The 1 Thing Most Resumes Are Missing


The number 1 thing that most resumes don’t include, and should, is accomplishments. Most resumes list duties & responsibilities copied directly from a job posting and pasted onto their resume. Well, Control+C and Control+V are NOT a path to success! If you’ve accomplished nothing, then resorting to simply listing what you should have accomplished (duties & responsibilities) is the next best thing.

The fact is that the candidate that is no more qualified than you BUT listed actual accomplishments rather than mere duties & responsibilities will get that interview and consequently be closer to an offer than you. Creating and submitting a resume that fails to convey your capabilities properly nullifies your actual qualifications. Your resume failed to demonstrate a level of expertise sufficient for consideration and/or higher than your competitors.

Complaining about how the resume and application system is antiquated and flawed will get us nowhere. If you’d like to be the one that rebuilds the “broken recruiting system,” be my guest. And when you fix it, I will adjust the recommendations I’m making to the people I’m trying to help. Until then, I’ll focus on the current reality facing people that are either using a resume to find work today or to document their professional achievements for future job search or advancement goals.

The Fix is In

Building a great resume that gets you the interviews you want is as easy as A.R.T.

Action verb + Result (quantified) + Time bound = Accomplishment

Both CEO’s and entry-level Mailroom Clerk will benefit from this method. I don’t care what profession you’ve chosen, you are either accomplishing something or waiting to be found out and fired. If you’re actually getting stuff done then you have accomplishments to record.

Here are some examples:

Waiter/Waitress: Served clients exceptionally well resulting in a 30% increase in return visitors within 3 months

General Laborer: Implemented reduce/reuse program resulting in a 10% cut in materials cost per project in the first year of employment

Mailroom Clerk: Routed an average of 500 mail items per day with a .0005% error rate over the course of 18 months

Controller: Saved $15 million annually by reducing fixed asset spending by 3% year-over-year in 2008

EH&S Consultant: Implemented proper safety compliance measures eliminating 100% of all OSHA & EPA findings & fines within year 1 of contract

Sales Executive: Achieved 106% of revenue [4.06M] & 99.6% of gross margin dollars quota [658K] in 2009

Still Having Trouble Documenting Your Accomplishments?

Ask yourself how you saved your employer money, made them money or made their lives easier.

If your performance is measured you’ll easily be able to document your achievements. For example, “cleared 35% more helpdesk tickets than” or “produced 600 widgets per hour” or “answered 200 calls per day”

Accomplishments can be uncovered pretty quickly when you understand what you’re being measured on. Consider asking your manager/supervisor what you need to do to be considered highly successful in your current role. The answers you receive will be your either current or future accomplishments.

Did you accomplish something? Great, document it! NOW! Use your resume to capture all those big and small accomplishments. Your memory will not serve you 6 months or 6 years from now, but your resume will!

Let me know your thoughts and if I can help you!

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