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Key qualifications for your resume

Quick Tip # 4 from The Gov Geeks: List your key qualifications on the first page of your resume. Show the hiring managers you're the clear choice for the job!

Guess how much time hiring managers and their colleagues spend reviewing your materials? If you think they spend mere seconds on your materials, you're right! While we spend countless hours developing the perfect resume, they don't get the same evaluation time until they're down to the final handful of candidates. After you've made it passed the computers and HR practitioners, you have to impress the next line and you only have precious seconds to get the job done. But this can be a great thing to set you apart from the crowd. Here's how to help defy the odds and get the interview.

Manage the real estate on your resume by headlining they key skills needed. For example, executive resumes focus on ECQs or executive core qualifications. Bold each ECQ and provide an example of how you excel in that area using the STAR approach: Describe the situation, task, action, and result. Let the reader know you were an integral part of successes from across your career so that they can feel you can bring the same success to their organization. This is a tried and true method will help you put your best foot forward. You're a qualified candidate now get your resume to prove it!

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