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The Anatomy Of A Great Resume

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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 Resume

You've Got Some Competition, Honey!

  • 1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes/job listing

  • 1 in 10 receive 100/job listing

  • What are HR managers looking for in candidates

  • --- 77% say: relevant experience
    --- 48% say: specific accomplishments
    --- 41% say: whether or not the resume was customized to the open position

  • HR managers also look for keywords in resumes

  • --- 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

  • Summarize! (babbling is NOT hot)

  • --- 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"
  • Confidence! (everyone is attracted to confidence!)

  • --- 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!)
  • Watch your language! (So self thanks)

  • --- 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%
  • Keywords are Key (Talk nerdy to me)

  • --- 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

  • Unprofessional title and email address

  • --- ie.
  • Links to inappropriate content

  • --- Recruiters will check your online profiles, so keep it clean or don't add the link
  • "Objectives" statement

  • --- Objectives tend to focus too much on what you want rather than what you can offer
  • Typos

  • --- Poofread! ...Proofread again! ("Pubic Financial Advisor"? ...really?)
  • TMI

  • --- what you exclude is just as important as what you include
  • Improper Abbreviations

  • --- Don't embarrass yourself (ie. Sales Ass. *sigh*)
  • Why list high school?

  • --- If you have any college education, don't list high school
  • Do NOT rely of spellcheck. ?-see?

  • --- Spellcheck doesn't always get it right. Have a second set of eyes read your resume
  • Stay grounded

  • --- Make sure items are relevant to the position

Ain't Got No Game...

Resume Bloopers

  • "Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse"

  • Hobbies: "enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians"

  • "Service for old man to check they are still alive or not."

  • "Job involved ... counselling clientele on accidental insurance policies available"

  • "2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people"

  • "I'm intrested to here more about that. I'm working today in a furniture factory as a drawer"

  • "I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success."

  • "I belive that weakness is the first level of strength, given the right attitude and driving force. My school advised me to fix my punctuality ..."


The Anatomy Of A Great Resume