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As a career counselor, you need to create great resumes fast. After all, the more quickly you help each client, the more people you can serve. But of course, you never want to sacrifice quality.

As a Top-Ranked Resume Writer, I have reviewed and revamped thousands of resumes for clients. I can assure you that my two top resumes tips, below, make a big impact–fast.


1) Ditch the Modesty


Top resumes emphasize the best of what the job seeker has accomplished, citing specific quantifiable improvements with high numbers. Resume bullets should include terms like:

Established relations with up to ## new clients each quarter….

Successfully generated more than $$$ in yearly revenue…

Implemented xyz platforms which led to nearly a %% improvement in productivity….


2) Use the SPAR Framework


Situation, Problem, Accomplishment, Result

You’re creating a marketing tool to sell your clients’ expertise to employers, so it should contain “$, % and #” data to illustrate their capabilities. Instead of wasting valuable real estate on soft skills and generic tasks, infuse content with SPAR-driven bullets so that employers can see what they’re truly capable of.

Here’s an example.

Before the SPAR framework:
  • Screened, interviewed, hired and trained staff for all company positions.
After the SPAR framework:
  • As Senior Marketing Manager of [Fortune 500 company], oversaw recruitment and screening of more than 350 applicants each year which led to a greater than 45% increase in staff retention.


How did we incorporate the SPAR framework?



The sentence sets the stage for the reader. How large was the company? How pressing was the problem that was solved?

Ex: As Senior Marketing Manager of Fortune 500 company location….


What specific problem was being addressed?

Ex: Worked to revamp outdated onboarding practices….


What were the measurable achievements that resulted? Should ideally include $, # or % figures.

Ex: …for more than 350 applicants each year….


How did this impact the company’s bottom line or big picture performance?

Ex: …which led to a greater than 45% increase in staff retention.

If you can include one or two of these statements for each role that a client has held, they will see tangible results. The best news is: Our RSWorks portal is already optimized to create these kinds of resume bullets. Learn more here!

Andrea Gerson
Post by Andrea Gerson
August 19, 2020
Andrea Gerson is a social worker, career coach and workforce technology founder. Over the past 15 years, she's crafted impactful resumes for over 7,500 clients – many of who have gotten hired at organizations like Google, Apple, and the U.N. She's partnered with dozens of non-profit workforce agencies to lead staff trainings on topics like job search strategies, interview preparation and navigating workplace conflict. Andrea brings a strengths-based, client-centered perspective, and her work is an extension of her commitment to addressing the opportunity gap.