Have you always wondered what makes a resume stand out to a recruiter? Ideally, you want to provide evidence that your skills and experiences are a match for the job description as closely as possible. Apart from that, we want to share one specific insight that will boost your resume’s potential to entice a recruiter to give you a call.
The truth of the matter is that managers want people who get things done. The world is full of people who do things with little eye on the result. We look at hundreds of resumes each week and one of the key mistakes we see is listing tasks rather than accomplishments. By listing your accomplishments you will stand out and be noticed. Having your resume stand out as noticeable is the point of having a resume. If you are responding to a job posting, it is likely that hundreds of other people are responding as well. If your resume does not stand out, it will be lost in the sea of job seekers vying for the same few positions. In fact, the great probability is that your resume will first be screened by a junior person who knows little about the job you are applying for and is looking for three or four specific items.
Some Tips –
AVOID: Listing your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities – for example:
-Researched breaks on aged swap payments to determine the cause for each.
-Prepared and analyzed daily reports
-Communicated with clients
INSTEAD: Detail an accomplishment that explicitly informs the tasks and technical abilities you have – for example:
-Extremely productive in risk reduction: reduced breaks from more than 6,000 to less than 100, completing the project ahead of target date
-Designed and implemented new daily reporting schematic which provided management with a wider range of critical information 2 hours earlier
-Provided critical information to over 4,000 clients
Highlighting your accomplishments will indicate to your recruiter that you are a motivated go-getter able to complete projects and ultimately bring value to their organization. To see more resume, interview and job search tips, visit our blog.
If you are interested in having your resume critiqued by an experienced recruiter in the finance industry, be sure to come to our Resumes & Cover Letters That Work: Presented by Wall Street Services event. It will be held at the Wasserman Career Center at NYU on March 13th at 4:30pm.
Wall Street Services is a boutique recruiting firm in the finance industry. We place financial consultants on a project basis with well-known firms in New York City. Our mission is to place people into positions they love and provide the best consultants to our clients.