The One Key Question Your Resume Should Answer

BUILD MY RESUME

Continuing to cite resume and cover-letter aspects of Alison Green’s excellent slideshow-style article on what hiring managers really want — in which each slide represents an article she’s written in the past: “The vast majority of résumés I see read like a series of job descriptions,” Green writes “listing duties and responsibilities at each position the job applicant has held. But resumes that stand out do something very different. For each position, they answer the question: What did you accomplish in this job that someone else wouldn’t have?” I know I’m a broken record; this blog probably posts something at least weekly about the importance of accomplishments, but the point can’t be overstated. Especially because I continue to see resumes whose portrayal of accomplishments is very weak. Brainstorm yours with our Accomplishments Worksheet.

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