Almost every resume I see reads like a laundry list of “stuff” the person has done at work. The problem is that everyone applying for the job you seek probably has a similar list of “stuff.” What makes you stand out? Why are you special – why do YOU deserve to win an interview and the job?
It certainly isn’t because you were “Responsible for” something or that you were “Recruited to” do something. A prospective employer wants to know what you’ve accomplished. What impact have you had on past employers? What obstacles did you overcome to achieve a positive result in the past?
Quintessential Careers compiled a comprehensive list of accomplishments employers seek.
Describe how you:
- Make money
- Save money
- Save time
- Make work easier
- Solve a specific problem
- Help the company become more competitive
- Build relationships
- Expand the business
- Attract new customers
- Retain existing customers
I suggest you answer the following questions:
- What problems did you solve?
- How did you improve your organization?
- What innovative ideas did you introduce (and what were the positive results)?
- How did you make a difference?
When you re-focus your resume spotlight to shine on what you have to offer instead of just listing what you’ve done, you will be much more marketable.
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