Nov 22, 2018 / By Charles M
In order to make a powerful impact, your resume should start with a hard-hitting summary, that quickly introduces you and provides employers with a brief overview of your skills and abilities.
INCLUDE SOME PERSONALITY:
Hiring Managers are often tempted to glance quickly over the summary to get to the flavour of the resume. So, it necessary for you to inbuild some personality into the summary.
For example, I am competent HR Professional, passionate about creating a positive employment culture. These words produce a key impact over the hiring manager to stay with your resume.
Making a bold declaration has two positive impact. First, it attracts the right employers. Second, it eliminates those companies who don’t value what you are.
If your contribution can be quantified, always highlight some of your best results in the introduction. That’s a one-shot way to grab attention.
For example, one of my resume clients was a Business development manager. He had consistently delivered strong results until his most recent role. To address this, I began the resume with a summary that listed 4 of his best business achievements in bullet point form. This impressive opening makes the employers understand how successful he had been.
HIGHLIGHT AWARDS AND/OR RECOGNITION:
If you have received awards – either internally or external recognition – you can list those in the resume summary. Recognition like this is an easy way to communicate your worth to employers by showing how much others value you.
USE BULLET POINTS:
Break the usual paragraph into bullet points with each one describing a key selling point. For this you need to really understand your target employers.
Once you understand this, you can craft bullet points that speak directly to their concerns. And if you’re not sure, study the job description – you’ll find clues in there.
Not all of these strategies will be appropriate for you, but by picking and choosing the ones that do suit your situation, you can greatly strengthen your chances of securing an interview.
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