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- Detail your accomplishments: List your work results: what did this entail; how was this achieved; what role did you specifically play? This will dynamically explain what you have been able to produce for your past employers as opposed to just listing the static job description.
- Deliver quantifiable results: Did you increase revenue for the company - how much? Did you save time - how much? Try to paint a picture for the reader as to what you have been able to achieve in the past and how. Employers know that past results are the greatest predictor of future success; statistics will help the reader to see that you are a proven producer.
- Provide a profile rather than an objective: If you are applying for a particular position, the objective of your resume is obvious to the reader. Instead of using that space for information already known, why not create a summary of who you are and a list of your core competencies (innovator, facilitator, negotiator, etc.). The top 1/3 of a resume is where the reader's eyes will go first, this has to be intriguing or else the reader will not want to go on.
- Actively participate in professional social networking sites: Facebook, Linkedin, BranchOut, Twitter, Ecademy, Fast Pitch, Ryze, Networking for Professionals.
- Engage and expand your personal connections: Join and participate in professional organizations (local chapter meetings, regional & national conferences), chamber of commerce mixers, Toastmaster meetings, Rotary and other service organizations. Consider serving on the Board of Directors for your professional organizations.
- Create inside connections: Consider volunteering or interning at your “employer of choice” to get your foot in the door and show off your smarts for free (win-win situation).
Your job search documents must have a sharp focus that leaves no doubt that your particular skills are exactly what the employer requires based on the job requirements. A targeted resume and cover letter should be:
- Customized – towards the exact position and company
- *Researched – learn all you can about the job and company and take advantage of that knowledge on your resume
- Indicating a particular position being targeted – don’t be shy but be direct and name the actual position you are applying for
- Connecting your capabilities to each job requirement in the position listing – match each job requirement to a specific capability
- Acknowledging past accomplishments but only in relation to the desired position