By Jenny Foss | The Muse
What prompts you to click into an article when you’re browsing online? I’ll bet I know your answer: the headline. As consumers of media—all types of media—we gravitate toward a compelling headline. That’s what prompts us to give something our attention, right?
The same principle applies when it comes to your resume: A great resume headline will draw recruiters and hiring managers into the story of you and entice them to keep reading.
If you don’t already have a headline on your resume, you may have just thought, “What is she talking about?” And even if you do have one, you may be underutilizing this incredibly valuable real estate. So let’s talk.
As a certified professional resume writer (who has written hundreds upon hundreds of resumes), I strongly recommend using a headline. Whether you’re fresh out of college and looking for your first “real” job, or hoping to snag a CFO role 20+ years into your career, a brilliant headline can make a big difference when it comes to landing an interview.
Here’s everything you need to know about what resume headlines are, why they work, and how to add one to that stellar resume you’ll use to land your next job.