Resume Makeover: Targeting and securing your dream job
I am always so excited when a client comes to me with a “dream” job in mind. While the fact that my client will be applying for only one job certainly adds pressure—as I want to make sure the résumé is perfect for that one “dream” opportunity—it also provides me with a chance to be ultra targeted in my content and presentation.
Dan wanted to work for a fire and security company in a territory account manager position. He had been with his current employer since 2004 where he had transitioned from maintenance to an account development role. He now sought to exit the industry and secure a more senior-level opportunity in sales.
Dan’s original résumé lacked in the areas of strategic content, formatting, white space, and prioritization of information. Dan had also not yet updated his résumé with his most recent position, hence his résumé had a lot of room for improvement and development.
I created an engaging design for Dan’s new résumé, ensuring the aesthetic would compel readership. I identified the keywords his next employer would be seeking and wove those throughout Dan’s new résumé. I used selective bolding, uppercase letters, and separation of content to ensure focus would be placed on the most applicable aspects of Dan’s background. From the excerpts from his performance reviews, to select keywords being pulled out ahead of key contributions, the entire résumé was focused on helping Dan break into a higher level sales role in a completely new industry.
Dan wrote to me about six weeks after I completed his résumé with the wonderful news: “I wanted to let you know I received my job offer letter last night. The annual salary was $5,000 more than what I was initially told. I have never been in a position in my life to resign from a job, have the right tools available to secure the job that I wanted, and GET the job I wanted…I am so excited about this new chapter of life.”
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Samantha Nolan is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and owner of Ladybug Design, a full-service résumé-writing firm. Do you have a résumé or job search question for Dear Sam? Reach Samantha at [email protected]. For more about Sam’s résumé writing services, visit www.ladybug-design.com or call 614-570-3442 or 1-888-9-LADYBUG (1-888-952-3928).
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