Are you just starting your job search? Did you know that an average hiring manager spends about 6-7 seconds looking at your resume to determine if you are a right fit for the company? This means that you need to make your resume stand out! Your resume should include your objective, education, prior work experience, and your top skills/achievements. It is very important that you update/modify your resume for each position that you apply to. This would include thoroughly looking at the job description that you are applying to, and shaping your experiences to show how you are a perfect match. For example, if you are applying to be a business development manager, you should not have work experiences having to do with being a waitress or bartender on your resume. In this blog post we will be talking about what goes in to the resume, and some tips on what to look out for when writing in these sections.
- OBJECTIVE. Your objective should be a brief summary of what type of job you are trying to pursue and what you can provide the potential company.
- EDUCATION. State the highlights of your education including degree type, major, any minors, GPA, and time duration.
- PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE. Previous work experience is used to show how your prior accomplishments relate to your future position. People often use accomplishments and duties hand in hand, but it is crucial that you decipher these two before beginning this section of your resume. Duties describe what you did in your previous role, and accomplishments describes how well you did it. You want to focus more on your accomplishments, and try to quantify them in order to make the hiring manager easily understand the level of work or responsibility you needed to achieve this accomplishment. If you have more than one work experience, you should be able to tell your career progression with these different roles, which would include more job responsibilities, managing others, etc.
You should be asking yourself these questions:
- What did I do that was above and beyond my normal job duties?
- Did I win any awards or accolades?
- What new processes did I implement to improve things?
- What problems did I solve?
- Did I ever consistently meet or exceed goals or quotas?
- What made me really great at my job?
- SKILLS/AWARDS OR ACHIEVEMENTS. This section is meant to emphasis the tactical skills you have learned and any honors/awards you have earned. Make sure you emphasis the skills that are related to the job description!
One last tip – be original and make sure your resume is under two pages! Your resume can make or break you getting that first interview whether it’s over the phone, a Skype interview, or in person; so, don’t ruin your chances by not revamping your resume now!
BELOW is an example of a well-written resume:
____________Chicago, IL | 123.456.7891| email@example.com____________
Business development manager from a technology & sales background, with over 5 years of invaluable managerial experience of working for multinational companies. Highly focused with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Currently responsible for product planning and execution throughout the product lifecycle, including: gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with the IT, sales, marketing and support departments to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. Possessing excellent written and oral communication skills including presentation experience to large and diverse audiences. Currently looking for a suitable managerial position.
- Strong competency with Microsoft Excel
- Frequent user of Google Analytics
- Strong research and strategic analysis skills
- Sharp Problem solver
- Client Relationship Management
- Project Management
- Excellence in Customer Partnering Award (2017)
- Language: Proficient in oral and written Spanish
PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE
Airtech Solutions, Chicago, IL Nov. 2018- Present
Business Development Manager
- Successfully managed $2-3 million budget projects and successfully achieved the project scheduled goals
- Developed and implemented new marketing and sales plans and defined the strategy for the next 5 years
- Reviewed constantly the customer feedback and then suggested ways to improve the processes and customer service levels which increased the satisfaction rate from 81% to 95%
- Ensured that new clients will grow into a loyal customer base in a specialist niche market by implementing a new loyalty program
TechNOW Solutions , Palatine, IL June 2015-Nov. 2018
Business Development Assistant
- Increased the customer satisfaction rate, which increased company’s revenue from 8 million to 10 million dollars
- Planned, supervised, and coordinated daily activity of the junior business analysts’ team of 5 people
- Directed the creation and implementation of a new strategic information system plan, reducing operations costs by 20 million dollars
- Managed $2-3 million budget projects, and successfully achieved the project scheduled goals
Johnson Corp, Vernon Hills, IL July 2008-Nov. 2011
Business Development Assistant
- Appointed Business Development Manager for overseas territories Puerto Rico
- Achieved USD 1 mn. sales of license & consulting services in Puerto Rico and USD 1 mn. license sales in MyTel
- Led business development in Xyfone which generated USD 6 mn. in sales
DePaul University Chicago, IL Sept. 2004-June 2008
Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration
Minor in Finance