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, unfortunately, for the most part, the employer is mainly interested in serving their own needs.
Spelling and grammar
are another problem 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 you do have a limited education 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 expects you to work hard and that you are responsible. If you took a survey, you would find that almost everyone feels they are a hard worker and responsible. Specific examples should describe how you 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 job candidates?
Be specific about your skills and qualifications then sum it all 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 so many other people out there who can supply the skills for which they are looking.