If you want to know how to write a good resume, remember that employers don’t just want to hire a good employee—they want to hire the best employee. Even a hiring manager, who is really just an employee themselves, wants to find a 1 in a million rookie and look like a star to their boss. So what you are doing in the interviewing process is trying to paint a picture of complete competence and high potential—you want to be the A-player that bosses wish they could find a dozen more of but have given up on doing.
When trying to gauge how to write a good resume, here are 3 things to keep in mind so that you can position yourself as the A-player.
1. Appear Business Savvy
An A-player is not just another employee who shows up, puts in their hours, and collects a monthly salary. Employees like that are a dime a dozen and nothing special.
Employers are impressed by a candidate who shows potential for a bright future in the company—not someone who is just going to deliver coffee for the rest of their career but someone who has a fighting chance and even likelihood to aim for positions in higher management.
2. Indicate an Understand of the Bottom Line
You need to show that you realize the position is more than just a job. It is an asset to the company, they expect that to translate into profits, and nothing is more refreshing than an employee how understands this. Speak their language. Use it in a way that demonstrates you are on the same page.
3. Reveal a Track Record for Providing Value
Just that understanding of the bottom line really is huge, but what can even bring you better results is demonstrating a track record for producing results in other companies or achieving things in your life that would equal direct results in a corporate environment. In other words, if you can show how your understanding of the bottom line produced results in the past, you can really set yourself aside as an A-player and get a hiring manager salivating.
One of the best ways to do this is try to communicate monetary or quantitative values that can be attached to your accomplishments (I talk about how to do this in my book). When a manager is thinking in terms of investment and money, it is hard for them to not be impressed by numbers.
Becoming an A-player is within reach if you just know how to market yourself, and you should start cultivating the habits that do add up to the A-player mentality because they can really bring success in your career and life. Not to mention it is much easier to sell an identity you truly identify with.
Tom Woody is an editor and blogger. The last 5 years he worked as a recruiter and worked with people. But now he has a writing a blog, and he helps people by giving them advice on how to properly write a resume, cover letter help, how to pass an job interview and other things.