Corporate Speech Solutions: We Help You Say It Better

A Resume That Speaks for Itself: Content


Last week we started addressing the first, and one of the most important, steps in the hiring process: the resume. Our first blog focused on resume style and format—how to create a clean resume with a professional appearance. Now that you know how to craft a resume that people will want to read, the next step is to make sure it’s a resume worth reading. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss tips for what sort of information you need to include in your resume to stand out and let your future employer know you’re just what they’re looking for.

Basic Content: No matter what type of position you’re applying for, you’ll want to include the following: contact information (full name, address, e-mail address, and phone number), educational background, and previous job experience. You may include more or less detail in these sections based on your background. For example, if you’ve just graduated college, you may include more extensive educational information since your job experience is a little thinner. If you’ve been in the workforce for some time, you’ll want to focus on your experience and professional expertise.

References: Most jobs will ask for references, but they are typically only supplied upon request rather than being included in a resume. Make sure you have at least three solid references lined up in advance, whose information you can pass along at a moment’s notice if asked.

What Makes you Great?: Don’t simply describe what you did at each job; include specific accomplishments. Listing job duties is important, but relating accomplishments not only tells your future employer what you did, but how great you were at it. Chances are many applicants for the same position will have similar backgrounds; stand out by letting your future employer know what an asset you would be to their company.

Avoid Meaningless Adjectives: Many applicants will use adjectives like “creative,” “disciplined,” or “innovative.” These words mean nothing unless you can back them up. If you’ve written your job experience including accomplishments as described above, those accomplishments will speak for themselves. Anyone can say they are an “effective marketer with great people skills.” Saying that you “increased the company’s client population by 43% during your employment” is far more impressive and concrete.

Check in with us again next week for the next part in our series!

Want more great tips for professional business communication? Want to improve the way you speak and interact with others in the workplace? A corporate speech-language pathologist can help! Visit us at www.corporatespeechsolutions.com or call us at 917-841-2965 to find a professional business communication coach who is right for you!

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

Newsletter Signup

Are you looking to improve your business communication skills?
Would you like to learn about interviewing or our upcoming events and special promotions?

Then simply enter your email address below & Get your FREE 19-page ebook, "Communicate with Clarity and Confidence!", by signing up for our FREE Email Newsletter today!

 

Hear CSS founder, Jayne Latz Interviewed on the TODAY SHOW!

Jayne talks about how to change the sound of your own voice:
SmallVideoTodayShow

Did You Know You Could Change the Way You Sound?

Check out the following articles and interviews featuring Jayne Latz of CSS: Wall_Street_Journal_Button_Split_Top_V3 Wall_Street_Journal_Button_Split_Bottom_V4

Speech Topics

     

Learn to Communicate with Greater Clarity, Confidence and Credibility!

 

Join the thousands in our newsletter community and receive monthly information about our special events, promotions and of course, great communication tips! Simply enter your email below and receive your FREE copy of, "Communicate with Clarity and Confidence!"
 

We Respect Your Privacy!