One of the topics that generates the most interest at my seminar and workshops is how to create a résumé that emphasizes key accomplishments and achievements instead of one that reads like a career obituary. When a résumé overflows with duties and responsibilities, it’s a snoozer for hiring managers because EVERY candidate has duties and responsibilities. Make a hiring manager go on a fishing expedition for information he or she needs, and your chances for further consideration are greatly reduced.
I suggest creating a small table with 5 rows and 2 columns like the example below.
|Situation||What were the circumstances leading up to the accomplishment?|
|Task||What task were you assigned for this situation?|
|Action||What action(s) did you take to fulfill the task assigned?|
|Results||Where were the results of the actions you took to fulfill the assigned task?|
|Restated for résumé||How would you state this accomplishment in one short sentence for your résumé?|
Here’s an example that I worked up an accomplishment from my last résumé:
|Situation||Technical publications function considering going from print to digital.|
|Task||Create task force to evaluate costs, organizational impact, timetable, cost-savings|
|Action||Obtain buy-in from all functional groups affected by shift to digital.|
|Results||Reduced company printing costs by $2.3 million in two years.|
|Restated for résumé||Reduced documentation printing/distribution costs by $2.3M in two years with minimal impact to participating organizations.|
Breaking down your involvement with various company initiatives and projects using this table format helps you extract an accomplishment that contributes to the strategic objectives of the organization.