Writing a resume is not easy, and frankly it is not meant to be. Usually, the writer opens a blank document in Microsoft Word and start typing facts of our experiences such as where, when and what. Everything seems to click along until we get to the bullet points “content” under each work and/or leadership experience. Our instinct is to ask ourselves” “What did I do here?” When the product is complete, we look at it as a good summary of our past experiences and accomplishments, call it good and use it to apply for positions.
I receive resumes like this every day, and do you want to know my response? BORING!! Facts alone do not tell a story. An impactful resume tells a compelling story that prompts the reader to want to learn more. A list of facts will not do that.
If an employer needs someone with problem solving, analytical and decision making skills, then it is your job as an applicant to write a resume proving to the employer you have had great success in each of these areas. Think of your best stories and input those stories where appropriate on your resume. Remember that every action has a result. That’s a fact. Everything we do has a result.
The purpose of a resume is to prove to an employer that you can do the job at hand and do it very well. Just stating the tasks you performed on a job will not do that. Your resume will be weak and overlooked. To be noticed make sure every action you list on your resume ends with a result.
Action = Results and Results=Value. In the job search, the action/task doesn’t mean anything to an employer without proving how you added value to their organization. Oh, and by the way make that result a good one. Happy Resume Writing.