March 2020
Stone and Associates Executive Search
Greetings!

I’ve sure seen some interesting resumes this month and wanted to share a few tips with you.

Please stick to the bullet point format to highlight your experience. It’s not a narrative, no “I did this, and I was hired to do that”. Stick to the facts, just the facts!

This means that you want to focus on accomplishments -- quantitative results and the impact that you had as a result. It's probably easiest to explain this by using a few examples.

For example, imagine an applicant who wants to be clear that he or she is a member of a prestigious group. Here's the OK way, the better way, and the best way to describe this on a resume:

  • OK: "Member of Leadership for Tomorrow Society"
  • Better: "Selected as one of 275 for this 12-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent."
  • Best: "Selected as one of 275 participants nationwide for this 12-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent based on leadership potential and academic success."

Here's another example, intended for a business applicant who wants to show how much he or she contributed in a client support role: 

  • OK: "Grew revenue for small and medium business clients."
  • Better: "Grew revenue for small and medium business clients by 10% QoQ"
  • Best: "Grew revenue for 15 small and medium business clients by 10% QoQ by mapping new software features as solutions to their business goals."

One point about jargon: Use shorthand like "QoQ" (for quarter over quarter) only if you're 100 percent sure that the resume reviewer will know exactly what you mean.

Also, no longer need to add the tagline “References provided upon request”!

And, finally, Education only goes above Experience if you’re a recent grad!

Hope this helps as you dust off your resume, 

Linda
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