How to Write a Winning Resume
A good resume is vital to success in your career search. Here are some recommendations for content:
The very first step is deciding what a resume should say. Consider this the rough draft of the resume. Sit down at your computer or with pen and paper and just start writing. Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, format, and time frames, just write. Imagine that you are defending each position you had, going through everything you ever did for each employer. Don’t just list the typical job description, list when you went above and beyond the call of duty, when did you save the day, what skills did you learn and how did you learn them, what leadership roles did you have, how did your position make or save the employer money.
Didn’t know you had so much talent, did you? Well, now we need to organize all that information. Reading through your rough draft will give you an idea of why you’ve been hired and what made you successful at your previous jobs. Either technical, management, sales, or service skills will dominate your achievements. Which ever it may be will become the theme of the resume. Meaning, each sentence describing your experience will also highlight your dominant achievement.
Be sure you are backing everything up with concrete examples: how long or what percentage of the time you provided a service or used a certain technology, or the amount of money, data, or customers you worked with each day. Also be sure to clearly explain the result of your efforts. Did you save an employer money, make them money, or make a process more efficient?
Now that you know what you want to say, we need to put everything in an easy to read format.