Resume Writing 101


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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>