Angelina chatted with Bustle on strengthening your resume and making sure you are including the right information to get you hired. She discusses quantifying your results, highlighting your work contributions and being specific in your tasks.
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While it might be impressive you doubled your company's Twitter followers back in 2008, hanging onto super old experiences can actually take away from your resume, not add to it. "Unless you won a Grammy, Nobel prize, or other really rare achievement, keeping dated accomplishments can seem like you are overcompensating for not having any recent ones. Keep your high school swim team MVP award off," Angelina Darrisaw, an international business and career coach, shares in an email interview with Bustle. If you don't think you have any, begin tracking them!
While you might list your credentials, have you added your most important projects? "You should be highlighting your work contributions first. Where did you add value? What big projects have you completed for your last company?" Darrisaw advises. In the end, those will be the points that impress employers the most.
While you might not think your marathon medal is important, it can give your employer a memorable glimpse of who you are. "You might think that if an award isn't directly applicable to the duties of a role you're applying for that you don't need it. However, your community service award, or half marathon or management certification show a full picture of who you are to a potential employer," Darrisaw explains. Brag a little and show who you are!
If you increased sales on your team, be specific by how much. If you increased the cases per shift worked, bust out the percentages! "Companies need to see that you are results oriented and value-focused. Show them your value with specific results. Rethink all your bullets and seek to clearly define how every task you did added to the bottom line," Darrisaw recommends. Quantifying things gives employers an easy understanding of just how much you accomplished.
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