Alexis has been a client of mine for several years, first coming to me six years ago when she wanted to transition into the field of event planning.
From her first résumé to her current need for an updated résumé, her career had skyrocketed from someone supporting event planning functions to an executive-level leader.
Alexis now works with major event planning organizations to coordinate every facet of national conferences.
She contacted me recently to ensure her résumé reflected the level of involvement she now holds in the industry.
Why did Alexis need help?
Given it had been a few years since Alexis and I had updated her résumé, she provided me with her own version of an updated résumé, one filled with bullet point after bullet point of responsibilities and contributions.
Her attempt at updating her résumé left her with a four-page document with very little prioritization of information, no aesthetic appeal, and perhaps most important, a document that did little to position her for the next level in her industry.
From her self-attempted four-page résumé update, I turned Alexis’ résumé into a three-page, executive-level overview of the past 12 years of her career.
With page three solely listing education, affiliations, and presentations, her résumé was essentially two pages of content reflective of the contributions she had made during her related professional engagements.
To open Alexis’ updated résumé, I started with a graphical representation of her credentials and industry involvement, quite an impressive at-a-glance strategy that would be sure to differentiate her résumé from those of her competitors.
By sourcing logos online -- ensuring they were presented to “float” on the page -- this element added interest and served as a reader engagement tool.
Next, in the qualifications summary, I immediately positioned Alexis as how she wanted to be seen: a Senior Event Manager. To the left and right of this professional title, I presented her key qualifiers based on her proven track record in the field.
From the heading of the summary, I flowed into three statements which further introduced her candidacy and validated claims through examples of Alexis’ experiences.