Occasionally serendipity or coincidence are at play, and I have clients that have some sort of connection. One month I had three clients with the same surname, and it wasn’t all that common! And then I’ve three clients who were applying for the very same job. And last month I had two clients, both new grads, and both Research Analysts.
Although both were graduating and looking for Research Analyst positions, both came with different experiences, skills, and backgrounds.
One was soon to complete a PhD in Applied Psychology and the other from a post-grad Research Analyst Diploma, which had been pursued after a medical career. Their resumes were unlike in all except for a few key words and phrases.
I love facing this kind of challenge: to make sure no two clients sound alike, that no two resumes look too similar, that no two resumes have anything much in common except for excellent content.
Here is one of the resume’s profile:
Organized and conscientious researcher with 5 years’ autonomous and team-based experience conducting analytical and research activities utilizing various data collection methods, analyzing large and complex data, and compiling reports and recommendations for project stakeholders.
· Proficient use of database, spreadsheet, geographic information system, SPSS, AMOS, SurveyMonkey, and MS Office Suite; strong interest and willingness to learn new software.
· Proven ability to conduct research, collate and interpret data with effective analysis, and relate patterns and trends to assist with setting strategic directions.
· Driven to explore ideas, gather information, complete goals within the context of research – and do so emphasizing ethics and building collaborative, respectful relationships.
· Articulate speaker who can express complex ideas without jargon; effective writer who produces well-composed reports.
And here is the second client’s profile:
Profile: Research Analyst
Dean’s List Post-grad Research Analyst with Professional Medical Background
Organized, meticulous, and achievement-oriented candidate. Apply critical thinking to gather, aggregate, and analyse data findings, and compile findings in concise, well-written reports and presentations. Excellent relationship building; outstanding work habits; highly ethical.
· Achieved Dean’s List in post-graduate Research Analyst program (2013).
· Selected as (award name) finalist for team-based, real-world client research project.
· Hold credentials of (medical field position) and (additional training).
Additional relevant skills include:
· Collecting information from secondary sources—all levels of government, internet, on-line journals, library databases, and from developing and administering questionnaires.
· Analyzing, evaluating and interpreting information and findings to develop recommendations relating to projects, policies, and services, and forecast problematic areas.
· Writing reports, briefs, abstracts, and summaries, using analytical techniques supported by statistical and scientific data, and providing recommendations and theories.
· Conducting queries and using computer programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, SPSS, Nvivo, comScore, and BBM Infosys. Also using IPad survey.
Each client’s profile showcases the best of what s/he brings to the table. It answers the question “Why should we hire you?” And it addresses the needs of the job as derived from the job posting.
That’s the key to creating a resume that is distinct, does not read like the next grad’s, and that attracts attention.
If you’re having trouble distinguishing your unique value, New Leaf is here to help!
- taking immense satisfaction in positioning each new grad as a unique and valuable new hire, Stephanie