Does Your Resume Qualify for ‘Top-of-Mind’ Status?

Do you have the kind of resume that recruiters love to send their clients?

Have you polished your resume so that it stands out from the crowd? People reading your resume don’t really care if you did the job you’re applying for – so did all the other candidates competing for the same position.

What were your objectives in your previous positions and did you accomplish them? How did you accomplish your objectives? Can you state these objectives and accomplishments clearly on your resume? If you don’t, chances are your resume won’t get the attention of recruiters or employers.

What recruiters and employers really want to know is what you “accomplished.” What time did you save? What profit did you increase? How did youimprove your position, department, company? Were your results measured?

Some examples of accomplishments that might appear on a resume:

  • Exceeded 2006 product sales goals by 60%.
  • Developed new product that increased sales more than $1 million annually.
  • Produced the three year business plan forecast.
  • Invented and launched a new customer service that increased sales more than $1 million per year.
  • Shortened the customer quotation cycle time from 7 to 2 days.
  • Delivered all new products with more than 70% profit margin.
  • Designed an innovative in-house direct advertising campaign that reduced advertising costs by 55%.

Do you have a one sentence resume? When you first talk with a recruiter, introduce yourself with your one sentence resume and then ask the recruiter for a moment of their time. For example, “I’m Jan Smith and I just completed ten years employment as the sales manager for ABC Resort – would you have a few minutes to talk with me?”

6 Important Rules of Resume Writing

  1. Absolutely no typos.
  2. Formating is important. Your resume is your first writing sample and represents your writing, design and page layout abilities. Make sure your resume looks good.
  3. Tailor your resume to the position you’re interviewing for.
  4. List dates of employment for each position held.
  5. Account for any gaps in your employment history.
  6. Emphasize your accomplishments!

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