The biggest challenge facing a professional resume writer is how to transform a boring list of tasks into an impressive document that clearly articulates a candidate’s capabilities. Fortunately, we professionals have many tricks up our sleeves. One of my go-to strategies to ask my clients about three key components of the projects that my clients have worked on: budget, scope and impact.
Instead of trying to answer the daunting question, “What did you accomplish?” which would paralyze even the most confident or arrogant professional, I create specific questions regarding budget, scope and impact to help break the client’s achievements into smaller and more digestible elements that are easier to tackle. These details also create a clear image of the impact of the work you’ve done, and often contain encompass the most brag-worthy elements of your abilities.
Below, I’ve included a few examples of the types of questions you should strive to address in your resume, as well as what these details showcase for potential employers.
Budget: This information adds valuable, quantitative information to your resume bullets to show the reader the scope of what you’ve worked on.
Scope: These details compliment the quantitative information by showing the reading the context of the work that you did.
Impact: It’s incredibly important to include measurable outcomes of the impact of your work whenever possible. This information adds a sense of why your work was important while demonstrating your capacity to make meaningful contributions to your company.
Incorporating these details into your resume is the perfect way to demonstrate your value to potential employers without overloading on buzzwords or appearing arrogant. For more resume tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.