How to Write a Resume

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How to Write a Resume

  1. 1. By Kristin Petronio<br />How to Write a Resume that Employers will Remember<br />
  2. 2. Why is a well-written resume so important?<br />Employers only spend about 30 seconds looking at your resume.<br />Hiring Managers and Recruiters now have access to Monster Jobs, Career Builder, and other resume sites. <br />Throw out 50%-60% of the applicants<br />
  3. 3. Tailoring Your Resume<br />Careerbuilder.com advises you to tailor your job responsibilities and achievements to the company at which you apply<br />Research the company and its industry<br />Know what the employer is looking for and tailor your resume to match<br />
  4. 4. Organizing Your Resume<br />General format: Name, Experience, Education, Extra Curricular <br />Edugree, a career and education website, advises to be creative when organizing your resume<br />Employers will quickly scan for gaps in employment history<br />Creative formats distract from these gaps<br />
  5. 5. How can you make yours stand out?<br />Must be carefully crafted to showcase your strengths and talents<br />Shaping and polishing your keywords<br />Applying the right verbs<br />Presenting impressive statistics<br />Providing perhaps a bit of humor<br />
  6. 6. Writing about Previous Experience<br />This is where you must stand out<br />Do not list every responsibility you’ve had<br />Narrow down to a list of 10 to 15<br />Highlight most meaningful accomplishments<br />"Managed Print Creative" and effect: "Directed creative <br />forentire print team of 12 designers, while increasing <br />Productivityand reducing staff by10%"<br />
  7. 7. Make Statistics Count<br />When quantifying accomplishments, make them seem impressive<br />Instead of saying, “Directed 12 designers.”<br />Try saying, “Directed an entire team of 12 designers.”<br />This draws emphasis to the fact that you were able to direct an entire team, rather than the small size of the group.<br />
  8. 8. Choose your words carefully!<br />Remember that those hiring may be looking for keywords so don’t be wordy!<br />Use powerful nouns when possible<br />Use adjectives to describe your strengths and abilities<br />Try incorporating “buzzwords”<br />Key action verbs of a particular industry<br />Example: Implemented, published, etc.<br />
  9. 9. Most Importantly, Be Genuine<br />Monster.com reminds you to be honest<br />Employers will often ask you to demonstrate your skills<br />Don’t make exaggerated claims of skill levels<br />On the other hand, don’t be modest<br />
  10. 10. References<br />http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1503-Cover-Letters-and-Resumes-Target-Your-R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9-to-Prospective-Employers-Needs/<br />http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-1479-Cover-Letters-and-Resumes-10-Things-to-Leave-Off-Your-R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9/<br />http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-672-Cover-Letters-and-Resumes-10-Ways-to-Stand-Out-From-Your-Competition/<br />http://edugree.com/2007/01/02/how-to-write-a-resume-that-stands-out/<br />http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/resume-skills-section/article.aspx<br />

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