Is your resume basically just a list of your daily job responsibilities? Prospective employers are more interested in the results you achieved in your job tenure. Here's how to retool your resume to reflect that.
It sounds kind of harsh, but the purpose of a resume is not so a prospective employer can see what a great person you are. What an employer is looking for is what you can do for his company.
The best way to illustrate that is to make known the results you realized at your previous positions. For example, everyone's happy that you have 700 certifications. And such accomplishments do indicate that you are a trainable person — something employers also like. But an employer really wants to see how those certifications improved your job performance and enabled you to achieve results that were valuable to the company.
Here are a couple more tips on how to sell yourself in regard to your accomplishments, and thus value, to the company.Don't just list your job responsibilities. This is a pretty common practice. But by merely listing your duties at your current and previous jobs, you're not saying you did them well or that your doing them produced any tangible results. Also, you're then asking the person reading your resume to connect the dots between what you used to do and what you can do for them. Let's say one of your current duties is to implement software upgrades. Responsibilities alone won't sell you to employers because everyone has them and is expected to execute them. It's results employers are looking for. How much time or money was saved or made when you did your job well? Did you meet or exceed all goals? Be specific. Don't list your dates of employment first. Most resume templates I have seen over the years do this. But think about it — how important is it to an employer to see the months and years you were employed by a company before you even talk about what you did there? Besides, you can never predict what an employer is going to infer from those dates. Some people are impressed by longevity, while others see it as complacency. List your accomplishments first, then add the years of service afterwards. Get career tips in your inbox TechRepublic's IT Career newsletter, delivered Tuesday and Thursday, features insight on important IT career topics, including interviewing, career advancement, certifications, and job changes. Automatically sign up today!
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.