Think Of The Reader When Developing Your Resume
Are you wondering why the phone is not ringing after submitting your resume to countless job postings? The answer is straightforward. Your resume does not accurately showcase or adequately translate your core-competencies and experience to the reader. Remember, your resume is written for the reader. They cannot reach into your mind while reading your resume and be expected to understand all that you have done over the years or your potential. Sure, you know what you have done and what you are capable of, but does your resume present that to the reader? More often than not, human nature says we can write our resume because we understand ourselves better than anyone else. The problem with this thinking is that we do not think about the reader when describing what we have done or what we are capable. Using slang, military jargon, plagiarism, and subtle hints to express ourselves in a resume just will not cut it. There is a professionalism and art form to writing a resume that needs to be considered to catch the eye of the reader and cause them to want to engage further. Hiring managers see thousands of resumes and are looking for the those who honestly took the time to speak to them and translate their skills properly. Hiring managers are looking for someone with potential on top of their experience. They want to see that you took the time to develop a professional resume that speaks to them. This not only translates who you are to them accurately but shows them you have value to add to their company. Put yourself in their shoes. If you saw hundreds of resumes a day, would you want to call back the person who provided you with a cookie-cutter resume that expected you to read their mind in regards to their potential? No, you would not. When developing your resume, you MUST think of the reader to present yourself in the best favorable light.
By: Jena Richey
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