What more am I doing than others?

That’s a searching question for anyone seeking new employment opportunities.

Twenty years ago, the conventional resume gave out the writer’s contact information, education details and job descriptions. And many people still rely on this kind of resume.

But today, with the internet enabling more people to apply to jobs faster, we know that at least two hundred to more than a thousand other applicants will be sending these essentially identical resumes to apply for the jobs you want. To be noticed, you must do more than they do. Here is a checklist to help make your resume stand out.

Have I listed all my relevant successes as well as my responsibilities? And have I quantified those results?

Have I presented my successes in such a way that readers who don’t work in the same company can see the extent of the challenges I faced, the actions I took, and the results I delivered?

Have I aligned my achievements with the requirements of the job description? Or, to put it another way, do I have a success story to go with each requirement?

Have I created a concise introductory statement that presents my unique value proposition?

Have I presented my accomplishments in a way that catches the reader’s eye quickly?

If you can answer yes to these questions, your resume will win more interviews more quickly.

 

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