Resume & Career Advice

September 6, 2010

Advanced Resume Writing: Using the Organizational Message Chart

Employing Organizational Message Chart in Resume Writing

Is your resume as organized as a well-structured organization?

Everyone has seen an organizational chart.  It is a diagram that shows the structure and hierarchy of a company, usually with the president in a box on top, then the rest of the chain of command under him or her.  The chart is particularly helpful for employees to determine who to tell if they mess up, or in some cases, if their boss messes up.  Career Coach Jay Block, however, found an ingenious application of the organizational chart: in writing resumes .

Mainly outlined in his excellent book, 101 Best Resumes to Sell Yourself, Block explains that a resume should have one core message and six to eight supporting messages that basically answer one question, “What can I do for the company I am applying for?”  He refers to the core message as the “presidential message,” obviously referring to the top of the chart, then pinpoints the rest of the positions in the “hierarchy of messages.”

First and foremost—just like the head of an organizational chart—the presidential message answers the question, “Why should the company hire me?”  Then, just as in the organizational chart, there are “vice presidential messages” and “support messages” that “support, defend, and complement the presidential message,” through highlighting your skills, abilities, qualifications, and credentials.  There also are “value-added messages” that show the employer that you have something to offer that goes beyond the job requirements.

Aside from making your resume appear, well, organized, the Organizational Message Chart helps you determine your best and unique selling points to the employer.  Constructing one would help you make better resumes, and soon enough, the number of job interviews you are invited to would be off the charts.


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