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An effective resume is a finely
tuned document that has to pack
a lot of relevant information into
a limited amount of space.
It cannot simply be a recitation
of your work history.
This isn t your father s resume,
because that strategy no longer
No one is added to the payroll
for the love of mankind.
They are added to make a con-
tribution in a particular area and
in a very specific way.
When employers add someone
to the payroll, the job title and its
responsibilities have been analyzed,
justified, and budgeted months
before that position opens up.
Every job, in its own small way,
is there to help a department, and
in turn a company, make a pos-
itive contribution to the end goal
of profitability by delivery of either
product or service.
So, when an employer looks at
your resume it is with a very spe-
cific objective in mind:
Does this resume reflect a
person who can help me deliver
on these specific challenges?
From this question, we get
employers conceiving a job in
terms of its deliverable, rather
than solely in terms of education
and years experience required, etc.
GOAL: SURVIVE THE
For any employer, the resume
screening process is one of the
most mind-numbing steps of the
Typically, resumes get a first
time screening that spans no more
than 30-45 seconds with the
majority of that time spent on
the first page. Remember that the
reader is looking solely for people
with specific experience related
to the needs of a carefully defined
Page One Connects You to
the Job s Deliverables
The first page of your resume
needs to pack a knockout punch,
and the best odds for achieving that
is with a clear focus on a target job.
Only with a clear focus can you
demonstrate your understanding
of a job s deliverables, along with
your experience and achievements
in each of the deliverable areas.
Obviously, a generalized/unfo-
cused resume will not stand out
in the resume screening process.
Most likely, an unfocused resume
will be ignored.
SUCCESS IN 3 STEPS
This means that for your resume
to be effective, it must begin with
a clear focus on---and understand-
ing of---the deliverables for a spe-
cific target job. Only when you
have this focus can you begin to
look backwards into your work
history for those experiences that
best position you for the target
job, and enable you to tailor a killer
resume. You ll find a link to a free
access to Knock Em Dead Resumes
& Templates available at the end
of this the article.
1. Research to Understand
the Job and Your
If you are new to the profes-
sional world, engaged in a career
shift, or just want to be sure that
you are on target, you might want
to execute a little research to
ensure your resume has the proper
• If you want clarification on a
target job, analyze job postings,
like those on Job-Hunt sponsor
• Visit the Occupational Outlook
Handbook pages at BLS.gov,
which gives you detailed analy-
sis of hundreds of jobs.
Then, analyze the people:
• Talk to people who are actually
doing the work. Have them
deconstruct the job for you. If
you already work in the field,
think about the best people you
have known doing this job.
Analyze what they did, and how
they did it.
• Apply the same analysis to peo-
ple who have failed in the job.
What did they do? How and
why did they fail?
This kind of strategic thinking
will give you the focus you need.
Yes, work is involved, but the pay-
off will make the time invested
2. Apply Your Analysis
to Your Resume
Experienced professionals have
to be fully conscious that employ-
ers are not looking for Swiss Army
They are looking for someone with
critical "must have" skills to apply in
a specific area.
Those additional "nice-to-have"
skills are just that, and they don t need
to be in a resume (beyond presence in
a keyword section) because they will
take focus away from your primary
3. Resist the Instinct to
Generalize Your Resume
As the years pass and you gain more
experience, the analysis described
above becomes increasingly important
as a tool to keep you on track.
The reason for continued observa-
tion and analysis? After just five years
in the professional world, there are
usually two or three jobs you can do;
and when you get 15 and 20 years
down the road you could have twice
that many professional options.
Often resumes that attempt to
reflect great breadth of experience can
seem unfocused. And, an unfocused
resume is---today---an ineffective
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