Today recruiters are speaking out—they want to see a résumé that is clear, concise, comprehensive, current and clean. As a résumé writer, I’ve worked with professionals at all levels of the employment spectrum, from college grads to senior executives. They share a similar need: to craft a résumé that will successfully advance their career.
Writing about your own strengths and accomplishments is a challenge. Some of us lack clarity on which transferable skills and talents will actually attract prospective employers. Others draft pages of detailed job responsibilities that drown out their true value and employ-ability. Many people make the mistake of writing about their own objectives, failing to focus on the employer’s needs.
What makes for a winning résumé? Be authentic, have integrity and present yourself with passion. When JD Coaching & Consulting works with clients, we tailor our services to their specific needs. A résumé service that touts the thousands of people they’ve helped is likely developing boilerplate résumés. While that may be helpful for some job seekers, a more personalized service is often more benefical.
Follow these top recruiter tips to create a résumé that resonates:
- Be clear about the qualifications you offer, including career experiences and transferable skills.
- Be concise and articulate measurable achievements. Don’t use fluffy adjectives – they will dilute the power of your accomplishments.
- Provide a comprehensive summary of your career—education, employment, advanced training, awards and contributions.
- Keep your résumé current with your most recent position and success. Always keep a personal log and track current work accomplishments to strengthen your next job search.
- Design a résumé that is clean. The document needs to have significant white space, making it easier to read. A cramped résumé will get crumpled quickly!
Remember that while your résumé is an essential element of a career strategy, networking is also critically important to your success. People read résumés, people open doors, and people are the ones who offer jobs. Be sure to network with people during your search!
Executives who utilize the services of a résumé writer are not only saving time, but they are adding value to their career advancement. Spend your time and money wisely. Instead of writing your own résumé, network to meet that next great opportunity!
Learn more about our résumé writing services by contacting Jodi@JodiDavis.com.