The Classic Resume-Building Mistake We’ve All Made

http://www.clickondetroit.com/consumer/taxes/tips-for-building-the-perfect-resume/30702234We’ve all done it. Written our resumes, carefully listing each employer, our job title, followed by a long list of…job responsibilities.

What’s wrong with that? Nothing, except we learned that job results work better.

Here are some examples.

  • Instead of “created marketing campaigns” say “created marketing campaigns resulting in a 25% sales increase.”
  • Instead of “optimized websites for search engines” say “performed SEO resulting in #1 position in search listings.”
  • Instead of “trained new employees” say “trained 50 new employees with 2% turnover rate in one year.”

If you haven’t been tracking your results or been privy to them in your current position, ask your boss how you can measure your performance on the job. Then keep track of these performance indicators because they’ll come in handy when it’s time to update your resume.

If you’ve already left a job, it can’t hurt to contact your previous boss and ask politely if those results are still available. You may be surprised that the answer is yes – many people are happy to help out when they can.

Finally, if you simply can’t find a way to quantify or qualify your performance at your past jobs, don’t make something up, and don’t worry. From here on out, be sure to keep track. After all, we’ve all been there.

Results, not just responsibilities, make your resume stand out in the crowd.

Sprucing up your resume for a job search or a new career opportunity? The recruiters at TRC Staffing Services may be able to assist you with your search. We specialize in securing interviews with employers looking for employees just like you to fill permanent positions, temp-to-perm jobs, and short-term or contract jobs. Feel free to contact us anytime.

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