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The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right. There is nothing quick or easy about crafting an effective resume, says Jane Heifetz, a resume expert and founder of Right Resumes. Do not think you are going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. You have to think carefully about what to say and how to say it so the hiring manager thinks, this person can do what I need done, she says. After all, it is more than a resume : it is a marketing document, says John Lees, a UK-based career strategist and author of Knockout CV. Heifetz agrees: The hiring manager is the buyer, you are the product, and you need to give him a reason to buy. Here is how to write a resume that will be sure to win attention.
For Loretta Danielson, we have used a three-line headline. The first line, Human Resources Director, positions her for the level of job she is targeting: the second line communicates the breadth of her experience, from startups to high-growth organizations: and the third line, Positioning HR as a Business Partner for Excellence, is what we refer to as a branding statement, her unique value proposition. One word of caution about headlines—and, in fact, about everything that you include in your resume. Be certain that what you are highlighting matches not only what you have done in the past but also what you want to do in the future. This is extremely important because you want readers to perceive you as a qualified and experienced candidate for the positions you are currently targeting. If you have extensive experience managing compensation and benefits, for example, but you do not want that to be a major part of your next job, do not highlight it with a headline. You can mention it as appropriate in the experience section, but do not make the mistake of drawing attention to something you do not want readers to focus on. Be selective and be strategic.
Several months into her previous job, Claire Smith realized that she needed a change. The job, the industry, and the institution were not the right fit for me. It just was not where I wanted to be in my career, she explains. She started to look at job descriptions, honed in on positions or organizations that were interesting to her, then decided to work with a professional resume writer. I tried to do a little changing and reshaping on my own at first but it did not feel all that different from where I began, she says. Working with someone else helped her see that the resume was not about explaining what she done in her career but why she was the best person for a particular job. Claire started with one resume and then tailored it to each position. You have the same raw materials — the accomplishments, the skills, the results you achieved over time — but you have to pick and choose to shape those things into a different narrative, Claire says. The summary, which on her resume consisted of three bullet points, was the element she tweaked the most. For example, when she applied to be an editor, the first bullet point read: Versatile writer and editor committed to speaking directly to readers needs. But when she applied for a marketing position, she tweaked it to emphasize her ability to recruit customers and be a brand champion: Innovative brand champion and customer recruiter in marketing, product development, and communications. Then, before launching into a chronological list of her jobs, she highlighted, selected accomplishments related to each point in her summary. For example, under writer and editor, she included three achievements, including this one: Based on customer data and email performance metrics, wrote new email series to provide prospective students with more targeted information about Simmons and to convert more of them to applicants. Improved performance over past emails producing average open rates of more than 20%. Claire equates collaborating with a resume professional to working with a personal trainer. She felt challenged to keep rewriting and improving. And the hard work paid off. She recently landed a full-time job, which she starts next month.
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