Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Tell employers how you will make a positive impact
Hiring managers want people who can start a new job and make an immediate impact. That's why you should explain in your resume and cover letter how you will do just that.
Employers want to know how you've helped past companies grow revenue, save money or become more efficient. They're not looking for a list of random skills or nitty-gritty descriptions of every task you've ever performed.
These applicants should have nixed the minutiae:
"JOB DUTIES: Conduct basic research by typing names and terms into the Google search engine, then clicking on the links that appeared."
"Web research" would have been just fine.
"SKILLS: Excellent at carrying items through the hallway using my hands and arms without dropping them."
The items or the hands and arms?
"ATTRIBUTES: If I break something, I always clean it up."
We'd rather you'd spilled the beans about your professional skills.
"ABOUT ME: Talented employee. I am right-handed."
You've "left" us wanting more relevant information.
Remember, employers want specifics. Typically, the more generic the statement, the less effective it is in convincing a hiring manager to call you. Stating the obvious wastes space and could even lead to questions about your common sense.
"JOB TITLE: Manager. Duties: Managing."
You don't say.
"QUALIFICATIONS: Have a brain."
Lastly, don't fill your resume with quirky personal details that have nothing to do with the job you're targeting. Here's a good example of what I mean:
"OTHER: I have my own vehicle. It's a blue Honda Civic that I named Scout. I put a zombie sticker on the bumper."
Must make it easy to find your car in a crowded parking lot.