- Sept. 27, 2021
-- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull Inc. reported, "Writing a resume can be tough. You need to compress your career details into one page and provide compelling statements about your skills, work history and accomplishments.
Remember the purpose of your resume: demonstrate your job capabilities so that you get an initial interview. The results shown are critical and must stand out! Think of it from your customer's perspective — the one making the decision to interview you or not. What's more impressive: a list of job skills or stating job skills and then showing quantified results from using the skills?"
The way you prove your success is stating your job skill — project leadership, for example — and then tie that skill to a result — delivered five projects on time, under budget with measured customer satisfaction through consistent completion of tasks. What you want is an interview from your resume. So you need to have the person reading your resume see the benefits of possibly hiring you.
Results, of course, can't simply be stated without proof either. You can't simply say "decreased cycle time". Proof is shown through using numbers
that show the result and stating the reason
the numbers came into being! By "consistently managing tasks" in our project leadership example, it shows how you went about getting (the number) five projects delivered.
Or, if your number is increasing inventory turns by 5%, you could have done that many different ways. By saying that you increased inventory turns by 5% through increasing best selling items in stock and reducing poor selling inventory, you now have a good reason for hitting your number which passes the "common sense" test!
Besides focusing on your results throughout the body of the resume, include results in your summary at the top of your resume as well. It may seem easier to say something like "a project leader with a proven record of success" instead of doing the hard work of drilling down to what you represent to a a hiring manager. After the summary, add a section that summarizes critical skills such as software languages and/or systems and professional methods applied.
Bentley concluded, "Pull out your resume. Take a look at what you think are your critical job skills that are important to potential employers. Do you have concrete results represented by a number in the result. Do you have a reason for each number on the resume? Then complete a gap analysis to get your proof and add it to the resume. A proven track record of success statement is worthless without it."