Resume Help

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    Jan 13, 2011 8:28 AM GMT
    Hey guys!

    touching up my resume and need some help with a sentence for a description of my job.

    Is it:

    Controlled inventory shortages through problem solving and quick decision making, ensuring customer’s orders were not delayed

    or

    Controlled inventory shortages through problem solving and quick decision making ensuring customer’s orders were not delayed

    (if you didnt notice the 1st has a comma and the 2nd doesn't)

    Thanks.

    All help is greatly appreciated.
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    Jan 13, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    If the interviewer can recognize that fact that first sentence is correct, s/he's smarter than most interviewers I've experienced.
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    Jan 13, 2011 8:39 AM GMT
    chipmunk5 saidHey guys!

    touching up my resume and need some help with a sentence for a description of my job.

    Is it:

    Controlled inventory shortages through problem solving and quick decision making, ensuring customer’s orders were not delayed

    or

    Controlled inventory shortages through problem solving and quick decision making ensuring customer’s orders were not delayed

    (if you didnt notice the 1st has a comma and the 2nd doesn't)

    Thanks.

    All help is greatly appreciated.


    Controlled inventory shortages, through problem solving and quick decision making, ensuring customers' orders were not delayed..

    wording between commas describes how you controlled shortages. and with out those words, the sentence still makes sense..........Keithicon_wink.gif
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    Jan 13, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    Brevity is the soul of wit, including resumes
    Avoid phrases over six words. If need be, break up sentences/phrases into sizable soundbites. The idea is for someone to summarize your skills to another person in a sec. Good luck
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    Jan 13, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    Controlled inventory shortages through problem solving, quick decision making, and ensuring customer’s orders were not delayed

    or

    a bullet list

    0 Controlled inventory shortages through problem solving
    0 Quick decision making
    0 Ensuring customer’s orders were not delayed

    Most interviewers I know do not check grammar
    and wording as much as they do information

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    Jan 13, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    Some tips on punctuation:

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon

    And interviews:
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/interviewees

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  • ruforeal

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    Jan 13, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    It helps to have numbers too. Recruiters get countless resumes saying applicants have "ensured customer satisfaction" or "controlled inventory" etc etc but have no idea exactly how to measure it against one another.

    In short, did your controlling of inventory save the department/company any money? Did you implement a new idea to minimize inventory costs? As someone else said, what type of system did you use?

    You want to set yourself apart as much as possible. Employers in these times want to get the most bang for their buck. If they see that hiring you can save the company money, you've got a great shot.

    I've gotten my resume critiqued numerous times by nowicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 13, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    Going through the interview process now, I've been told that some companies will literally use the Ctrl-F command to find keywords in your resume regarding your skills (I come from an IT background so this is important).

    Make sure that if they do go hunting for key words that they are part of a relevant statement.

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    Jan 13, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    Separate it into 2 columns for "Task Completed" and "Outcome"
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    Jan 13, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    Career services always told us to start with the achievement and then state what you did to accomplish this. So maybe you can try:

    Ensured customer’s orders were not delayed by controlling inventory shortages through problem solving and quick decision making.
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    thanks for taking the time to respond. I really do appreciate all of your help and will implement your thoughts into my resume.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 18, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    sixty_six saidCareer services always told us to start with the achievement and then state what you did to accomplish this. So maybe you can try:

    Ensured customer’s orders were not delayed by controlling inventory shortages through problem solving and quick decision making.



    Perfect. Some of the other suggestions are, at best, dubious.
  • Webster666

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    Jan 18, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    The first one is correct.