The Purpose of a Resume: To Win an Interview
Your resume must be better
than anything your competitors have to offer if you are going to get an
interview. A well-written resume generates phone calls. Those phone calls are
from prospective employers who want to interview you for a job. If you are not
getting phone calls and you are sending out resumes, then you need to take a
closer look at your resume.
Any resume can list employment dates and job position titles, but only the best
resumes speak the language employers want to hear.
THE LANGUAGE OF RESULTS
If you just list the job duties you performed and hope the prospective employer
makes the leap that you are a good employee, you are probably going to be in for
a big surprise. You see, they donít have time to read your job responsibilities
and then ponder how you managed to accomplish all that you did. Hiring managers
simply do not have that kind of time. They are scanning a resume for the words
that show results.
MAKE IT EASY FOR EMPLOYERS.
You have to show them that you are a cut above the rest of the crowd by
providing concrete examples of your successes. Do the thinking for the employer
and give them what they are looking for.
First, use action-oriented keywords that reflect your ability to solve problems,
take initiative, are performance-driven and goal-based.
Second, quantify your statements with numbers that define your desire to affect
the bottom line. Give examples of how you saved the company money or time
(relates to money) or how you earned money for the company. Numbers have meaning
and are easy to latch on to. Employers love to read quantifiable statements
(that are truthful) as it paints a picture that SHOWS what you accomplished
rather than the dubious joy of your words telling them what you did.
Resumes can work FOR you or they can work AGAINST you. When you list the
information employers want to see, then you will have a great deal of success.
You will be one of the ones to get a coveted phone call for an interview. If you
donít take the time to prepare a resume in a way that grabs a hiring managerís
attention, it is actually working against you.
Take the time to write an excellent resume. It may take a little longer to think
of the right words to use, but in the end, when you are enjoying the benefits of
an excellent career, you will be SO GLAD you did.
Best of Luck!
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