By Phil Baker,
Because so much is riding on your resume writing such as your career, future, and income, you need all the power you can get into your statements. Often one statement on a resume cannot sufficiently depict or cover your skill, experience, or knowledge. A project, task, or accomplishment is often too complex for one sentence to justify your involvement and contribution.Â
Using this method you create related statements presenting your skills and accomplishments in primary, secondary, and even tertiary statements and skills. The secondary and tertiary statements support, relate to, or are a result of the primary event or action.You can use a bullet point format with this presentation that can cause an employer to pause and read your resume instead of hurriedly scanning. This can give you an advantage for generating employer interest and getting an interview.Here’s how this works:Â
- Take one of your resume skill statements or write one just as you normally would. (Select a skill and create an accomplishment statement showing a time you used that skill to do good for your employer preferably with measurable results such as time or money saved.)
- Now choose a second and possibly third skill that you used at the same time that relates to or is a result of the primary event or action in your first statement.
Â The following example leads to statements that show a secondary and tertiary skill stemming from the original accomplishment statement:Â
Primary Skill: Analytical SkillsÂ
Primary Skill Statement: Analyzed 24 months of accounting data and determined in what areas the company could be reducing expenses.Â Â Â
Secondary Skill: Creative SkillsÂ
Secondary Skill Statement: Wrote new policy and procedures for purchasing for our department that decreased bid review times by over 35 per cent saving an estimated $341,000 in costs during the next year.Â Â Â
Tertiary Skill: Communication SkillsÂ
Tertiary Skill Statement: Conducted training sessions on my methods for satellite offices around the world.Â Â Â
How this would look on a resume:Â Analyzed 24 months of accounting data and determined in what areas the company could be reducing expenses.Â
- Wrote new policy and procedures for purchasing for our department that decreased bid review times by over 35 per cent saving an estimated $341,000 in costs during the next year.
- Conducted training sessions on my methods for satellite offices around the world.Â
The Resume Skills Tier Method enables you to expand on a single accomplishment, achievement, event and skill and at the same time signifying one or more resume skills. You can see how to also use the resume skills tier method to create multiple statements that support a single skill. This can be significant when several accomplishments derived from one event.
Hyoâ€™s Note â€“ Not only is Phil the creator of the OneClick Cover Letter Creator SoftwareÂ ProgramÂ (a ridiculous easy to use, yet effective software that creates cover letters tailored to your needs) which you can visit here, or you can read my review of it here, but he also has a tremendous website, www.ResumeDictionary.com.Â Resume DictionaryÂ might just be the best, free resume resource site out there – jammed with great information and tips on getting your resume water tight and rocking.Â