Past IssuesJuly 14, 2014
Should YOU Use The Job Title In Your Resume?
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Use The Job Title In Your Resume?
By Jimmy Sweeney, Author of the brand new Amazing Resume Creator.
In a word, YES! Suppose an employer is in the market for a sales manager or a legal assistant or a registered nurse or a licensed carpenter. The most important words he or she will look for on a job seeker's resume will be the job title.
So be sure to place the job title in the Summary Statement or Professional Profile of your resume in order to attract immediate attention. As a hiring manager leafs through a pile of resumes on his or her desk, the challenge will be to find the right person for the job and then to phone that individual for an interview. The easier you make this task for the employer, the greater your chance of being noticed.
Example: Experienced licensed carpenter eager to find employment with a residential homebuilder. Specialty skills include cabinetry, interior trim and moldings installation, and deck and porch building and repair.
Example: Legal assistant with five years of experience, ready for employment in the legal department of a corporation, organizing front office and handling all manner of communication from email to postal mail to phone and Fax messaging and managing filing system.
Example: Registered nurse looking for transition to school nursing from a hospital setting. Excellent patient skills, including delivering quality medical care, communicating with school-aged children and their parents and teachers, and empathy when treating injuries.
By stating the job title immediately, you are emphasizing what the employer is looking for. Then in the body of the resume, repeat the title again when stating the skills you are practicing in your current or recent job and how they can transfer to the new position.
As a licensed carpenter, I achieved the following results at Acme Homebuilders, Inc. for the model homes:
- Built and installed kitchen cabinets
- Installed wood flooring at a reduced price for the builder because of connections with supplier
- Supervised the installation of back deck and front porch
- Installed crown molding and baseboards
- Did 'finish work' after model homes were completed
It is also important to represent yourself honestly. Do not jeopardize your chance of being called for an interview by lying or exaggerating your professional standing. For example, if you are not certified or licensed or accredited in your industry, don't imply that you are. If you don't have a college degree, don't say you do. If you are a salesperson, don't inflate your role by saying you were a department supervisor.
Lying is the kiss of death for anyone seeking honest employment. You might even get away with it at first--but the test will come when a new boss asks specific questions or challenges your skills with an assignment that is beyond your scope of experience and ability.
However, don't downgrade yourself either. State who you are and what you do best in the line of work you're targeting. The point is to give yourself every opportunity to be seen and 'heard.' Using upper case letters, bolding, or a separate line for the job title creates prominence and is more likely to draw the employer to that information.
But do avoid choosing a fancy font or graphics or colored paper for your resume. Present yourself in a way that calls attention to your skills and experience and also your professionalism. It will pay off if you trust the process and focus on what matters, the job itself.
Jimmy Sweeney is president of CareerJimmy and originator of the brand new, " Amazing Resume Creator." Jimmy is the author of "Tough Times Job Tips" and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."
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