Career Calling

February 19, 2013

Getting Lost in the Details

I was working with a client the other day who kept telling me that she wanted to get the details “absolutely correct” in her resume.  To do this, she was using company jargon and a level of detail that no prospective employer would care about or understand.  In essence, she wanted to write a resume that qualified her for the job she was leaving.

The objective of a good resume is to speak to your next employer, not the last one.  Often this means describing duties in a way that is transferable to what the employer needs, not exactly what you did at your last job.  It is important to be specific and show how you are qualified to fill a position. To do this, the best communication strategy is to look through the eyes of the boss you want to hire you.  That’s the target for writing an effective resume.

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