You Absolutely Must Have a Strategic Resume Format

What's a "strategic" resume format? Well, let's look at it this way. A traditional (non-strategic) job search resume format is passive at the very time when employers are looking for someone who can demonstrate they are proactive. It's one of the many job search changes that have occurred in the 21st Century that must be reflected in your resume. For example, employers today want to find a candidate who * Understands the organization. * Can show how to make a difference. * Can demonstrate quantifiable contributions.

* Isn't afraid to ask for a job. * Knows how to cut a deal. From this you can see that the focal point of a resume format must be to respond to the needs and expectations of the employer. The job seeker's personal information and their work history are of secondary importance. This is what we mean by a "strategic" resume format. So to meet the expectations of an employer, here's how your strategic resume format should look: 1.

Resumes are initially scanned (not closely read) in less than 50 seconds. Something about you either attracts attention in that timeframe or your resume is trashed. 2.

Your resume must have an attention-grabbing headline . . . a quick summation of what you have to offer.

3. Do NOT write some self-serving objective statement. An employer could care less what you want to get out of this for your self. He/she is interested exclusively in what you can do to make the bottom line look better. 4.

DO write a short summary statement saying very directly what assets, capabilities and strengths you bring to the table that can make a difference to the organization you're interested in. 5. Keep your resume brief and impactual. One page is best. But never more than two pages.

No long-winded recitation of your past accomplishments. Employers want to know how your achievements can make a difference to their needs. So tell them . .

. and use quantifiable results to do it. If you rely on the old-fashioned methods of finding a job, you'll be disappointed. While it's true that you won't be hired on the basis of a resume, on those occasions where it's important to have a resume, you want to make sure you use a "strategic" resume format!.

Paul Megan writes for EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and non-traditional career advancement strategies . . . since 1985. Grab our stunning FREE REPORT: "How To Find A Job In As Little As 14 Days!" Click on RSS for instant info!

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