Change is Coming!

We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

The Most Important Thing on Your Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: December 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

Think it’s your knowledge, skills, abilities? Believe it’s your solid, quantified accomplishments? Know it’s your steady rise through the ranks from an entry-level to a senior position?

While all of these are key to a great resume, the single most important thing you can list is what you can do for an employer.

Improving a Company’s Bottom Line is Critical

That’s right. That’s what hiring managers and recruiters want to see. And they demand that it be up front in the opening summary.

In these tough economic times, with dozens or hundreds of equally qualified candidates vying for the same position, the hiring manager or recruiter will allow no more than 7 seconds to scan a candidate’s resume before moving on.

7 seconds. Not a lot of time.

Does Your Resume Pass the 7-second Test?

The only way you can possibly grab an employer’s attention and hold it is to include one, preferably two, recent/relevant/quantified accomplishments in the opening summary that prove you are the perfect candidate for the position and what you can do for the company.

If you fail to do that, you won’t be invited in for an interview.

Hiring authorities don’t have the time or patience to search for data. You may be the best HR, IT, accounting, marketing, customer service or what-have-you individual around. But if you don’t spoon feed that information to them at the opening of your resume, they won’t look for it.

Nor do they care what you want. So drop the objective. The resume isn’t really about you. It’s about them…and what you can do for their company.

Once you get in that mindset, once your resume reflects the value you can bring to their organization, the invitations to interview will start pouring in.