Knowing the Psychology Can Be the Key to the Secrets of Writing a Great Resume

What are the psychological secrets to write a great resume

Knowing Psychology can be to key to the secrets of writing a great resume. However, many of us not do not know these psychological secrets to writing a great resume.

It’s been commonly seen that while writing our resume, we tend to short sell ourselves. However, if we think like psychologists, resume can be written to make the full impact on the recruiter. Let’s look at some of the secrets below.

Numbers Carries Impact

Showing your accomplishments in numbers and not just in numbers, will make you standout. Easy way to do this is to ask questions like – how much money did I manage? How many sales worth did I do? How many people attended the event?, etc.

For ex: Instead of saying – “I blog on technology and entrepreneurship”, you should say, “Written 15 blogs on technology and entrepreneurship which generated 103,701 page views and 7809 likes”


Aristotle the Greek philosopher’s said secrets to effective  persuasion is – ethos, pathos, and logos. He believed most in the power of logos, which means persuading others using logic, evidence, and facts. Similarly, by quantifying your impact in resume, you’re doing exactly that. You’re providing evidence to underline the significance of your accomplishments.

Be Quirky

In the interest section of your resume, mentioning you watch movies isn’t a great interest. But if you mention that you are interested in say, rock climbing or a Star Wars souvenir collectors there are chances that you would bond on some commonalities with your recruiter. It could be very good conversation starter. And an interview that is more conversation is always a good to have!


In Give and Take, Wharton professor Adam Grant shares that similarities matter most when they are rare. He explains that we bond when we share uncommon commonalities. It allows us to feel we fit in and stand out at the same time.

Your interests are a huge bonding opportunity with your resume reader. Do not waste it.

Connect with the Employees

Relationships are more important than resumes. Before applying to any company, always connect with an employee. You can connect through information sessions, introductions, or the best way is via alumni outreach. If the conversation goes well, always always ask for feedback on your resume before applying from your contact.

This accomplishes two things. First, it’s an extremely efficient way to customize your resume to different companies. Employees offer highly specific edits. They might even share the words that they usually look for in their employees. Secondly, this is an awesome way to internally pass along your resume without even asking. If an employee finds you impressive, there’s a good chance they’ll put in a good word with recruiters.


The Foot-In-The-Door Phenomenon refers to people’s tendency to readily complete requests after they have already agreed to smaller ones. By asking for feedback, you are accomplishing just that. Requesting two minutes of their time is an easily a good starting point. This works well on their psych which may help get referrals or even introduction

Bonus Tip:

Always use the “Rule of Seven”. According to this, customers must see an advertisement seven times before they take action. You need to apply the same thinking here. After all, resume is your ultimate personal marketing tool. Make sure you position yourself properly so recruiters know you are a right fit.

You need to make sure that your resume contains the enough keywords and relevant experience that complements your expertise for the role you are applying for.

Good luck!



Avani Lalka is an experienced marketer, and a writer in the field of new-age marketing and career development. She writes from her heart to make a difference in the lives of the people that follow her. Currently she is heading Account Based Marketing (ABM) in a popular Pune-based startup. Feel free to connect her as she welcomes new ideas and opportunities. Email: