Employers want to know what you can do for them. When there are hundreds of applicants competing for the same job, a powerful résumé will clearly communicate a professional’s value in a way that is easy to understand and matches the employer’s need.
- After the contact information at the top of a résumé, there is a prime eye-catching space ripe for effective content.
Start by adding a job title on the résumé such as “Financial Analyst” or “Quality Assurance Manager” to match the job title posting.
Next, include three impressive achievements that highlight your contributions and are aligned with the employer’s needs. Provide concise and measurable accomplishments like “Grew revenue 75% in 12 months, delivering record territory sales results.”
- It’s not enough to state “effective communicator” or “team contributor” on the résumé. Declarations need to be backed up with evidence and examples.
Under the experience section for each employer detail accomplishments supported with quantified results. For example, if you indicate that you “successfully completed a project on time and within budget” (as have many other professionals) consider how that statement can be substantiated and the impact for the organization.
Support claims by adding details like “Led $1.5 million customer relationship management software upgrade project in an unprecedented 4 months by planning, communicating goals, monitoring milestones, and optimizing resources.”
- Include specific experiences in the résumé that were required in the job posting. Be sure to validate when and how you used the skills.
By telling the hiring manager about similar proficiencies, actions, and talents, your professional value can quickly align with the job requirements.
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