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Tandem Powered offers a full suite of Professional Resume Writing, Career Development, and HR / Business Consulting services.


Tandem Powered's blog is dedicated to empowering readers by highlighting best practices in the arena of resume writing, career development, and organizational effectiveness, as well as by providing readers with an insider's view of the corporate hiring process.

Sell Yourself, But Don't Cross The Line

Kent Nolen

The other day I read a resume that started "Fiercely intelligent professional..." There are just some things you need to lead the reader to think, but you can't outright say. I would say “fiercely intelligent” squarely falls in that category. A resume needs to be bold and even a bit boastful. This is not the time to shy away from selling yourself or highlighting the unique value that you represent. However, you have to do it tactfully or readers will simply move on.

Remember, regardless of the position, people hire people they want to work with. Confidence and a solid record of accomplishments makes you sound like someone easy to work with – someone who will get the job done. However, cross the line and you can sound like a difficult braggart. No one wants to work with that person.

Need help presenting yourself in the best light possible (without crossing the line)? Contact me.