You've probably rewritten your resume at least once in the past few years. And you looked for examples to make sure you were following the latest advice. Advice like drop the objective, use a summary or position statement instead. And never use a functional resume; always use a chronological resume. Unless you have not-optimal circumstances, then use a functional resume. Related: Improve Your Resume Results With These 5 P's Of Resume Writing Perhaps you've removed the “hard working, team player, results-driven, people person" description that you've learned can cause a hiring manager to quickly move on. Here's the weird thing – chances are you're still using the one phrase that you should NEVER use on your resume. You're not alone. It seems 9 out of 10 resumes still use it. What is it? “Responsibilities include . . ." Or a variation such as “Responsible for" or “Duties include."
Why You Shouldn'tIt seems like a harmless way to list what you did in a given position, so what's the big deal? Two reasons… 1.) You want to show what you actually DID, as in ACCOMPLISHED, in that position, not just what that position required. Responsibilities are the baseline of what you were "supposed to" do in your job. A teenager might be "responsible" for keeping his bedroom clean, but does that mean he actually did it? Of course not. And, in fact, the "responsibility" of cleaning his room is the same responsibility that nearly every teenager has. Writing that he is "responsible for keeping his room clean" only establishes that he has the same baseline qualifications as his peers. It does nothing to differentiate him. 2.) You are in a competitive job market. An average of 75 to 200 resumes are submitted for corporate job openings, and of those, less than 5% of applicants are considered for the next step in the process. Your resume has to stand out, and if you're just providing boring job descriptions, it won't.
What To Include InsteadYou need to list your ACCOMPLISHMENTS to show the value you provided in your last position, and the value you can bring to a new employer.
- Use active language to describe what you accomplished.
- Instead of just listing a particular skill or trait (e.g. customer relationship building, excellent team builder), provide examples of past achievements that demonstrate the value and benefits you produced as a result of applying that skill.
- Create power statements that show your action and result.
- Use numbers whenever possible.