Resumes Need a Clear Strategic Target


In the Research Study: How Does Your Résumé Compare? Competitive Career Intelligence for 6-Figure Canadians*, 29 percent of résumés assessed did not present a clear strategic target. ResearchStudy.png WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: Prospective employers are looking for an ideal match between an applicant and an opening within their organization. Therefore, the recipient of the résumé needs to know what position the candidate is seeking. WHAT TO AVOID: General résumés tend to be ineffective. If the reader of the résumé is unable to ascertain where the candidate will be best suited, the individual is more than likely to be disregarded even if an appropriate role exists. WHAT TO DO: Focus is imperative in today’s competitive job market. For a six-figure candidate to be considered, it is essential that he or she identifies a salient job target. Instead of being a closely guarded secret, the ideal position being sought must be the foundation 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.