Ever worked in more than one industry or more than one position on your way to career super stardom? I thought so. Many of us get trapped by this feeling that our resume has to be a complete historical rundown of everything we have ever done and everywhere we have ever done it. Not true. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying; I’m not advising you to lie, be untruthful, or withhold information. What I am going to share with you are three ways to focus your resume so that you can optimize your opportunities for interview call backs.
DO NOT SEND A GENERIC RESUME.
Sending a generic, unfocused resume is a waste of your time and the hiring manager’s time. Instead, spend a few extra moments tailoring your resume to fit the needs of the organization to which you are applying. Review the job description and ensure that you offer what they need. Then make sure you show them that.
DO NOT LIST DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
I just rocked the boat on that one a little, didn’t I? Seriously, a list of your past duties and responsibilities is so boring. I can get that from a job description. What I can’t get from a job description is how you addressed those responsibilities. SHOW me how successful you are by using C.A.R. (challenge, action, results) statements to showcase your achievements and contributions.
GIVE THEM A REASON TO KEEP READING
Develop a relevant and effective personal branding statement that in one sentence tells the employer who you are and the value you can bring to their organization. If you can meet or exceed a need they have it makes you a very valuable resource and puts you at the top of their candidate list.
If you show the employer you are the perfect fit, that you can meet/exceed their needs, and that you can bring quantifiable value to their organization, who wouldn’t want to hire you? It is just a matter of taking the time to show them you’re the right person for the job. In our fast-paced society we sometimes feel that quantity outweighs quality, but in this job market nothing could be more critical. Instead of shooting blanks at every opportunity that comes across your path, invest some extra time in creating a document that will secure you the interview. And it is an investment because in the long run it will pay off; it just takes a little extra time up front.
For a free resume analysis send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit us online at Great Resumes Fast to view sample resumes and find information about personal branding and professional resume writing services.
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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!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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