Other than an initial introduction to help talent seekers narrow down the field to the best and the brightest, what good is a resume? Don't underestimate the humble, little resume. With an illustrious 500 year history, beginning with none other than Leonardo da Vinci in 1482, the resume is one of the most important tools for every professional. Here are some of the added benefits of a properly written loss prevention resume:
Job Interview Talking Points
The definition of the word "interview" is a face-to-face meeting for the specific purpose of consultation. It is a given that the interviewer is going to ask questions of the interviewee. Questions will be directly related to how a person might contribute to a company. Many will stem from the content within the candidate's resume.
Taking the time to strategically craft your resume can assist in influencing some of the questioning during an interview, providing you with strong content anchors to work from as you answer questions. Ensuring that the work history section in your resume is written using achievement-based writing, will arm you with the information that talent seekers care about most and provide you with the content you need to naturally expand on interview questions to be comfortable with the dialogue. If your resume states “Reduced shrink by 25% over 2 years,” you now have the framework to discuss in even more detail how you obtained those results.
Prepare to elaborate further than the details contained within the resume. Simply repeating what the interviewer already knows is not what they want. They want more: more details, more expression, more communication, more explanation.
Talking points pulled directly from a resume will also lead to questions about information not included in the resume. Be prepared to go beyond what is on your resume. Take time to consider what might be inspired by its content. It may be difficult to envision what that might be. Have a trusted advisor personally review your resume. See what points of interest are piqued by the information it contains. Prepare polished answers for whatever you might anticipate.
Matching First Impressions
A resume gets a person's foot in the door by creating a stellar impression. Be prepared to live up to the expectations inspired by a powerful resume. Career professionals with LinkedIn explain that certain factors earn a resume a second glance that will lead to an interview:
- Concise: By containing the most important information, it creates the impression that you know how to prioritize. Practice this concision in your speech patterns as you rehearse answering interview questions.
- Focus: Professional talent seekers know when a candidate has taken the time to draft a cover letter specifically for a job description or if they have attached a resume to a generic, mass produced cover letter. Time and attention to a cover letter translates into the impression that you will be just as focused on the job. Carry this focus into the interview.
- Results: Don't be afraid to toot your own horn and list your achievements. As a loss prevention professional include statistics on shrinkage, operational improvements, and audit or investigation results that reflect your capability and competency. When entering an interview, having accurate statistical data memorized and smoothly included as part of a natural response is impressive.
An inspiring resume will be a launch point for an interviewer to confirm, in person, that the candidate is as great as they claim to be on paper. That means reflecting on the personality of your resume then dressing for the part and rehearsing your pitch so that you, up close and personal, align with the spirit of your resume.
If a candidate creates confusion between the person of the resume and the person of the interview, the opportunity is likely to be blown.
Job-seekers often have one thing in common inspiring their job hunt - better opportunity. That is why the information contained in a resume with regard to salary becomes a launch point within an interview. This will be the catalyst for the question about how much you are expecting to be compensated. Be prepared to negotiate.
The information contained in your resume should support the compensation you are targeting. If written properly, it may provide the justification a hiring manager may need for approval to obtain it.
Preparing The Pitch
Particularly as a loss prevention professional, you want prospective employers to know that you are a competent business partner with a thorough understanding of the organization you support. It is important to create feelings of confidence with regard to your understanding of financials, loss prevention programs, processes, and strategies, and skill at assessing situations and making the right decisions.
A properly crafted resume should be able to communicate these things and provide the tangible results to prove them. It also provides you with the perfect information to craft your “elevator pitch,” A 15-30 second soundbite that explains who you are, what you do, and how you can help the company.
It is not enough to just have an impressive resume. Your personal pitch and interpersonal skills must match the tenor of the paper. However, if you take the time to strategically craft your resume, you’ll be better prepared to sell yourself for the opportunity you deserve. Success comes down to details, details, details paired with perfection in delivery, delivery, delivery.