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  While you need to make it clear
  what you do at your current job and did at your past jobs, a
  résumé shouldn't read like a laundry list of duties, Timothy Lo,
  cofounder of the business consulting firm Your Next Jump, told Business Insider. 

  "It's very common for résumés to
  read like a list of the person's tasks, day-to-day activities,
  roles and responsibilities, how many people they manage, and the
  size or type of budget they manage," Lo said.

  "While there is definitely a
  place for all of that information - you have to establish context
  after all - what tends to differentiate a candidate from the
  pool, and what we find what most employers are really looking
  for, is answering the 'so what?' question. So you do all of these
  things. That's great, but so what? What were the outcomes? What
  were the results? Those things you did, what did they lead to?
  You don't want your résumé to just talk about what you do or did,
  but rather, you want to emphasize how well you do it. You want to
  show that no matter what you do, you're going to be really good
  at it."

"Make sure your resume doesn't read like a job description"

While you need to make it clear what you do at your current job and did at your past jobs, a résumé shouldn't read like a laundry list of duties, Timothy Lo, cofounder of the business consulting firm Your Next Jump, told Business Insider.

"It's very common for résumés to read like a list of the person's tasks, day-to-day activities, roles and responsibilities, how many people they manage, and the size or type of budget they manage," Lo said.

"While there is definitely a place for all of that information - you have to establish context after all - what tends to differentiate a candidate from the pool, and what we find what most employers are really looking for, is answering the 'so what?' question. So you do all of these things. That's great, but so what? What were the outcomes? What were the results? Those things you did, what did they lead to? You don't want your résumé to just talk about what you do or did, but rather, you want to emphasize how well you do it. You want to show that no matter what you do, you're going to be really good at it."

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