You need to realize that when you list your resume in our directory, the description you write can make the difference between your resume being seen or passed over. When you write your directory description, please don't treat it as an arbitrary description designed for your internal use. If you do intend to list your resume in the directory, the description will be seen by all
who browse or search the directory.
Here are several examples of poorly written directory descriptions:
What is wrong? How can I fix it?
- Seeking a long-term career in the Administrative field.
- Fined a carrier I will love and excel at.
- College student seeking full-time work.
- Looking for full or part-time positions.
- My objective is to work hard and show that I am responsible.
The problem with the descriptions above is that they don't convey how you will benefit the employer. Most of the descriptions above are what the employee wants, though, for the most part, the employer is mainly interested in serving their own needs.
Example numbers one, three, and four don't add value to the postings because most everyone here wants to work part-time or full-time and many people want a long-term career. In these statements, no outstanding traits were shown. Nothing of value was added, the words simply take up space. That is a shame because it is a missed opportunity where a candidate could separate themselves from everyone else.
Spelling and grammar
are two other problems as shown in example numbers two and four. An employer will quickly dismiss a description written in an illiterate manner. You will appear to be uneducated and not up to the task. Even if your education is limited, you don't need to broadcast that fact in your description. First impressions are important.
Example number five discusses hard work and being responsible, but they are just subjective words that anyone can say. The employer already expects that you will work hard and assumes that you are a responsible person. If you took a survey, you would discover that most people think they are hard workers and are responsible. Show specific examples that describe how your skills will benefit the employer.
Before you begin your writing, think about it from the employer's perspective. If the shoe was on the other foot, what would you like to see in a description when searching for a job candidate?
Be specific about your skills and qualifications. Then sum them up into a single sentence, so when they scan the directory, they can quickly find what they need. If they don't find what they are looking for from you, there are many other candidates out there who can supply the skills for which they are looking.