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How do make my resume have more things accomplished?

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Michelle Pearman Sacramento, CA

I ran my resume through a resume site and it said it was not so good and that I needed to add more things that I've accomplished. So how do I do that while still keeping the things I know how to do, and without making seem to long or boring? Also how do I do an objective that captures the reader?

18 June 2020 2 replies Resumes & Cover Letters

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Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

I agree with the advice Lex provided, he is right on point. I would add that private sector hiring managers are looking for tangible and specific results in your resume. Things like increased revenue, lowered costs, improved customer satisfaction and they want to see specific numbers. Improved customer satisfaction from xx% to yy% within 2 years by implementing x, y and z initiatives. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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Lex Levin Ellicott City, MD

Michelle,

First, your private sector resume should be one to two pages. Federal resumes, on the other hand, usually run four to six pages.

Second, your resume needs some specific success stories to make it pop and illustrate your value added. Definitelly include a few stories of achievement and accomplishment.

Third, you must customize your resume to the industry and to the job to which you are applying. Use the keywords from the job announcement in your resume.

Fourth, don't worry about an objective - instead, start with a short and punchy bullet summary of your top points aligned to the job you want. Metrics are great for that.

I work with transitioning service members all the time - if you want, upload your resume and answer a few questions here: https://lexlevinllc.com/contact/, and I'll review and write you back.

Best wishes,

Lex

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