Focus on CAR or STAR formats.Using well respected interview techniques can make your resume writing process a lot easier when trying to focus on achievements. CAR, for instance, stands for Context, Action, Result. The objective is to introduce a problem that you solved by providing the story behind it. STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) is similar in so far as you are also telling a story and highlighting how you are the hero in a situation. If you’re writing a resume bullet you can call upon these two techniques to help you find content. Obviously you don’t have room to go into the entire story on your resume (save that for the interview!), but you can use it to help you find the achievements.
Ask yourself some key questions while writing bullets.For every job description bullet, you should ask yourself “How do you know you did a good job?” or “What did that good job look like?” This helps you focus on the results you achieved while at work. Ultimately, by helping yourself paint a picture you can then do the same for the person reviewing your resume. It’s important to note that these numbers may not be so focused on revenue numbers. For example, if you are an HR Executive, you may have helped expand the company into new markets. That may read like this, “Led HR function on a 2014 expansion into Asian markets, which currently has 240 offices and 7000 employees.”
Focus on size and scope of environments worked.When it comes to resumes, numbers talk. Figures can be extremely telling if what kind of environment you worked in and what results you accomplished. For instance, strategic planning for a $5 million startup tech firm is a different job than strategic planning for a $200 million division of a $1.7 billion consumer products firm. So be specific with business situations when describing duties. This is when you can mention the size of budgets, number of employees and how much a company is worth. To learn even more about the essentials you need to turn your resume into a powerful career tool that will capture the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, please join us for our next Live, No-Cost “How to Design a Powerful Executive Resume to Land Interviews and Get the Offer!” training session on Thurs. August 24th at 1:30 p.m. ET. Click this link now for further details & to register for the session of your choice. Be Well, Lisa If you are interested in working with Lisa Rangel, an accomplished executive resume and LinkedIn Profile writer, LinkedIn Job Seeker Group Moderator and job search consultant, to achieve the social media exposure and land the interviews you want, sign up for an exploratory call now and learn about how Chameleon Resumes can help.
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