Success Story: Is your resume a success story? Have you included job information in a way that makes your job history stand out against the competition?
Even employers who do not know what they are looking for are going to get more excited when they read a resume that reads like a success story than a mere list of job specs.
The following information is based on the feedback I have received from hiring managers, staffing managers, other recruiters, about that they look for in a resume and from talking with thousands of applicants about their resumes.
Most people use bullet points in their resume. A way to make the bullet points count is to list the things that you did to make things better, not simply list the things you did.
For example, instead of saying things like “Managed seven-person sales team,” you might consider saying things like “Lead a seven-person sales team to double-digit growth in a declining market.”
What Staffing Executives Want to See
A staffing executive from a major consumer company once said to me that his company is looking for people who are going to make the castle larger and not someone who just wants to hold the keys. When you are writing your resume or in an interview or on any other occasion that requires self-reference, a few facts about your success weaved into your list of experiences will increase your opportunities to get a job offer.
Your resume must show at least four things:
- How your experience and skills match the job requirements
- The ways your accomplishments set you above the competition
- That you want to do the type of job the hiring company is trying to fill
- How your background shows that you want to do the type of job the hiring company is trying to fill