Is Your Resume Fulfilling?

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I regularly provide resume reviews to job seekers who are considering working with a professional resume writer. 

As so often happens, I often get some sort of synchronicity happening. This week the resumes I reviewed were like war-time rations - skimpy and not at all filling.

Here's one of the reviews I wrote in which I addressed the need for a fuller read. I also addressed an oft-made grammar gaffe.

Resume Review

Your resume uses a nice template, but unfortunately templates are not usually compatible with applicant tracking software (ATS), which are used extensively these days by employers and job boards like Glassdoor, LinkedIn, etc.

That alone could knock you out of a job application process.

However, even if your resume passed an ATS scoring system, the content is really skimpy! I'm sure that you have wonderful accomplishments to share. But they are not well defined on your resume. Today's resume is not a historical record of "here's what I did," rather it's a self marketing document that must proclaim "here's the value I offer my next lucky employer"!

And that's where my skill works on your behalf.

As General Store Manager - or District Manager if that's your current title - you have problems to solve. What kinds of issues, which skills do you use in resolving these, and to what end? 

Your resume holds one great accomplishment, but it's not prominent, nor is it featured. Bullets are easier to skim than paragraphs, hence their use. 

Your big story could be coined for a quick read:

  • Led low-performing store to its most profitable year in 20 years - taking it to the top 3 corporate stores - by focusing on customer experience, team training, and growth strategies.

(FYI - "its" in this case does not require an apostrophe, which is needed only if the expanded form is "it is.")

Following this statement, I would expand on those metrics you hint at - "all major metrics." What were these? They are likely key word phrases, an essential component of ATS scoring.

I'd expand your resume to a 2-pager for sure, adding valuable context and content. I'd frame the info to sell you into your desired role and sector, as much as possible - all within a truthful and fact-based methodology. I never embellish - it's not necessary when you know how to compose with a strategic focus.

If you need help filling your resume out with valuable, influential information, you'd be well served hiring a qualified pro!