Your resume and cover letter...“front line” tools for your career transition and job search arsenal. You get one chance, reportedly only 10 to 60 seconds, to make a good impression on the reader, to get past the screening software—to differentiate yourself from scores / hundreds of other resumes received. Think about:
If your resume is just a history of your work life in chronological order, chock full of responsibilities, the likelihood that it will be read diminishes greatly. Employers are not interested in an outline of your work history. They expect specific, measurable examples of your accomplishments - with stories to back these up in an interview. These must be relevant to the job opening with an emphasis on performance that made a difference.
If not, it’s an obstacle to your success and most likely to a better career/role. Consider the following:
Are you getting responses?
Are you showcasing your accomplishments with performance metrics?
Leverage elements such as call-out boxes, graphs or breakaway text that stand out and capture the reader's eye.
Example: Recognized as “Top 10 U.S. Performer” outperforming
500+ peers in year one.
If you’ve answered “no” to more than one question above, click below.
Remember...the purpose of a resume and cover letter are NOT to get you the job—it’s to help you get the interview.
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