(Part 3 and last in a series on Resumes)
So far in the series on Resumes, we have discussed the best resume format and the difference between a CV and a resume. Next, we cover critical resume details.
Metrics, when added to your resume, tell the recruiter or hiring manager several things:
- You have an understanding of business, whether the organization is non profit or for profit, a governmental agency or in the private sector
- You know how your position has contributed to the overall goals of the organization. You have a “line of sight” between what you do and the bigger picture.
- Metrics should supplement your resume when describing the result or outcome of your position.
- What is the scope of your position? What number of people do you support or serve? Do you have managerial responsibility for 10 or 50 people?
- How many “widgets” did you produce or sell vs. your goal?
- Do you have budget responsibility? Did you meet budget or save costs?
- Does your job description include measurements of success? Goals? Quotas? Timebound requirements? If so, did you meet or surpass and by what percentage?
- Are you responsible for cost savings or producing revenues/sales? What was the result of your work?
Honors & Awards – it’s appropriate to share awards received for all your hard work and recognitions received from your employer as well as any organization or professional affiliation. The key is to make sure it is relevant and specific
Volunteer work, if requiring skills and abilities of the position you are applying for, can and should be included. This is especially true of if you lack a track record of paid experience. Leadership roles, especially, require a skill set transferrable to many management positions.
Internships, like volunteer work, is helpful in demonstrating skills and experience not gained in a paid position.
Students, did you work while attending class? If so, how many hours and how many hours’ of coursework did you pursue while working? This combination speaks volumes to prospective employers and demonstrates them that you have initiative, drive, are goal oriented and can juggle multiple responsibilities.
I hope this series helped you gain a better understanding of the difference between resumes and CVs, resume formats and why details are so crucial.
(The resume gets you the interview; the interview gets you the job offer. Need help in creating an interview-worthy resume? Contact me at http://www.CareerWisdomCoach.com)