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Jan 30, 2017

If you’re a high achieving CIO or an IT leader, today’s episode is the one for you.

You’ll discover six ways to write an achievement based resume so you can outshine your competition and always be the candidate that gets the interviews.

Not an IT person? You can still benefit by listening. Every resume today needs to be based on achievements and you’ll notice that every point made in today’s show can easily be applied to non-IT resumes almost without change.

Show highlights:

  • How to demonstrate you’re the best candidate for the leadership role you’re after. (3:03)
  • Find out the key attributes that separate leadership resumes from staff resumes. (3:32)
  • How to write your technical resume so you don’t lose (and bore!) non-technical stakeholders. (5:17)
  • The most important reason why companies hire leaders. (5:57)
  • Do this and your resume will show you can negotiate deals, attract talent and influence decision makers. (6:18)
  • The one time when leading with your biggest achievements is a mistake. (6:49)
  • What the world’s best CIOs and IT leaders have in their resumes that sets them apart. (10:02)

Here’s what to do next:

Go to and download your free copy of Resume Cheat Sheet. You’ll find plenty of examples of winning CIO resumes you can use as a guide to create your own.

Also, stay tuned for our next couple of episodes where you’ll discover how to create better resumes for finance, healthcare, and marketing.

Start listening by clicking right here!

Jan 23, 2017

Title: How to write an achievement based resume recruiters will love


Here’s a fact.

The only way for you to always be the candidate that gets interview calls is this: Stop writing boring resumes!

The way to do that?

Simple. Use achievement based bullets!

It’s a skill that hardly anyone possesses but it’s simple to master. You’ll hear exactly how in today’s episode. No fluff, just actionable advice you can use right away.

Show highlights:
- The biggest mistake almost everyone makes when writing their resumes. (2:25)
- How to write about your results without bragging. (5:08)
- Hear the one thing every recruiter secretly wants to read in a resume. (5:15)
- This little tweak in the way you write your achievements will make you instantly unforgettable. (3:01)
- How to show you’re a self-starter and "leadership material" in your bullets. (8:27)
- What words stand out in a resume. (4:01)
- A psychological reason to use numbers when describing your results. (7:32)

Here’s what to do next:

Go to and download your free copy of the Resume Cheat Sheet.

Then, jump right into the episode and follow along as we go through each step!

Jan 16, 2017

Title: Finding keywords to optimize your resume


Welcome back!

In the previous episode you discovered how to format your resume using the latest trends. You found out ways to grab recruiters’ and hiring managers’ attention and how to keep their interest so they read it until the end.

But here’s the thing.

If your resume doesn’t appear in that search the hiring manager does to find people like you, all of your hard work is lost. It’s like it never happened.

And this is where keywords come in.

Today, you’ll hear about 3 ways to come up with keywords to put in your resume so recruiters and hiring managers will always find you.

What’s more, the keywords you’re going to use will demonstrate you are qualified for the positions you’re applying for and this alone can get you calls for interviews regularly.

Show notes:
- How to find the best keywords without even looking for them. (2:33)
- The “Jerry Maguire Tactic” to make any company feel like you “get them” so they see you as a cultural fit. (7:05)
- Avoid this or you risk looking like you’re gaming the system. (4:33)
- How to make sure your resume always ranks the highest for job applicant searches. (6:54)
- Different keywords you should use when you’re applying for a startup position and when applying at a Fortune 500 company. (7:45)

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Jan 9, 2017

Can you believe it?

Most people are using the same old resume every time they’re looking for a job. The one you got down at the college career center many years ago.

And what's worse… They’re trying to score executive level positions with something that looks like it came from the 70s. No wonder they’re struggling to get calls. It doesn’t make sense!

But hey. If you’re one of them? Don’t panic. You are in the right place. We’re going to fix your resume for you starting right now.

In this second episode of the Pretend You’re Fired podcast you’re going to find out 6 key things you need to change in your resume to make it irresistible for any hiring manager

Show notes:

  • The one word you should never use in your resume. (2:58)
  • How to “make” your resume motivate any recruiter so they can’t wait to pass it on to their clients. (3:20)
  • Something specific you must put at the very beginning to grab the hiring manager’s attention immediately. (4:19)
  • How to make your resume stand out with whitespace. (5:23)

The exact number of pages your resume should have based on your years of experience. (So you don’t risk making it too long!) (6:21)

Go to, download your free cheat sheet and follow along as we go through each step.

Ready? Let’s dive right in!