Only About Half of Resumes List Core Competencies


The Research Study: How Does Your Résumé Compare? Competitive Career Intelligence for 6-Figure Canadians* found that only 51 percent of all résumés assessed included core competencies. ResearchStudy.png WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: Readers examine résumés to identify specific competencies that they are seeking. This way, they can eliminate individuals who do not match up to their needs. In our sample, only half of the candidates understood the importance of including the hard competencies required for the specific position that they were addressing. WHAT TO DO: It is taken for granted that every six-figure professional possesses soft skills like leadership and team building. Rather than focusing on those, the candidate should utilize key words and phrases to outline their core competencies that are critical to success in the specific market being addressed.

*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.