Resume Tips: Use These Examples Of Resumes As A Guide To Propel Yourself Forward!
Today, I want to share with you a few excerpts from real cover letters and examples of resumes that prompted eager responses from actual employers. These excerpts were written so well that the prospective employees’ desired results were delivered: That is, the prospective employer or HR department felt compelled to contact these exceptional job candidates over everyone else. Of course, it would be unethical for me to promote plagiarism by showcasing their cover letters and resumes as a whole, and so for that reason, I will only share select excerpts with you.
While I would not outlaw copying and pasting cover letter/resume material, I would, however, strongly advise AGAINST it. If you truly wish to stealthily abduct the attention of a prospective employer, you must earnestly pour your efforts into your cover letter and resume. In order to accomplish this, you must make your cover letter and resume unique onto yourself. Create your own “signature” – your own special, standout flair. This will pay dividends higher than simply copying and pasting overused words and phrases onto your cover letters, emails and resumes.
Another reason why I chose not to share the prospective employee’s full response is because I wanted to explain my point of view as a hiring manager. I wanted to give you an exclusive “peek” into my head as I evaluate and consider resumes or responses by prospective employees.
As my faithful audience, you will gain two things today: First, you will get a glimpse into the mind of a hiring manager and learn what they seek in an ideal employee. And second, you will learn what an eloquent, well-written response will do for you versus a hasty, sloppy email or cover letter.
I would also like to share interview point-of-views from other hiring managers as well. I happen to have a good friend who owns and operates three very successful Orthodontic practices. After spending many years as an employer and a leader, she has been able to develop a system to quickly “weed out” poor prospective employees. This will be a separate article to come and it is one that you cannot afford to miss. Anyway, allow me to move on….
Here we have insight to a financial planner job listing that a prospective employee responded to. As you can imagine, a very significant amount of people replied to the job listing, but only four resumes and cover letters managed to stand out above the rest. The following excerpt is from the cover letter that surpassed them all.
This phrase is what caught the eye of my respectable colleague, the hiring manager: “I am confident that my interest in [left blank for privacy reasons] along with my experience in communication and data analysis will allow me to thrive in this field. I have provided brief summaries of my experiences below.” And there you have it – a great start to a cover letter that exclaimed “professional” and “painstakingly written cover letter/email.”
If there is one thing you must absolutely, positively, utterly, to the Nth degree AVOID doing when you email your resume, it would be to simply forget (or even worse!) disregard the content of your email. You must (and I repeat) MUST take the time to put a strong message together. This, my friend, will help you shine. And remember: Everything you do, matters!
Next, the prospective employee provided a brief summary of his education and highlighted some of his notable accomplishments. In addition to that, he also expounded on his interests and long term career goals for the future. This provides an excellent point because it indicates personal balance and self-discipline, considering the challenges that one usually encounters in the financial planning field. Remember these resume tips before you hit the “send” button on your email!
In this excerpt, the same prospect then craftily explained how even his past experience working in a job field unrelated to financial planning has prepared him with the skills necessary to undertake and master the financial planner position. Now this had the hiring manager raving and eager to immediately invite the job candidate for an interview: “During my employment as a [blank for privacy], I mastered the ability to work effectively with others to achieve a common goal. I also learned to acknowledge and communicate effectively with clients. At the time of my transfer to the [blank for privacy], I was responsible for training new, young, and entry-level employees to the [blank for privacy] standards. My superiors relied on me to monitor fellow co-workers’ service and to uphold industry regulations and quality of service. I worked four years as a [blank for privacy] and worked my way up to the highest paying position.”
This is an example of an articulate explanation – it is concise, effectively written and it commands the reader’s (in this case, it would be the hiring manager’s) attention. It perfectly categorizes his valuable and transferable skills as an asset. And it seduced the hiring committee into satisfying his request: We called him to set up an interview because yes, we were definitely interested.
In conclusion, I encourage you to continue forging onward with your job search. And remind yourself of the valuable qualities and skills that you possess as a unique individual because these skills and qualities will boost you higher than you could have ever imagined. May these resume tips bring you several steps closer to finding your desired job.