What should you consider when writing your resume? Some people just don’t know where to get started. Of course it is difficult to write about yourself in a way the glorifies what you do. You don’t want to come across as arrogant. Have no fear; your resume is the one place where this is acceptable! The reader should have a clear picture of what you achieved in your professional roles to demonstrate just how wonderful you are!
Here are some instructions to help you:
1. Consider your present employment situation. Write down what you were responsible for in one area. Follow-up in a separate section with what your achievements are. Consider the SAR method: S: Situation – what did you do; A: Action – what action did you take on a particular project or specific engagement; R: Result – what did you achieve? Cost Savings? Revenue Generation? Put the metrics in there if you can. Repeat this exercise for each of your roles keeping the responsibilities and achievements separated so you can make sure that when you write the first draft of your resume that you have a clear delineation between the two.
2. Define your accomplishments. Are you having some trouble coming up with accomplishments? Think about the things you have done that had a significant impact for the organization. You might review old job descriptions or your performance appraisals to help you find positive things you have done. Employers want to know that you are capable of problem solving – they want to know that you are able to deliver change. How you have done things in the past is a predictor of future performance.
3. Let your creativity show. Think about your achievements. What have you done to make or save money? Improve sales? Gain market share? Increase efficiency? Drive the company’s brand position? These types of things on your resume will send a strong message to a hiring manager that you have ‘the stuff’ to make a positive impact.
4. The numbers tell the story. Make sure you include metrics on your resume. Numbers demonstrate immediate value. The reader is drawn to that information. Include budget and revenue numbers, how many people you oversaw both directly and indirectly. If you improved operating performance, profitability, efficiency make sure to include the metrics. You will need to substantiate your claims so make sure you review your background and are prepared to review the numbers during an interview.
5. Awards and Honors: Have you been selected for any achievements? Include that information on the resume to make you stand out. Promotions due to performance are important to note as well; that information tells the reader that you exceeded expectations, resulting in a position with increased responsibility.
You will need to modify your document as you apply to make sure the presentation and content is relevant to the opening. The resume is not a one size fits all garment; make sure that you tailor it for your opportunities and highlight compelling information towards the top. Your prime real estate is in the top third of the page. Strike while the iron is hot to get the interviews.
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