Last week, I had a chance to join CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield on the air to provide tips for job seekers. We went over some “before” and “after” resumes. Here’s part 2 of a several-part series dedicated to improving your resume. (Don’t miss part 1, showcasing resume headers.)
Managing Web Editor, XYZ Company
New York, NY March 2008 – Present
-Manage high-traffic Web site for 1.5-million member organization.
-Edit and write content for Web magazine, marketing materials and internal memos and reports.
-Project manager for Web site overhaul. This includes planning and testing design, navigation and developing streamlined functionality to stimulate e-commerce activities.
How could this description be improved?
- Underlines look dated. Usually, you’ll only include months in the date section if the experience was one year or less.
- Bullet points shouldn’t just list WHAT you did, but focus on HOW you did it so it relates to the employer. Decide what they need you to do and show that on your resume. Ask yourself, “SO WHAT?” for every bullet point and provide an answer in your resume. Incorporate skills and accomplishments when giving the answer.
- Be sure all bullets are consistent – parallel tense. Begin each with a verb: manage, edit and “project manager” don’t match.
- Don’t make your resume a laundry list of “stuff” you’ve done.
Managing Web Editor, XYZ Company New York, NY 2008 – Present
- Analyzed site traffic using Google Analytics, Lyris HQ Agency Edition and SiteCatalyst. Identified strategic patterns, trends and popular content and recommended changes to site, resulting in 17% increase in page views in only three months.
- Supervised site’s overhaul in compliance with company’s goals. Conducted needs assessment, identified market opportunities and planned and tested design, which stimulated e-commerce and increased profitability from $15M to $20M in 2010.
- Authored content for Web and email newsletters and created and recorded podcasts highlighting organization’s mission. Management attributed increased membership rates to high-quality online and audio content.
What is better about this description?
- Decide if your title or the organization name is more important. In this case, the resume focuses the reader on job titles. Be consistent across the entire resume.
- Incorporate details important to the employer. Use key words (for example, the names of the programs to analyze site traffic).
- Show your impact – use $ amounts, %ages and other numbers when possible. (These answer the question, “So what?”)
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Stay tuned for another post with resume tips!