My secret resume writing weapon.

I’m a list person.

Always have been always will be.

I love to write a to-do list or set out my goals for the year and you couldn’t count the number of times I have written a pros and cons list.

It’s how I keep my brain sorted and while I do find great satisfaction in crossing things off my list. It is actually the writing of the lists that brings me peace.

Which is why it should come as no surprise to you, that when I sit down to write a resume I start with a list.

Now, I probably shouldn’t be sharing my secret resume writing tips with you, but the Mumma Bird tribe is all about helping each other to succeed.

I want you to succeed.

So, I am sharing with you my secret and it’s so simple you may actually get underwhelmed!

My secret weapon comes in the form of a template. (which I have linked for you below – but seriously- it’s so simple you could just make your own)

The template is a table. Three columns wide and 20 deep rows.

The columns are labelled1. Personality, 2. Skills 3. Experience

Here is how I use it:

I have my template, a pen and the job advertisement.

As I read through the job ad, I look out for the key words that define the role. I then list them in one of the three columns.

Here, let me show you.


We are currently seeking an energetic and self-motivated administrator to join our 80 member team to provide support to our small office team and other departments.

The working environment is a busy and fast paced tourism business with a strong customer service focus. This position is an opportunity to utilise your exceptional organisational skills and your administrative experience including intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office Suite skills. You will need to demonstrate sound communications skills, an eye for detail and an ability to show initiative and multi task.

Previous experience providing administrative support service is desirable. Exceptional customer service skills are a given as well as a can-do, well rounded team player attitude.

We are looking for a team member with a strong work ethic who is available part time. You may be required to work the odd weekend/ event day however the role is predominately Monday to Friday between school hours. If you want to join this dynamic new business, then please send your resume and a cover letter to:

Once I have my list of personality, skills and experiences I feel confident to start the resume. I know these are the core needs of the role. This list is the key to getting the resume on the yes pile. It now becomes my job to make sure that these words (or something similar) is listed on the first page of my resume.

If you have worked with me before, or taken any of my workshops, then you know that I see the ‘art of applying for a job’ the same as the ‘art of sales’.

You are the product; the employer is the customer and your resume is a sales tool.

The first rule of sales is to uncover the need of the customer. Rarely in sales do you get the customer to actually write down their needs. You have the answers already! So please, make sure you read the application thoroughly and listen to what the employer is saying.

My secret weapon is simple but highly effective. Start practising today on a few different job applications. Don’t get worried if you can’t distinguish between a skill or a personality. The important thing is that the word is on the list.

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