Resume Series Part #2: The Important Five

Posted by Steve Flynn on 3/26/12 6:09 PM

Your resume should not only give the reader an idea of your job skills and responsibilities, but should give them a feeling of how much you have accomplished and your value to the company and the position.

There are at least five areas you should consider when describing your contributions:

  • Analytical Ability
  • Intellect
  • Leadership Potential
  • Communication Skills
  • Achievements/Accomplishments/Results

Phrase your job responsibilities and duties as accomplishments in a results-oriented manner. It is the key to making a resume the best it can be. Use numbers, percentages, dollar signs, and before-after comparisons to quantify your results.

Below are some examples for your reference:

Good: Responsible for the daily operations of plant


Better: Management of plant operations led to a 20% increase in productivity; the 2nd highest in plant history

 

Good: Supervised team of 20 programmers on project


Better: Supervised 20 programmers on project that finished early and under budget

 

Good: Decreased customer complaints by 10%


Better: Implemented a customer service program that decreased customer complaints by 10%; a decrease of 5% more than during any of the previous 24 months

If you are interested in learning more tips on how to enhance your resume, contact Phoenix Group International today!  Stay tuned for the next resume blog about the electronic resume!

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