In Resume: Vary Verbiage When Describing Functions from Job to Job

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Top Notch Executive Resumes Hiring decision-makers surveyed for the book, Top Notch Executive Resumes identified this as one of their Top 30 Executive Resume Pet Peeves: The exact same verbiage is used to describe functions in different jobs. You may very well have had the same functions in multiple jobs, but you don’t add to the value of your resume if you express these functions the same way for each job. It’s not even necessary to list them for each job; once you’ve listed that function, the reader knows you have the experience. One job-seeker repeated the bullet point below for every job — changing only the number of staff supervised in each position:
  • Managed 32 subordinate staff from different Asian ethnic groups on recruitment, personnel, training issues.

See all 30 peeves: executive resume peeves 1-10 in Part 1, executive resume peeves 11-20 in Part 2 and executive resume peeves 21-30 in Part 3.

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