Where’s the Story?

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About 99% of the self-written resumes I read are focused in one of two areas: job duties and accomplishments. To those people who actually put accomplishment information on the resume, you can skip the next paragraph.

Job responsibilities are the mundane part of any resume, and should be briefly noted. For example, anyone will know that accountants deal with the general ledger and network administrators handle user support. What becomes more interesting are the results of what you do, such as supporting company growth to 1,000+ users or the fact that you launched an initiative that cut corporate expenses by 30%.

Here’s the best part: the story behind the achievements. Think of the context in which you have operated. What situation did you walk into your first day on the job? What challenges did the company face–that meant YOU had to rise to the occasion? What did you do when faced with new goals, and how did you go about completing it?

This is the story that employers want to hear… and I like to find out as well.

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