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Resume Transformation -
The 1 "Magic" Word That Transforms Your Resume/CV

by Robert Odhams

Your resume is of course is your ticket to job interviews, but, if you're like most people, your resume can do with improving. I had a phone call very recently that relates to this. The caller asked:

"What's the one thing that I can do to change my resume that will have the most impact."

I said that there's no single "magic bullet" as a truly great resume comes from doing a lot of things right. However, there is one word that 99% of people don't use, but if used properly can have a dramatic effect on the number of interviews you're invited to.

The "magic" word to add to your resume is..... "Achievements".

Here's why...

When writing a resume, for each previous position most people will just use the title "Responsibilities" and just list previous responsibilities.

This is not a bad thing, as some responsibilities should be listed for each position that you have held.

But it is an "average" thing. It makes your resume look pretty much like everyone's resume.

And no hiring manager, company or senior executive wants to hire an "average" candidate.

In all my years as a recruiter, if the resume looked average, the candidate didn't get an interview.

I'd learned that those who made the hiring decision would just reject average-looking resumes. So when screening resumes I'd reject average ones before they even reached the hiring authority.

It's important for me to point out though that just because a resume is average it doesn't mean that a candidate is.

What happens is that resumes are often "responsibility focused" rather than "achievement focused" and can make even a great candidate look average.

So what's the solution...?

1. Under each position title on your resume add the word "Achievements".

2. List 2 to 4 of your achievements in each position BEFORE you list your responsibilities for each position.

3. Achievements come in various shapes and sizes, so here's some pointers to help get you thinking:

- increased revenues - increased profits - saved time - saved money - found a more efficient way of doing things - won an award - organized successful event/product launch/other - recognized for your contribution - promoted - given a bonus

Of course, if you supported an individual or a team that did any of the above, it becomes an achievement for you.

What will be the outcome of changing my resume?

1. Instantly your resume will contain the word "Achievements", which in itself helps recruiters to see you as an achiever, rather than an average candidate.

2. Secondly, it will help you to focus on achievements rather than just responsibilities. A resume which has achievements running right through it will get and hold a recruiter's attention much faster than a resume which just lists responsibilities.

3. If done properly, it will of course lead to more interviews.

The one goal of your resume is to get you interviews and so this one change to your resume will help to get you noticed.

Copyright 2007 Reprinted with permission of Robert Odhams, founder of Executive resume sending service and CV sending service

Robert Odhams is founder of Executive resume sending service and CV sending service Robert is a former global corporate recruiter and has experience with recruiting at all levels.

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