Resume Writing – Part 2

Written by on July 11, 2012 in Career - 4 Comments | Print this page

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Resume Writing - Part 2

Your resume is a big piece of your personal marketing plan.

As we saw in Part 1, there are many elements to a good resume. The most important element, however, is how you present yourself and your qualifications.

Objective

You can ditch the objective. Clearly, your objective is to get the job you applied for. Everyone knows that. So, don’t bother putting one on your resume.

Another reason not to bother with the objective is that the hiring manager doesn’t care. Why would they? An objective is your personal career goal. They’re not your friend. They want to know how you can help them and their company, not how they can help you meet your goals.

Summary

This section, also called the Summary of Qualifications or Qualifications, is a really good way to highlight your skills. Make sure, however, that your skills are specific to the position you’re applying for. If you’re applying for a job as an engineer, no one will care about that food safety course you took. So, leave that out of the Summary section.

In the Summary section, you can have one sentence with a bunch of adjectives in it. Then, you follow this with bullet points to back it up. So, if you say “A sales oriented professional with management experience,” you should have something in the bullets about your sales record and your management experience. Once you leave the Summary section, though, it’s time to leave the impossible to prove adjectives out of your text.

Accomplishments

This is your bragging section. Go ahead and tell the person reading your resume how you landed the biggest account in company history. Or, tell them about any innovations you’ve made in your previous positions. You can use this section to highlight any special accomplishments or achievements you’ve had at work.

If applicable, you can also highlight any special things you’ve done outside of work. However, if it is something personal, make sure that it is directly related to the field or position you are applying for. Unless you’re applying for a job as a personal trainer or at a running shoe store, completing the Boston Marathon doesn’t need to go on your resume.

The bottom line is to make sure that every piece of your resume is doing its job – making you look good.

What do you put on your resume to sell yourself?

 

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Jen Small

Jen is a writer who is originally from South Florida. A former recruiter for a Fortune 500 company, she has also worked in several different industries – real estate, insurance, construction, and education. Jen has now taken this experience to help others as a resume writer and designer. She currently lives and works in South Korea. View all posts with career advice.