Is Your Resume About You Or The Employer?
Many people believe their resume is simply a list of their previous jobs and academic qualifications. There’s a lot of free advice out there that make young graduates believe that a resume should basically tell their life story. If you fall into this category, it is totally okay, and it is not your fault.
Obviously, your resume should include a list of your job history and duties. However, the overall goal of your resume should not be limited to your past qualifications. Yes, you must use your resume to promote yourself however, this important document is not just about you. Your resume must demonstrate what you have achieved and how you can solve your prospective employer’s problems. You will only be considered for an interview if your prospective employer feels that you are capable of solving some of his business problems.
Before you fill another job application or send your resume to another email address, take time out to find out what potential problems this employer might have. Then take a look at your resume and cover letter, does it show how you can address those challenges?
To make this easier, you should put yourself in the position of the hiring manager that is going through your resume. What will you be thinking about when you go through a potential employee’s application. Hiring managers and business owners ask this important question when screening thousands of resumes: “How can this individual contribute to our bottom line and solve our problems?” Remember, the resume is not really about you. It is about them and you have to make it work for you.
You might be considering applying for a human resources position. Before you send in your resume, ask yourself; “What are some of the likely challenges someone would face in that position?” Your answer to this will determine how your resume and cover letter should be structured. Some might opine that managing a high volume of job postings at a time would be one of the challenges of the position. Others might say it the challenge of competing with other companies for talent. Whatever you decide, make sure your resume and cover letter convey your understanding of those challenges and how you can solve them.
You can do this when crafting the description of each of your previous positions. Focus on what you achieved during those years. Let your potential employer know how successful you were in this job. This is a great way to sell yourself.
Remember to always tailor your resume to each job application. Not all employers have the same challenges. Tailoring your resume to each job you apply for will increase your chances of getting called for interviews.