June 22, 2018

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Improve Your Resume with These Employer Tips

According to the national hiring managers' survey published in my books, "Winning Resume" and "Winning Cover Letters," generic resumes were heavily criticized as a worthless effort.

"Job applicants fail miserably when the resume is too general, because it sends the message that 'I'll take any job.' and that's not what we hire for," points out Tom Wermerskirchen, Human Resource Manager at Mustang Manufacturing.

"Not tailoring the resume to a particular job is a major mistake," noted Kirk Beyer, a human resource director. "Individuals send out resumes with no job in mind, not knowing at all what they want. Their skills are incongruent with the job they are applying for, which leads us to quickly disregard them as a candidate. Employers will not use their time to figure out where a person might fit into their organization. That's a career counseling issue the candidate needs to handle before they start mailing out resumes. Unfortunately though, we get hundreds of generic worthless resumes every month."

Doug Allen, a CEO for a manufacturing company, said, "Targeted resumes are necessary to match you to an employer's needs. A resume that really shows off your skills, how they were used, and what was achieved, is the only way to impress me."

"Results sell," noted Sandra Dehan, Human Resource Manager for a Fortune 500 company. "Quickly show us what you did and how it benefited your employer. You have only seconds to get my attention. Clear information with 'action' descriptions is most impressive. Stay clear of generic or broad phrases like 'hard worker' or 'team player' or 'excellent communication skills.' It's specific accomplishments and skills that get our attention."


Most people hate to write their resumes and cover letters; except me that is. As a career counselor, I've written over five thousand resumes for clients and, yes, it takes a lengthy effort to write a GOOD letter or resume. I continually see people whose resumes are so poor that no one will notice them. That's sad because they have the power to improve it. Many people, especially managers and executives, create a resume that sounds like a job description and that will fail miserably in today's marketplace. To help you make your resume impressive, here are some tips to follow.

- Robin Ryan

Copyright 2007 Robin Ryan. All rights reserved.

America's most popular career counselor, Robin Ryan, is the author of four bestselling books: 60 Seconds & You're Hired!, Winning Resum Winning Cover Letters, and What to Do with the Rest of Your Life. She's appeared on over a thousand TV & radio shows including Oprah, Dr. Phil, and has been published in most major newspapers and magazines including USA Today & the Wall Street journal. Contact her at 425.226.0414; email:

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