Consider using a top page to your resume, where you feature your core competencies and some of your greater career achievements – this basically says that those achievements were about YOU and your initiative, rather than a job or a company for whom you worked. Remember to include as many specific, measurable accomplishments as possible. For instance, if you raised sales by ten percent, say that. If you decreased spending by $14,000, say that too. If you created a staffing program that ended employee turnover, don’t just share that, include how many staffers you DID NOT have to hire, and how much you saved your company in training dollars, HR time, etc., etc.
Finally, remember that a great resume always includes a great cover letter – one that is specific to the company and the job in question. Throw away the old idea of inserting the blanks as if you were filling out a mad lib story with a friend. You must give your cover letters the time and attention to address the specific person who will be reading it – all the better if you take a few minutes to find out their name.
If you find that updating your resume is more difficult than you expected, hiring an expert to take this on (and ask you the right questions to help you build a better future) is an investment that can pay for itself exponentially over a lifetime. You may send me inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
To your success,
Catherine Palmiere, Career Coach
CEIC, CPBA, CPCC, CPC, CTS, CSS
Adam Personnel, Inc