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Future Is Now
copyright © by Kevin Donlin
Are you a slave to your past?
You may be ... if your resume focuses only on the duties you've held, instead of the results you can produce.
Doing so will limit your career progress.
Let's fix that.
Let's write a resume that makes employers pick up the phone, call you for an interview and ask: "Can you do that for me, too?"
Here's how, using "before" and "after" examples from actual resumes.
1) Start with the
right opening statement.
This "before" example misses badly:
Here's how I rewrote that opening:
Example: if you're a recent college grad with an MIS degree, who wants a job in computer programming, your resume could follow this order:
If you're a retail manager with 10 years of experience and a degree not related to retail, you could follow this order on your resume:
Shoot your big guns first. Never assume busy employers will read every word of your resume.
It's a major shift in thinking that will pay huge dividends in your job search.
Done right, employers reading your resume will think: "This person can do just what I'm looking for!"
example comes from a client who wanted a job in sales. Here's how he described
his latest position, in customer service:
But what does this have to do with sales? Nothing, really.
Since all sales managers
want sales reps who are competitive and beat goals, I rewrote that description
with his desired sales job in mind, like this:
goals by providing service during 80% of available time, ranking in top
10% of employees for efficient handling of inquiries.
(He left his bank teller job and got a great position in sales last month, by the way.)
You can do this, too.
By focusing on what
you can do, putting the elements in relevant order, and proving your value
with specific achievements, your next resume could be your ticket to a
new and better job.
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.