January 21, 2009

1 Thing You Can Do Today to Improve Your Résumé


If you could only do one thing this week to improve your résumé, I would recommend that it be the following:

Make Sure Your "Objective Statement" Speaks to WIIFM. In a CareerBuilder.com survey, 71% of employers wanted a résumé that felt tailored to the open position. The Objective Statement is one of the easiest ways to do that - as long as it is WIIFM focused. Now, if you have no idea what WIIFM is, then you should read this post. Otherwise, here's an "Objective Statement" I recently read that really stood out. You can use it as a guide to help construct yours.

"Objective: To provide strong analytical skills and proven management experience to your company in the capacity of Financial Analyst."

What I like about this statement is that it is short, to-the-point, and clearly provides the hiring manager with an idea of what benefits this person can bring to the table. Remember, it is all about conveying WIIFM.

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