Is Your Resume a Mere List of Responsibilities?
Take your resume to the next level by turning a list of responsibilities into a list of accomplishments.
Occasionally I see people write a resume that is a simple list of their core responsibilities. The resume reads fine. It adequately communicates the information about the responsibilities a person has had in a particular job. The resume also explains the skills a person has developed.
However, a stronger resume is one that shows accomplishments when performing responsibilities. You can easily turn a boring list of jobs into a resume that will get you a job.
For an example, a core responsibilities resume might state something like this statement:
- Worked as a liaison between marketing and production
- Kept the marketing informed on the status of product supply versus demand
However, an accomplishment-oriented resume might describe the same responsibilities, but the wording has more zing and creates a success story. The wording discusses the same responsibilities but with the added punch of accomplishments and might read something like this:
- As liaison between marketing and production, increased communication efficiency by 25% by implementing digital texting
- Enabled marketing and production to respond with 100% accuracy to accelerate or decelerate production as required in the marketplace
- Reduced costs thirty percent (30%) in the first six months on the job
Therefore, as you are looking over your resume, you might consider areas where you can use more effective wording to peak a hiring manager’s interest and to enable your resume to rise to the top of the pile by adding an accomplishments twist to what might otherwise be a bland recap of your duties. Emphasize accomplishments and success. Focus on areas where you made a difference.