Whatever your job search plans for 2017, you MUST include these two items on your CV

Whatever your job search plans for 2017, you MUST include these two items on your CV

No doubt you have read many articles on what makes a good resume and you may be thinking, 'Here we go again, another quick fix article to ensure my resume gets read and leads to lots of interviews...'

Well, as a Human Resources executive who has worked across the globe for 25 years and more recently as a career coach in my business, The Career Medic (www.thecareermedic.com), I can tell you with absolute certainty that there are 2 items you MUST have on your resume in order to get noticed and to potentially get to an interview. These items are:

1. SUMMARY - This sits right under your name and contact details (email address, telephone and LinkedIn URL).

It's the first thing the reader sees on your resume and it's likely to determine whether or not they are interested in you and therefore, inclined to read your resume.

You need to draw them in by quickly demonstrating the value you bring to their job, especially as most resume readers - or more accurately 'scanners' or 'skimmers' may only spend 15- 30 seconds reviewing your resume. On that basis, I suggest a summary that includes 4 sections, all included in one - yes, one - short paragraph. Here's an example:

A commercially-minded Human Resources Business Partner with diverse experience across a range of industries including IT and construction, most recently with Microsoft. Expertise in recruitment and selection of professional staff across most disciplines, managing corporate talent and succession planning programs and the analysis of HR metrics to make effective business recommendations. Strengths include the ability to manage time and set priorities; build strong business relationships with stakeholders at all levels across the organisation; and a practical and business-related approach to all tasks.

2. ACHIEVEMENTS - Most people only add 'responsibilities' or 'tasks' to their resume for each role held. That's fine if I only want to know what you did in a job. However, I'd rather know the value you've added or the problems you've solved in other jobs that are relevant to my organisation. Ideally, you should include 3-5 achievements per recent role.

Each achievement should have what I call the 'so what?' factor...In other words, the result, benefit or outcome of what you did.

This is a very common - and often fatal - omission on a resume. Here are some examples of good achievements (with the 'so what?' factor italicised):

While there are many ingredients to a strong resume, I believe these 2 are critical and it's important that you incorporate them on your resume today in order to get to more interviews!

Paul is a founding FlexCoach and has a very practical and pragmatic approach to coaching. He believes coaching is designed to give you the necessary collateral, knowledge, expertise and most importantly confidence to move to that next great role.

Paul is a member of the FlexCoach panel of career and executive coaches. You can see his profile here.

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