dive into these sections and see what you need to succeed!

Professional Experience

  • Professional Summary: this is a section that should come before your experience and provides the reader a brief overview of who you are as a professional including: years of experience, a few accomplishments, some of your skills and the role you want
  • This section is where you highlight your roles and the impact you had on the places you worked 
  • Include: Company name, position, start date, end date,  3-5 bullets about accomplishment, including quantified results/impacts, location


Core Competencies

  • Key skills that you learned in your previous roles or training 
  • This should be reflective of the skills you learned that are related to the job you are applying for 


Technical Skills

  • Include: software skills, language skills, hardware skills 
  • Tools, databases and cloud competencies 



  • If you have any professional certificates that you have earned, allocate a section on your resume to highlight these achievements.
  • Include: Professional licensure agency, Certificate awarded, date awarded, expiration date 


  • If your education is from the last 10-15 years, include your date of graduation
  • If your graduation date was 15+ years ago, you may leave it off the resume if you choose
  • If you graduated within the last 5 years, keep it at the top
  • If you graduated over 5 years ago, leave it at the bottom
  • Include: School, what you studied, date of attendance, location, graduation year (see above)

Now that you know what key sections to include in your resume, what are you waiting for cousin?


Go win!


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