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Your Resume Self-Centered? Change It!
copyright © by Kevin Donlin
Here's a fast, easy way to dramatically improve your resume, stand out from the crowd and shorten your job search.
It's this -- focus your resume entirely on the employer and his or her needs.
So, your resume must quickly answer the one question on every employer's mind: "What can you do for me?"
Unfortunately, most resumes don't.
To illustrate, here's the opening objective from a resume that crossed my desk this morning:
This may sound fine to the person WRITING the resume. But it alienates the person READING the resume. Because the reader -- your potential employer -- has his own problems. He couldn't care less about your desire for "continued growth and advancement."
Instead, tell employers how you can add value to their operations, or contribute to efficiency. Let's revise that objective this way:
See the difference? The first objective says, in effect: "Give me a job, promote me and give me a raise, please." The second one says: "How can I help you increase profits?"
Once you're hired, THEN you can start asking for pay raises, keys to the executive washroom, etc. The resume is never the right place for this "gimme, gimme" mindset.
Here's a second before-and-after example:
So, take a good look at your resume today. Are you focusing on you and your needs? If so you have a lot of company. And your job search is probably taking longer than it should.
To get that job faster, focus your resume on the employer and how you can help solve their problems.
Best of luck to you!
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.