Is Your Resume On Target?
by Linda Matias of www.careerstrides.com
When writing a resume, create a
mental picture of a desk piled high with dozens--or even hundreds--of
resumes next to each other. These resumes were submitted by people who
want the job you are applying for and are just as qualified as you.
Keeping this image forefront is critical to your success in creating
compelling “ad copy.” It will force you to focus on creating a strong
title and a targeted opening which tells the employer to consider your
qualifications with care.
Each reader who picks up your
resume will make a quick decision as to whether to read it carefully —
therefore, the top one-third of your resume should include a powerful
statement that sums who you are and encapsulates your professional
These are the questions a hiring
manager wants answered:
- The field you are in -- even
more specifically, what department you want to work in and the title
you would like to have.
- How much experience you have
in a similar position or in the field?
- What special skills and/or
certifications you have?
- The difficult problems you
have solved and what you have accomplished.
- The advances you have made
throughout your career.
- The type of person you are
and your work characteristics.
A profile statement is an
overview, a brief summary of your accomplishments. It should be 1-2
paragraphs long with of 3-4 sentences, or perhaps a series of bulleted
Here’s an example of a
tightly written, short summary statement
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Accomplished marketing and
business development executive with perennial record of success driving
marketing strategies and capitalizing on opportunities that have led to
Able to deliver results that
position organizations for immediate and long-term growth. Expert
presenter, astute marketer, and confident team leader with documented
strength in forging strong, sustainable executive-level relationships.
Skillful change agent with advanced problem solving and communication
skills. Understands both macro picture of market issues and minute
details necessary for successful business solutions. Goal-driven.
Below is an example of series
To wrap up
The most qualified candidate is
not always the one to get an interview – the one with the strongest
resume is. Your profile sets the tone for the rest of the resume, and
serves as a tease that invites the reader to take notice. A resume is
more than just a piece of paper, and as a job seeker it is your
responsibility to make it easy for the reader to conclude that you are
the best candidate for an interview. A targeted opening will capture the
interest of the reader.
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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