Kindness of a stranger
Painting the right picture …
Martina had so much to offer a prospective employer. Not only did she have related experience, she had contributed an incredible amount of value to her past employers. To paint the right picture, Martina’s résumé began with a qualifications summary. Instead of presenting a vague and invaluable objective statement, a summary of her key qualifications would facilitate the screening process and answer an employer’s question as to why they should interview her.
Next, in the professional experience section, Martina’s roles were fully explored with responsibilities presented in paragraphs and accomplishments presented in bullet points. A far cry from her original résumé, Martina’s new résumé showcased the value she offered.
By focusing on how Martina had contributed value to her past employers, her experience better related to the roles she was now pursuing. Putting her administrative titles on the back burner, the focus of all of the content on Martina’s résumé related to the compliance and training fields she was pursuing.
In addition, through selecting formatting — bolding, italics, and color — a brief visual scan of Martina’s résumé left the reader with the high points critical to effectively evaluating Martina’s candidacy.
Starting anew …
Martina was so pleased with her new image on paper, received positive feedback on her résumé, and navigated several interviews shortly after receipt. Through the kindness of a stranger and a more relevant picture painted of her candidacy, Martina was able to feel confident about her search and the relevance of her candidacy. View Martina’s before and after résumés on www.ladybug-design.com/blog
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