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If you're writing your resume and are trying to find some focus, this article is for you! But first,
Most companies don’t care what kind of job you want, or what your dreams, goals, and aspirations are (which is why the “Objective Statement” is no longer acceptable on a resume). Nope, they simply want to know one thing: how you can make them, or save them,
Sad, isn’t it? But that’s the reality. Businesses exist TO MAKE MONEY. Therefore, you need to show on your resume that you have created value for companies in the past. Value = money. You add value by:
The very position you’re applying to most likely exists to help an employer maintain and increase profitability. AKA MONEY. You need to ask yourself:
Now, this concept isn’t so cut and dry for some jobs, but every company, organization, or field values SOMETHING. For example, what if you’re a teacher? Think of what a school administration or a district values: an increase in test scores, an increase in grade point average, reduction in absenteeism, increasing the grade level of one or a few at-risk students, securing a grant, etc.
Want to work for a non-profit? They still value money, although it’s not as cut and dry. Your value may lie in the expertise you can bring to the table, how you can further the organization’s goals, how effectively you can assist in raising money through your marketing skills, creating and maintaining excellent relationships with sponsors, being efficient and increasing productivity, etc.
Once you determine the value you would bring to the company, in your resume, describe the ways you’ve demonstrated this in previous jobs or experiences, and be sure to explain HOW you accomplished it. Here are some questions to help you recall important accomplishments at work that may have added value:
Now go create an amazing resume with that one word in mind: MONEY! And for much, much more detail on creating the best possible resume, check out The Ultimate Resume Writing Guide.
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