Whether you write your resume yourself or invest in a professionally written resume it is essential that you know your resume inside out. I know it sounds weird, I mean, who else is better acquainted with your career history than you but you need to be prepared to back up the content of your resume with clear examples that illustrate your value.
The purpose of your resume is to get you the interview; it offers a glimpse into your value and qualifications and makes a hiring manager want to know even more. If you want to land the job it’s up to you to give them the more they are looking for. How do you do that? By providing them with well thought out and supported examples. Let’s say you have the following on your resume:
Generated buy-in from all stakeholders by utilizing a variety of techniques to keep staff and stakeholders informed of project progress, problematic issues and their resolutions to ensure coordination and minimize adverse impact.
In an interview, a hiring manager might ask you about the type of techniques you used, why you used them and what challenges you came up against. The last thing you want to do is stutter and stall and utter an example that is lacking in detail and direction. If you can’t back it up it doesn’t belong on your resume.
It’s a good idea to review your resume and come up with answers for potential questions you might be asked during an interview. If you say on your resume that you increased revenue by 50% be prepared to explain how you did that. Or if the last two positions you held were each less than a year, you’d better have a good reason why.
Preparation is key. We often spend so much time agonizing over the possible interview questions that may be asked that we overlook the fact that our resume may be providing us with the questions we need to prepare for. So take some time and familiarize yourself with your resume to reap the benefits it offers.
by Megan Koehler