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Guest Post By: Heather Eager

Sometimes it feels that your resume is supposed to introduce you to a company that will solve all of your problems. When you’re hired, you will be able to pay your bills, work in an environment you enjoy and take another step in the right direction toward creating the career of your dreams.

Yes, it’s true that if you’re hired with a company, it could very well solve your problems. However, before all of that happens, you need to prove that you can solve the company’s problems. It’s your job to convince the employer that when you’re hired, you can fill any void that needs filling. How can you do that? By making a resume that solves the company’s problems.

Conduct Your Research

Creating a problem-solving resume requires conducting a good amount of research on the company you’re applying with. Think about it; in order to prove that you’re the person who can come in and solve the company’s problems, you need to find out what the problems are.

There are several ways to accomplish this. First, you can look at the job posting that the company creating to determine exactly what is needed for the position. Obviously one problem is that the company is missing a worker and needs to fill this spot with someone who can accomplish XYZ goals, so you want make sure you can fulfill those goals.

Another way is to look over the company’s website and find its mission statement. This gives you an idea of the organizational atmosphere so that you can determine how you fit into it. Press releases, which are also listed on company websites, can also give you a great idea of that company’s history, and you can read between the lines to find the company’s goals.

Add Skills-Specific Summary

After you’ve determined just what the company needs, it’s time to show that you can be a problem-solving employee. One good way to accomplish this goal is by creating a skills-specific summary and placing it at the top of your resume, usually underneath your objective.

This type of summary allows you to show off your best skills. However, it’s important to not just throw anything in this section. Instead, you want to use the information that you’ve researched to show that your skills and accomplishments are already so closely matched to what the company needs that they truly would be foolish to hire someone else.

The summary that you write could conceivably be as effective as a short three sentence or less paragraph, or several bullet points. However you feel you can best get the point across that you can come in and solve problems for the company is the best way.

It’s always important to remember that applying a new position is all about letting the company know what you can do for it. By showing your value through a problem-solving resume, you’ll be meeting their goals while shortening your job search at the same time.

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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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