Make a Resume in 5 Hours Or Less That Gets Results

So, you need to make a resume and get a job.

In order to compete in the current job market, the type of resume your parents helped you write to get that summer intern job in high school is no longer sufficient.

When I make a resume for a client, it usually takes between 4 and 5 hours to create. But it gets results.

You can either spend 4 or 5 hours sending the same tired resume to 100 different employers (which looks the same as the other 200 resumes they receiving), or you can spend that time making a kick-butt resume that will force hiring managers to notice you.

Here are the steps to make that resume:

Make a Resume Plan

Many people make the mistake of building a resume they can use to apply for hundreds of jobs across dozens of industries. A resume that gets results is laser-focused on trying to land a specific type of job.

Before you begin, figure out exactly what job title you want to target. If you are chasing two or three different job types, you should have multiple versions of your resume.

For example, if you work in health and fitness and have experience as both a personal trainer and a physical therapy assistant, build a separate resume for each area of focus. Yes it requires more work, but you will get results.

Make a List of Employer Needs

Many people approach making a resume as simply compiling a list of their prior work history and job responsibilities.

If you want to make a resume that gets results, you have to show employers how you can meet their needs. You have to take a different approach:

  • Find out what needs the employer hopes to fill with your target position.
  • Present yourself to the employer as someone who meets each of those needs.

These are the exact steps:

  1. Use job search engines like Indeed or SimplyHired to find several jobs with the title you’re targeting. They can be located in your home city, or across the country.
  2. Read the job description and focus on the needs the employer is trying to fill. (Hint: These are things like increasing revenue, building teams, and helping customers — very different from requirements like “proficient in Excel,” or “excellent communication skills”).
  3. Make a list of the needs of at least 10 employers.
  4. Refine the list of needs down to the top 3 that are common to most of the employers you researched.

Compile Your Resume Success Stories

For each position you have held over the last 10 years, come up with at least 5 success stories that illustrate how you already know how to meet the 3 top needs your new employer has.

  1. Describe the situation you found yourself in.
  2. Explain the solution you came up with to resolve the situation.
  3. Share the results of your success. Use numbers whenever possible to show how much the result mattered.

If you want to end up in the top 5% of the resume pile, rather than in the 95% that land in the trash can, make a resume that’s full of success stories.

Make a Resume That Sells You

Once you start putting everything together, focus on communicating your ability to satisfy the top 3 needs you identified.

If something doesn’t illustrate how you meet one of your new employer’s top 3 needs, leave it out. The exception would be items that show your qualifications (specific educational criteria, certifications, etc.).

Make a Resume That Looks Good

Use common fonts. Currently, the fonts that are most commonly installed on Windows-based computers and look good on resumes are Tahoma, Microsoft Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial, Trebuchet MS, Georgia, Palatino Linotype, and Estrangelo Edessa.

Build a simple header that includes your first and last name, your target job title, your phone number, and your email address. You can also include your postal address here if it fits nicely; alternately, put it in your footer. Don’t list 2 phone numbers and do not use business-inappropriate email addresses. You can also include a sub-head or tagline.

Avoid objective statements, they died out last century. Use a summary section, a testimonial from a previous employer, a short list of qualifications, or something that shows how you meet those top 3 main needs your new employer has.

Detail your professional experience using your success stories. Use them to show what you did at your previous jobs. Avoid long laundry lists of responsibilities. Consider bolding extra-important results.

Include an additional section, if appropriate, containing your educational or other credentials.

Make a Resume That Passes the Test

If you need someone to tell you whether or not you know how to make a resume that will get results from employers, We’ll be happy to critique your current resume at no charge.

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