At the management level, you know how important it is to have a competitive resume. What if there was a way to make sure that your resume stood out among all the rest? In this blog post, we’ll break down three simple steps that you can take to help you create an interview-winning resume that will perform in any economy.
Know Your Audience
It is important to know your audience —that is the company or industry you are targeting. What are their needs? What challenges are they facing? Review company websites, look for their LinkedIn page, check out GlassDoor to see if their employees have shared pros and cons about the organization and its culture.
- Use the info to determine how you are the answer to their needs.
Open with a Summary
When it comes to writing an effective executive resume summary, there are some key steps you can take to make sure it stands out from the rest.
- First, keep it short and concise, providing a bird’s eye view of why you’re qualified for the role in question.
- Be specific. Try to stay away from generalities such as “team player” or “hard worker”; those descriptors don’t tell employers much about you or what kind of value you can bring to their organization. Instead, focus on specifics that set you apart from other applicants.
- Focus on conveying your value, highlighting what you bring to the table that makes you uniquely qualified for the role.
Your resume summary is a powerful way to quickly show potential employers why they should hire you over other candidates who may be competing for the same role. By keeping it short and focused on what makes you unique, while also incorporating relevant keywords into your text, you can ensure that your resume stands out from the competition and puts your name at the top of interview lists!
Provide Context Around the Results You’ve Delivered
The best resumes are those that provide the reader with context around the results vs. simply recording duties, responsibilities, or straightforward results (i.e.: 100% increase in sales).
- Yes, employers want to know what kind of impact you have delivered. Further set yourself apart from other candidates by providing the employer with a brief synopsis of the situation you faced / actions you took to give the reader a better understanding of how you will add value to their organization.
- Consider this: Increased sales 100%, paving the way for entry into new markets and inking deals with new channels —adding $X in revenue.
Your resume is a marketing tool that, when done correctly, positions you for your next role. Sending out generic resumes without paying attention to detail or relevance of your information will only serve to prolong your job search.
Writing a resume that positions you for your next role is essential if you want to secure an interview for a new job opportunity —especially during tough economic times when competition is fierce for every open position available. By following these steps – knowing the needs of your audience, crafting an opening summary that highlights your core qualifications, and providing context around the results you’ve delivered – you’ll be able to create an interview winning resumes that will get noticed in any economic environment.
If you need assistance crafting a winning resume, don’t hesitate to Contact Breakthrough Resumes. We are here ready willing and able to help mid– and senior-level job seekers get noticed!
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