Does Your Resume Get YOU Noticed?

By now you should know that your resume has to survive the 30 second test in order to have a chance of getting read.   If your opening statement, aka summary statement doesn’t pack a punch in 2-4 sentences, you WILL be screened out.  How can you write a resume summary that will get you noticed?

As you know I have spent the better part of my career (25 years) in the Human Resource field.  As a Hiring Manager, I have screened thousands of resumes.  So what do I look for you ask?

1.  Clean, well written resume free of mistakes.  You have no idea how many resumes I have looked at that told me everything the person ever did in their life.  I’m a busy person – but aren’t we all?  I don’t have time to weed through your life story.  Tell me in a clean 1-2 page resume why you are the best person for the job.  This is called IMPACT.  Show what you have to offer a new employer in no uncertain terms. What are you most proud of about your career? What is your biggest accomplishment? And what does that mean for an employer? If your accomplishments can be quantified, that’s even better.

2. Show your scope. If you have managed a few people or if you have the expertise to oversee hundreds, well that makes a significant difference.  If you have conducted one performance review or you have designed and implemented a system for reviewing employee performance, well that’s very different.  Employers want to see that your experience is a reflection of their needs, so give the reader the scope of your responsibilities.  Prove to them you’re ready for the job.

3.  Be passionate. Hiring Managers are people too. People hire people, so show them you are enthusiastic, accomplished and give them a reason to read on.  Try to engage them with language in your resume summary that shows your views, and passion.  Get them interested to read on.

4.  Stand out in the crowd.  Typically resumes are written in ordinary business language. It’s safe and what we are accustomed too. You have a chance to stand out from the crowd when someone first picks up your resume. Make your writing engage the reader by choosing powerful, descriptive words. Just don’t replace your keywords.

  • Instead of saying: “coordinated activities,” try “spearheaded a team” or “launched a new product.”
  • Use language that shows you are “impact oriented.”

5. Concise.  A resume summary statement should be 2-3 sentences, maybe 4-5 lines at the top of the first page.  Use this space wisely.  Eliminate any words that don’t sell. Watch for redundancies.  Don’t use two words when one word will do.

  • Consider whether you need to be both “dynamic,” and “self-motivate.” Will one word be enough?
  • If you’ve “Successfully exceeded sales goals by 25%,” your “success” is implied.  Consider eliminating the word “Successfully.”
  • Eliminate passive tense. Things don’t just happen, you make them happen.

I hope these tips have given you ideas how to get on the Hiring Manager’s radar.  By following these five steps, you will be on your way to a resume summary that showcases your skills and creates interest to get you noticed.  Do you need help writing an impactful summary statement or perhaps your entire resume needs a makeover?  Let me hear from you.

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Nancy (508) 769-2294

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