4 Secrets to Making Yourself Look Fabulous on Your Resume

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No one grows up being completely comfortable with speaking highly of themselves. Even still, it is up to you to share with your colleagues, managers, and decision-makers details about the great job you have been doing. It’s not their responsibility to notice or inquire, even if they should be, so try not to depend on them to notice or ask.

Do you want to be right on principle or do you want to advance in your career? Do you want to leave your career in your hands or someone else’s hands?  Of course not!

Writing an achievement-based resume focuses a hiring manager, boss or colleague on what you accomplished. This type of resume gives concrete examples of what you can do for your next potential employer or next promotion. Writing achievement-based bullets are a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of being called in for an interview. Use the tips below to make the most of your resume by highlighting your accomplishments.

1. Focus on CAR or STAR formats.

Using well-respected interview techniques can make your resume writing process a lot easier when trying to focus on achievements. CAR, for instance, stands for Context, Action, Result. The objective is to introduce a problem that you solved by providing the story behind it. STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is similar insofar as you are also telling a story and highlighting how you are the hero in a situation.

As you’re writing your resume, you can call upon these two techniques to help you find content. Obviously you don’t have room to go into all the details on your resume (save that for the interview!), but you can draw from that story to help you find the achievements.

2.Ask yourself key questions while you write.

For every bullet point on your resume, you should ask yourself “How do I know I did a good job?” or “What did that good job look like?” Look for opportunities to quantify your results.

This helps you focus on the results you achieved while at work. Ultimately, by painting this picture for yourself, you can then do the same for the person reviewing your resume. Win-win!

It’s important to note that the numbers you use to quantify your results do not have to be focused on revenue or funding goals. For example, if you are a Program Manager, you may have helped expand the organization’s initiatives to new groups of constituents. That may read like this: “Initiated program growth to include services for veterans, which expanded its reach from 200 participants in four states to 570 participants in six states.”

3.Focus on size and scope of environments worked.

When it comes to resumes, numbers talk. As I started explaining above, figures can be extremely telling of the kind of environment you worked in and what results you accomplished.

For instance, strategic planning for an institution with a $5 million endowment is a different job than strategic planning for a $20 million division of an organization that has raised $200 million in donations. So be specific- mention the size of budgets, number of employees and how much in funding an organization raises in a given years.

4.Don’t forget to tell them what you want.  

At the top of your resume, don’t use the word “Summary” to start off your efforts.  Instead of stating the obvious, use that space to clearly direct the reader to the position you want.  Job seekers who do not give the reader an idea of the job they are targeting have a greater risk of their resume ending up in the “no call” pile…why? Most recruiters won’t take the time to figure out where the candidate fits. Make it easy for them.

When you take ownership of your job search and stand up for what you want, you start to get noticed. Speak up for what you want. Promote the wins you have. Make it easy for hiring managers to see how great you are.  
About the author: 

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Lisa Rangel is an Executive Resume Writer and Official LinkedIn Moderator at ChameleonResumes.com, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website.  She has been featured on BBC, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes.com, Fox News, Yahoo Finance, US News, and so many more reputable media outlets. She is the creator of ResumeCheatSheet.com.

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    • Parker Brown-Nesbit
    • December 26, 2016
    Reply

    Lisa,

    What do you do when you are in a job for which there is no way to use quantitative stats?

    I was a front-line interpreter for a historic site. There’s no way that I could quantify anything I did. I can’t say that I saw x number of people, or that I talked to folks for x minutes.

    1. Reply

      Thanks for your question! I am not familiar with interpreter resumes, but I have never met a profession that cannot be quantified. Best thing to do is hire a resume writer who has worked in transcription to customize the approach for you. They might be more in tune with the wording. Hope this helps and thanks again for your question.

    • Andrea DeSabato
    • January 9, 2017
    Reply

    can you provide another example of what word to use at the top, instead of summary? Just writing what you want seems a little too vague.

    1. Reply

      Andrea — Thanks so much for your question. We so appreciate it! Writing the specific position you want is as specific as you can get and we don’t feel would be considered vague. It tells the reader what you want. That’s it. We recommend that you don’t complicate it. Hope this helps! Thanks!

      1. Reply

        Hello,
        Thanks so much for this post! I think crafting your resume with quantitative information about your previous positions is essential. However, for those who do not have much prior experience it may be well worth it to get further education. If you wonder why get an mba, consider how the things you learn can translate into a lucrative career! Thanks again for the informative tips!
        Best,
        Dennis

    • Bright Sagawa Snr
    • January 26, 2017
    Reply

    As we age most employers are rightfully seeking younger managers how best do we as senior citizens but with a lot to offer circumvent such situations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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