Resume Writing 101


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  • That is just on how to write your resume; however, Resume keywords are way more important than resume formats. Because recruiters conduct keyword searches during the initial sourcing process in Applicant Tracking Systems. You're not found if your resume doesn't contain the exact keywords. But it's a pain to find those keywords from the job descriptions. I found the site Jobscan that identify keywords for your. All you do is paste in your resume plus the job description, then Jobscan analyzes your job description for you automatically and identify the most important keywords for you. It literally takes seconds and it so worth the copy and paste. Saved me so much time AND I got more interviews using Jobscan! I recommend it as well.
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Resume Writing 101

  1. 1. Resume Writing: 101 <ul><li>Presented to </li></ul><ul><li>Tri-Cities Unemployment Group </li></ul><ul><li>By </li></ul><ul><li>Cynthia K. Wade </li></ul><ul><li>Monday, March 9, 2009 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Resume Writing: 101/The Market <ul><li>The Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Where the Jobs Are </li></ul>
  3. 3. Resume Writing: 101 Introduction <ul><li>Focus </li></ul><ul><li>This IS your new job. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Resume Writing: 101 Introduction <ul><li>Finding a job is a process. </li></ul><ul><li>Resume and Cover Letter </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You Letter </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Up </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiation for Compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Resignation, Acceptance and On-Boarding </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resume Writing: 101/Introduction <ul><li>The ONLY purpose of your resume </li></ul><ul><li>is to get you the Interview </li></ul>
  6. 6. Resume Writing: 101/Introduction <ul><li>Your Resume is a Marketing Document </li></ul><ul><li>It has to SELL YOU </li></ul>
  7. 7. Resume Writing: 101/Introduction <ul><li>TARGET Your Next Job </li></ul><ul><li>Review Competitive Resumes on Line </li></ul>
  8. 8. Resume Writing: 101/Introduction <ul><li>The Interviewing Process is a Marketing and Sales Process </li></ul><ul><li>You are Marketing and Selling Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Choose How to do That Best </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resume Writing: 101/Options <ul><li>Chronological </li></ul><ul><li>versus </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential Resumes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Resume Writing: 101/Introduction <ul><li>Companies Hire Problem Solvers </li></ul><ul><li>Their Biggest Problem is </li></ul><ul><li>THE BOTTOM LINE </li></ul><ul><li>Companies want to hire people who can either INCREASE OR DECREASE THE BOTTOM LINE </li></ul>
  11. 11. Resume Writing: 101/Style <ul><li>Your Resume </li></ul><ul><li>MUST </li></ul><ul><li>engage the reader </li></ul><ul><li>in the first 10 seconds </li></ul>
  12. 12. Resume Writing: 101/Style <ul><li>Make it crisp, clean and easy to read </li></ul><ul><li>Use a common typeface like Times Roman or Arial </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to one or two typefaces at the most </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid all capital letters </li></ul><ul><li>Use bold and italics for emphasis </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize underlining </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Include an Objective Statement </li></ul><ul><li>that identifies your level and specific areas of competency </li></ul><ul><li>Tie the Objective Statement to the JOB </li></ul>
  14. 14. Resume Writing: 101/Examples of Objective Statements <ul><li>A sales/sales management position where planning, problem-solving and customer relationship building will be used to achieve sales and total revenue growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Lead a team of talented, results-oriented individuals by applying skills accumulated through 20 years of project delivery experience in the public sector professional service industry. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain a position in a well-respected company that will allow me to utilize my education and training as a bilingual (English/Japanese) engineer to the fullest extent possible </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Use Keywords as liberally as possible throughout the document </li></ul>
  16. 16. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>How to find keywords </li></ul>
  17. 17. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Include a Summary of Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Note both ‘hard and soft’ skills </li></ul>
  18. 18. Resume Writing: 101/Examples of Hard and Soft Skills <ul><li>Ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status </li></ul><ul><li>Proven ability to work in unison with staff, volunteers, and board of directors </li></ul><ul><li>Goal-oriented, hardworking and detail focused problem solver with training experience </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced in preparation of preliminary and final engineering plans, specifications, for commercial and residential developments in the six county Chicago area </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Applications: Land Desktop Development and AutoCAD 2006, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint </li></ul>
  19. 19. Resume Writing: 101/Examples of Hard and Soft Skills <ul><ul><ul><li>Experienced with project planning, budgetary estimates, evaluating technical strategies, equipment selection, detailed engineering designs, submittal reviews and start up operations. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experienced in preparation of general and client specific marketing and sales material such as presentations, case studies, date sheets and brochures . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent oral and written communication skills combined with strong analytical skills and ability to function independently and in team oriented environment. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Resume Writing: 101/Presentation <ul><li>In most cases, stick to two pages, </li></ul><ul><li>adding a Project List as a second document if necessary </li></ul>
  21. 21. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Use a professional e-mail address </li></ul><ul><li>Include only cell phone number </li></ul><ul><li>And , make sure </li></ul><ul><li>the message on it is professional </li></ul>
  22. 22. Resume Writing: 101/Presentation <ul><li>Use bullets, </li></ul><ul><li>not paragraphs whenever possible </li></ul>
  23. 23. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Include as many ‘money’ statements as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify specific accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Use power words, usually verbs, to document achievements </li></ul>
  24. 24. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>CAR Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>C hallenge </li></ul><ul><li>A ction </li></ul><ul><li>R esults </li></ul>
  25. 25. Resume Writing: 101/Presentation <ul><li>Prioritize information presented </li></ul>
  26. 26. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Don’t leave any time gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Account for the full passage of years </li></ul>
  27. 27. Resume Writing: 101/Presentation <ul><li>Don’t use acronyms </li></ul><ul><li>Spell things out </li></ul>
  28. 28. Resume Writing: 101/Presentation <ul><li>Be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>in how information is presented </li></ul>
  29. 29. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Highlight any information </li></ul><ul><li>that will differentiate you </li></ul><ul><li>from the crowd </li></ul>
  30. 30. Resume Writing: 101/Content <ul><li>Don’t share any personal information </li></ul>
  31. 31. Resume Writing: 101/Presentation <ul><li>Have someone else </li></ul><ul><li>proofread your resume </li></ul>
  32. 32. Resume Writing: 101/References <ul><li>It is not necessary to say </li></ul><ul><li>“ References Available on Request” </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to offer references at the Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Have names, titles, relationships, phone numbers, email addresses </li></ul><ul><li>Use 360 degree references and keep it gender balanced </li></ul>
  33. 33. Resume Writing: 101/Wrap-up <ul><li>Questions and Comments </li></ul>
  34. 34. Resume Writing: 101/Handouts <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Price List </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Questionaire </li></ul>
  35. 35. Resume Writing: 101/Conclusion <ul><li>Cynthia K. Wade </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Recruiter and </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Resume Writer </li></ul><ul><li>708-989-4439 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>