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No matter how many hundreds, or even thousands, of resumes you have reviewed throughout your HR career, writing your own resume is always a challenge. It can be difficult to take a step back and look at your career objectively to identify what makes you uniquely qualified and distinctive from other candidates. Why are people going to remember you? Why will people want to hire you? What is your unique value to a new employer? The answers to those questions and many others should be the foundation upon which you build your resume and brand yourself for new professional opportunities. While there is no formula or single template to use in crafting an HR resume, there are certain guidelines that will help you write, format and design a resume that will showcase your greatest talents, accomplishments and value to a potential new employer. These seven, rules of the resume road, are applicable to all HR professionals, managers and executives.
It is tempting to list every job, accomplishment, volunteer assignment, skill, and degree you have ever had. But do not. A resume is a very selective body of content. It is not meant to be comprehensive. If it does not contribute to convincing the hiring manager to talk to you, then take it out, says Heifetz. This applies to volunteer work as well. Only include it as part of your experience — right along with your paid jobs — if it is relevant. So what about the fact that you raise angora rabbits and are an avid Civil War re-enactor? Readers are quite tolerant of non-job related stuff but you have to watch your tone, says Lees. If you are applying for a job at a more informal company that emphasizes the importance of work-life balance, you might include a line about your hobbies and interests. For a more formal, buttoned-up place, you’ll probably want to take out anything personal. My rule of thumb is that 95% of what you talk about should be framed as accomplishments, suggests Heifetz. I managed a team of 10 does not say much. You need to dig a level deeper. Did everyone on your team earn promotions? Did they exceed their targets? Give people a sense of your management style, says Heifetz. Lees agrees: Give tangible, concrete examples. If you are able to attach percentages or dollar signs, people will pay even more attention. Here is a sample senior executive resume that does this well (source: Jane Heifetz, Right Resumes). Of course, you can not and should not quantify everything: you do not want your resume to read like an accounting report.
The first 15-20 words of your resume are critically important because that is how long you usually have a hiring managers attention, says Lees. Start with a brief summary of your expertise. You will have the opportunity to expand on your experience further down in your resume and in your cover letter. For now, keep it short. It is a very rich, very brief elevator pitch, says Heifetz. You need to make it exquisitely clear in the summary that you have what it takes to get the job done. It should consist of a descriptor or job title like, Information security specialist who. It does not matter if this is a job title you have or ever did, says Lees. It should match what they are looking for. Here are two examples: Healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience leading providers of superior patient care. Strategy and business development executive with substantial experience designing, leading, and implementing a broad range of corporate growth and realignment initiatives. And be sure to avoid cliches. Using platitudes in your summary or anywhere else in the document is basically like saying, Iam not more valuable than anyone else, explains Lees. They are meaningless, obvious, and boring to read.
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