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Top Counseling Schools wanted to take a look at the anatomy of a great resume. This infographic is the result of our research.
The Anatomy Of A Great ResumeYou've Got Some Competition, Honey!
--- 77% say: relevant experience
--- 48% say: specific accomplishments
--- 41% say: whether or not the resume was customized to the open position
--- Problem solving/decision making (56%)
--- Leadership (44%)
--- Oral/written communications (40%)
--- Team-building (33%)
--- Performance and productivity improvement (31%)
Writing a great resume does not mean you should follow all the rules you hear.
Every resume is a one-of-a-kind marketing communication.
It should be appropriate to your situation and do exactly what you want it to do.
Pump Up That Resume!
4 tips to make it sexy
--- Begin with a summary on your unique value
--- Tell employers who you are
--- Talk about your skills and qualifications
--- A good summary can be used as the basis for this interviewer favorite: "Tell me about yourself"
--- Talk about your accomplishments
--- Tell employers how you've made a difference in current/previous roles
--- This is not the time for humility!
--- ie. "Boosted sales from 30k to 40k in 7 months" (yea, baby! that's what i'm talkin' bout!)
--- Don't start sentences with I, We or Our
--- Don't even use full sentences
--- Bullet points with strong actions verbs have more impact
--- ie. Reduced manufacturing costs by 27%
--- Awful truth: often, resumes are not even read
--- Resumes are often scanned either by a person or a machine
--- They are looking for keywords that match their hiring criteria
--- Use keywords from the job listing and the company's website
That's Such a Turn-off
Common resume mistakes
--- ie. firstname.lastname@example.org
--- Recruiters will check your online profiles, so keep it clean or don't add the link
--- Objectives tend to focus too much on what you want rather than what you can offer
--- Poofread! ...Proofread again! ("Pubic Financial Advisor"? ...really?)
--- what you exclude is just as important as what you include
--- Don't embarrass yourself (ie. Sales Ass. *sigh*)
--- If you have any college education, don't list high school
--- Spellcheck doesn't always get it right. Have a second set of eyes read your resume
--- Make sure items are relevant to the position
Ain't Got No Game...