When we sit down to either update, rewrite or construct our resume so many thoughts go through our minds. There is so much that we want to say and get across on this document that has the potential to change your life.
We want to tell the reader how much of a great employee we can be, what skills we posses, and what great work we’ve done in the past. Moreover, we want to show that we have what it takes to do the job.
These are a lot of thoughts to try and get down, we tend to over elaborate and use words that sound nice, but do very little to add to the overall perception of who you are. Most recruiters scan resumes. If you’re lucky, you may get a recruiter to spend a few seconds to give it another glance. The problem is that the headline achievements and highlights are really what they have the time to read.
You need to grab their attention, and get to the point! Here are a few suggestions to help you do just that.
Less description, more action
Most of us spend way too much time on our personal statements. We try to make sure we get all of the right words we think they want to read about..team player, motivated, good communicator, results oriented. These words do little or nothing at all to show how you are a good match for a job.
Subjective descriptions of ourselves need to be supported. If you say you’re a “team player”, give examples of how you’ve delivered within a team environment. The words “results oriented” doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if you can’t give detailed examples of the exceptional and quantitative results you’ve achieved.
Performance is more important than responsibilities
You’ve probably read it before, but it is one of the biggest truisms of resume writing so it cannot be stressed enough. The person reading your resume does not want to know what your role and responsibilities were in your previous roles. They want to know how good you were at it and what you achieved.
You want to make sure that anyone reading your resume is left with no doubts whatsoever about your actions and the results. Here’s a hint, think beyond your day to day role. What is your record at resolving issues? When have you gone above and beyond to exceed client or customer expectations.
It’s a numbers game
The old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well a few numbers can speak whole sentences! Always express numbers as digits on your resume as they catch the eye much quicker. Make sure these numbers provide context too. Growing your territory by $100,000 may not mean much, but growing it by 50% will.
With so much competition out there, it may not be easy to get your resume to the top of the pile, so make sure you give your resume a fighting chance from the start.
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