If you find you’re sending out resume after resume and your phone still isn’t ringing it’s missing a competitive advantage. What your resume needs is to clearly show the hiring manager who you are, why you’re the best at what you do and how you’re going to meet their needs. You have to peak the hiring manager’s interest enough to get the call and below are a few reasons why your resume isn’t quite making the cut.
NO FOCUS, CLEAR DIRECTION, OR JOB TARGET
When a hiring manager views the first third of your resume they have no idea what you do. If they have to read down to the end of the first page to figure out what you do or where to put you they won’t invest the time. Spell it out up front through a personal branding statement and powerful career summary.
IT USES DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES VS. ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
Don’t just tell the hiring manager what you did while you were there. They can look up a job description any day. Show them through accomplishments and contributions that are quantifiable. Use clear statements that paint a picture for exactly what you accomplished and how you accomplished it. Professionals call it C.A.R. statements which stands for challenge, action, results. Clarify the challenge you faced, the actions you took to address that challenge and the results you achieved from the actions you took.
PRESENTATION IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION
Truth be told we all want to make a good first impression and in a job search it’s critical to do so. You have five to seven seconds to make a great first impression and your presentation is the FIRST thing the hiring manager will see. So it needs to be reader-friendly, balanced, and information needs to be easy to find. If a hiring manager has to go searching for the information they needs, chances are – they won’t. Give them the critical information up front.
Take a moment to review your resume and make sure it addresses the three key points above. This is not an all inclusive list but is a great start on your way to an effective and successful resume. For more great resources and information visit Great Resumes Fast. You can also submit your resume for a free analysis by sending it via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
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