Is your “keep all options open” mind-set preventing you from receiving the attention you deserve from “Hiring Managers”? I had a conversation with a very motivated and accomplished career seeker with whom I’ve been in contact with for the past year. It surprised me that she was still engaged in a career search, so I asked to see her resume. BAM! There it was for all to see…NOTHING. She failed to provide the reader with the most important piece of information. She never addressed her “IT”.
The resume was appealing, packed with great keywords but it never actually conveyed what the candidate brings to the position or where they added value in past positions. This is a common mistake that I see from job seekers so I wasn’t that surprised but what did surprise me was this candidate’s resistance to customizing the resume to cater to a specific industry or position to allow her to clearly deliver her “IT”. To prove my point, take a look at the “Professional Summary”:
"A highly energized professional dedicated to performance standards utilizing my ability to focus on details and deadlines. Adaptable to various management work styles derived from national and international exposure with excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills".
All of the traits listed in the above summary are desired by most decision makers but do you really know what problem this candidate solves or what value they will bring to your organization? Studies indicate that the average Recruiter takes 5-6 seconds to view your resume. Use your time in this brief window wisely by delivering an impactful “Summary” statement that gives the reader immediate knowledge of what you do and do well.
5 points to be considered for your resume “Summary”:
1. Solve a problem: If you can show that you have been responsible for delivering a solution in your current or former position…we need to talk.
2. Present your value: Are you a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in your given industry. Is there a skill that separates you from other candidates? If so, it goes in the summary.
3. The Bottom Line: Have you contributed in a similar role and has that contribution resulted in money being saved or generated?
4. Show success: Were you a Top Biller, Presidential Club Award Recipient or a Team Leader. This is all great information to share in your summary to engage the reader.
5. Establish industry knowledge: Every industry has terms, standards and certifications that are specific to that industry. If you possess anything that shows your commitment to advancing in your given industry--use it to your advantage.
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