After almost thirty years as an executive recruiter, I have lost track of the number of resume formats that I have received. I have received resumes from candidates who paid hundreds of dollars to have a resume professionally prepared and I have received resumes prepared by the candidate. The major similarity in all of those resumes is that the the accomplishments/results were missing but there was a good deal of space dedicated to what that person did in his or her various positions.
Most hiring managers and human resource professionals will know by job title what a candidate does in his or her job. That being the case, why would you want to dedicate so much space on the resume with job duties and responsibilities when it is the bottom line accomplishments/results that relate how well you have done your job and it is those accomplishments/results that will set you apart from other candidates.
I recently received a resume from a candidate and under each of his positions he listed 4 to 5 accomplishment bullet points. He did a great job relating how well he did in his various positions and when I called to discuss his credentials I asked why he prepared his resume with accomplishments. He told me that he felt it was important for people to know how well he did his job and not necessarily what he did.
A big part of recruiting is building relationships and I have to thank one of my clients for bringing the accomplishment resume issue to the forefront. In my next three news posts I will be discussing other resume issues that will help you in preparing your personal advertisement.
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After ending my corporate career as a Vice President of Loss Prevention I started an Executive Seach Firm specializing in the placement of security and asset proteection executives domestically and internationally.