Want to know the 3 key components hiring authorities want to see in your resume?
I want to share with you the three key components your resume needs to have on point to help you stand out and impress hiring authorities.
Everything is important when it comes to your resume, but there are three key components that are crucial to help you stand out from your competition. Mastering these three areas will also help your resume shine in front of recruiters and hiring managers.
These components are:
1) Your professional summary
2) Your accomplishments (especially measurable achievements)
3) Career progression
Let’s break them down and let’s start with your professional summary.
1) Your professional summary is non-negotiable. I always tell my clients to think of their professional summaries as their elevator pitch. In fact, I strongly suggest that you develop your elevator pitch and memorize it to a T because you never know who you’ll come across with and you might need to tell them right away who you are and what you do in a compelling way, and often times, if you’re not crystal clear about it and your answer starts with “hummm” “mmm” “eerrrr” it may be interpreted as lack of confidence and won’t do yourself any favor. Plus, your professional summary is a deal breaker: it’s what will have a recruiter keep reading your resume or move on to the next one so don’t skip this step by any means!
2) Accomplishments are key, in particular measurable accomplishments and of course, recognition for performance excellence and awards are also great.
Accomplishments are what I like to call a “forecasting tool” because what you did for your former employers could be a clear indicator of what you can do for your prospective employer if they hire you. On the other hand and not less important, your accomplishments are your differentiating factor, somehow they’re a reflection of your “zone of genius”, so don’t forget to include them! (Hint: there’s no such thing as too many accomplishments: in this case the more, the better).
3) Career progression
Beyond a “nice thing to show” on your resume, career progression is key because it’s an indicator of what type of professional you are. When hiring authorities see a resume that shows career progression, this also demonstrates that you’re a person who’s not afraid of taking on challenges and discovering new opportunities and it also portray yourself as a go-getter so if you have it, not only show it but talk about it during job interviews.
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