Does Your Resume Pass The “So What?” Test?

When drafting a resume, it’s tempting to use copious adjectives and superlatives that you believe describe yourself.  This, however, is almost always a mistake, and unfortunately, it is one that even professional outsourcing counselors and professional resume drafters make.

You have limited space to illustrate your experience and skills on a resume, and you need to make the most of it. Resumes get just seconds of a hiring manager’s time, and employers receive countless resumes from candidates who tout themselves as “astute business counselors” or “extraordinary team players.”

What are hiring managers thinking? They’re thinking – so what?

If you want to emphasize your team skills, give an example of a team you’ve been on.  What was the point of the team? What was your role on the team? What did the team accomplish?

Rather than “extraordinary team player,” instead try “led a five person team in the successful acquisition of a Fortune 500 manufacturer.”
Substituting superlatives with facts not only will make your resume stand out, but also will supply results-based examples of your skill set. And, most importantly, it will pass the “So What?” Test!

Be succinct.  Give specific examples.  You may have limited space, but it’s this information that allows your experience and qualifications to shine through.  No one wants conclusions about what you think of yourself, so don’t leave a hiring manager saying “So What?” when reading your resume.


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