Monday, April 16, 2012
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Career Confidential: Fine-tuning your resume summary
I am an HR person on a job hunt. I have a resume but I don’t love it. The Summary at the top of the resume says “Results-oriented HR professional with a bottom-line orientation, strong work ethic and superior communication skills. Experience in comp, employee relations, performance management, succession planning and HR compliance. Team player with strong attention to detail.”
Your resume Summary is written in the traditional style. The trouble is that the person reading the resume gets no sense of who you are, from what you’ve written. You could be anyone. There’s no life in it, because it’s pure boilerplate.
Laundry lists of skills like the one in your resume are deadly. Without context, the reader doesn’t know whether you’ve dabbled in each skill area you mention, are an expert at it, or once read a magazine article on the subject. We need to find stronger and more specific language to describe you. Also, the ghostly no-person format (“Results-oriented professional with…”) has got to go.
What if you wrote your resume Summary from the heart, speaking directly to the reader? After all, you’re only writing for one reader at a time. What if you began your Summary like this:
“As an RA in college and ever since, I’ve loved untangling thorny people problems and helping groups move past differences to beat their goals. I’m an HR Generalist whose strong suit is removing obstacles for the teams I support — from comp snarls and policy confusion to training gaps — and whose passion is building a culture to attract and hang onto the most talented people in our industry.”
That resume Summary gives us a picture of an HR person who loves — and, we’re beginning to believe, is good at — the people side of HR. Or maybe you’re this very different kind of HR person:
“My focus as a Comp manager is the link between profits and performance; I’m a zealot for smart, intelligible pay plans that reward employees for behaving in ways that help the business grow. I’m fanatical about building comp plans that employees can understand and that motivate people to care about our business and its customers. With a B.A. in Accounting and a passion for logical and numeric accuracy, I’m driven to lead
the Comp function for an organization that views rewards as competitive strategy.”
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