The Critical Resume Question

 


Visitors: 314

People have asked me often how to write a resume, or how to write a good resume, or what sets good resumes apart.

I always give the same answer.

Great resumes, the only kind you ever want to have if you want an effective job search, answer one critical question for any potential employer who looks at it:

WHAT'S IN IT FOR THEM?

If your resume doesn't answer that question in a few seconds, it's garbage. It's worse than worthless for you, because it can lock you out of that prospect.

Nice paper, or an Ivy League education, or fancy titles won't impress as much as answering that single question quickly, and in a compelling way.

Ask yourself how people read a resume.

Has an obnoxious salesman ever tried to sell you something in a retail store? He wants to tell you about how great it is, how it's a “steal, " and how it's. . . blue! Did you care? Not a whit. You had a need, and you wanted it met.

Prospective employers are the customers in the retail store. You're the salesman. The employer won't buy something that doesn't meet a current, or known future need.

A prospective employer certainly wants to know the high points of what you've done, but only so he can determine if you'll contribute to his organization in the way he wants you to. Achievements are good, but achievements matching needs are what you're after.

So, when you start to write or revamp a resume, ask what the target employer needs. Then describe how you meet that need.

Make the most compelling case for being the person uniquely capabable of meeting that need, and you'll get the job.

Copyright (c) by Roy Miller

Roy Miller created http://www.Job-Search-Guidepost.com .

Would you like a “secret weapon" to crush your job search competition? Subscribe to Roy's free newsletter and get a free report that shows YOU can win the job of your dreams in record time. Visit here to subscribe and claim your free copy: http://www.Job-Search-Guidepost.com .

Would you like never to need a resume again? Visit Roy's new site http://www.resale-money-machine.com to find out how.

Roy will link to you if you publish this article! Publish this article with no changes (keep the bio box at the bottom) at your site or in your newsletter. Then email Roy here to let him know where you're publishing: Editors@Job-Search-Guidepost.com . You'll get a link at http://www.Job-Search-Guidepost.com , and maybe an ad in Roy's weekly newsletter.

(459)

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article:  0.0/5(0 Ratings)

Related Articles:

Do You Know The Answer To This Critical Online Degree Question?

by: King J. For (December 12, 2006) 
(Reference and Education)

The Big Question: How Long Should My Resume Really Be?

by: Tracey Drake (February 06, 2007) 
(Business)

How to Write a Resume: 10 Resume Writing Tips to Help You Create a Professional .

by: Adam Waxler (June 20, 2007) 
(Reference and Education)

Questionnaire On Self Esteem- Question 3 Is THE Question Out Of 5 Important ..

by: JY Chia (March 13, 2008) 
(Self Improvement/Self Esteem)

Book Review - QBQ! The Question Behind the Question

by: Linda Davenport (December 30, 2008) 
(Business)

Critical Claims Statistics for Critical Illness Cover

by: Ray Prince (April 19, 2007) 
(Insurance)

Critical Illness Insurance - Critical or Ridicule?

by: Rachel Lane (September 13, 2005) 
(Insurance)

Critical Illness Insurance - Of Critical Importance

by: Michael Challiner (August 30, 2006) 
(Insurance)

Free Medical Resume Cover Letters Can Prevent Resume Failure

by: Jeff Melvin (May 22, 2007) 
(Business)

Free Resume Writing Help-25 Ready-Made Phrases You Can Use To Supercharge Your ..

by: Kit Samuels (May 23, 2007) 
(Business)