Resume Coach, Jasmine Marchong, gives this helpful advice regarding your resume:
Anyone who’s done any research into resumes are advised over and over again to have a results-based resume. Why? Because results help define the level of your skills, whereas words are just that…words. Stating how successful you have been at a job or referencing that you completed a project does not give the reader any idea into how well you accomplished those tasks or projects and does not tell them the input or results you provided to ensure it’s successful completion. I know it’s not always that simple. In fact, for many, talking about themselves can feel awkward and “tooting your own horn” can be even harder. But with measurable results mentioned in your resume, the employer is given a comprehensive picture about many important things about you – your work ethic, your skills, how you work with others, your creative ideas, unique abilities, knowledge, and most importantly, the value you can bring to the employer’s organization.
To help you write your resume and focus on results, ask yourself the following questions:
- Which special projects were you assigned to and why?
- Are you considered an expert? Or referred to by others as the “go to person”? And if so, in what areas?
- DId you implement anything for your previous or current employer that saved money or time, improved processes, provided efficiencies, or increased communication?
- How do you work with others? Are you part of a team and a contributing participant? What have you contributed and what was the resulting impact?
- Did you lead any initiatives? Or lead teams?
- Are you an idea generator, a problem solver, or solutions expert? Were these ideas implemented and what were the results?
- Have you been recognized internally or externally (eg clients, customers) for a job well done, team effort, or results of a specific project?
These are just a sampling of questions and should give you an idea of how to view your experience from the “value added” perspective. It is important to think more about the value you provide and the results you delivered – not that you’re just “doing your job”. Remember, your are a key part of the organization and your efforts contribute to the achievement of organizational goals, so quantify those results and give your resume the punch it needs to get noticed.
We hope this is helpful to you!
Thank you to one of our resume experts, Jasmine Marchong, for this article and the resume tips.