21st Century Job Hunting - Power Building Resumes with Pre-Writing Research

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This PPT is # 5 in a series which shows a job seeker what research they need to accomplish on their ideal job goal. The resume needs to have the generic Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, as well as proof of general competencies, which will assist the resume owner in writing the resume to allow recruiters and hiring to 'read between the lines' based on the content, as well as showcasing achievements, goals reached, and accomplishments as an employee of past or current employers.

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21st Century Job Hunting - Power Building Resumes with Pre-Writing Research

  1. 1. Job Hunting in the 21st Century: Using Technology for Career Search AdvantagesAn Applicant’s Ultimate Tool to Getting ‘Behind the Recruiters Wall’ for the Career Seeker’s Advantage in Job Searches
  2. 2. Before you spent thou$ands • This video is provided as an alternative to spending gobs of money you can’t afford for a career assistance company to rewrite your resume, provide mass-mailings of hard-copy resumes, and interview training and feedback, all to pay their huge overhead for fancy offices in high-rises and office buildings. • The goal for this richly informative training is to provide all you need for a job search – using the skills and knowledge you already have and will learn to use here, to find that ‘next great job’ – and at a cheaper price! 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 2
  3. 3. WARNING! • This presentation (and other training modules) is not packed with graphics – BUT you get the most amount of data possible in a short time period for impactful, valuable, educational, and useful information. • Because of lack of pretty pictures, it might be ‘boring’ to your eyes (e.g., painful to sit and ‘watch’), BUT it is ear candy for the amount of incredible, valuable, information • Sit back in a comfy chair – get your pen ready for notes. 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 ©; www.DBoyerConsulting.com 3
  4. 4. Develop a Plan! • Every trip worth making begins with a goal • Every trip worth taking has a map to follow • Successful businesses have a strategic short- and long-term plan • Treat your job search as a ‘strategic business goal’ …Job Searches and Career Planning should be NO DIFFERENT! 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 4
  5. 5. YOUR RESEARCH RESOURCES In this presentation segment, you will learn where to go to research job titles and descriptions, as well as salaries related to those job titles and experience levels in your geographic area of the country. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 5
  6. 6. YOUR RESEARCH RESOURCES You will use major job boards and salary websites to find, compare, contrast, and collect the data needed to determine what should be covered in your resume. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 6
  7. 7. YOUR RESEARCH RESOURCES Why do you need this research? • You want to know what your compensation (competitive) worth is in the job market… • You want to ensure your resume ‘covers’ all the job requirements – generically and specifically – and highlights what you can DO by demonstrating past achievements & metrics • You need to know what and who you will be competing against for that perfect job 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 7
  8. 8. YOUR RESEARCH – ‘To Do’s’ • Compare different sources’ job descriptions • Highlight main job description bullets • Look at broad and unique specifications • Look for ‘gold nuggets’that makes a job description stand out from others • Determine how your accomplishments can be written to ‘fit’ into those job descriptions without it sounding like a job description 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 8
  9. 9. MAJOR RESOURCES Sources, Websites, Commercial & Government: 1. http://www.salary.com 2. http://www.monster.com 3. http://careerbuilder.com 4. Craig’s List: http://craigslist.com 5. USAJobs: http://USAJobs.gov 6. http://www.linkedin.com (groups/events) 7. Bureau of Labor Stats: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ 8. http://www.dice.com 9. www.careeronestop.com 10.www.glassdoor.com 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 9
  10. 10. DO YOUR RESEARCH • Let’s look at a sample to illustrate the point. • We’ll visit: – http://www.Salary.com – http://Monster.com • We’ll use Architect as a sample job description • Look for job descriptions (generic, not unique) • Look for salary ranges (general) • Use this info as a guideline to write resume job accomplishments. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 10
  11. 11. DO YOUR RESEARCH Using online resources, compile a job description for all bullets noted, entailing the general list of tasks for that type of job. Using online resources, compile a job description for all bullets noted, entailing the general list of tasks for that type of job. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 11
  12. 12. DO YOUR RESEARCH Using online resources, compile a rich job description entailing all the general list of tasks for that type of job. The example slide is ‘Architect’ from Career One Stop. Determine what KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) are required for the general job – but you won’t be writing this text into your resume; you will write your resume to ‘show’ you have these capabilities based on your achievements, goals met, and accomplishments for each employer you have worked for in the past (and currently). 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 12
  13. 13. DO YOUR RESEARCH Knowledge demonstrated in this job title (position): Design – techniques, tools, and principles for production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models Building & Construction – materials, methods, and tools involved in construction/repair of houses, buildings, or structures such as highways and roads English Language - Structure /content of English language including meaning /spelling of words, composition, and grammar Engineering & Technology - Practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services Mathematics - Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 13
  14. 14. DO YOUR RESEARCH Skills you should be able to demonstrate as an employee: Active Listening - Giving full attention to conversations, taking time to understand points made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times (team player, participant) Critical Thinking - Use logic / reasoning to identify strengths / weaknesses of solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems. Judgment & Decision Making – Considering relative (comparable) costs /benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 14
  15. 15. DO YOUR RESEARCH Abilities for which you are hired to provide solutions: Near Vision – Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet). Visualization - Ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 15
  16. 16. DO YOUR RESEARCH You’ll also want to demonstrate you have all the Education and Experience necessary to fulfill the minimum qualifications and capabilities of this job If you don’t have the exact number of minimum years of experience, some other qualities, education, or even volunteer experience may suffice in lieu of the experience. Don’t let lack of those years stymie your efforts. The next few slides show what was culled from the job descriptions of the Architect to ‘show’ experience in the resume for job applications. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 16
  17. 17. DO YOUR RESEARCH You’ll also want to demonstrate you have all the Education and Experience necessary to fulfill the minimum qualifications and capabilities of this job Years of Experience: •1-2 years of experience in field or related area (entry level) •2-5 years of experience in architectural and commercial building construction (mid-level) •5+ years experience in architectural design and CADD design; including Construction Documentation, and Construction Administration; Government, Medical, Institutional, Commercial & Educational Building Experience 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 17
  18. 18. DO YOUR RESEARCH Experience, Skills: •Ability to accurately read plans; an eye for detail, dependability •Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field •Inspects structures in the field; inspects raw materials •Performs design computations, compiles data; completes architectural assignments •Proven ability to maintain a high level of organization •Prepares project estimates and architectural plans as requested. •Writes specifications as assigned, coordinates with material manufacturers •Relies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. •Experience in Commercial Building Projects both high-rise office and residential •Strong Graphic Communication skills in Freehand and computer technologies •Strong conceptual design, excellent graphic representation •Knowledge of construction practices and codes •Ability to assess massing and zoning on potential building sites •Hands-on practical experience with sustainable design 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 18
  19. 19. DO YOUR RESEARCH Other important job skills, communication, or business skills and experience in the general job description(s) noted online – examples below: Team Player Capability/Nice to Have: •Positive team player with a desire to grow and learn •Good communication skills & enthusiasm key •Excellent written & verbal communication Technical Skills: •Auto-Architect, MS Project, CADD experience, Revit, AutoCAD 2D/3D, Sketch- up, 3D modeling & rendering, Photoshop, and Acrobat Formal Education, Licensure, Training: •Bachelors in Architecture (Masters preferred) •Advanced Education abroad highly desirable Professional License (Preferred, not required) 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 19
  20. 20. PLAN YOUR RESUME REWRITE Use the rich job description as a baseline - add what recruiters are seeking ‘between the lines’ for the five core competencies and three skills / personal qualities and provide metrics to document (show, not tell) your capabilities and KSAs as a well-rounded candidate. 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 20
  21. 21. PLAN YOUR RESUME REWRITE Incorporate descriptions of Five Competencies 1.Resources – allocating time, money, materials, space and people 2.Interpersonal Skills – team work, training others, serving customers, negotiating skills, working within diverse cultures 3.Information – acquiring & evaluating data, organize & maintain files, interpreting & communicating, using computers to process data 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 21
  22. 22. PLAN YOUR RESUME REWRITE Five Competencies (cont.): 4.Systems – understanding social, organizational & technological systems, monitoring & correcting performance, designing & improving systems 5.Technology – selecting equipment & tools, applying technology to tasks, maintaining & troubleshooting (employers want to hire computer savvy employee who can help/teach other employees or identify easier/faster ways of task completion) 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 22
  23. 23. PLAN YOUR RESUME REWRITE Incorporate Skills and Personal Qualities: 1.Basic Skills – reading, writing, arithmetic, listening, and speaking 2.Thinking Skills – creative thinking, decision- making, problem-solving, seeing things in the mind’s eye, knowing how to learn, and reasoning 3.Personal Qualities – individual responsibilities, self- esteem, sociability, self-management, and integrity / honesty 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 23
  24. 24. RESEARCH SALARY RANGES Research shows salary ranges for experience /geographic location - Junior Architect (JA)*: U.S. National Average $ 32,100 - $ 51,750 Norfolk, Virginia $ 39,303 - $ 45,793 Atlanta, Georgia $ 40,000 - $ 58,000 Washington, D.C. $ 45,672 - $ 66,000 The ‘average’ salary range is between $39,269 - $55,386 nationally, thus a Junior Architect could request between $40K- $56K, depending upon base KSAs, experience, and city.• (2011) http://www.salary.com/mysalary.asp • (2011) http://www.glassdoor.com 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 24
  25. 25. You Now Have Your Job Search Notes and Tools to Start Writing 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 – D. Boyer Consulting 25 At the end of this presentation /segment you now know what basic minimum qualities and KSAs you need to ensure are incorporated into your resume for a higher ROI for your resume and job search
  26. 26. HIRE AN EXPERT! Visit Now! http://DBoyerConsulting.com Contact me at: Dawn.Boyer@DBoyerConsulting.com Hire an expert to re-write your resume to obtain results you are seeking to advance your career! 06/22/14 21st Century Career & Job Search: D. Boyer Consulting, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 © 26

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