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How to transform a resume that is selling you short

How to transform a resume that is selling you short

Keys to successWhen your resume sells you short, it fails to deliver your value. Resume writers see many resumes that are little more than a who, what, where or name, rank, and serial number type of resume.

  • There are no robust stories depicting the value of the person.
  • Nothing finetunes their accomplishments to fit the job target.
  • The formatting is dull and listless.

Everything about the resume is selling you short

Blah and boring! Let me ask you a question. What do you think a resume is supposed to do?

Hint: It is not supposed to sell you short!

Your resume is supposed to market you as the product that an employer needs to meet his goals. If your resume is a rehashed job description that doesn’t showcase how you are different from the other 1000+ applicants for the job, it can’t do that.

Ask yourself these questions to transform your resume

  • How are you different?
  • What value do you bring?
  • What makes you the solution for the employer’s problems?

5 examples to transform a resume

  • Purchasing Manager – Conceptualized and implemented automated vending machine dispensers for welding consumable parts at to improve tracking, which decreased costs by $50,000 annually and generated daily reporting.
  • Social Worker – Transitioned client with behavioral challenges from an institution into a 4-bed state-licensed adult family home. Currently, client is successfully working part-time in a sheltered workshop and her behavior is now under control, resulting in improved quality of life and independence.
  • College Football Coach – Built solid teams out of students from diverse economic backgrounds and cultural ethnicity who cohesively worked together to regularly earn ranking in the Top 25 colleges nationwide through finding common ground between all the players and teaching a value-based playing strategy.
  • Operations Manager – Championed and directed lean manufacturing transformation in two separate facilities by increasing value from the customer’s perspective through waste elimination and the development of a continuous improvement culture.
  • Director of Healthcare Program – Spearheaded design and positioning of rural health platform for $6 billion commitment by supporting new product portfolios, partnerships, alignment with global health challenges, base of the pyramid solutions, and company healthcare expertise.

If your resume doesn’t resonate with your value, it is missing the boat and selling you short. Is your career worth the time and investment to do it right?

Julie Walraven is a triple-certified resume writer whose interactive coaching style helps job seekers earn winning positions when she creates tactical resumes and LinkedIn profiles to market you for success. Learn more here.

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