Paul DeLuca was a Chief Operating Officer seeking a new position. His long career had all been in one industry and he was having trouble getting noticed by hiring managers in new sectors. He turned to Susan Barens of Career Dynamics to have his resume revamped. I spoke with Susan to learn more about how she transformed Paul's resume and helped him increase the number of interviews Paul was able to secure.
What type of position was Paul targeting?
Paul was seeking an executive-level leadership position for an entire company rather than a division. Although well-versed and proven in the areas of manufacturing, he wanted to remain open to all industries, including government contracting companies.
What were the obstacles Paul faced in his search?
Paul's experience was very specific to the manufacturing sector. He needed a resume that opened him up to various private and government contracting opportunities. He had a rich 25+ career history and his early experience with the FBI was important to show since he was seeking opportunities with a government contractor but we wanted to show his early experience in a way that didn't blatantly "date" him.
What strategies were used to make Paul memorable?
Highlighting Paul's key attributes was imperative to making him memorable. Summarizing his key abilities as subtitles at the top (Building Corporate Value, Operations, Restructuring, Juris Doctor of Law) immediately identifies what Paul brings to the table. In addition to the subtitles we highlighted his multi-lingual capabilities and his executive management and intelligence career - all imperative to government contracting work. We also highlighted his early FBI career managing and planning intelligence operations and his former security clearance status. His FBI experience was documented under a separate section and cumulative years rather than employment dates were used the keep the focus off when the position was held.
How did you prove the impact Paul made on past employers?
We bulleted his key accomplishments for each employer and used hard-core metrics to demonstrate his value. We also documented awards he had received.
What have been the results of the new resume?
Paul's self-written resume produced four interviews within three months. After Paul had his resume professionally written, he obtained 12 interviews in two months.
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Senior Operations Executive
Building Corporate Value • Operations Restructuring • Juris Doctor of Law
~ Multilingual in English, Italian, and Russian ~
Offer a notable executive management and intelligence career leading high-growth and transitioning corporations in building market share, driving revenue growth, and producing record profits. Candid and credible advisor in reorganizing, streamlining, and strengthening existing operations while strategically planning and directing complex multi-billion-dollar divestitures, mergers, and acquisitions that enhance the bottom-line. Recognized as an esteemed leader with a distinguished ability to make high-stake decisions and overcome complex challenges to meet short and long-term goals. Key Strengths...
|Profit & Loss / Budgeting (Capital & Operating)
||Multi-Site Integration & Operations Leadership
|Risk Assessment & Analysis
||Pricing, Outsourcing & Supplier Relations
|Business Intelligence Benchmarking
||Supply Chain Management & Logistics
|Organizational Design & Infrastructures
||Contract Negotiations & Closing
|Regulatory Compliance & Legal Issues
||Global Product Management & Positioning
|Analytics & Process-Drive Value Creation
||Team Recruitment & Leadership
Confidential Company − Dallas, TX 2004 to Present
Hold full P&L accountability for a privately-held global wholesale distributor with $13B+ in annual revenue.
Chief Operating Officer and Legal Counsel, Electrical Division
"C-Level" executive accountable for meeting key performance directives surrounding field operations, sourcing, purchasing, pricing, distribution, inventory, growth, and compliance. Lead strategic planning initiatives to restructure operational indexes and deliver market-driven head count reductions. Identify and define systematic business approaches and performance metrics to achieve continuous improvement and best practice standards. Recruit, hire, and lead 500+ cross-divisional team members.
- Boosted turn and cash flow by implementing location inventory accountability measures.
- Improved $800M in working capital after negotiating new contractual terms with 300+ vendors.
- Enhanced gross margin 2.5% through pricing analytics and the implementation of customized software.
- Raise cost margins after introducing globally-sourced private label product lines.
- Generated first-year profits for new locations by designing a new branch development process to guide the site selection and build-out of each facility.
- Cut inventory and improved customer service fill rates 75% after building the first distribution and wire-cutting operation servicing 20 states.
- Received the 2008 "President's Award for Leadership."
Confidential Company − Pittsburgh, PA 1995 to 2004
Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, has over fifteen years of experience in career management, recruiting, executive coaching, and organizational development.
Barbara partners with both Fortune 100 companies and individuals to deliver targeted programs focusing on resume development, job search strategies, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation skills, and online identity management.
She is the author of Happy About My Resume: 50 Tips For Building a Better Document to Secure a Brighter Future and #JOBSEARCHtweet and her award-winning resumes are featured in dozens of career-related publications.