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The Perfect Resume: Paint a Clear Picture

Recently, we sat down with our Manager of Resume and Coaching Services, Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill. He shared his insights into building a perfect resume.

Some of the best movies, books, and stories leave elements up to the audience’s imagination.

None of the best resumes do.

Which is why you should paint a vivid picture, fill in  gaps, and leave nothing to the imagination. Remember, if it’s not on your resume, the reader won’t know it!

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This is often a stumbling point for those writing their own resume. Since you already know the context of your story, you might fail to connect the dots for the reader who doesn’t also know the context.

To really make your accomplishments shine, express the details of the scope, scale, timeframe, and even the climate you faced.

Scope: Did you manage a territory or multiple offices? How many?

Scale: What was the size of the team or budget you managed? For those in finance, assets under management? For example, did you have a 10 million dollar budget, but only need 8 million to achieve your targets?

Timeframe: Did you achieve a major task 3 months ahead of schedule? This is a perfect way to show you have stellar time and project management skills.

Climate: A great way to stand apart from the competition is to show how you excelled in the climate of your company or industry. Was your company experiencing consecutive revenue loss quarter after quarter, yet you found a way to turn it around? Did the industry take a turn for the worse, yet you found an innovative approach to keep your company on top?


 

See the other tips for a perfect resume:

Your Value Proposition
Tell a Story
Evidence of Impact
Quantify and Qualify

About the Author

Greg Olsten is Ivy Exec's Sr. Content Manager, producing Online Classes, and Executive Intelligence articles.