To succeed in today’s intensely competitive job market, your resume cannot simply dwell on your past job responsibilities. Instead, it must project into the future by providing prospective employers with a sneak preview of what they can expect from you as an employee.
How do you do this?
By making strong assertions about your strengths and capabilities and backing them up with solid accomplishments.
Any tennis player can claim that they can return Andy Roddick’s serve for a winner. But very few can back that claim. However, it would be an entirely different story if you had a record of actually playing and winning against Andy.
The same thing holds true for statements you make in your resume. If an employer can see specific examples of accomplishments that are verifiable and quantifiable, he realizes that there’s an excellent possibility of you delivering similar results in your new position.
So it’s Important to demonstrate that you have what it takes to deliver future results by focusing on your accomplishments instead of past job responsibilities. Employers know that good habits are hard to break.
Don’t think you have any accomplishments worth mentioning?
In my next post I’ll show you how to dig beneath the surface of routine job responsibilities to uncover noteworthy accomplishments that will have prospective employers eager to pick up the phone to call you for an interview.