Are you sick and tired of applying for jobs, without hearing anything back? If so, a ROAR Resume can make a world of difference! A ROAR resume is a foundation for an effective job search.
Why does it matter? Because when you’re using your resume to apply for jobs, you’re up against some pretty stiff competition.
Experts suggest that only the “Top 2%” of candidates make it to the interview” … When you’re up against an average of 250+ applicants (as ERE Media suggests) you’ve got to stand out to even get a conversation.
That’s a LOT of people.
Unless you have another way “in”, the odds of getting an interview from applying online are stacked pretty badly against you.
Especially if you aren’t the most experienced person applying…
But … there is hope! You can create a resume that stand outs, even if you’re not the most experienced person applying!
What if I showed you how to create a resume that proves your potential, instead of just listing out your work history?
What if I taught you how to write a resume that will catch the employer’s eye in such a way that they couldn’t help but want to know more?
I hope your eyes and ears are peeled because that is exactly what I am going to do…
See, your resume is the foundation for an effective job search. It’s not a magic wand (you still have to interview well), but for most people, the resume is the doorway to getting noticed by the hiring manager.
If you’re on the hunt for your next interview, you should make sure your resume is done “right”.
If you do it “right” you can even make McDonalds Experience look good!
(Hey, we all start somewhere!)
The key is to make everything on your resume ROAR.
ROAR is an acronym. ROAR stands for RESULTS ORIENTED AND RELEVANT.
(I didn’t invent this concept, by the way – a lot of people use it!)
I’ve helped thousands of people improve their resumes. If you are able to capture the principles behind the ROAR resume, you’ll be well on your way to nabbing the interview.
How does a ROAR resume, differ from a regular-ol’ resume?
In short, it’s jam-packed with relevant, results oriented accomplishments. I realize talking theory isn’t much help, so let’s try diving into a real example.
Most resume experience sections look something like this McDonald’s cashier below ↓↓↓
McDonalds Cashier | Timbuctoo, 2009 – Present
- Flipped burgers, fried fries, and microwaved chicken nuggets
- Helped with mopping the floor, scrubbing toilets, and cleaning tables
- Served customers, and managed the cash register
- Opened and closed the store each evening.
Yes, it’s all accurate information. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it … But do you feel like anything is missing?
1) The cashier fails to list specific RESULTS.
The first problem with the example above is that it talks about what the Cashier did, but it fails to show how well he or she did it.
Whether you’re a Cashier or a CEO, I’m willing to be that your resume has the same problem. Most resumes talk about what the candidate did in the past, but they don’t show how well they did it. They don’t leverage your future potential.
(I know this because I’ve had thousands of resumes cross my desk, and 99% of my clients have this exact problem)
If your resume is going to stand out, you’ve got to show clear concise, RESULTS.
2) The content is not RELEVANT to the target job.
The second problem is that unless the McDonald’s Cashier is using the resume above to try to get another cashiers job (perhaps at Wendy’s’, or Taco Bell), none of the stuff they talk about, really matters. None of it is RELEVANT.
People create resumes because they want to move up, right? Do you see anything on the resume above that demonstrates that they’re a good candidate for moving up?
(Like maybe into a management role, or into a customer service job at another company…)
No! … It’s not there. The resume lacks RELEVANCE.
It points backwards to what they have done, but it does nothing to show how this entry-level experience makes them a fit for the next forward looking role.
If your resume is going to stand out, you’ve got to make sure that the content is RELEVANT to your target employer and your future role.
So, how do you fix it?
You’ve start by thinking with the employer in mind. Take a step back, and instead of just sharing your work history, think about the things that you would want to know if you were the hiring manager for your target role.
What would you want to see, if you were in their shoes?
What hiring managers don’t want to see are just a bunch of job duties … As soon as you say “burger-flipper” or “salesman” or “bank teller”, they can probably fill in the blanks of your job duties themselves.
Unless you show them on your resume, they aren’t going to know anything about what makes you different from everyone else. They aren’t going to see your potential. They don’t automatically know if you’re a hard worker or a team player or if you someone who goes out of their way to create results…
If you ARE that kind of person, (the kind of person they would want to hire) show it! Prove it! List out your accomplishments, your numbers, quantities, comparisons … list out anything and everything that demonstrates that you are unlike the rest of the applicants.
Here’s how we could use the ROAR Resume principles to transform the McDonald’s cashier ↓↓↓
McDonalds Cashier | Timbuctoo, 2009 – Present
- Helped reduce customer wait time from 1.9 minutes, to 37 seconds!
- Consistently took on extra shifts, which helped the management team accommodate busy and changing schedules
- Memorized all 70+ menu items in less than 1 weeks’ time
- Learned to work effectively work high traffic environment, serving as many as 1000 customers at lunch alone
- Regularly complimented for a great attitude, a big smile, and speedy service
- Promoted to team lead within 2 months, a role that normally takes 6-12 months to reach
Do you see the difference?
Instead of just listing what the cashier did, we draw their strengths to the front. We show RESULTS, and we make sure the RESULTS we show are RELEVANT to the target employer.
That’s the key behind ROAR resumes … You’ve got to be thinking and writing with your potential employer in mind, and you’ve to use that foundation to show RELEVANT RESULTS from your work history.
If you do it right, the hiring mangers 6-second skim of your resume will demonstrate:
- That you understand what they are looking for …
- That you can help them meet their needs …
- That you are going to be the kind of employee who not only does what is asked, but also the kind of person who thinks bigger. Someone who brings value …
A ROAR resume will use your work history not only to show what you have done in the past, but also to demonstrate your inherent skills, and your future potential.
The truth is, a lot of people struggle with this, and it’s one of the biggest reasons that people hire us!
But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t “go-it-alone” … If you’re trying to create a ROAR Resume, and you’re struggling to find the right results, here are some brainstorming questions that might help you get started.
Each of the questions below, are designed help you identify RELEVANT RESULTS that you can put on your resume.
(These questions are inspired by and loosely based on questions provided in the book, “Knock ’em Dead Resumes” … a book you should definitely check out).
- How is the company better off now than before they hired you?
- Did you do anything to increase the overall company sales? How much was the increase?
- Did you proactively implement any new system or processes? How did this affect your company? How did it make them better?
- Did you improve productivity or reduce the time spent on any notable activity? If so, how much did it improve? How long was it a problem, before you fixed it?
- Are you responsible for bringing on any new clients or initiating any new business How did you do it? What did you do, that no one else did?
- Did you reduce unnecessary costs? Did you decrease wasted expenses or eliminate a redundancy? If so, how and by how much?
- Did you ever go above and beyond your job duties? Did you ever help solve a problem even though it wasn’t your job to do it? What was the impact that this made on your company?
- We’re you promoted faster than others? We’re you given tasks that your peers were not given? Why did they choose you for these tasks or promotions?
- Did you reach any of your assigned tasks, in less time or with less money than expected? How much under budget were you? How much time did you save? How did you make this happen?
- Did you help create, design or launch a new facet of the business? A new product or program? What was your role? How did it go? What were the results?
- Did you take on any new responsibilities that weren’t part of your job description? Were they assigned or did you do so proactively? Why were you selected?
- Did you complete any unique projects? What were they and what was the result?
- Was there something that you were regularly complimented for? Or, perhaps there were some key lessons or principles that you learned … thing that are vital to the next role. Where specifically did you grow and learn?
- If you were to ask your boss what made you different than the rest of his/her employees, what would they say? What specifically makes you unique?
- What are the most important areas where you brought value to your company? What changed, and what important things are in place because you have been there?
Remember—people hire for your value to them. They use past performance and specific measurable metrics as an indication of what you will offer in the future. Specific results, accomplishments and achievements are always at the foundation of a ROAR resume.
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