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.
What were the budgets of the projects that you worked on?
How many vendors/suppliers/clients did you work with?
Did you achieve a measurable cost savings that can be included?
Scope: These details compliment the quantitative information by showing the reading the context of the work that you did.
How large was the company that you worked with?
What sector/field was it in?
What products/services did they provide, and who was their target customer base?
What was their scope of operations?
Where were their clients/branches located?
How many clients did you work with directly and who were these entities?
What were the values of these accounts?
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.
What were the measurable results of the work that you performed?
How much in new revenue did you generate over the course of your time there?
Was there a quantitative improvement in efficiency, revenue, audience reach or client base during your tenure?
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.