Part 2 in writing a winning resume.
We have already looked at in an early post: Personal information, top accomplishments that most interests employers and the resume check list. Next for your resume lets look at:
Your work experience should be written in reverse chronological order – last or present position first. It should tell the employer what you have done and accomplished in your past employment. For each position previously or presently held, you should provide:
- Month and year you were employed (Giving the years of employment is not enough – it leaves room for suspicion!).
- The name of your employer.
- Your title.
- Your responsibilities – written in paragraph form, with all duties and responsibilities you held for that position. It should be around 6 sentences in length.
- Your accomplishments. Don’t just say what you did:spell out the consequences and implications. Every single time you mention a duty or an accomplishment, pretend an interviewer is asking, “So What? Who cares? What does that mean to me?” This will enable you to write from the potential employer’s perspective. List your accomplishments in quantifiable terms.
- Dollar amounts. Ways you made or saved your company money – be sure to include the exact dollar figures.
- Percentages. Examples of this would be increased in occupancy, increase in net operating expenses, a decrease in delinquency. Be sure to include an exact number.
- Awards, nominations, and scores on evaluations. Unless this is your first resume, do not include jobs you held during high school. The exception would be any job that directly relates to the position for which you are applying. There should be no unexplained gaps over 6 months on your resume. Acceptable gap fillers include: stay-at-home mom, temporary assignments, went back to school.
The Education section of your resume is to show an employer that you have the necessary education to do the job. Education includes certificates, continuing education, higher education, degrees and seminars. This, too, should be listed in reverse chronological order – use the most recent first. Be sure to include degree(s) or certificate attained, the institution you attended, and the date you received your diploma. You may also include any academic honors you were awarded. We do not recommend including your GPA – unless it will help sell yourself to an employer.
Once you have prepared your resume your are ready to start looking for a new job. Remember, your resume is the first impression a potential employer gets of you. Make sure it is crisp, professional, factual, informative and easy to read.
Article by: Micha Dearen is an associate director for Action Executive Search, in Houston Texas specializing to the Real Estate – Multifamily industry since 1999.
Michael Maynard, Certified Personnel Consultant, is an associate director for Liberty Executive Search with over nine years experience.