On Resume, Move from Telling What You Did to How You Can Solve Employer's Problems


Our colleague Lauryn Franzoni of ExecuNet was asked for her thoughts on a resume. In Will this Résumé Open Doors for Me?, Lauryn notes that the resume had “the requisite job history, the overused designation as a ‘seasoned leader’ and some nice metrics on results.” What it didn’t have, she goes on, was powerful language, clear positioning, value statements, passion, or anything that reflected the person. Above all, Lauryn says, while the job-seeker “was clear on what he had done,” he had failed to illuminate “what he might do solving other organizations’ needs.” This future-oriented perspective is critical for resumes, especially at the executive level.