Your Favorite Quote on Your Resume
There are resumes and there are those resumes that rock solid.
While today’s employer looks for the entire package, the resumes they receive for review are often the basic and snooze-fest boring.
Are you the applicant looking for the 9-5 and a pay check, then you might want to consider a temporary job thru an agency where you can work when and where you choose.
Are you the applicant that wants to grow and make a difference; hence, a career rather than a job, then you need a rock-solid resume.
Also remember the best time to interview is while you are currently employed. Take a personal or a vacation day to do this so that you are not pressured on a lunch break.
Below are pointers that people overlook when creating and/or updating their resume.
Open with your favorite quote.
Yes! Surprise! This is a great ice-breaker for the interviewer. It is unique, helps ease the conversation and enables them to get to know you, the person and the applicant. The quote should go at the very top of your resume, in BOLD letters, above the goal. Do not include the words my favorite quote.
I am all about positive energy; hence, mine would be: "Mark Twain said he could survive 2 whole weeks on a single compliment"
Employers love positive thinkers. Get the drift?
Your Strongest Suit or Niche
Think about your strongest suit or niche that makes you stand out from the rest. (sales, communication, special projections, tech savvy, etc.) Avoid the daily routine skills.
What you contributed to your current/last job
Rather than sharing your job description, focus on your specialty and how it contributed to the company’s well-being.
Were you a troubleshooter/organizer for special projects (presentations for top clients) Excellent communications: editing/reviewing speeches for your boss; created Letters of Recommendation as needed, at your boss’s request. An event planner for the department or, the organization. Was it you they turned to for “crunch” deadlines. Also mention promotions, if any.
What is your on-going goal?
The interviewer wants to know that you are in the best interest and concern of the organization; hence, the best goal and the sign of an exemplary employee is “earning the ongoing trust and confidence of my superiors”
What will you bring to their table, if you are hired?
You bring your current skills, a college degree (if applicable), plus the desire to learn, grow and make a difference, contributing to the success and well-being of the organization.
Flexibility is the core of the workplace. Working well under pressure; the ability to switch gears at a moment’s notice; multi-tasking.
Remember to keep your resume to one page, if possible. Go back the last five years. The resume should be a concise summary of your history, not a novel. If the interviewer needs additional information, they will ask you.
The content of your resume shows that you cut to the chase but have
included the “meat” of your work history.
Good luck and God bless on your next venture!