On a Resume, Context is King — Free Resume Sample

November 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

This month’s newsletter from Resource Development Company, an HR consulting firm, caught my eye. The title was, Look Beyond Results When Assessing Talent. It goes on to advise that hiring teams take a close look at context when taking stock of a candidate’s potential.

Maintaining revenue in a shrinking market, for example, could be a more difficult task than doubling revenue in a booming market.

So, as a candidate, how can you express the context of your accomplishments? One of my favorite ways is to create business case studies in miniature and include them in the resume. Take a look at this example from a wine industry executive:

Wine Executive

What do employers need to know about company and market forces that make your accomplishments even more impressive? One way to get at the answer is to think of each accomplishment in terms of CAR.

Challenge: What was the reason you started the project or what was the problem you had to address?

Approach: What was your strategy?

Results: What were the results?

From the above example, you can see that results (accomplishments) themselves tell only a part of the story. Don’t shortchange yourself by giving decision-makers anything less than a complete picture of all you’ve done.

Need help? Contact us for a quote on a professionally written resume.

Follow your bliss,

Kim Mohiuddin

Nationally Certified Resume Writer and Chief Career Storyteller at Movin’ On Up Resumes

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