Yesterday's Hero: Jobseekers Need Recent Accomplishments
by Linda Matias of www.careerstrides.com
Wonder Woman makes it look so
easy. She gets up every morning, fights the good fight, calls it a day,
and starts the whole process all over again. This is the way most of us
begin our workday. We work hard, accomplish lots, and get up in the
morning for an encore presentation.
From childhood we were told that
if we put 110% into our careers that we will be shoo-ins for promotions
and raises. It sounded like an excellent plan and one that you easily
bought into—hard work equals a big return on investment. Good deal.
Then one day you walk into your
office only to discover that your position has been eliminated. Not
through any fault of your own, but because the powers-that-be made an
executive decision to reduce costs. At that moment, you quickly realize
that not everything comes from hard work, and you are reluctantly thrown
into the job search.
No matter how many awards you
received and no matter how impressive your career progression, the old
adage is true: “You’re only as good as your last sale.” And if you have
been unemployed for a while, hiring managers may view your experience as
being outdated. To your surprise, a search that you were convinced would
take only a few weeks turned into a year-long process.
Since the resume is the first
meeting between you and a prospective employer, the way you position
your skills is critically important. This is especially true if you want
the reader to overlook your unemployment gap and focus their attention
on your successes.
your resume fails to cleverly tackle red flags, the reader will
eliminate your candidacy within seconds. With today’s job market, it is
rare to find a jobseeker who has a flawless work history, and a
traditional resume doesn’t always properly address the immediate
concerns jobseekers are facing today.
This is the reason why professional resume writers recommend a
combination resume for those a) who have been unemployed for over a year
who want to deemphasize an unemployment gap and b) those considering a
career change who wish to highlight relevant marketable and/or
combination resume integrates the best features of the functional and
chronological resume formats. Similar to the functional resume, the
combination resume emphasizes skills; and just like the chronological
resume, the combination resume sequentially showcases your professional
ANATOMY OF A COMBINATION RESUME
most basic format for a combination resume includes the following
sections: Introduction, Accomplishments, Professional Experience, and
Education. Below is a breakdown of each section.
opening of a resume serves as a teaser and is called a Career Summary,
Professional Profile, or Summary of Qualifications. Whatever term you
decide to use, the end result must sum up your value to the hiring
organization. Let’s take a look at an example:
Goal-driven, tenacious sales and management professional demonstrating
award-winning sales record in highly competitive industries. Strong
leader and team player; excellent motivational skills to build and
sustain forward growth momentum while motivating peak individual
performance from members. Experience in managing all aspects of sales
development cycle, from prospecting and cold calling through detailed
presentations and negotiation to closing follow-up activities.
Notice that the example above provides the reader with a checklist of
the candidate’s qualifications. From the onset, the reader has a feel
for what the candidate can bring to the table.
Since this section appears immediately after the introduction, it must
keep the momentum going. This is your opportunity to showcase the fact
that your experience is still relevant, you’re still in the game, and
you are a serious candidate. Let’s look at a couple of
Ranked consistently in top 5 company-wide for sales production among
staff of 600+ brokers, bringing in $3.5 million in gross commissions
Contributed to success of supervised brokers through hands-on training
and mentoring; led team that generated $13 million in commissions.
Notice that the statements are specific and target key achievements the
candidate is most proud of.
This section provides a chronological history of your experience along
with a brief summation of your responsibilities. Here’s an example of
how your professional history can appear.
Vice President, Bay Shore Financial, New York, NY,
Supervised team of 12 brokers in account prospecting and development
activities. Conducted in-depth research on stocks and related topics to
provide best recommendations for clients. Mentored team members and
provided assistance with complex and escalated client issues. Authorized
sign-off on large transactions.
education section can include your college background, technical
training, and/or professional development.
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting—LONG
ISLAND UNIVERSITY, Brooklyn, NY
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
A combination resume will allow
you to highlight your impressive accomplishments and grab the reader’s
interest right at the beginning while also providing the chronological
work history employers are looking for. Now get out there and knock that
employer’s socks off!
Certified in all three areas of the job
search—Certified Interview Coach ™ (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach
(JCTC), and Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)—Linda Matias is
qualified to assist you in your career transition, whether it be a
complete career makeover, interview preparation, or resume assistance.
She is also the author of "How to Say It: Job Interviews" (Prentice
Hall, August 2007). You can contact Linda Matias at linda @
careerstrides.com or visit her Website
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