Less Than a Third of Candidates Provide Adequate Info to Clarify Level at their Past Employers


The Research Study: How Does Your Résumé Compare? Competitive Career Intelligence for 6-Figure Canadians* found in resumes assessed that only 30 percent of candidates provided adequate information to clarify their level within their previous organizations. ResearchStudy.png WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: Recruiters need to ensure that the candidates they select are appropriate for the level of position they are filling. Organizational positioning is key to providing the reader with an understanding of the individual’s level of responsibility and accountability. WHAT TO DO: Candidates can demonstrate their industry recognition and upward mobility by incorporating key phrases that illustrate their subject matter expertise, business visibility, level within the company, retentions, and promotions. By outlining the scope and accountabilities of the roles that they have held, candidates ensure that they are perceived and positioned at the appropriate level by the reader of the résumé.

*Graham Management Group (GMG), a Canadian firm specializing in career-transition solutions for executives, managers, and six-figure professionals, examined and analyzed 1,000 résumés submitted in 2009 to the group by senior-level Canadians. GMG performed the analysis by methodically applying validated strategic résumé principles and theories in a structured manner across all documents. We’re excerpting some results of this analysis over the next several weeks.