As we close calendar year 2019 and embark upon a new calendar year and a new decade, 2020, it is time for a refresh on many levels. This time of year many of us take stock of the past year. We review our goals and accomplishments, maybe write our own annual performance appraisal or self-review. Many of us think about the upcoming year and begin to formalize our own personal and professional goals. Given the aforementioned reflection process, the holiday season and January is a great time to reflect and update your own personal resume.
Let’s review the basics of a resume. The purpose of a resume is to summarize or provide a snapshot of your career. It is your personal brand and should tell your story – succinctly. You provide a summary, an overview of your experience, abilities, skills, and accomplishments – quantifiable accomplishments! I cannot emphasize this point enough – quantifiable accomplishments translate into business results. For example, did you save money or help grow revenue? List savings in terms of dollars, hours, or days saved. Did you grow your sales territory by 10% with fewer people vs. the prior year? Did you lead your team by implementing a new system or tool to improve a business process to improve cycle time or other metrics or KPI’s in a positive manner?
Gone are the days of listing your duties or responsibilities alone. Prospective employers want to see that you add value. When done correctly, a great resume will get you an interview. A resume is a tool to sell yourself to prospective employers. Employers are looking for problem solvers, critical thinkers, and great communicators (both written and oral) who can help take the organization to the next level by driving quantifiable business results.
It is important to ensure your resume is capturing your skill sets in a clear and concise manner. Remember, employers glance at a resume for a few seconds before deciding to grant an interview. In summary, your resume represents you; it quantifies your accomplishments, clearly states your skills and abilities, and shows your value to both past and future employers. Remember, quantify, quantify, quantify!
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Mark is a seasoned business executive with more than 25 years of experience. Mark has a strong background in financial and business operations management with a passion for business results, leadership, and achieving goals in a collaborative team environment. Mark personally leverages his Gallup Strengths: Context, Harmony, Achiever, Responsibility, and Consistency. Mark is excited to bring you the Aureus Group portfolio of staffing/recruiting programs including project staffing, direct hire, interim executives, and retained search. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. Mark also earned an MBA from the University of Rochester William E Simon School of Business located in Rochester, NY.