April 15, 2010
Yesterday I attended the NAB Career Day through an invite from PinkSlipMixers. The set up was much like speed dating. A line of job seekers waited (patiently) for 5-15 minute sessions with Career Coaches and Advisors.
Most of the people I spoke with were seeking advice on their resumes and one theme was common across the board.
- Highlight your achievements -
So many resumes follow the “list your duties” format for current and past positions. While it’s fine to list what you did in general, your achievements are what will stand out more than anything. You want to show a prospective employer that your work contributed to the success of your past employer in some way. Perhaps you efforts brought in more customers, or you were able to reduce expenses, or you developed a new product that helped the company. Your potential highlights are limitless, but vital to proving you are a valuable team member. It’s even better when what you achieved relates to the needs of the job you want.
Go through your resume and make sure you add in highlights- it could be the thing that gets you in the door.
(if you want more resume tips, check out our 10 Secrets of Successful Resumes)