Career Calling

January 6, 2012

The Problem with Achievement-Focused Resumes

Filed under: Resume Writing — claycerny @ 12:43 am
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I’m seeing a trend in resumes clients are bringing to me for review.  Many are nothing more but a list of achievements.  The theory behind this resume style is that employers want employees who have a history of making a difference.  Of course, employers want employees who achieve and exceed goals, but they need to know more than that. 

The problem with employment-focused resumes is that they often fail to tell employers what they are looking for.  Examine several job posts.  Do any say: Send in a list of achievements?  Instead, they ask for experience, skills, education, and certification.  A good resume blends what the employer is looking for along with relevant achievements. 

Like most things in life, balance is the key.  Identify key words by reviewing several job postings.  Demonstrate why you have the skills and experience that the employer needs.  Include achievements that will show an employer how you will be an asset.  A good mix of these elements is the recipe for a winning resume.

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