One of the biggest mistakes I see on resumes – from college graduates to CEOs -is that their resume, and specifically the statements therein, fail a simple two-word test.
If the reader asks that question after reading your summary – fail.
If the reader asks that question after reading your bullet points – fail.
It’s so easy to fail this test when we start with the wrong information and wrong mindset.
The information is your job description.
The mindset is footnoting your past.
No one cares what you were hired to do, they care what happens when you do it.
• Hired to recreate distribution list. – So what?
• Increased subscribers by 5,000 by updating distribution list with XYZ technology. – Value delivered.
How do you transform a so what statement into a value statement? Ask a few questions and write forward.
A few questions.
Why did you do this task? How did you complete the task (what skills, technology, attributes did you use)? Who did you work with and how? What were the benefits or results of you completing this task?
Detail out the information for these questions, dig deep, gather as much as you can.
Put the story together about this task, assignment or project.
Write to where you want to go translating the information in a meaningful way to the reader.
What is most important to the reader? Is it your problem-solving skills? Is it increasing the number of subscribers? Is it working on or leading a team?
Whatever is most important to the reader of your resume is your guide to detailing your information.
- Problem solving: “Removed longstanding roadblock to distribution list by solving..”
- Subscribers: “Increased subscribers by 5,000 in only 30 days by….”
- Leading a team: “Pulled team together and guided …..”
Start with the wow then follow with the how.
Your resume isn’t about you, it’s about the reader. To grab and keep their attention you must answer their most important question:
“What’s in it (hiring you) for me?”
If your resume doesn’t excite you, sound like you or represents the you that is going places, let’s talk. I want you to discover the you that is hidden and position you to move forward in your career.
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