Resume Writing And Focusing

looking-backwards-resumeYour resume is not a career chronology.  It is not a recounting of your past career.

Your resume needs to be as much focused on your future as your past – what value you bring to your next employer.  How your past is relevant to the job’s/employer’s needs.

Your resume is defined as selective elements from your past that convince the next employer that you have the skills, experience, knowledge, and competence to perform the job you seek.

Gordon has decades of experience, writing, editing, focusing, and formatting resumes.

Your resume needs to be focused on the next employer’s needs and problems; how you can meet needs and solve problems.

ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL – EACH RESUME YOU SUBMIT TO AN EMPLOYER MUST FOCUS ON THAT JOB REQUIREMENTS AND THAT EMPLOYER’S NEEDS/PROBLEMS.

Resumes are screened by Applicant Tracking Systems, ATS, to match the “key words” in the job requirements to those “key words” on your resume.

Resumes must be written to facilitate skimming.  One head hunter reports three screenings: two seconds to quickly check match, ten seconds to more thoroughly assess relevancy to the needs of the job, then 30 seconds to decide if this candidate is worth pursuing.  Never is your resume read word for word.

What skills are they looking for? 

Start every bullet with a verb that describes your skill.  Connect those skills to the needs of the job.

Seek to write in a way that documents your accomplishments or achievements.  This is much more impressive than simply documenting what you did.

Where ever possible use metrics, measures or statements about the complication or scope of your accomplishments.  Use #, $, %.

Gordon helps clients with the skill words, metrics and accomplishment statements.  Gordon has expensive lists of skill words and a template for writing “Accomplishment Statements.”  Also Gordon helps focus resumes to specific jobs.

The BRANDING STATEMENT that begins your resume is key.

Always start with a Professional Summary or Profile that communicates to essence of your job candidacy and gives an overview of what you offer.  If the employer only reads your summary then he/she has a “big picture” of what you offer.

Call me to talk about your resume and how it should be working for you. 303.931.5179