If you haven’t created a new résumé in some time, there are some definite changes to style that are fairly important. Using a strong summary statement rather than an objective is one of the most important things you can do to beef up the impact of your résumé.
Today’s résumé help illustrates the difference between using a weak objective and creating a meaningful summary statement. The objective offers potential employers little in the way of concrete information.
Stephanie’s objective in this example is all about what she wants rather than all about what the employer wants. By making some key changes and using a summary statement instead, the résumé will have a much greater impact. It will entice the reader to read on.
Stephanie also neglects the creation of a powerful headline and branding statement. The headline and branding statement really help to define a candidate. They make it easy for hiring managers to understand a candidate’s value immediately. Note in the example below the way in which the headline helps us understand what Stephanie’s professional strengths are at a glance.
Stephanie also put her education and coursework at the beginning of her résumé. Given that she has over 15 years of hands-on managerial experience in the logistics and supply space, her education should be moved to the bottom of her résumé and the coursework section should be eliminated altogether.
For additional comments about Stephanie’s résumé, click on the image below. These suggestions will help you as you create your own résumé.
Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC is President of Careers Done Write, a premier career services provider focused on developing highly personalized career roadmaps for senior leaders and executives across all verticals and industries.