By:  John Holmgren

Organizations hire people for only one reason: to help achieve its objectives.

The important word in that sentence is “achieve”.

Your resume is read and evaluated for your achievements.  If you have been effective in doing your part to assist an organization in meeting its goals, it’s reasonable to assume you can do the same for this group.

That puts a high priority burden on you to make your accomplishments and achievements very clear, explicit and visible.  This is no time for shy modesty and subtlety.

The old line is “if you can do it, it ain’t bragging”!

That is not to suggest that you should brag.  That is never attractive.  However, you can bring out your promotions, awards, advancements and achievements in a way that is not bragging.  Be objective and report these events on your resume as bullets under your job title.  Use telegraphic style.  It depersonalizes the information.

Let the reader know that you have been promoted; saved the organization money; implemented a new and effective procedure; exceeded sales goals; earned a patent; whatever.

That is the information that earns you a second look.  It’s the meat on the bones.

Don’t make the mistake of making your resume a series of job descriptions.  What you have achieved and what you can achieve for this organization is their sole interest.

Cheers, John