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“How do I build value in a resume?”, you may be asking. When it comes to a resume, there are several ways. Certainly you want to include prior responsibilities, but you may also want to expound on them as well (assuming that they are applicable to position you are applying for).
•List duties and responsibilities of applicable positions
•Showcase successes with each of these duties. Because of your efforts, did revenue increase? Did profitability? Did your efforts result in streamlining costs? Did you save your prior company money?
•Articulate an ability to continue these successes with your next company.
Show your next employer that you will excel at position before they determine if you will.
Remember, you are marketing yourself to these hiring managers, not just telling them what you have done. The concept of an effective resume is to look at it from a reader’s point of view, not a writer’s point of view. Does a prospective employer care about what you’ve done for others? Or what you can do for them?
Steven Bristow is a senior consultant for R.L. Stevens & Associates Inc. (http://www.interviewing.com), a career marketing firm and organization celebrating over 24 years of providing strategic marketing solutions for its clients’ career transitioning needs.