A Resume Tip to Help Fix a Very Common Mistake

There is an error that about 90% of people make on their resume, and trust me it annoys hiring managers. To find out what it is and how to make the proper adjustments to your resume, listen to this short video from our Director of Content, Brian Clapp (and then share it on social media…please)

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Video Transcript: A Resume Tip to Help Fix a Very Common Mistake

Brian Clapp, WorkinSports.com Director of Content: 

Let’s face it writing your resume is an awkward task. You are essentially writing down all of your accomplishments in life, like a biography, and trying to throw in powerful adjectives and action verbs.

At this point, you’ve probably read hundreds of articles with different tips to help your resume stand out, and you’re probably thinking to yourself right now, ‘This clown is going to give me just one more tip and I’m bored to tears already.’

Well you’re right, this clown is going to give you one more tip but it’s not going to be boring – I might actually make it two tips…call me crazy.

Alright, here’s the first resume tip: focus your resume on results not responsibilities.resume tips

Everyone writes their resume outlining what they have done – which makes sense. But what I want you to do it to focus on the results of what you did, find some performance metric that you can share on your resume that demonstrates how the business you worked for or interned at was better by you being there.

Don’t just tell me what you did and outline your job description, explain to me the difference you made on that job.

The second tip – headline your skills. You have about 30 seconds for a hiring manager to get through your resume, and if all of your real skills are buried amongst your power adjectives and verbs they will never find it.

Consider highlighting your personal profile of skills near the top, bullet point format where you focus in on the things you can and have done.

These are two very simple techniques to make your resume more powerful – and that is all this clown is going to share today.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the sports media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for WorkinSports.com & WorkinEntertainment.com.

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  1. Excellent information! Thank you. Short, concise and to the point. Very well done. This is true as I have experienced this when sending resumes to online jobs. When I changed to this format after many months of trial and error I got results. I wish I found this article from the start. It would have saved me LOTS of time and increased results.
    P.S: You are obviously not a clown but you still seem like a fun person :=)

    • It’s only valuable information, if you have substantial experience in the field you are pursuing to work in.

    • Thanks for the comment Brad, but I’m not sure I agree with you. I’ve seen people with only internship level experience do a great job of showing results on their resume…you have to get creative and think of ways to show your impact rather than just tel what you did on a day to day basis. – Brian

  2. Easier said and done, than what to real life situations. I can include all the headlines of my accomplishments and improvements of a business i want, yet if i haven’t rubbed the right person or meet an age requirement, it means nothing. In fact, it can cause most employers to believe you’re over qualified. It’s too political today, thanks to all the illegals hired instead of hardworking citizens.

    Furthermore, if i dont have much actual employment experience in physical education to include on my resume, I’m on theosing end, unless im good buds with a coach.
    Please respond…

    • Ok, I saw this comment after responding to your other one. I disagree, finding employment it isn’t about rubbing the right person, it’s about demonstrating you have the skills that an employer needs and can make a positive influence on their workforce and culture. Highlighting your skills and the results of your work on your resume is a good start to getting noticed. I hear from some people who seem to spend their days blaming the economy or blaming applicant tracking systems, and then I hear from other people asking me – ‘I have three job offers how do I decide which one to take?’

      Start taking the steps necessary to be the person getting hired, and this is just one piece of advice out of many that I have written to help you on that path.

      P.S. Are illegals really taking the jobs you are applying for?

    • Do you think it’s possible that seeming overqualified can lead to rejection? Employers these days are looking to save money, so might they choose to pass up on a highly qualified applicant if they can get someone who meets the minimum and pay them less?

    • The first part of your sentence I agree with – you can apply for the wrong jobs and if you are over-qualified (and I mean really over-qualified, not just the things you tell yourself to feel better about rejection) employers will see you as someone who will want to move on quickly, or be begging them for a promotion. You become less of an asset (in their mind) and more of a potential problem – so choose which jobs you apply for wisely, stay in your wheelhouse. The second part of your question I disagree with wholeheartedly – every business has always been trying to save money, this isn’t some new trend. The economy is healthy and the sports industry is thriving, so don’t convince yourself of the myth that no one hires good people. All businesses thrive with good people, with top skills and cutting edge ideas – show me a business that tries to hire the minimum and I’ll show you a business destined to fail. Every boss I’ve ever had has stressed to me the most important part of my role is to hire the best people, that is how companies thrive. – Brian

  3. Also, what should we put if we don’t have results? For example, I was working for the local sports column, submitting photos and articles…what would “results” of that be?

    • It would be impossible to tell you the results of your past jobs Dave, but trust me every job makes an impact in some way if you did it right. Figure out what your tangible difference maker was while you worked there and work on how to emphasize it. – Brian

  4. Yes but there are some who are the worker bees who have no way of measuring our impact. What do the warm bodies in the cubicles who are there to handle the day-to-day tasks supposed to list as “accomplishments”?

    • Day to day tasks can still have an impact! categorize your daily tasks and figure out where they have impacted the business – turn them into a statistic to show growth and how you positively impacted the business. You need to get a bit creative, I can’t tell you how to frame your job since I don’t know what it is…but trust me, there is a way to quantify your accomplishments. – Brian


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