All too often when collaborating with a client to further develop their resume, I receive summaries and lists that downplay their capabilities, underrates their talents, and minimizes their accomplishments – much like the following which is an actual summary I once received from a new graduate.
- Experience in customer satisfaction
- Works well with other people
- Good communication skills
- Strong verbal communication
- Fast learner
- Basic plumbing knowledge
- Hand and power tools
- Strong interpersonal skills
Does this summary give a full picture of this individual? Do you see what makes them unique; distinguishing them from the crowd? Are you confident that they even actually possess these skills? Are you enticed to call them for an interview or entrust them with your precious business or customers? Of course not! On all counts!! If anything, it completely extinguishes any hope of finding an ideal candidate. It sorely undersells, even downplays, the individual and all that they have to offer. While this individual undoubtedly had very little formal experience, they radiated an almost palpable energy and demonstrated an adventurous, community-minded spirit which was clearly expressed through an affinity for hands on work combined with a multitude of valuable volunteer experiences.
So how do we distinguish ourselves on our resume rather than kill any chance we have for an interview?
There are many things to keep in mind but, here, we will focus on 10 essential ingredients to capturing an employer’s attention.