A captivating resume tells a story of your achievements rather than simply providing a summary of your responsibilities. Writing a results-driven resume may come easy for career professionals who have jobs where there are clear, quantifiable key performance indicators. However, if you are working in a role where your impact is ambiguous or not regularly tied to performance data, this could be a challenge.
By following these the steps you can produce a more results-based resume:
Go Fact Finding
Look for data to validate your claims and provide employers with details of the scope of your work. For example, you may start off with something along the lines of, “Facilitated the implementation of new database software.” However, something like, “Facilitated the implementation of new database software for 25,000 users which increased efficiency in data collection,” tells a much more compelling story.
Begin your search for data and facts by brainstorming either individual or team accomplishments. Review emails, reports, meeting notes, and performance reviews, etc. in search of data and accomplishments that you can share on your resume. In doing so you may stumble upon information you forgot about. However, be sure to stay clear of sharing confidential information.
Focus & Prioritize
Before you start data dumping, determine which skills and experience is relevant to the position you are seeking. This is especially important if you are making a career or industry change. You may need to reframe existing content on your resume to begin with the related, matching core job functions or skills that you demonstrated while performing various tasks. Use a job board to research a few position descriptions and scan for keywords to incorporate into your text.
Drive Your Bullet Points with Powerful Verbs
Now that you have your facts and know which skills and experience you need to focus on, it is time to create strong bullet points. Lead each bullet point with a strong action verb if possible. If you saved an organization’s time or money, you can lead a sentence with words like consolidated or reconciled. If you brought a project to life, words like instituted or formalized are a great way to set the tone for a compelling statement. For a list of more action verbs, check out UMUC’s resume writing tutorial.
To learn more about how to write a results-driven resume, click here to watch a recording of a webinar I led on this very topic.
For additional career guidance and to access more resume tools, visit UMUC’s CareerQuest, or contact your UMUC Career Services Office at 240-684-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathy Francois, MBA, GCDF is a career advising specialist and adjunct instructor at University of Maryland University College. Additionally, she is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University. Her career began in advertising sales and customer service, after which she transitioned into higher education, working as an admissions advisor. She also served as an academic advising and career services for over seven years. Cathy has a passion for helping people succeed and uses her diverse experience and interpersonal skills to bring a personalized approach to career coaching.