Study Experiment

3 Power Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

Focus On Your Accomplishments

The key for a director’s resume, or anyone else who has had vast experience in management, is to keep your resume concise.  You achieve this by establishing a focus on your accomplishments rather than your responsibilities.  No one wants to read a novel for a resume and in fact, they won’t.  They’ll simply skip over it.

Normally resumes are just scanned for seven seconds. Typically, we make sure that it’s easy to identify the companies you were employed by and your length of employment with them, as well as tightening up long job titles.  Then, depending on the importance of your accomplishments when seen in total, we list the top 3 accomplishments from each position.

Talk About Actions

The last thing you want is for your resume to look and sound just like every other executive resume.  Believe it or not, out of 10 resumes, 6 are written in a similar fashion with the same old language mimicking a job description instead talking about what was accomplished.  What exactly were your goals and what did you do to accomplish them?  Where’s the action?

Your resume is the first opportunity to stand above the rest with a bit of creativity.  You dont sound like everyone else, so why should your resume?

Use the language of your prospective employer.  Find words which will ignite their interest.  Here’s a list of just a few that work nicely:

  • accelerate
  • benchmark
  • track
  • cultivate
  • empower
  • stabilize
  • inspire
  • monetize
  • mitigate
  • synergize
  • transition
  • launch

Listing Your Professional Skills

In resumes for managers or director positions, the Professional Skills section is very important.  This section provides a quick snapshot, along with your formal education, of the foundation of knowledge that you bring to the job.

While the Summary of Accomplishments in a resume succinctly describes you and what experience you bring to the table, the Professional Skills section allows you to detail specific highlights of the professional education that you’ve attained along the way in your career.

The more impactful and well written your Professional Skills, the greater chance you will get an interview.