Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Your Resume: Is Your Professional Story

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Your Resume: Is Your Professional Story

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When applying for a job, a potential employer will frequently ask for a copy of your resume (or curriculum vita). So, what is a resume? It is your sales pitch or your professional story formatted so that it can be efficiently read by a potential manager, a recruiter, or even an automated computer system. Your goal in submitting your resume is to be invited to an interview.

Your resume should ROAR; that is, it should be Results Oriented And Relevant to the potential employer. The closer your resume comes to resonating with the manager's needs, the more likely you are to be selected for an interview. If you want your resume to be read through to the end, it needs to captivate. A hiring manager may be most interested in:

1 How much more money will I make (or how much money will I save) if I hire you?

2 Will you make me look really good?

3 What can I stop doing when you come on board? (1)

If your resume captures the manager's attention by addressing their concerns, it is more likely to be read in its entirety, and you are more likely to be invited for the interview. So, your resume should begin by showing the reader in just a few lines what you will do for them. The remainder of your resume should provide more results-oriented detail from your professional story. Your resume does need to stand alone, as it may be separated from other documentation you may supply to your potential employer, but it does not need to tell your entire life story. It just needs to show how awesome you will be for your new employer. There is little, if any, room for extraneous content such as previous job responsibilities, goals of previous employers, your personal non-job-related goals, and the like. …

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