Posted By Amanda Collins on February 2, 2011
When it comes to writing résumés, not every person needs the same approach. Obviously, it’s easier when you can just plug your information into a simple, clean chronological format, but sometimes a career background or goal might not fit the cookie-cutter mold. As a résumé writer, I really enjoy when someone comes along to get me out of my box and challenge me to create something I’ve never tried. Usually, those clients are stay-at-home parents, laid-off employees, or career changers who present the biggest opportunity.
If you fall into one of these categories and are struggling through your résumé, you may want to hire someone! Okay, okay, no pitching here; I want to provide some hints to get you on the best track. The first thing you need to do is determine what you’re targeting. A résumé should always begin with the end goal in mind. Look at what skills you need to have to get into the position you want. Make sure you have them! Think about the accomplishments that fit into that position as well, as accomplishments play a huge role in a well-written résumé.
Once you have all that hammered down, start thinking about which strategy is going to work for you. It could be chronological, functional, or a unique combination. Regardless, you always want to showcase your WIIFM factor: tell the employer what you can do for them! Otherwise, you’re just making it a laborious read—and I can guarantee you it will be passed up. Pile in the accomplishments because they’ll sell you much more than your skills. Oh, and make sure you have the right keywords!
Regardless of how great your résumé is, it won’t do too much on its own. Remember to incorporate social media and in-person networking to create a comprehensive job search. In this new economy, WHOM you know carries a lot of weight!