A Dynamic, Motivated Self-Starter?

Which phrase sounds the best?

“I am a dynamic, motivated self-starter” or “I approach my work with high energy, enthusiasm and I require minimal supervision”?

The first statement appears in some form on nearly 80% of the resumes I review and can be very confusing. The second statement is clear, descriptive and sounds like a person who may gain an interview. Everyday I help talented professionals find the right words and expressions to describe their value to a potential employer. No matter how similar each client’s industry, job role or years of experience, I rarely find similarities in their career self-assessments, nor the manner in which they want their to describe their work.

I do find however, that their existing resumes start off in a similar manner; a template design if any, a general header containing words that are rarely spoken and a list of objectives from past job descriptions of varying length. If you have never worked with a resume writer you may benefit right away from these three resume points:

1. Describe your professional value in your own words. On your resume, you should describe yourself in a clear and realistic manner. Using common jargon such as “dynamic” and “self-starter” in your resume to describe yourself to a company may not translate clearly to the reader, especially since these terms are overused. Instead of jargon, take your time to think about who you really are, what others at work think about your positive contributions and create a description that will make sense when read aloud. A professional writer can build your description in a way that captures the attention of companies that you wish to work.

2. Your resume is your career map. When describing your job history, try to describe your roles in a clear way so that a reader may understand your work right away. Your resume should map out your career history with clear labels describing your progress and include the most relevant terms, actions and achievements. Most resumes that I review cover what you did, where you did it and may even include results. Companies care most about how you did it, though few may reveal this critical question until an interview. Uncovering and describing your methods of working is one valuable aspect of working with a professional resume writer that can translate into interviews.

3. People do work like machines. It is no surprise that the majority of resumes and job descriptions are so similar; we live and breathe systems in our work. Taking a different approach to your resume such as a new format or fresh content may seem like taking the long way to gain an interview, but it actually works. Why? Many companies desire creative, flexible-thinking employees who can adapt as their business grows. A great first step to show your talent is to develop your career strategy, partner with a professional writer and submit a well-written resume.

Effective and persuasive writing can be a challenge so when considering a resume update, don’t be afraid to do something different.

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