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This is a Power Point presentation that was given to the Tri Cities Unemployment Group by Cynthia Wade, Executive Recruiter and Professional Resume Writer, from

This is a Power Point presentation that was given to the Tri Cities Unemployment Group by Cynthia Wade, Executive Recruiter and Professional Resume Writer, from

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