Boston High-Tech Recruiter                 Presents…    5 Tips for Writing anEffective Professional Résumé                ...
Introduction• Candidates often consider an interview the first step in getting a job• In reality, creating a résumé that l...
Tip 1:        Prove Yourself with Concise Simplicity• Make your most valuable traits readable in a single glance   – you h...
Tip 1:        Prove Yourself with Concise Simplicity• Use a single common, sans serif font   – such as Arial or Calibri   ...
Tip 1:        Prove Yourself with Concise Simplicity• How you list your work history depends on you• If most of your histo...
Tip 2:                 Create Content that Matters• Create a master résumé that lists your complete history   – draft shor...
Tip 2:               Create Content that Matters• Use “power words” & carefully selected phrases   – DON’T SAY… “Managed a...
Tip 3:                Remember that Results Sell• Quantify results to compliment your achievements   – DON’T SAY… “Increas...
Tip 3:               Remember that Results Sell• Never fabricate results or alter numbers   – DON’T SAY… “Increased turn-o...
Tip 3:                 Remember that Results Sell• List only your highest awards & honors on your résumé   – a string of m...
Tip 4:                    Speak to Your Audience• Create résumés that match the job level & position   – make the position...
Tip 4:                  Speak to Your Audience• Uncover the company’s primary needs   – identify the position’s requiremen...
Tip 5:              Rules Are Meant to be Broken• Sources offer unique & conflicting résumé advice• Which advice you take ...
Tip 5:                   Rules Are Meant to be Broken• Many people hear advice about number of pages in a résumé   –   the...
Tip 5:              Rules Are Meant to be Broken• Want CareerEncore’s opinion on a résumé “rule”?   – take a second to add...
Sources• Adapted with help from:   –   Cathy Baniewicz, http://bit.ly/J0THWo   –   Regina Pontow, http://bit.ly/J6IjX0   –...
Thank You for Viewing Our Presentation            Brought to You By:        Boston High-Tech Recruiter               Conne...
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5 tips for writing an effective professional resume (career advice - tips and tricks - insider information - job help)

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5 tips for writing an effective professional resume (career advice - tips and tricks - insider information - job help)

  1. 1. Boston High-Tech Recruiter Presents… 5 Tips for Writing anEffective Professional Résumé Connect With Us: www.CareerEncore.com Recruiter@CareerEncore.com
  2. 2. Introduction• Candidates often consider an interview the first step in getting a job• In reality, creating a résumé that lands that interview is the first step• Your résumé is your chance to… – showcase your abilities, achievements, & passions – demonstrate your fit for the opening
  3. 3. Tip 1: Prove Yourself with Concise Simplicity• Make your most valuable traits readable in a single glance – you have 30 seconds to make a lasting first impression• Use bullet points instead of dense paragraphs – do not over-shorten, making achievements choppy – do not eliminate all emotion• Use abbreviations only when industry standards – if unsure, spell-out the words
  4. 4. Tip 1: Prove Yourself with Concise Simplicity• Use a single common, sans serif font – such as Arial or Calibri – all black text• Use italics, bold, and underlining sparingly – only when it improves readability – call attention only to points worth stressing
  5. 5. Tip 1: Prove Yourself with Concise Simplicity• How you list your work history depends on you• If most of your history is relevant to the job… – list your past positions chronologically• If only some of your history is relevant… – list important positions first – list other positions chronologically under a new heading lower down• Draw attention to recent jobs and achievements
  6. 6. Tip 2: Create Content that Matters• Create a master résumé that lists your complete history – draft shorter résumés for each job, with only relevant positions• Show how past jobs required similar skills to the job at hand• Many employers use software to pre-screen résumés – ensure vital keywords are present in your résumé – use words & phrases from the job description as a starting point
  7. 7. Tip 2: Create Content that Matters• Use “power words” & carefully selected phrases – DON’T SAY… “Managed a team of six programmers” – SAY… “Maximized ROI by maintaining open collaboration among programmers”• Do not try to hide weaknesses with slippery wording – managers know words can be manipulated to be misleading• Do not make your accomplishments difficult to decipher
  8. 8. Tip 3: Remember that Results Sell• Quantify results to compliment your achievements – DON’T SAY… “Increased operations’ efficiency” – SAY… “Reduced materials’ costs by 6% and increased labor efficiency by 8%, year over year.” – Do not use numbers instead of detailing your skills
  9. 9. Tip 3: Remember that Results Sell• Never fabricate results or alter numbers – DON’T SAY… “Increased turn-over by 25%” when it was only 22.3% – SAY… “Decreased turn-over by more than 20%”• Round numbers when appropriate – more memorable & conserves space
  10. 10. Tip 3: Remember that Results Sell• List only your highest awards & honors on your résumé – a string of minor recognitions means little• A list of old awards makes you look past your prime – consider dropping your oldest honors from your résumé – anything older than 5 years probably shouldn’t be listed
  11. 11. Tip 4: Speak to Your Audience• Create résumés that match the job level & position – make the position feel like a natural fit to hiring managers• Do not focus on skills that are below your level – if applying to be a java developer… • don’t highlight PowerPoint skills – if applying to be an accountant… • don’t highlight Photoshop skills
  12. 12. Tip 4: Speak to Your Audience• Uncover the company’s primary needs – identify the position’s requirements – investigate other open positions – research the company and its products• Convey your ability to meet these needs in your résumé• Infuse personal character into your résumé
  13. 13. Tip 5: Rules Are Meant to be Broken• Sources offer unique & conflicting résumé advice• Which advice you take is a judgment call• Go with your gut, or ask a trusted friend to decide for you
  14. 14. Tip 5: Rules Are Meant to be Broken• Many people hear advice about number of pages in a résumé – there is no set rule – your résumé should be as long as your relevant details support – 2-3 pages is normal for experienced professionals – remember, every page after the first will get less attention
  15. 15. Tip 5: Rules Are Meant to be Broken• Want CareerEncore’s opinion on a résumé “rule”? – take a second to add a comment below • we’ll be sure to respond! – or, reach out to us at: • recruiter@careerencore.com • (617) 242 -4443• CareerEncore reviews the résumés of all our candidates – we can help you create the most compelling résumé possible
  16. 16. Sources• Adapted with help from: – Cathy Baniewicz, http://bit.ly/J0THWo – Regina Pontow, http://bit.ly/J6IjX0 – Alison Doyle, http://bit.ly/I0MnrM – Rumki Sen, http://bit.ly/Ih7GEA – Laura Schneider, http://bit.ly/IPXZAC – Bill Radin, http://bit.ly/J6Ivph
  17. 17. Thank You for Viewing Our Presentation Brought to You By: Boston High-Tech Recruiter Connect With Us: www.CareerEncore.com Recruiter@CareerEncore.com (617) 242-4443

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