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How to effectively present your business development skills in your resume

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Business Development Professionals are great at seizing opportunities to grow an organization. They help businesses devise plans to lead towards the gates of prosperity.

Utilizing their skills, Business Developers are an integral part of an organization tapping into its full potential. However, their impeccable ability to help businesses grow is rarely showcased on paper.

Your skills need to be effectively presented on your resume. Only then can you attract the recruiter and make an impact on them.

Read on to learn what you can do to accomplish it:

Professional Experience

Most professionals prefer composing the skills section over the professional experience while writing their resume. But that is not the correct way as most of the skills are filtered out of the professional experience section.

What separates an impressive business resume from an ordinary one is a well-crafted professional experience section.

Incorporating the following tips will help you construct a professional experience section that will stand out from the rest:

  • Roles and responsibilities: A resume is achievements based, however, professionals just list out the work they have performed. Do not just mention what you are doing. Focus more on the end result to bring light to what you were able to accomplish.
  • STAR format: Signifying situation-task-action-result, STAR format helps you demonstrate your skills in a manner that resolves any question a recruiter may have about your role in a project/task.
  • Quantifying points: As a business developer, your work is to help businesses reach their goals in terms of revenue, market expansion, etc. Try to bring forth as many figures as possible to showcase your achievements.

If you incorporate the above-mentioned points in your resume, you will be able to demonstrate your business-savvy skills effectively in your resume.

Here’s what your work experience section should look like:

  • Forged partnerships with premium retail chains leading to 50% increase in sales
  • Led acquisition teams and closed 10+ business clients in the telecom industry in 1 year
  • Raised funding of over $5 million from investors to execute new projects in the retail market

ATS compliant resume

As applying for jobs has become far too easy in this day & age, to ease the work of hiring managers, companies are turning to Applicant Tracking Systems.

Operating with a search based algorithm, ATS helps companies choose resumes based on a certain set of keywords. These keywords are mostly traits and expertise that is required in a professional.

That is where optimizing your resume on a set of keywords becomes very important while writing a business resume. A brief look at the job description will help you finalize what kind of expertise the recruiter is looking for. Filter out the expertise needed, and sprinkle your resume with keywords to pass the ATS test.

However, just filling your resume with a set of keywords isn’t going to be enough as recruiters will catch your bluff. Substantiate any expertise you have mentioned with your resume, and do not exaggerate while jotting down information.

Skills Section

With advancement in technology, the job market is open to everyone and recruiters get bombarded with thousands of applications. Hence, they do not get much time to go through a resume. And, that is where the skills section becomes highly critical when you are writing a resume.

Check the example below on how your can construct your skills section:

Transferable Skills

To efficiently function as a business developer, interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance. That is why transferable skills should be given as much importance as the job-specific skills. Transferable skills are a universal set of skills that recruiters look for in a potential candidate.

For example, interpersonal, leadership, analytical ability, etc. All these skills count as transferable skills. However, this does not mean stuffing a resume with soft skills and personality traits. 

Go through their company website or LinkedIn profile and scrutinize the kind of skill-sets their current employees possess. Research on what the job description requires to gain a concrete understanding on what to write.

You can transform the soft skills into professional skills by writing them as:

Communication - Business Communication

Interpersonal - Client Relationship/Stakeholder Management

Analytical - Research & Strategy

Problem Solving - Issue Resolution

Summary

A resume is an overview of your career accomplishments.

On the other hand, a professional summary is an overview of your resume.

Going on the top of your resume, a professional summary is written in a paragraph form. It lets you showcase your key accomplishments and your abilities to the recruiter.

Take a look at the example below to gain an understanding of how to write a summary:

Key Takeaways

Coming to an end, we covered the most important aspects of showcasing your business development skills in a resume.

Here are key takeaways from the article:

  • While writing the certification, include all the key modules you covered.
  • Bold & highlight the important words and figures in your resume.
  • Keep all the points in your resume restricted to one line.
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