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Your Resume Make This Deadly Sin?
copyright © by Kevin Donlin
When writing your resume, there are two deadly sins to avoid: sins of commission (lying or making typos) and sins of omission (leaving things out).
Since you're smart enough to never fib on your resume and always show it to friends for help finding typos, today's sermon will help you overcome the sin of omission.
Because, if you're like most people, you're leaving crucial selling points out of your resume. Which can needlessly prolong your job search.
So here are 5 questions to ask yourself before writing your next resume ...
Most people never consider including this information in resumes. But describing how your last employer hired you can convince a future employer to do the same.
Here's example language from a resume I wrote for a client last month: "One of two from 149 applicants chosen to analyze and resolve fraudulent account activities across Canada."
So, take a look at how you got your last job(s). There may be a powerful story there. Don't omit it from your resume.
You can give employers
powerful reasons to hire you simply by adding up the
Like this: "Met or exceeded quotas all 9 quarters during tenure, ranking in top 5% of sales reps nationwide."
. or this:
"Meet or exceed
all performance goals. Rank #1 among team of 30 for
"Many employers don't read objective statements, but many do," advises Steven Rothberg, founder and president of Minneapolis-based CollegeRecruiter.com.
an objective can do more harm than good. If an employer doesn't read objectives,
they'll ignore yours. But if an employer wants to read an objective and
you don't include one, they'll ignore you," says
Be more specific, since details add credibility. Include the number of employees you managed and the results, like this:
"Managed, developed and retained team of 13 personnel. Reduced employee turnover from 50% to less than 10% annually, saving $125,000 in related costs."
Here's a "Before" and "After" example from a technical support resume I recently wrote:
See the difference? Just doing what you were paid to do can be profoundly valuable, but you have to make that value clear.
You can literally fill your resume with eye-catching goodies that excite employers and make them call you for interviews. You need only sit down and ask yourself the 5 questions above, to draw out the value you can deliver on the job.
Now, go and sin no
Kevin Donlin is Managing Editor of 1 Day Resumes. The 1DR writers provide same-day, one-on-one resume writing assistance. He is also author of "Resume and Cover Letter Secrets Revealed," a do-it-yourself manual that will help you find a job in 30 days ... or your money back. For more information, click here.