What Does Your Resume Profile Say About You?
You know your resume is a paper introduction to a potential employer.
You know its purpose is to enable you to stand out from the crowd of contenders and secure an interview.
So how can you improve the likelihood that YOUR resume is screened through?
Ideally, the resume profile is created after you have clearly explained your work experience. It’s the equivalent of an abstract to a research paper or a book summary on the back or inside of the jacket.
The resume profile has three things:
• A summary statement brings all of your work experience together into a cohesive picture;
• Six to ten bullets that identify your overarching themes; and,
• Personality assessment results, if you have them.
Let’s break these down a little more.
The summary statement
The summary statement is a way to highlight your strongest skills and work experience, so that the hiring manager can get an idea of what you would bring to the company. It should come right after your contact information in order to quickly provide some insight as to who you are. It’s important to note that it’s not an objective statement. This isn’t a “I want to do x kind of work”, but rather a “here’s what I’m bringing to the table.”
Highlighting Your Themes
When you think about the six to ten bullets that follow the summary statement, their purpose is to bring attention to your natural strengths and well-developed skills and abilities. Taking the time to clearly identify your attributes makes it easier on the hiring managers to assess your abilities with their needs. In addition to making this process a bit quicker for the hiring manager, you are also making sure your key strengths, skills, and abilities are directly stated and what you want your overall work experience to convey.
For example, if you have had jobs as a bank teller, food concession stand supervisor, and call center representative, one theme throughout your work experience might be customer service oriented. If you did not excel in the customer service aspect of these jobs, then don’t list it because it would not be the best representation of your strengths and skills. Your themes become clearer as you evaluate the job responsibilities individually and collectively.
By displaying each theme as a bullet, the overall message is succinct and easy to digest. Each bullet is a bite-sized nugget of a few words that showcases your strengths.
For the third part, this is only applicable if you have results from a personality assessment. If you know you are an INTJ or your top five strengths, then include this information. It’s just a little more insight into who you are, and if the hiring manager is familiar with the language, then they get a clearer picture of you.
Crafting a resume takes time and effort to ensure it is the best paper representation of you. The more effort you put forth to strengthen and enhance how you communicate your experience and abilities, you exponentially increase your opportunity to move from the resume group and into the interview list.
Remember – your resume is your first impression to the company’s hiring manager. Make it the best impression you possibly can, so that they can’t wait to meet you in person. The information that you include in your resume needs to add value as to why someone should choose you for the position they are hiring for. The content should amplify what you have done well enough so that the reader can make some deductions of what you are capable of doing for them.
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