RESUME STRATEGIES - EXPERT ADVICE
team of resume writers provided the following ideas on how to
distinguish yourself from the crowd. Keep in mind that
95% of job seekers fail to communicate their skills and
qualifications in their resumes and their interviews.
For this reason, we include the following examples to help you
showcase your strengths.
Examples of Resumes Overview
Knowing the employers needs and how you can solve them is
the essential first step before you can even begin writing a
resume. If you are editing an existing resume,
you may end up stuffing keywords for the sake of electronic
scanners and the resulting copy may look stiff and forced -- and
clumsy to read. More often than not, it's easier to
write fresh new copy (with the knowledge of the employer's needs in mind)
than editing an existing copy. With new resume copy
you can always plan the content of the page, and exhibit specific
solutions to each employers needs.
You need to know whom you are writing for. This way,
you can specifically target your resume copy to the needs of your
prospective employer. This is a must if you want
your messages to be absorbed positively by the reader.
Once you determine their most sought after wants, needs and special
circumstances, you can cater your special qualities, talents and
offerings to the specific needs of the hiring authority.
When the resume content is more or less decided, phrase
your qualifications around them. In short, once
you know your target audience and your keywords, combine
the two or three most essential skills required for the
position. This way you will have created a very
personally appealing and compelling resume document.
Examples of Resumes Tutorial
The strength of a good resume rests on its selection and
presentation of basic content. As you organize
your resume, keep in mind the needs of the employer who
will be reading it. Consider what s/he is looking
for in a candidate and make it easy for the reader to pick
out those skills by selecting appropriate categories, using
underlining, boldfacing or capitalizing and presenting relevant
examples of experience and skill areas higher on the page.
The categories described within this tutorial
as well as the resume examples can be used as guidelines
to assist you in organizing your resume. In
constructing a rough draft, do not be concerned with length.
Remember, categories may be omitted or added
in later revisions.
Your sole purpose in conducting a job search is to get
a job offer! Second-best is not an option. To
that end, you will need to focus initially on your resume
structure, organizational flow and how well it sells you
to the reader.
Most of the serious mistakes committed in resumes involve
a failure to COMMUNICATE! Even the most basic
information needed to invite and engage readers is often
neglected because most job seekers lack the basic skills
of communication, on paper and in person, to market their
strengths. Even highly qualified candidates
fail to sell the skills and value that employers are looking
for in their resumes.
Many companies struggle in their search for qualified candidates.
They want to hire the right employees, manage
them well, and expect them to add value to the organization
and have minimum conflict with customers, management and
The following examples illustrate various ways of communicating
your value to perspective employers:
So-so example: Takes initiative.
Better example: Identifies new business opportunities.
Best example: Identifies ways to use existing products to
create new products that will generate additional income.
So-so example: Understands company's business.
Better example: Knows company's mission and products.
Best example: Describes company's mission and products to
customers and vendors. Answers any questions they have,
or refers them to someone who can.
So-so example: Comfortable using financial software.
Better example: Builds financial worksheets with Excel.
Best example: Creates a monthly Excel balance sheet for
the department. Documents variances from last
month and last year. Forecasts following month's balance
So-so example: Knows the competition.
Better example: Knows primary competitors and their products.
Best example: Maintains a file of competitors, their products,
Web site addresses, main clients and sales tactics. Uses
competitive information to prepare for sales calls and to
create sales materials.
It's easy to see differences among these examples. The
"best example" states a specific outcome of value to the
Examples of Qualifications:
Example #1. 17 years of experience
in the finance, service and consumer industries. Expertise
in computerized insurance tracking, development of sales
territory, sales and customer service training, and operations
supervision. Special skills in: Production/Operation,
Training Supervision, Customer Service, Field Service Coordination,
Budget Management, Problem Solving.
Example #2. Top sales performer
in computer software. Increased new accounts
by 35%. Achieved top sales award for 3 consecutive
years. Developed Internet strategies for various
clients in 13 Western states.
Example #3. Veteran photojournalist
with extensive regional, national and international experience. A
track record of unhesitatingly accepting assignments at
a moment's notice whenever the situation demands. Strong
independent worker, as well as a contributing team member.
Example #4. 10 years experience
and accomplishments in sales and customer service. Have
supervised others, handled difficult customers and introduced
special promotion and incentive programs. Strong
communication skills and high motivation with the ability
to manage and train others.
Example #5. Human resource
manager with 14 years of increasingly responsible positions. Expertise
in areas of: benefits administration, recruiting, training,
EEC policy development, employee relations, labor relations.
Example #6. Polished, persuasive
marketing professional with excellent presentation skills. Creatively
marketed and developed products, people and services for
three Fortune 100 companies. A natural team-builder
with a high-energy level. Skilled in: New Product
and Package Introductions, Market Segmentation, Special
Events Promotions, Supervisor Training.
Examples of Quantifiable results:
So-so example: Managed quality assurance process and responsible
Best example: Managed quality assurance and purchasing for
$500M manufacturer of medical equipment resulting in a 50%
increase in customer satisfaction.
So-so example: Created multimedia videos using MPEG II
compression for CD-ROM publishing customers.
Best example: Developed educational and entertaining multimedia
for retail jewelry store catalogs that enhanced client sales
So-so example: Developed model to determine profit and
loss on a per item basis.
Best example: Analyzed product profitability and utilized
data to develop new pricing program leading to a revenue
increase of $200M.
So-so example: Managed and grew a commercial loan portfolio
for 28 of the most important customers which totaled over
$500M in assets.
Best example: Managed and grew commercial loan portfolio
of 28 customers with assets totaling over $500M.
The purpose of a resume is to get that all-important interview.
It must be strong, exciting and enticing to
the prospective employer. A resume can only
be prepared properly after extensive research, to uncover
what the company and hiring manager really need and how
your skills, talents and accomplishments qualify you for
the position.Need more tips and advice on resume writing?
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