Just a short time ago, it was customary for your resume to have a line towards the top that read something like: "OBJECTIVE: To obtain a position in customer service in which I can utilize my skills at an organization that facilitates innovation and growth".

Times have changed since then, and undoubtedly, so has the criteria that formulates an effective resume.

The 21st century resume has to survive the "10 second rule". In just a short time, the reader needs to see that you will add value to the organization. If nothing jumps out at them, it's likely to be lost in the black hole of resumes. Starting with a generic objective doesn't excite anyone, but a compelling headline creates a hook that draws the reader in.

A good headline emphasizes what the applicant has to offer by specifying a main core competency relevant to the intended position.

Here are a few examples of powerful headlines:

    * Award-winning sales professional recognized as a top revenue producer
    * Diligent administrative assistant offering more than 5 years of providing daily operational support in a corporate environment
    * Recent MBA graduate with extensive background in sales and marketing
    * Talented customer service professional with demonstrated ability to build strong client relationships

Now that you have their attention, follow up with a strong set of accomplishments in a summary section that demonstrates why you are that super-star worker. Make sure this section is results based and highlight contributions you have made to past employers.

Not all job seekers use headlines, many people are still boring employers with cliché objectives and wondering why they aren't getting any calls. Objectives have not been completely wiped out, but they are dying a slow death.

Author's Bio: 

Melanie Denny, CPRW -- As the president of Resume-Evolution, Melanie Denny is a certified professional resume writer, who has partnered with numerous clients from a wide range of industries to create unique, compelling self-marketing documents. Specializing in mid and entry level resumes, Melanie has a passion for helping job seekers reach their long and short term career goals.

In our ever evolving economic climate, now, perhaps more than ever, achieving professional success is a vital mission that can be challenging for the average individual. This is why Melanie takes pride in making sure she strategically designs each resume to highlight the accomplishments most relevant to the career goals of the job seeker.

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