Important things you need to have on your resume

April 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm 3 comments

Sure it’s important to include your name, contact information, work history, education and key responsibilities.

The biggest mistake people make is leaving out their key differentiators.

What do employers really want to know about you? They want to know that you produce results.

  • What problems have you solved?
  • Did you serve as a project or team leader? Mentor to others?
  • Have you helped the company save money, improve efficiency or increase productivity?

And it doesn’t stop here. Anywhere that you can, you need to quantify and quality your achievements:

  • How many dollars did you save the company by your efforts?
  • How much in additional business did you bring in?
  • What was the percentage increase you brought about in productivity, safety, efficiency…?

In a tight job market, and as a young person just starting out in general, it’s important to include these extras to make you stand out in a sea of typical resumes and typical candidates.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. How to do a Resume | Blogger  |  May 6, 2009 at 8:10 am

    “Anywhere that you can, you need to quantify and quality your achievements”

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Goals achieved are a pieces of gold on your resume. It would even be better if you provide the methods and ways by which you have achieved your goals.

  • 2. Zooey  |  October 1, 2009 at 7:04 am

    I agree with the questions presented here. For an employee to assess himself he can ask this kind of questions. whatever the result will answer the question “Do I deserve this job? if not, what would I do to make me deserve this job”. Resumes give the first impression of the employees to their employers. Resume is very important because it shows what are your capacities are.

    Zooey Sample Student Resumes

  • 3. Amy Huges  |  January 9, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. It is vital to stand out above the competition. Don’t just say you are different, show your reader and potential employer why you are a step above the rest. Even though it can be difficult to evaluate and determine the differentiators, the job seeker won’t regret taking the extra time to do so when they get an interview call with the perfect company.


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