En Route: A Career Blog

Are You Special?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
CATEGORY: , ,
POSTED: February 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

Well, of course, your family and friends think so. Perhaps even colleagues, acquaintances and the people you meet on an everyday basis consider you to be a great person.

But are your unique talents and outstanding skills reflected on your resume?

If not, they better be if you want to get noticed.

In this poor job market, most candidates are competing against hundreds of equally-qualified applicants. For employers, that’s a boon. For the unemployed, it can turn into a nightmare.

Your Unique Skills and Achievements are All That Matter

The only way to get around the competition and to make an employer notice you is to have a resume that’s accomplishment-focused, rather than one that details nothing but responsibilities.

While daily activities at work are important and speak to the possibly heavy burden you carry, what they fail to include are results. No hiring manager or recruiter is excited by someone who puts in 10-12 hours a day without a clear and positive outcome for all that effort.

Can You Help Grow the Business?

Remember: an employer isn’t paying you to show up. She or he is paying you to perform – to make the company money or to save the company money.

The best way you can indicate that to a hiring manager or a recruiter is to include many recent/relevant/quantified accomplishments in your resume. Nothing less will do.

Rather than writing: ‘Oversee a department of ten’, add the results of your management and write: ‘Oversee a department of ten, increasing staff retention by 30% over previous year, saving company $58,000 annually by (here you would include what you did to achieve your goal)’.

The second sentence shows a hiring manager that you mean business. You’re not just showing up to do as little as possible before you clock out for the day and eventually collect your check. You’re there because you want to make the company succeed. Because you’re special.

Accomplishments on your resume prove that.

  • Melanie

    Thank you so much for this post… after reading it, I immediately went back to my resume for some much-needed revitalization. I used your advice and included more quantifiable accomplishments, which I think will really help my resume stand out as more than just another copy-and-paste document like so many out there.