Dear JobsBlog: What should I title my resume?


As a job-seeker, you’ve read and read about what makes a resume effective.  But here’s what you may not know: The actual title of your resume introduces you to recruiters.

It’s just one line in a Build Your Resume/CV field, but looks can be deceiving. You’ve got to craft this message: It’s make-or-break time. Here, our JobsBloggers give you insider info on words that work:  

Kelly: The most important part of a resume is a clear title that describes what the candidate wants to do. Though we assess the skills and experience for each student and determine what might be a best fit, a title such as “Passionate Windows 8 App Developer looking for an SDE role” helps us place you more accurately during the review process.

Colleen: The title of your resume should map directly to the type of role you are trying to target. With a quick glance, a recruiter or hiring manager should have a very clear idea of what type of role would best utilize your skills. Since every company uses different titles, it’s important that you have a good understanding of the role(s) you are applying for and whether or not your resume would stand out based on the header or title.

Lee: Know enough about the role you are most passionate about and interested in so you can (1) crisply articulate it, and (2) know the one or two skills you feel would set you apart. Then to craft your resume title, think about articulating the information in a succinct and visually appealing way. Your resume tells a story about you: What do you want it to say?

Bethany: Recruiters or hiring managers may spend only 5-30 seconds on each resume. You’ve got half a page to catch their attention. Make your title unique to you and the role you want to pursue. Make the recruiter and/or hiring manager want to take action immediately.

Eugenia:  In the title, I want to know your name and your expertise. You can refer to your current or dream job title.  For example:

  • Christian – Distributed Systems Developer
  • Anastasia – Online Advertising Marketing Professional

Be concise and honest as you provide information about: what you want (such as a role in management /an individual contributor), your area of expertise (technologies/fields), and your experience (entry level/director level). It’s about getting to the point and being clear about who you are and what you want.

Related information:

You need the data to get the gig.  Do your homework: Gather information about the job on our Careers site. For more pointers, don’t miss six ways to level up your job search. And if you’re a student, get the context on the university recruiting process. 

Dear JobsBlog: What should I title my resume?

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