Your Resume Should Paint the Picture of Who You Are Rather Than Just What You Have Done

By: Scott McEachern, legal practitioner coach

Legal Professional Writing a Resume on Laptop Computer Typically, a resume is written as a summary of data that states the workplaces, the education, the volunteer organizations, and the personal activities, that a person has done.  This organizational structure enables a potential employer, among others, to obtain a quick glance understanding of the positions, the titles, and the tasks performed, by job applicants; and accordingly, this cold data is necessary; however, a warmth can be included.

Generally, a resume will include some data that indicates some sense of warm skills, such as a statement of, "Managed Team of 20 Service Representatives", which may imply people skills; however, why just imply so rather than state so?  A resume could reasonably and appropriately state, "Helped Team of 20 Services Representatives to Individually and Collectively Achieve Best Results".  Do you see the significant difference in these statements?

Objective Statement

When writing your resume, in addition to stating the details of your history, seek to show the desires of your future.  Beyond including just an Objective statement that indicates a desire to obtain the position applied for, use an Objective statement that describes in terms of personal growth and professional growth who you seek to become via the position.  For example, rather than an Objective statement that says, "To gain employment in a management position that contributes positive results for the employer", try an Objective statement that includes a growth goal such as, "To obtain employment within a position that offers opportunities to mentor junior level colleagues to achieve best-self levels of success and performance and that inherently does same for myself and the employer".  Do you see the significant difference in these statements?

Resume Purpose

Again, a quality resume tells the story of what you have done and what you want to do as well as who you are.  When competing for a position, every good resume will attempt to convey these three same things; and accordingly, you must do something that helps your resume to stand out from the crowd within the pile of resumes that is likely sitting on the desk of the interviewer.  You need to convey some difference while still adhering to expected formats as well as ensuring quick-glance brevity.  The difference can arise simply within the use of language that is driven by the understanding that the resume can, and should, convey who you are and what you want to give and get from the employment opportunity.

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