LAUREN MILLIGAN OF RESUMAYDAY: Conversations With a Career Coach. Job Search Strategies & Motivation for Every Job Seeker...From Entry Level to Executive
"It's not always the most qualified candidates who get hired," says Lauren Milligan, founder and CEO of ResuMayDay, a job-search strategy service, in Warrenville, Ill. "It's the candidates who present themselves the most effectively."
FROM THE HEART
So how do you compile an eye-catching résumé?
says to include two things: the problems you love to solve and what someone would miss out on if they didn't work with you.
suggests first writing a description based on what you'd say if you were introducing yourself to someone at a party.
"In that scenario, you're more likely to tell people things from your heart.
That's when people get interested in your story, and that's also what's going to grab an employer's attention."
Next, analyze your career and find ways to help prevent your résumé from reading like a simple job description.
"Go through every bullet point and ask, 'What were the results of this work?' and 'Why was it important?'" Milligan
uses the example of a software developer who created a custom program for clients.
"It's an investment in your career, and the payoff can be immense," says Milligan