Kate Lindsay, Seattle
Katie wants to eventually make the move from a marketing generalist to an agency-side planner or strategist. No small feat. The first logical step was to re-organize her packed two-page resume to focus on the best stuff. Here are the changes we made:
- Replaced "objective" with an orienting blurb about her career: "Account planner with roots in marketing strategy and a passion for great work." It starts to rationalize her experience with the gig she's applying for and creates a great filter for reading the resume.
- Changed up the employment section to do two things - (1) let her talk about her role in more conversational, relevant ways - not just in lists of job titles and (2) set up her job description as accomplishments - not here's what I was asked to do, but here's how I delivered.
- Deleted the college jobs. Not because they weren't valuable, just because they created confusion. Not only was the list long (why is a person who's had eight jobs applying for this entry level gig?) but the roles were all over the place (not bad, but confusing for someone who wants to categorize you and figure out where you fit in).
- Removed the list of design programs. When you're applying for a specialist role that doesn't require them, it sends a conflicted message - is this really what she wants to do? Or does she want to be a designer?
- Removed all the long-form copy about skills and related experience. It's the fodder of (not words for) a cover letter.
The result: It's really easy for me to see that Kate has provided real value for other companies, thinks & talks like an agency person, and has experience at a place like this.
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