You have multiple skills; you have contributed to the workplace in multiple ways. But is your resume so filled with diverse accomplishments that it seems too good to be true? Are you setting yourself up as “jack of all trades, master of none”?
One of my recurring refrains in the Robin’s Resumes® blog is that a job hunt must be focused. There is no such thing as “any job.” Every job requires certain skills, accomplishments, and education; you have to focus your job search on the jobs that match your talents and interests.
By the same token, employers are not looking for employees who can “do everything and anything.” They want someone who is focused on achieving his or her best in the job that is being advertised.
Your resume is your platform for describing what it is that you do best. As a supply chain specialist in a small company, you sometimes have to haul around warehouse stock yourself. But is that the job you want to be hired for? Is that the achievement you are most proud of? As an administrative assistant to the CEO, you proofread reports. But if the ads you respond to never mention proofreading, how much valuable space on your resume do you want to use for that skill? Maybe your boss chooses you to serve on every company committee, from selecting recycling bins to leading a Lean initiative. Which of those committees actually align with the job you want now?
Your resume should show off your strengths, not hide them under a bushel of facts that do not match your own desires or a job’s requirements.
If you have a lot of accomplishments and cannot decide which one will result in a powerful resume, please contact me.