The value statement on your resume is the cornerstone of your resume and is often one of the first things hiring managers or recruiters look at to determine if you are a good fit for the job.
A well-crafted value statement should tell an employer why you would be an asset to their company and what makes you unique and different from other candidates. It should be positive, succinct, and highlight transferable skills that might not be directly related to the position you’re applying for.
The reason you don’t want to use an objective statement anymore is because it tells them what you want to do, but not why, and it’s a little harder to quantify. You wouldn’t want to say, for example: I am looking for a position where I can utilize my experience in finance and accounting. Instead you want to say something like: I’m a CPA with 5+ years of financial statement analysis, planning and forecasting.
That’s why a value statement is so powerful. It’s a succinct break-down of the skills and experience you possess that makes you a great match for a specific job, and it lets hiring managers know why you’re the right person for the job.
So how do you start crafting your own value statement? Start off by brainstorming with yourself or your friends or colleagues (this is called creating an ‘idea canvas’).
Take some time to think about all of the skills and qualities that make up your quality points.
In this post, we’re going to look at what you need to include in your value statement on a resume. Let’s jump right into it!
What is a Value Statement?
A value statement is a career goal or personal objective that defines the reasons why you are the best person for the position you are applying for. It’s an executive summary of what you can do for your employer. Your value statement should be concise and well-written, but it should also provide details about your background and expertise that distinguish you from other applicants.
Your value statement is often presented as a short paragraph at the very beginning of your resume or cover letter to convey how qualified you are for that particular job opportunity.
They different from objectives in that they offer a comprehensive idea of your goals in the workplace, rather than just one or two goals. They are also designed to motivate you when you’re faced with interview questions. Your value statement can also be used to provide proof if asked during an interview.
The benefits of a value statement include:
- You can use it as a guide during job hunting.
- It makes you aware of the value of the position you are applying for.
- It provides a framework to answer interview questions, which can be very challenging.
Always use a value statement that is directly related to the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a position as a product manager, then you should write an objective that is directly related to this role.
The value statement should be written in such a way that it can be easily understood by your employer. It has to be short and concise and explain why you would make a good employee in his or her company (or division).
What to Include in Your Value Statement
There are a number of different things your value statement needs to include:
1. Job Title
This is the first thing hiring managers should see when they land on your resume. For this reason, make sure it’s done right. You don’t want to use a job title that doesn’t accurately reflect what you’re qualified for and what you can contribute to the company.
For example: The ‘sale associate’ job title should not be used for a financial analyst position. If you’re looking to break into finance or accounting, then use something like: Analyst with 5+ years of experience in managing assets and forecasting financial statements.
This also goes for your company’s name. In this case, it’s a good thing to include something in your value statement that shows you know what the company is or has been known for. For example: The financial services company ADM has been a leader in domestic and international financial reporting. This is a great way to showcase your knowledge of their history and make a good first impression on the reader.
2. Industry Focus
This should be a no-brainer, but it’s also important to include your industry focus in your value statement. If you’re a CPA, then say so. It will not only help you stand out from others, but it can also show that you have experience in that field that other candidates don’t have.
3. Years of Experience
This should also be a no-brainer. However, you don’t want to give specific years of experience unless that’s what the position is looking for. For example: If you’re applying for a Vice President position, then show 9+ years of experience as a Vice President.
Education goes hand-in-hand with the value statement on your resume, but it’s often best to leave this off of your resume if it can be found elsewhere in your application packet or on your LinkedIn profile.
If you’re applying for a job and it’s important that you include your education here (or if it’s required by the position), then include that information. If an employer needs to know where you went to school, what your major was and the name of the company you worked for, then make sure they can find those things on your resume. Otherwise, leave this off.
5. Skills & Specialties
This is a great opportunity to make yourself stand out from other candidates. If you have skills or specialties that are directly related to what the job is looking for, then make sure they are included in your value statement.
For example: You don’t want to say ‘good with computers’ when you are applying for an IT position. Instead, say something like: Expert-level knowledge of desktop systems and networks includes Windows 7, NAS devices installation and configuration.
Achievements are great for showcasing your accomplishments (and skills). If you’re applying to a sales job, include in your value statement sales accomplishments in the form of sales goals or team wins.
7. Industry-Specific Knowledge
This is something that will differ depending on what industry you’re in. For example, if you’re applying to a pharmaceutical company, then you’ll want to include in your value statement expertise in the field of pharmacology. If you’re applying to an IT company, include in your value statement knowledge of network security or hardware maintenance.
8. Certifications & Licenses
Depending on the industry, certifications and licenses can make you stand out from other candidates. Include these in your value statement if they are relevant to the job you’re applying for and if they can give you a competitive advantage.
Making the Most of Your Resume Value Statement
It’s a good idea to use the value statement to show hiring managers why you are the best person for the job. You want to show them how your skills, experience and education make you a great candidate for the position.
Since hiring managers scan resumes, it’s also a good idea to use your value statement to show them that you’re qualified for the position. This means that it needs to read well and that it shows hiring managers that they don’t have to keep scanning through your resume.
With a quality value statement, you can kick off your resume with a bang. Hiring managers will see your value statement first, so make sure it’s written well and that it makes you stand out from the crowd of other candidates.
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