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How a Stellar Resume Can Overcome Current Hiring Trends

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: August 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

The latest data from Indeed.com on industry employment trends isn’t encouraging. For July 2013 it breaks down into a bleak picture for typically high-paying industries, while there is far more activity seen in traditionally low-paying service sector jobs.

The Statistics Aren’t Pretty

The following industries actually saw a decrease in job postings in July 2013 from the previous year:

Education: -5%

Healthcare: -15%

Human Resources: -11%

Information Technology: -11%

Manufacturing: -10%

The industry with the highest gains during July 2013? Hospitality. It was up a whopping 29%. However, the vast majority of these positions will be entry-level/minimum wage or lower level positions.

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With Fewer Good Jobs, Your Resume Has to be Even Better

The days of simply listing your academic and professional information on a resume and expecting immediate call backs are long gone. They may never return, certainly not for the best positions. In the fields of IT, HR and Healthcare, most candidates will be competing against dozens, if not hundreds, of equally-qualified candidates. The only way to stand out is to have the best resume possible. That means a marketing piece that brands you as the ideal candidate for the position.

You might ask, “How is that possible when so many others in my field have the same experience and education?”

The answer is simple: By showcasing your professional and academic results.

Achievements are the Way You Keep Score in the Business World

It’s no longer enough to say that you’re a proven expert in ABC and that you have proven results in XYZ. That’s your opinion. It’s not fact. At least not to a hiring manager. That individual doesn’t know you. What’s more, he or she isn’t interested in what you have to say on your resume unless you have recent/relevant/quantified results of your past efforts.

In your opening summary, rather than writing:

Accomplished professional with proven expertise and results in business management. 

It’s better to write:

Business management includes turning around XYZ, a failing company, within eight months of hire. Achieved a 12% profit for the first time in company’s history by…

Can you see the difference? The first sentence is simply the candidate’s opinion. The second is fact.

Beef Up Your Entire Resume with Results

On average, I see 25-50 resumes per day from individuals who want to work for our company. Most of them rely heavily on tasks – did this or that – rather than what the task resulted in. To a hiring manager it looks as though you simply went through the motions, doing the bare minimum so you wouldn’t get fired and you would be paid.

That’s not the type of candidate that’s in demand these days.

Companies are struggling right along with the poor economy. Hiring managers and business owners are looking for proactive individuals who can either make them money or save them money. Even with the millions of individuals currently unemployed, very very few will meet most employers’ criteria. And that means a clear path to the top for you. But only if you follow these tips.

Paint Yourself as the Perfect Candidate in Your Resume

  1. Begin in the opening summary. Align your professional and academic background to the position requirements.
  2. Pull out and showcase all relevant accomplishments. Remember to include percentages and dollar figures. If your results aren’t quantified, they’re not fact, they are your opinion.
  3. Make certain your professional experience is results oriented, rather than task oriented.
  4. Do the same with your education, especially if you’re a recent graduate with little to no professional experience. List high GPAs, leadership positions in school, awards won, special projects worked on, scholarships and internships.

There are some very good jobs out there and they will eventually be filled. By having a better resume than all of the other candidates, that job could be yours.

 

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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