With the New Year often comes a new dedication to making career leaps and bounds. One of the best places to start is with a resume makeover to highlight skills and accomplishments that are relevant to today’s employers.
If it’s been awhile since you made additions to your resume, not to worry. We spoke with Joseph Terach, founder & CEO of Resume Deli, a leading resume writing and career management firm, for his top tips for reworking yours.
Forget about listing your job duties/responsibilities. “It doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is that your employer, clients, customers and teammates were able to make measurable use of it,” says Terach. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you led a global team of 50 sales professionals if said team missed its sales goals. And it doesn’t matter if you trained new hires if those new hires were unable to do their jobs properly. ” List accomplishments, not responsibilities,” he says.
Here’s an example: If you’re a pizza delivery guy, don’t just say “deliver pizzas” under your job title. That’s a given! Instead, it should look something like this:
- Delivered approximately 5 pizzas per hour (20% more than any other deliverer)
- Reduced average delivery time 4 minutes by using GPS
- Increased repeat orders by offering excellent customer service and never delivering late
- Initiated “get a free pizza when you order delivery 4 times in one month” promotion, which increased delivery revenues by 15%
Don’t write objectives – they are outdated. Instead, create a summary statement. “The summary occupies the most valuable real estate on your resume (front and center), yet so many job-seekers waste it on self-descriptors like ‘Creative,’ ‘Results-driven’ and ‘Excellent communicator,’” says Terach. Drop the generic stuff, he says, and instead use your summary section to provide your reader with details of your achievements, right up front. “Thinking of your summary as a summary of accomplishments, instead of a summary of skills,” he advises. “If done right, your summary might land you an interview on its own.”
If you want to look like your resume was written in 2015, not 1995, then start with these two basic revisions. By telling an employer about your positive impact, they can better envision what you’ll bring to their table.