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CV TIPS - What Employers Want To See In Your Resume And Most People Aren’t Doing It

Posted 13th August 2021 • Written by Robin Ryan on •

Resume Writing is never easy. You must understand how to craft your resume to quickly grab an employer’s attention in 20 seconds or less. Most people make this critical mistake. They write long, drawn-out job descriptions.

It’s your accomplishments, your work results, and outcomes that employers want to hear about. Start thinking about how you created something new and what the impact was. Maybe you did something that saved money or saved time. You added a process or system that improved productivity. These are a few of the types of outcomes hiring managers and recruiters want to know about and see on your resume.

Here is the formula to use when you write your work history sentences:


Ask yourself, what was the original problem? What were my actions to solve this issue? What were the results achieved? You are quantifying your accomplishments. Noting if you saved time or money, made money, or created something new. Also, numbers can be very impressive, so try to get the actual amounts saved or a best-guess estimate.

Examples of results statements

  • Designed an improved tool that reduced plant installation work. Results saved over 100 hours.
    Led the team project involving a complex product redesign. Collaborated with numerous stakeholders, tested new designs, finalized solution, and directed the implementation. Results saved $2.5M.
    Created new change management training course. Taught class to 500+ employees throughout the company.
    Negotiated contract with supplier that lowered pricing. Results saved over $100,000.

This list may trigger ideas to help you define your results better.

Process/System Improvements
Productivity enhancement
Saved Time / Money
Made the company $$$$
Developed/Created something new
Solved a Key Problem – define problem, solution, and results achieved
Policy improvements
Created best practices
Improved retention or employee satisfaction
Improved work culture

Placement of results in your resume

Under each job you have held, you need to list your most significant accomplishment first. After that statement, post your next most crucial contribution. Repeat this process until you have finished that job role. Some positions will have fewer accomplishments than others. Always begin noting the top result you achieved in that job first.

Employers care the most about recent work that you have performed in the last 5-7 years. Focus on these experiences the most. Eliminate non-essential work descriptions. Focus on showing the progression and skillset for the level of the job you want now. On jobs over ten years old, only list your most impressive accomplishments.

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