The Resume Exercise You Need to Perform TODAY!

Posted May 28, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand

Here at Career Girl Network, we are asked often to review resumes from those in our network. What do we think? What would we recommend she change? How can she position her resume to get a certain job? And while I and my staff are always happy to help the women in our network, often I give the same piece of advice. Sure, I’ll look at your resume, but not until you go through it and do this one specific exercise. So today, we’re telling you our secret to the first step you need to take to make your resume great.

Ready? Here it is: The Exercise You MUST Do TODAY to Make Your Resume Great

  • Go through your resume line by line (no really, every single line), and at the end of the line ask yourself, “So what?”

Consider the Following Examples:

  • Your resume says, “Managed 100 corporate accounts and communicated regularly with key stakeholders about sales tactics and results.” So what? We get it, you “managed” something. But what did it do? Instead, try this on for size: “Increased revenue from 100 corporate accounts by 17% in 2012.” That’s a “so what” answer.
  • Your resume says, “Supervised six employees.” So what? You’re a supervisor. Not that impressive. Try this: “Implemented leadership and professional development programs to lead six employees in becoming the company’s leading marketing team in 2011.”
  • Your resume says, “Completed a certificate in executive leadership from the University of Missouri in 2010.” But why? So what? Try this: “Completed a certificate in executive leadership in 2010 from the University of Missouri, bringing the skills and tools I learned to my company to improve turnover in my department, implement a new strategic plan, and on-board key team members to increase client retention and improve sales.”

Do it! Today! Go through your resume line by line, and ask that hard question – so what?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."