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The One Question Your Resume Must Answer

When applying for a job in today’s market, chances are you are up against a lot of other candidates. Some hiring managers get hundreds of resumes per open position. It’s important to do everything you can to stand out from the crowd and get the hiring manager interested in you. In order to do so, your resume must answer the most important question of them all: What makes you a better candidate than all of the others?

If you answer this question on your resume, hiring managers will have no choice but to give you a call. So, how do you go about answering this question? If your work involves quantifiable results, definitely show those results on your resume. For example, instead of writing, “Helped increase sales in company,” write, “Lead project that increased overall company sales by 20%.” Showing actual numbers makes a world of difference.

On the other hand, not everyone works in a field where their job is easily quantifiable. If this is the case, talk about what you accomplished in your job that someone else in your position wouldn’t have. For example, if you lead an initiative that increased brand awareness for the company, put it on your resume.

We know that crafting a resume isn’t always easy, and sometimes this information doesn’t jump out at us. Try making a list of your accomplishments, awards and achievements. This will give you a great start on the areas you are strongest in.

Try not to focus on the day-to-day tasks when it comes to writing your resume. Too often, hiring managers see resumes that are basically a list of previous work history and the menial tasks completed each day. Think of the big picture value that you provide to your employer. Your resume should clearly paint the picture on why you’re the best fit for the position and why the employer should hire you.

If you’re still struggling with writing the perfect resume, contact one of our recruiters today. We will help you stand out and answer that one important question that will help you get an interview.