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How to Grab Attention with a Career Summary

Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at 2:35 PM

How to Grab Attention with a Career Summary

We all know how busy hiring managers are these day. It goes without saying that at a time of financial downturn a minor job posting gets deluged with resumes of prospective candidates and the herculean task of sorting the right candidate rested on the shoulders of the HR. Unfortunately most of the resumes get trashed in a bat of an eyelid. This is why a catchy opening statement followed by an exceptional summery of your skills at the start of your resume is your only USP for success in an extremely competitive world.

Given Below Are Simple Steps for an Impressive Resume

1. Conduct Research to Assess your Capabilities

Before applying for a position spend some time scouring through job listings in career websites. You will definitely identify some posting that require skill sets which you possess. You must then start comparing the various ads to pin point common hiring requirements and then make a list of all the requirements.

2. Start Pitting Your Credentials against the Requirements

If you are a fresher with no prior industry experience then you must start comparing the requirements of the companies with your skill sets. This will help you understand how you can be valuable for a company. It will also not be hard to fathom how the companies will benefit from your knowledge. Try to find out if the qualifications you have are perfect for the job or not. You can check out sample resumes online to see how others are tailoring their credentials for a particular job.

If you are finding it difficult to assess you own skill, take help from colleagues or your mentors. They will certainly point out if your qualifications are adequate for a position. You must also review your appraisal to find out five sellable credentials and make a lit.

3. Advertise These Credentials in Your Resume

Now that you know your strengths all you have to do is to put them down in a synopsis at the start of your profile to grab the attention of your prospective employer. After which, you must give brief excerpts of the positions that you have held in various companies. You must highlight your achievements and accolades in a simple chronological fashion.

4. Headlines- Hook the Employer

Write a great headline on your resume compelling the employer to read on them. You skills, job target and how you will contribute to the growth of the company must feature in the headline.

5. Make Your Resume Goal-oriented

Summaries must highlight a definite career goal. Do not confuse the HR person with several career targets and goal as this will only end in rejection. If you have several targets of your are multi talented person draft several resumes. You must have a short key skills section in your profile with bulleted points which can be read at one glance.

6. Proofread to make it Immaculate

Avoid fluff, redundancies, errors, typos etc. Do not write generalized statements which are vague. Make statements which are meaningful. For instance if you write that you are regularly liaising with clients located abroad then this statement makes it clear that you are conversant in English. There is no need to say 'excellent communication skills'.

The Final Product

A First Class Sample:-

Real Estate Manager

Applying Real Estate Strategies to increase profitability

Experienced executive who has contributed invaluably to the growth of the company by developing and implementing real estate strategies. Have devised incredible initiatives that reduced operating budget by $30 million and which in turn have to increased stock by a staggering 550 percent . Recognized and awarded for financial concepts applicable in asset management decisions.

Had shown immense leadership potentials by motivating management teams to achieve revenue targets. Have also undertaken professional courses MBA in finance to keep up with the changing industry requirements.

Exceptional Skill Sets

ROI Analyses and Statistical Modelling

High-Dollar Negotiations High-Volume,

Strategic Planning

Multimillion-Dollar Accounts and Budget Administration

Financial and Analytical Skills

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This is a good refresher course. Thank you.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 2:37 PM

Missed this back in August. It's a good refresher for sure.

Thanks for joining us!


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Sep 15, 2011, at 12:32 PM

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I am a master's level career counselor. I am internationally certified as a Career Management Practitioner (CMP) by the Institute for Career Certification International and has been recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.