The new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, reminds us once again of just how much Batman has accomplished. And while not everyone can be a career superhero, most people have done some super things in their career, things that can help them in their job search.
Our curious resume gurus have managed to access Batman's resume (our resume secrets are free, but our sleuthing secrets come at a cost), and were not surprised that Batman knows how to present himself. If you're looking for a superhero resume to get you the job, perhaps you can learn from the Dark Knight himself!
Right off the bat, Batman shows his resume savvy in his Career Overview, which succinctly demonstrates his adaptability in the midst of an extremely competitive job market. Here is what's outstanding:
- Hiring managers usually start their resume evaluation looking for the basics: How many years of experience do you have, how long have you been in the industry and what skills do you possess. Like Batman, make that information easy to find in your Career Overview.
- While Batman's industry experience might be difficult to compare to your own, take note of how he keeps this section industry-oriented. Adjust your focus to meet the needs of the job for which you're applying. For example, if Batman were applying to work as an underwater basket weaver, he would concentrate on his technical skill and artistry instead of his experience as a justice seeker.
- Specifics are also important in this section. Take this opportunity to show off—emphasize your qualifications, list skill sets that are particularly unique to you, and let that hiring manager know that you're just as qualified as Batman.
Batman might not usually be one for simplicity, but it worked for him this time. A Skills section is designed to briefly and cleanly showcase your top skills, and this is precisely what he's done. Both you and Batman probably have more than 8 skills, but try to limit strengths to the most relevant and impressive. Aim for equal numbers of bullets in each column. Each statement should be a short phrase of just a few words and not a complete sentence.
If Batman isn't over-qualified for the job, I don't know who is. But if he can keep this section simple by paring down his list of most impressive skills, you can too.
Although it is unfair to compare ourselves to Batman, this is one section where you actually can excel to his level (minus the crime fighting and Krav Maga). With just two simple tricks, your Experience section can make you look just as worthy as Batman.
- Quantification is extremely important for you, Batman, Robin and everyone else.. Batman didn't just capture a lot of Gotham City's criminals, he captured more than 2500. He didn't successfully train a few successful sidekicks, he had a 75% success rate. Numbers assign personal value to your resume. Remember, emphasize your own numbers by putting them under an Accomplishments subheading.
- Be a person of action, just like Batman. Notice that in this section, each of his bulleted statements start with an action verb (maximized, reduced, developed, etc.) and then explain his results. Hiring managers want your resume to show how you can benefit their company. Prove that you're qualified and eager to be an active team member, even if the team doesn't quite live up to the Justice League.
In this section, Batman has continued to let his resume soar above and beyond. Aside from simply providing his institution name and field of study, Batman also included additional impressive information (as if we could be more impressed). He used numbers, names, and accomplishments, all without spamming his resume with paragraphs of unnecessary information.
There is a very fine line between a great Education section and an Education section that will bore hiring managers and detract from your resume, but we can't deny that Batman's done a great job with this section. If you want to use your Education section to impress, follow Batman's lead.
You don't have to be a crime-fighting, Batmobile driving, dark knight to be save the day, but you do need to know how to present your accomplishments and impress hiring managers quickly. And you don't have to do it alone. Remember, Batman had Robin to help him, and you have Resume Builder.