Resume Word Check: Focused

Resume Word Check Career out of focus?This series is Resume Word Check and today’s word is Focused! Today I thought we would take a quick look at one of the words Melissa Cooley uses in her projects and coaching as The Job Quest: Focused. I was talking to a new client yesterday and mentioned that my resume word check for today is focused and his comment was: “That’s what I need!” Here’s a recap of the earlier words:

Resume Word Check: Accountable

In a job search, accountability is critical. You need to develop goals for your search, have your resume ready, and be prepared with a great cover letter. But if you just keep filling out online applications without any more action on your part and expect people to call you, you will be disappointed. You need to handle an obstacles that keep you from interacting with the outside world and get out there.

Resume Word Check: Analytical

My conclusion, analytical is a good word to describe the problem-solving that many of us do in many ways in many professions. As you consider whether you are analytical, you can think of examples to use in your resume, in your interviews, and in landing your next role!

Resume Word Check: Focused

Many job seekers either start out a job search without focus or they fall into it as they use a untargeted resume to try to get the “ANY” job. Unfortunately, when we start a job search without focus, it takes twice as long to land a position as it would when you zoom in on your target. The picture is fuzzy, the employer doesn’t know what you are looking for or how you match their qualifications. Melissa tackles this in her post, Just say no to Spray and Pray!

Let’s see how focused integrated in the resumes and cover letters of some of my clients:

  • community-focused, “every unit I managed has eventually ‘owned’ the town through donations, baskets, and fundraisers.”
  • Orchestrated curriculum implementation, focusing on scope and sequence.
  • This position is an extensively focused relationship building role in which I communicate with taxpayers, answer their questions, help them with finding resources, and resolve their differences with each other and the government.
  • Genuine, client-focused professional, with extensive account management experience in the relocation services industry.
  • Practical, outcome-focused individual with an extensive background in quality control and delivery of customized products to end users.
  • Selected as a facilitator to lead orientation groups of transfer students through 90 minute sessions focused on strengthening their sense of community by encouraging respectful dialogue and increasing awareness of each difference, different cultures and different backgrounds.
  • Compassionate, patient-focused newly licensed Radiology Technologist, with three years of direct patient contact as a CT | Radiology Technologist Assistant in a hospital setting.

Focus seems even more important to my clients than analytical was with 1633 documents with the word focus in my resume storage files.

Do you need focus in your job search? Do you have focus in your career now? And do you focus on how to help others in their careers, remember as Melissa says:

Whether you are meeting new people or connecting with existing members of your network, you should be developing a rapport with them, finding out what matters to them and how you can add value to their lives with your unique skills. Don’t keep all the focus on you and your needs!

Job search today is all about research and finding connections. Job boards may work but they clog with 1000’s of resumes for almost every job. You need to make sure you do everything you can to get your resume in the hands of a decision maker.

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  1. Melissa Cooley on January 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Well, thank you for the mention in this wonderful post 🙂

    That is so cool that talking about the topic of this post honed in on your client’s needs! Focus is so necessary in the job hunt and for good career management. And the appropriate kind of focus is needed for optimal networking.

    Of course, Julie, you also know how your focus led to so many positive results for Design Resumes!

    • Julie Walraven on January 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you, my friend! And thanks for the inspiration on the topic!

  2. Kevin Chisholm on January 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Hi Julie,

    Found this post after surfing from!/JobHuntOrg

    GREAT post, and some super-helpful suggestions!

    Best Wishes,


    • Julie Walraven on January 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks, Kevin… I appreciate you stopping by and I appreciate Susan for keeping me on her list and RTing my posts.

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