Most resumes fall short of impressing prospective employers, largely because they fail to show the reader how the candidate’s experience would transfer to the role that they’re applying to. However, by including key details in your resume, you can highlight your relevant skillsets and effectively set the stage for the reader by giving them a sense of context for your previous work.
What is SSSR?
In the resume world, we use SSSR as an acronym for size, scope, sector and revenue. In writing your resume, try to work in each of these stage-setting goals for all of your previous roles. This information is critical to cleating a clear picture of your career history, giving the reader a sense of the company size, industry and clientele of your past employers. If you can use this information to draw parallels between your prior and prospective companies, you will be one step closer to getting called for an interview.
How to weave SSSR details into your resume
One simple way to incorporate this information is to begin each job section with a solid two-line overview of the company itself. Here’s an example of what this typically looks like:
Why it works
Within a single bullet, we have managed to capture all four of our SSRS stage-setting goals. We referenced the size/scope of the company (multinational, reaching three billion viewers). We provided their industry sector (media) and an approximate revenue figure ($25 million). Sharing this information with the reader helps to ensure that you will touch on an area that will resonate with them. It also gives them a framework for understanding the rest of the information that you provide about your tasks and accomplishments.
This simple step can be used to add impact to your bullets, creating a resume that appeals more to hiring managers.
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