How To Have A Winning Resume

By Joy Belus on October 1, 2014 in Job Seekers, Resume Writing Tips & Tricks

How To Have A Winning Resume

I came across this article on LinkedIn yesterday and with the StarkJobs.com Fall Job Fair coming up I thought this would be great information to share. Laszlo Bock who is the SVP, People Operations at Google explains the formula you need to add to have a winning resume!
 
Just from seeing the formula he gives before I even read the examples I truly thought “why isn’t everyone doing this?” Below I have provided the information right from his article because he says it best so why mess with it?
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Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y] by doing [Z]

In other words, start with an active verb, numerically measure what you accomplished, provide a baseline for comparison, and detail what you did to achieve your goal. Consider the following two descriptions of the same work, and ask yourself which would look better on a resume:

  1. Studied financial performance of companies and made investment recommendations
  2. Improved portfolio performance by 12% ($1.2M) over one year by refining cost of capital calculations for information-poor markets and re-weighting portfolio based on resulting valuations

The addition of the “12% improvement” makes the statement more powerful. Adding “($1.2M)” anticipates the reviewer’s question about whether 12% is a big deal or not. If you improved investment results by 12%, but that meant going from $100 to $112, that’s not too impressive. But adding $1.2M to the starting portfolio value of $10 million is huge. Explaining how you did it adds credibility and gives insight into your strengths.

Several examples inspired by actual resumes will show you what I mean. The first bullet is typical: not bad, but certain not to stand out. The second is a much better version of a similar accomplishment from a different resume. My own suggestions are in italics.

College student who is a leader in her sorority

  • Managed sorority budget
  • Managed $31,000 Spring 2014 budget and invested idle funds in appropriate high-yielding capital notes
  • Managed $31,000 Spring 2014 budget and invested $10,000 in idle funds in appropriate high-yielding capital notes returning 5% over the year

College student participating in a leadership program

  • Member of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
  • Selected as one of 230 for this 18-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent
  • Selected as one of 230 participants nationwide for this 18-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent based on leadership potential, ability to contribute to this MLT cohort, and academic success

Finance or consulting professional

  • Responsible for negotiating service contracts with XYZ
  • Negotiated 30% ($500k) reduction in costs with XYZ to perform post-delivery support
  • Negotiated 30% ($500k) reduction in costs with XYZ to perform post-delivery support by designing and using results from an online auction of multiple vendors

 

falljobfair_flierv9-page-001I have only listed a few examples for you that Bock gives in his article but you are able to see how incorporating his formula into your resume will make it more appealing. Ultimately it is you and not your resume that will get you the job, but it is your resume that gets you into the first interview.
 
And don’t worry if you are not able to measure your work like the examples listed above because you can always find something that stands out from the rest. Bock gives examples for that too!
 
If you would like more examples you can view the article HERE .  I recommend taking a look at the article because it will be a great way to prepare for the StarkJobs.com Job Fair.
 
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Coming Soon… Tips on what to bring to the Job Fair!

 

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