Master the Telegraphic Writing Style

telegraphThe Key to a Concise, Skimmable, and Impactful Resume

Many professional resume writers, including those on the iHire team, use a telegraphic writing style. Broadly defined, telegraphic writing (originating with the age of the telegraph), is a clipped form of composing a message that allows you to say as much as possible with the fewest possible number of words.

In the resume world, being concise and to the point is essential. Hiring managers aren’t interested in reading multiple-page documents, but at the same time, you don’t want to leave out vital details that may help you land in the “yes” pile. Telegraphic writing is a great solution for this dilemma.

In the resumes I write, I use a telegraphic approach that eliminates pronouns (I, me, my, our, etc.) and filler words (a, an, the, etc.) wherever possible. Want to see the telegraphic style in action? Check out the examples below.

EXAMPLE SUMMARY SECTION

Traditional Style:

I am a highly compassionate, perceptive, and client-centered professional with demonstrated skills in case management, trauma-informed assessment, and treatment planning. I am a recent MSW graduate eager to utilize and expand upon my competencies in clinical social work for clients of all ages and wide-ranging needs and diagnoses. I am an outstanding writer and interpersonal communicator, creative problem solver, and valued member of interdisciplinary teams with a positive and collaborative attitude.

Telegraphic Style:

Highly compassionate, perceptive, and client-centered professional with demonstrated skills in case management, trauma-informed assessment, and treatment planning. Recent MSW graduate eager to utilize and expand upon competencies in clinical social work for clients of all ages and wide-ranging needs and diagnoses. Outstanding writer and interpersonal communicator, creative problem solver, and valued member of interdisciplinary teams with positive and collaborative attitude.

EXAMPLE JOB DUTY & ACHIEVEMENT SECTION

Traditional Style:

I participated in the day-to-day management of a multimillion-dollar portfolio in the construction loan department. I reviewed/verified the accuracy and completeness of documents, disseminated files for processing, and continually monitored our system data for correctness. I produced files in adherence to federal examiner regulations. I resolved customer issues, answered billing, payment, and exception questions, and gathered necessary information.

  • I aided with decreasing our departmental loan exception rates from ~80% to less than 10%.
  • From 2010–2011, I took on an expanded role at my supervisor’s request to fulfill additional duties of generating and recording loan documents such as notes and deeds via bank software.

Telegraphic Style:

Participated in day-to-day management of multimillion-dollar portfolio in construction loan department. Reviewed/verified accuracy and completeness of documents, disseminated files for processing, and continually monitored system data for correctness. Produced files in adherence to federal examiner regulations. Resolved customer issues, answered billing, payment, and exception questions, and gathered necessary information.

  • Aided with decreasing departmental loan exception rates from ~80% to less than 10%.
  • From 2010–2011, took on expanded role at supervisor’s request to fulfill additional duties of generating and recording loan documents such as notes and deeds via bank software.
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