I’m gonna own this “writing a resume is both simple and difficult” phrase – because it’s time for part 4.
The simple, yet perhaps the hardest thing that you can do, but must do, is tell a story.
This story must be of how you made a difference, a good difference, in the jobs you have held. And by inference, you make the case that you will make a good difference at the place you are applying to.
The challenge is how.
The simple part of writing a resume is picking the format, sorting out your jobs and listing some accomplishments under them. You can add some educational or professional credentials if you like. And of course you add an objective statement or summary.
The difficult part of writing a resume is structuring all that to convey a maximum sense of eligibility within a 10 to 15 second window of opportunity.
Not being a certified, professional resume writing guru with loads of credentials, I can only make a few humble suggestions.
And here’s the first…
Lead off with a summary you must…
Capture their attention you will…
Guide you the force will – sorry got carried away.
Still, lead off with a summary.
All good, effective business plan begins with a 2 to 3 page executive summary that pulls all the critical points together for the investors to read. Afterall, a good business plan can be 30 to 100 pages long. At first blush, an investor wants to know the key points; then at his leisure, he can go over the guts of the plan.
The same holds true for your resume.
For that initial 10 seconds, give the hiring manager a great summary of your work experience that holds him and gives him reason to give you another 30 seconds more than the next gal.
And writing your summary should come last, as does the executive summary. The executive summary is always written last.Â Once you have all the info in front of you, then you can distill it to create the best story.
Same with your resume – work your work history and your accomplish, then summarize.
You can be creative here. Here is one example from a Guerrilla Resume:
Fifteen years’ experience in both the technical and business aspects of the technology industry, with a
demonstrated ability to deliver.
- Discover What the Customers Want;
- Drive Design, Development and Delivery;
- Act as Technical Evangelist Where Necessary.
- â€œSix Sigmaâ€ Methodology.
- Created XXX’s first OC3/OC12 FPGA, which was functional across multiple SONETEthernet interface “Madonna Metro” products.
- Improved XXX’s BMS100-Family product line integrity and robustness by 60%, achieved a cost improvement of $30M.
Or another example:
Multi-faceted, efficient & reliable administrative professional with 10+ years of experience supporting executives, sales and managers to improve internal operations for small businesses. Proficient in all of the standard office desktop software, CRM applications and design programs. Diversified skill sets covering administrative support, client relations, writing, human resources & recruiting, account management and project management. Excellent inter-personal, phone and digital communication skills.
Or another example:
Highly motivated Research Analyst. Accomplishments include:
- Completed a major project 50% ahead of schedule.
- Played a key role in developing a high-value ROI tracking tool.
- Organized multiple seminars and events for more than 80 attendees.
- Produced campaign proposals for award-winning World Famous Library.
- Helped research and deliver competitive analysis for $100,000 client.
- Superior work ethic:Â Graduated cum laude while working over 35 hours a week.
In all these examples, the reader attempted to give “voice” to his or her resume by giving the reader their best shot up front.
Use a summary – simple
Write an effective summary – difficult.
Hope this helped.