resumes read like job descriptions - listing duties, surprisingly.
These resumes give the reader nothing to differentiate you from any
other job hunter with the same title.
The key to catching someone's eye is by differentiating yourself - by highlighting your achievements.
You’ve heard me rant
against the functional resume, and why they get an immediate go to jail
(my trash can or delete key), do
not pass go, do not collect $200 (see
Resume: Don’t Do It!
if you haven’t heard why I,
with desirable employers, can’t be bothered with functional resumes).
They are almost universally used by someone who is trying to cover
commonly seen resume that harms a well-meaning, straightforward job
hunter is the job description resume. This is the resume that
lists what the person’s duties have been at jobs throughout his or her
career. It reads like any job description or classified ad.
I’ll see a financial executive’s resume with the following:
Financial Officer, Blatantly
Boring Bearings, Sleeping Wolf, South
Dakota. Responsible for budgeting, banking relationships,
projections. Managed Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivables Staff.
Interacted with auditors at company’s CPA firm. Oversaw SEC
is only slightly abbreviated, and not too far off from resumes I’ve
seen. Any Chief Financial Officer does all of these things,
and yet I
see resumes cluttered with the obvious. Even worse, I’ll see
summaries – the first things that appear on a resume – with nothing but
this type of stuff. Frequently, these people leave their
out – and achievements – not duties, not adjectives describing your
personal qualities, are what keep people reading resumes.