It’s not news that the economy is, and has been, a roller-coaster ride for far too long.  The job market continues to fluctuate, slowing once again in May. How are you preparing for your job search?

Do you have a current resume that clearly defines your value to an employer; one that positions you ahead of the thousands of other job contenders in the market?

Your resume needs to grab the reader’s attention is SECONDS. Recruiters, HR, and Hiring Managers receive thousands of applications  / resumes everyday. The elements that are critical to getting your resume noticed and responded to include the following:

Immediately conveys to the reader your level of expertise; Senior Finance Executive; Director Level Marketing Executive.

Strong Marketing Message / Profile:
This is the first section readers see and from which they gain knowledge about your level of experience, determining if you are a viable candidate.

Key Words / Phrases:
Create a dedicated category to feature your skills and areas of expertise. Do not use soft skills such as, detail-oriented, organized, etc. An example of powerful key words and phrases (relevant to your experience) would be: New Business Development; Product Marketing and Launch; Asset Management; Revenue & Profit Improvement.

Organize your information! Support your statements of accountability (duties) with quantifiable results / outcomes. Use action verbs and avoid terms like “responsible for”, and “managed”. This communicates tasks rather than results.

Keep your information concise. Use brief statements that quickly present your contributions / achievements.

Examples of powerful statements:
Doubled revenues over 18 months
Spearheaded and implemented
Accelerated profits

Prepared by Rosemarie Ginsberg – Rev 1 06/03/11

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