The traditional way that most people prepare their resume is to start recording “just the facts,” names, dates, and positions. It’s driven in part by the paradigm of the application forms that many companies used to use – or still use in an electronic format. The same is true for the creation of a LinkedIn profile, driven by their profile paradigm for experience, skills, and so on. Related: How To Prepare For A Job Interview There’s an alternative for preparing both your resume and your online profiles that will result in a stronger, clearer picture of not just your “experience,” but your accomplishments – in a format that will more likely spark interest among potential employers. “Just the facts” should end with the headline for each of your jobs. That’s the job title, organization, and dates. But that’s it! Don’t continue to create a short list of boring job duties. Don’t do this:
- Manager and lead chef
- Developed regional skills development program
- Manage 15 full and part-time employee
Interview YourselfThe interview you conduct with yourself is simple – but it has great depth that will not only help you prepare your resume but help you prepare for potential interviews. Here’s the first question: Please describe your current position and your greatest accomplishment in the last year! You’ve already answered the first part, just the facts, so focus on the second part, your greatest accomplishment. In an interview, this should be a two to three-minute response. For your resume, it should only be 2-3 lines long. One advantage of a LinkedIn profile is that your experience – ACCOMPLISHMENTS – can be longer. Maybe it’s something like this:
- Reduced food waste from 7.2% to 5.2% in three months, exceeding company goal of 5.9%, resulting in $60K annual cost reduction. Accomplished by improved inventory management focusing on daily goals and positive work habits.
- Identified high turnover indicating “too much work” and “poor recognition.” Reduced turnover by 44% working side by side with individual team members and supporting their work in a fast-paced, high-pressure, increased productivity and morale via cross-training.
- Challenge: High turnover
- Action: Working side by side with individual team members
- Result: Reduced turnover by 44%
- How this person “focused on positive work habits.” I’d say “give me an example…”
- “Tell me more” about the cross training… What were the challenges?
- Developed and presented a regional skills development program for compliance with new environmental regulations. The program included classroom presentation materials and online quizzes. A program evaluation indicated 90% “good to outstanding” quality.