Recently I wrote a resume for an Office Manager. From formatting to language, I completely recreated the resume. This client's first page (let's call the client Lindsay) went from 34 bullet points (!) to a mere six. The transformation included a new chunking out of info from two to three sections, for scannability-friendly reading, that varied between paragraphs, bolded key word statements, and bullets.
The old version contained such ubiquitous statements as:
- excellent interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities, and conflict reolution
- solid capacity to multitask
- strong ability to learn new programs
- filed all accounting documentation
Lindsay's new resume rang with value! Here is the bullet, placed almost at the top of the resume, which ensures that recruiters keep reading:
- saved money by negotiating better contracts, retained clients with excellent service, attracted new business with a knack for sales and improved efficiency by creating forms and processes.
Now you can't just make a statement like that and leave it! As the resume's content evolved, each of these phrases - which demonstrate Lindsay's value - was proven. For example:
- Created purchasing order forms for seamless data entry of up to 50 forms per week, saving two hours of work, on average, each week.
- Saved 15% on safety and 20% on office purchases by sourcing new suppliers.
- Added 20 corporate accounts by conducting approximately 20 cold calls daily, generating a 10% success rate in scheduling appointments to introduce our firm's products.
Context builds influential content, and strategy drives which info gets expanded and which info needs no emphasis (like filing in the case of our Office Manager).
If you'd like your resume to sing with your value, New Leaf is at your service! - Stephanie