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~ Identify challenges you overcame; action or solution you undertook to alleviate challenge; and (quantifiable) result, and script into a powerfully written statement. For instance:
Challenge: Staff turnover high, performance levels extremely poor, with overall costs to recruit and train new staff high.
Action: Developed staff monitoring and incentive programs; implemented staff training programs.
Result: Increased staff knowledge base; decreased staff turnover by 66.7%; increased staff morale and collaboration; increased productivity levels by 77%.
Then by incorporating a number of action words, above can be written as:
Enhanced staff morale; optimized productivity levels by 77%; and reduced staff turnover by 66.7% through implementation of strategic monitoring and incentive programs.
Notice deliberate detailing of quantifiable results at forefront, followed by method in which this accomplishment was obtained.
~ Ensure your document is consistent in its formatting; if you bold a position title, bold all job titles throughout your document. Make certain your overall document is well structured (plenty of white space), and aesthetically pleasing (professional headings and layout).
~ Refrain from providing details of every single position you have ever had. As a guide, generally last 5 – 10 years is appropriate (if position being applied for is relevant to what you have been doing), with a maximum of about 15 years.
~ For far greater impact when identifying your professional experience, create a strategically written paragraph outlining your main accountabilities (remembering to incorporate attention grabbing action words), followed by a bulleted list of achievements.
~ Lastly, edit, edit, and edit again. Then ask a family member or friend to read through document to ensure your career-marketing document is error free.
Annemarie Cross is a dual-certified, award winning Resume Writer and Career Coach, and the founder/principal of Advanced Employment Concepts, a career consultancy offering specialised services for people striving for success and fulfilment through their careers and work/life balance. Annemarie can be contacted at www.annemariecross.com