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Resume Core Strengths and Key Competencies = Competitive Advantage

Core Strengths = Competitive Advantage

I tell every job seeker that they should seriously consider a core strengths/competencies section (a.k.a. keyword heaven). A professional resume writer can create a dynamic and powerful core strengths section based on the best industry specific keywords for your career goal. However, if you choose to go it on your own here are a few pointers to remember.

1. Keep it short. No more than 1 or 2 words for each bullet point. Putting three or more words crowds the section and loses the effect.

2. Choose the right words. You want industry specific keywords for the job you are TARGETING not neccesarily the positions you’ve performed. Obviously you do not want to lie on your resume but if you dig deep enough you can find hidden gems which leads me to my next point.

3. Research, research, research. Look for similarities between what you’ve done and what you want to do. If you want to do the same thing then you’re all set, just choose the best keywords for the position you’re pursuing, but if you are career changing think about those words and skills that are transferable but still powerful and relevant to the position you want.

Choosing the right keywords, skills, and strengths to put in your core competencies section will catch the reader’s eye and also that computer software program that is scanning your resume. Double bonus = competitive advantage.

Thinking to yourself you do not even know what a core strengths section looks like or where to begin to write one? View expert resume samples to see for yourself.

Jessica Holbrook is a former Hiring Manager and a professional resume writer with Great Resumes Fast. She creates powerful, customized, and targeted resumes that are guaranteed to get her clients interviews. For a free resume analysis visit or for a free phone consultation call 1.800.991.5187.

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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Leveraging more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica's innovative and brand-driven resume development strategies have secured a 99.6% interview-winning success rate for her clients. As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted numerous times throughout, The Chicago Tribune,, Local Job Network Radio, International Business Times, and more.
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