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Move Most Important Elements to Beginning of Resume


Continuing the resume-polishing tips begun the other day: Resume Polishing Tip #2: Move Most Important Elements to Beginning of Resume Many hiring managers confess to not having the time to scan more than the first third (at most) of any resume, thus you may need to add and rearrange elements on your resume. Start with a headline — just under your name and contact information — that clearly identifies you or the job you seek. One example, “Top Producing Sales Professional.” You can follow the headline with a more detailed branding statement or a qualifications summary. In our example, the follow-up branding statement is: “Positioned to draw on record of achievement and success to deliver exceptional sales results that maximize unequivocal strengths as outstanding, top-producing sales professional.” A qualifications summary (which goes by many other names, including Career Summary, Summary, Executive Summary, Professional Profile, Strengths, Skills, Key Skills, Skills Summary, Summary of Qualifications, Background Summary, Professional Summary, Highlights of Qualifications), highlights the 3-4 most important elements that demonstrate your fit for the job you are seeking. Ideally, these points match directly to the job requirements from a job posting. Substantiate each bullet point with specific examples and numbers.