Power Resume Writing & Posting ( part 1)

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This is part one of the presentation to learners about how to make one's resume a POWER resume based on how it's written and presented to future employers.

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  • Thank you for sharing D Boyer. 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 http://ow.ly/RmPcR 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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  • If we are not part of the flock there are some problems. Like Plato's venture from the cave, or a man with both feet outside the box, we can't relate to the flock. Taking the Devil's Advocate position, there is a lot to be said for following the crowd:* Most rewards come from this crowd * You may not be a sheeple, but you may still be just as lost--AND more vulnerable to the wolves* We all know the type that pays no attention to grooming as being unnecessary social convention, or who is rude because society should "just accept me as I am".* I know half a dozen "failed idealists"--People who realize the stupidity of a lot of societal norms, but who thusly don't really cope well with reality and underachieve.* Your potential mates may think you are a freak* Social Acceptance is one of the core human needs* We need people to help us with our goals, and if they don't buy into us, there is a problem.* We all know how weight was presented as something we should just accept, as diversity, thusly encouraging people to not solve their problems and die sooner and lonelier.* We value competence. Competence involves to a large degree dealing with the reality that is.* Many leave the flock for the sake of leaving the flock, even when it is going the right direction* We have responsibilities to our flocks. So, there is no way whatsoever I fit into the "Sheeple" crowd. Much of it is laughable. But they may laugh at my nerdy ways. However, let's face it, if I am out on the town I will look the part to a degree and am aware that my image communicates. Even in my success program I consider Image 1 of 8 keys to success. So, I am not a Sheeple, however: I used to pay much less attention to my appearance, but now I pay attention to it, including perhaps even wearing something considered stylish, because my potential partners and business associates will notice. I used to just be deep, but now I appreciate small talk a lot more. I have made mistakes in the past where I didn't consider "the rules" of Sheeple applied to me. But that is the number one ethical mistake--thinking you get special rules. There were times where I didn't feel the need to get something done according to policy, because I knew better. As a self-employed person I realize more so the importance of everyone having the same policy, even if it isn't the perfect one. Life is scary outside the flock. You have to be a tough sheep to deal with it. So, I don't begrudge the Sheeple too much. I think the answer is to keep one foot inside the box, firmly planted, and another outside, searching for a better place to stand. Then when you find it, you offer it to the other sheep. But taking both feet off the stable ground at once can lead to their fears being proven in your case. There are times to lead and times to follow. But we are part of a flock whether we like it or not. We can lead when appropriate, and we can follow. We just shouldn't do so unassertively and blindly. Baaaaaaaaa. 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
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  • Power Resume Writing & Posting ( part 1)

    1. 1. Presentation by Dawn D. Boyer, M.A.Ed., CIR, CDR, LSS Owner: D. Boyer Consulting 2010, All rights reserved © Part I
    2. 2. Your Presenter…Bio Dawn Boyer…D. Boyer Consulting Twenty+ years of experience as a Human Resources Manager and/or Director, past/current owner of two businesses, and a partner in a third. She has spent over 10 years in the recruiting field, four of which were in the defense industry as a Senior Recruiter, HR Manager, or Director of HR. Additional certifications : Certified Internet Recruiter, Certified Diversity Recruiter, and Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt. Bachelor of Fine Art from Radford University, a Master’s in Adult Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is studying for a Ph.D. in Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Professional Studies [STEMPS], with concentration in HR Training & Development) from Old Dominion University; PhD Graduate Teaching Assistant. Married to Jim Stallings, owner of Monster Clean (she is Dir. of Business Development in this company). Mother of three teenage daughters (all in college, also!). Author of multiple family histories, quoted SME in career search books, as well as SME on LinkedIn; extensive multi-level experience in Social Media and Business Networking. 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    3. 3. Co-Sponsor…Bio Karen Clements…Karen Clements Events Karen is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in event management, administrative, and human resources. She is passionate about event planning and will tap into her knowledge of event planning to develop, coordinate and manage meetings, workshops, seminars, networking events, and corporate events. Karen believes in giving back to the community and non-profit organizations hold a special place in her heart.  Karen is involved in International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), International Special Events Society (ISES), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and The Geekettes Club. She can also be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from DeVry University in Technical Management with a concentration of Hospitality Management. She is married and mother of two teenage girls (in college and high school). 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    4. 4. ARE YOU A ‘SHEEPLE’ WHEN YOU WRITE YOUR RESUME? <ul><li>Have you always kept the length to 1-2 pages because that’s what career counselors and books have advised you? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you read numerous how-to books on resume writing and haven’t seen any ‘new’ ideas – just old and rehashed ones? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you only listing job ‘tasks’ in experience sections? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you confused about what is a Bio, C.V., or a Resume? </li></ul><ul><li>Need POWERFUL NEW ideas to get your resume noticed? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens after loading your resume into an online resume database/recruiting page? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there questions you always wanted to ask a recruiter about how they do their job? </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    5. 5. What this presentation is NOT… Magic Formulaic Money in the Bank 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    6. 6. What this presentation IS… IDEAS (Unique How-to’s) PLUS KNOWLEDGE (Industry Secrets) EQUALS… CAREER SEARCH POWER ! 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    7. 7. Agenda and Takeaways… # Journaling your resume for metrics/statistics # Ideas to improve electronic resume presence # Special Knowledge – recruiters / headhunters # Tips & Tricks – to get seen in electronic databases # Avoid mistakes and dependence on big job boards # Find yourself on Internet before future employers # Lists of large employers # How to find POC’s in companies you want to work for # How to use social media to your advantage # Avoid the crowd so recruiters can find you easier 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    8. 8. The general idea of resumes is… <ul><li>To provide information to recruiters, headhunters, hiring managers, HR reps, staffing agencies… </li></ul><ul><li>To enable them to determine if an “applicant” has the CAPABILITY to perform a job… </li></ul><ul><li>Using their knowledge, skill sets, and aptitude (KSA’s) plus education and experience… </li></ul><ul><li>To make the recruiters, headhunters, hiring managers, HR reps, and staffing agencies confident enough… </li></ul><ul><li>To recommend the applicant for further consideration/interview. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    9. 9. Historically, typical resume advice has been… <ul><li>One page </li></ul><ul><li>One page </li></ul><ul><li>One page </li></ul><ul><li>Did I miss anything? </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    10. 10. Because... <ul><li>Resumes were mailed to the head of Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Resumes were handed to job fair representatives </li></ul><ul><li>“ Young” job seekers didn’t have much to put on their resumes or “Mature” job seekers shouldn’t indicate they are old enough to have more than a one page listing of jobs to avoid the dreaded “over-experienced” label </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters didn’t have time to read more than one page…so get the important information on the first and only page </li></ul><ul><li>Still valid advice? </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    11. 11. Still Valid Advice? <ul><li>Yes – if you are still… </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing resumes directly to the head of HR </li></ul><ul><li>Handing resumes to job fair representatives </li></ul><ul><li>BUT… </li></ul><ul><li>Does anyone do that anymore? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer : Rarely. Why? It’s a waste of time/money/paper. </li></ul><ul><li>What really happens if you mail or hand resumes to HR or job fair representatives? </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    12. 12. Recruiter Secret # 1a <ul><li>Because of Federal employment law compliance, every single applicant for any publically posted job in the United States must have an applicant’s information documented if the applicant is ‘considered’ for a position, including their EEOC information (race, gender, vet status, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Because it’s an physically impossible to record all this data, the majority of recruiters, headhunters, staffing agencies do not ‘touch’ hard copy resumes , because they interpret the law so strictly; to ‘touch’ a resume means it’s been considered for a position and the applicants information must be documented, adding hundreds of thousands of dollars in labor and overhead to recruiting costs. </li></ul><ul><li>*Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), October 2005, Executive Order 11246, for federal contractors. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    13. 13. Recruiter Secret # 1b <ul><li>Because not having to ‘touch’ resumes is a cost-saver for companies, non-defense contracting companies have also adopted the policy and adapted their recruiting process. </li></ul><ul><li>They automate their recruiting processes with electronic resume uploading software programs – Automated Tracking Systems (ATS). </li></ul><ul><li>A company ATS can be a job seekers WORST ENEMY </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>A company ATS can be a job seekers BEST FRIEND </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    14. 14. Recruiter Secret # 2a <ul><li>These ATS’s: </li></ul><ul><li>upload the resume </li></ul><ul><li>convert it to rtf. file for low-volume storage (may save original Word in compressed version, also) </li></ul><ul><li>parse information from resume into fields </li></ul><ul><li>create a profile in the system for applicant </li></ul><ul><li>obtain other info from applicant </li></ul><ul><li>use words in parse fields plus other words in resume </li></ul><ul><li>to perform queries for the recruiter - based on what they think will ‘match’ the job description to a resume </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    15. 15. Recruiter Secret # 2b <ul><li>Recruiters… </li></ul><ul><li>May not understand the ATS software or query option </li></ul><ul><li>May not understand the job description </li></ul><ul><li>May not have a job description </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes are provided only a few key words to search on within the ATS by a project, program, hiring manager </li></ul><ul><li>May misspell query words or may use a ‘specific’ versus a ‘general’ key word in the query </li></ul><ul><li>THE APPLICANTS JOB IS TO </li></ul><ul><li>ASSUME ALL OF THE ABOVE </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    16. 16. Job Seekers Secret Weapon # 1 <ul><li>Write the resume to the electronic system… </li></ul><ul><li>One page resumes, converted to rich text format (rtf) , may convert to as many as two to three pages, so use the system and write it as long as needed (recruiters understand the expansion and accept this) </li></ul><ul><li>Know what happens to the resume once it’s converted and use the system to gain an advantage </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    17. 17. Knowledge Tip # 1a <ul><li>Do not put your name, address, e-mails, phone numbers, or page numbers in a header or footer section (MS: Word, Toolbar -> View, Header/Footer) within your resume. When parsing over into resume databases, this text information may be stripped out. You might not get any calls because your POC contact info may have been lost in the upload. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    18. 18. Knowledge Tip # 1b <ul><li>COVER LETTERS </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters rarely read them </li></ul><ul><li>Some electronic job posting systems won’t allow for a separate upload of a cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Job applicants would best be served to add a ‘cover letter’ on the last page of their resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Adding a cover letter to the end of the resume provides the ability to add ‘more key skill words’ to the entire document </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    19. 19. Knowledge Tip # 2 <ul><li>List a personal e-mail in addition to a work e-mail; if you move or change numbers, you can still be contacted. Multiple e-mail addresses are vital on resumes – most recruiters use e-mails for initial contact. Turn ‘off’ spam filters to avoid missing recruiter inquiries/requests. If you share an e-mail address, address, or name with a spouse – get a 2nd e-mail address to avoid auto-merging profiles with like names /addresses. </li></ul><ul><li>DO NOT use current employer e-mail addresses; make it professional or get one JUST for job hunting and career search! </li></ul>[email_address] not [email_address] [email_address] not [email_address] 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    20. 20. Knowledge Tip # 3a <ul><li>DO include an email address. If you leave off an e-mail address you are committing ‘job hunting suicide.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t limit your resume to one page – get the important information written – even if two to three pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Server space is cheap and can load hundreds of thousands of resumes. Resumes are converted to rich text in uploads to most employers’ resume systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your electronic resume to include specific experience, skill sets, education, training, etc. – multiple-paged resumes are not a problem for ATS resume databases. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    21. 21. Knowledge Tip # 3b <ul><li>Convert the resume to a rich text version (.rtf) before uploading into resume databases. (converting to ‘text’ only [.txt] will delete coding you need for the upload for key skills – discussed later) </li></ul><ul><li>Convert tables, boxes, columns & special text boxes to simple lists. </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics, unusual text & bullets will convert, but based on the complexity of the parsing engine, the resume content might convert over to a ragged & hard to read format. </li></ul><ul><li>Text versions parse information cleaner into information data fields and are easier to read. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    22. 22. Knowledge Tip # 4 <ul><li>Note all minor and major experience with hardware/software, certifications, special training, and programming languages. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers are very interested in technological and computer savvy candidates, especially with a proven ability to learn more in a constantly evolving technological society. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have touched it, played with it, looked over the shoulder at a power-user working it, put it together, taught it to others - list it on your resume. The number of computer technology illiterate workers in the US is astounding! </li></ul><ul><li>Show you are the most promising, capable, educated, and literate computer user / candidate applying for the job. </li></ul><ul><li>(sample – next slide) </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    23. 23. Knowledge Tip # 4 (sample) You be the recruiter – do you think this job applicant is computer literate? Can they do their job? What else can they do for the company? 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    24. 24. Knowledge Tip # 5 <ul><li>Do you have a Security Clearance? Do you know its VALUE? </li></ul><ul><li>Note your current (not past) Department of Defense Security Clearance with the most recent periodic review date (if applicable) near the top of the resume - if applying to defense contractors. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are in the military – your goal is to get a security clearance, keep it, and ensure the ‘care and feeding’ of that animal. It could mean the difference of between $10-$50 annually on top of a baseline salary within the defense industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: DoD Top Secret/SCI level clearance Intelligence Analysts can demand between $80-$95K in Northern Virginia with two years of experience versus $40K annual salary for Intelligence Watch with TS only. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    25. 25. Knowledge Tip # 6 <ul><li>Its just as important to tailor your resume to job descriptions for </li></ul><ul><li>electronic versions for online, web-based applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully read the full job description before applying – apply to positions only if you have listed skill sets and education and salary range (lowest range might be posted; assume ceiling is no more than 10% higher). </li></ul><ul><li>Answer ALL online profile & assessment questions per skill sets, knowledge, salary expectations, and work site preferences. Recruiters are testing: 1) ability to follow instructions, 2) well-written responses (if open ended), and 3) clarifying / comparison info against the resume </li></ul><ul><li>This gives recruiters a feel for a ‘comfort-zone’ candidates are seeking, and eliminates calls for entry level jobs beneath experience and salary requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>If uncomfortable quoting a salary range, write “negotiable” then do research on what that type of job ‘pays’ on the local geographic area for interview discussion. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    26. 26. Knowledge Tip # 7a <ul><li>Note key skill words at end of the resume (sample below) to increase query results; use industry buzz- words & spell out acronyms at least once. </li></ul><ul><li>The more the words are repeated in a resume, the higher ratio of recognition by query search engines. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    27. 27. Knowledge Tip # 7b <ul><li>Use the Properties box to increase your SEO capability for the resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to: 1) File, click on 2) Properties </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    28. 28. Knowledge Tip # 7b (cont.) <ul><li>Use the Properties box to increase your SEO capability for the resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Move mouse to: Summary, Comments” box to load more key skill words – this text field is searched by Internet query engines, also! </li></ul><ul><li>Query engines look for: </li></ul><ul><li>Various titles of the resume, including various spellings, versions, or names </li></ul><ul><li>Name of the resume owner </li></ul><ul><li>Keywords – which have been copied and pasted from the Key Skills at bottom of the resume in “Keywords” AND in the “Comments” boxes. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    29. 29. Knowledge Tip # 7d (cont.) <ul><li>Use the same process when you convert your resume to RTF. </li></ul><ul><li>What is odd about this “Document Properties Box” pictured below? </li></ul>*Hint = Count Key Words 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    30. 30. Knowledge Tip # 7d (cont.) <ul><li>Those “key skill words” have been noted within the resume, the Key Skill Words list at the bottom of the resume, and the Keywords field, as well as in the comments box, in the document properties for this document – bringing the number of times those “Key Skills” are mentioned NO LESS than six times, without obviously ‘peppering’ the resume with those words to get the numbers up. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    31. 31. DO NOT… <ul><li>… pepper words into the resume just to get the number of times that word is mentioned up – recruiters aren’t dummies and they’ll see it (and, don’t hide words by ‘whiting them out’ – text will convert them to regular black text and the recruiters will see this ‘trick’ too. </li></ul><ul><li>… overuse the same words; do ‘journal’ alternative job title descriptions to increase the number of times those alternates will be counted (dinner waitress = wait-staff) </li></ul><ul><li>… add words into a document, and then change the text color to white so they aren’t noticeable – when the resume is converted to rtf, those will revert to black text – again, too noticeable </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    32. 32. Knowledge Tip # 8 <ul><li>If you are working from a government computer system, and applying for jobs or uploading resumes, error messages may pop up that are created by firewalls. </li></ul><ul><li>To avoid error messages, go to the browser toolbar, click on Tools, Options, and then delete all temp files, history, and cookies before you enter a recruiting website. </li></ul><ul><li>That usually cleans up issues & error messages. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    33. 33. Knowledge Tip # 9 <ul><li>Privatize or delete ‘personal’ and ‘social’ websites from spying eyes - NOW! </li></ul><ul><li>Develop sites only for business/professional profiles - open for anyone or company to view. </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiters / Companies will never consider you if they see borderline non-professional info or photo(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Query your name on Pipl.com and SocialMention.com to see if there is anything ‘out there’ you need to delete or get removed from Internet content. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let others find it first! </li></ul>Would you hire these people? These photos (tagged name) will live forever on Internet! 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    34. 34. What we’ve discussed so far… <ul><li>Its hard work, but it will pay off – spend the time and the dime </li></ul><ul><li>Key Skill Words in resume: </li></ul><ul><li>Skill words will get your resume to the top of the queue </li></ul><ul><li>Why companies prefer electronic resumes (OFFCP compliance) </li></ul><ul><li>To avoid manual data entry for EEOC / AAP </li></ul><ul><li>Too many resumes submitted to physically handle </li></ul><ul><li>What do Automatic Tracking Systems do for the recruiter… </li></ul><ul><li>Electronically searches for key skill words in resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding resume suicide – inputting POC info in resume </li></ul><ul><li>Name, city, state, email address, and cell phone # </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting resume for easy upload into ATS </li></ul><ul><li>rtf, including file properties loaded with key skill words </li></ul><ul><li>Including technical skills and key skills in resume and at end </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    35. 35. Journaling Your Resume to Success <ul><li>Journaling – Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>jour·nal  (jûr'nəl)  n. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary. An official record of daily proceedings, as of a legislative body. Nautical:  A ship's log. A daybook. A book of original entry in a double-entry system, listing all transactions and indicating the accounts to which they belong. 1 </li></ul><ul><li>1. http://dictionary.reference.com/ </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    36. 36. Journaling Your Resume to Success <ul><li>Resume Journaling – recording experiences to list skills, completed goals and objectives, metrics or statistics related to job tasks, accomplishments, special activities, employers, special projects, references and referrals, technical or unique skill sets, certifications and/or education, etc., on an ongoing basis. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use pen and paper, or a word processor. Save your resume as “My Resume Journal” and use it as a basis to journal about your experience, your volunteer activity, any experience earned (paid or unpaid) in your journey through life, what types of education and training or certifications you’ve earned, where you wish to head in your career. Record your metrics and statistics here from which to draw info for your electronic resume. Don’t worry about pretty here – think more comprehensively. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    37. 37. Resume Journaling - 101 <ul><li>Start at the beginning to rewrite your electronic resume: </li></ul><ul><li>ob·jec·tive [ uhb - jek-tiv] noun. something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish; purpose; goal; target: 2 </li></ul><ul><li>YOU think: </li></ul><ul><li>A challenging job, a new career, somewhere to work, a place to earn money to pay bills, a spot in a company that thinks I’m the ‘bomb’ and wants to pay me more than I’m worth. </li></ul><ul><li>The RECRUITER thinks: </li></ul><ul><li>What you want to be when you grown up? Hopefully you are already grown up and know what you want to do; and don’t tell me what you want an employer to do for you and train you for because “we don’t have the money, honey, and I ain’t got the time!” </li></ul><ul><li>2. http://dictionary.reference.com/. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    38. 38. Resume Journaling – 101(bad) 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010 BAD EXAMPLE: To obtain a position which will allow me an opportunity to demonstrate my leadership skills, education, and work experience to enhance an organizations missions and goals. WHAT ? The recruiter has no clue what type of job this person wants to do, or what they are capable of doing. Your six seconds are up. REJECT ! Next resume…
    39. 39. Resume Journaling – 101(good) 06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010 GOOD EXAMPLE : OBJECTIVE: To leverage 20+ years of technology market experience in marketing and sales into an executive-level position in sales, marketing, and/or PR within a dynamically growing technical services company. <ul><li>Now we are talking! The Recruiter knows: </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced (20 years) and wants same type of job in business arena </li></ul><ul><li>Level of experience, focusing on higher-level job </li></ul><ul><li>Not only sales and marketing, but public relations – all within tech industry </li></ul>
    40. 40. Resume Journaling – 101(practice) <ul><li>What do you want to be when you grow up? </li></ul><ul><li>The best practice is simply list the job title posted for hire. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Service Representative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receptionist/Administrative Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Resources Generalist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronics Technician </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Teacher / Trainer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Events Planner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art Consultant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial and Retirement Planner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonds Trader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the K.I.S.S. theory – the simpler and shorter the better </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    41. 41. Resume Journaling – 101 (cont.) <ul><li>Summary of experience – is the section recruiters will review. If you haven’t got their attention here, it’s a lost cause. Provide metrics in a bulleted list. Start with the ‘higher’ number of years experience and work your way down to lesser experience, but all must be relevant to the ‘job’ for which you are applying. </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of Experience: </li></ul><ul><li>20+ years of human resources management experience </li></ul><ul><li>12 years as recruiter; 10 years as Sr. level corporate recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>10 years within the government contracting defense industry </li></ul><ul><li>7 year as entrepreneur / business owner; 4 as business partner </li></ul><ul><li>5 years as teacher / training for public & private education providers and schools; including university level </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    42. 42. Resume Journaling – 101 (cont.) <ul><li>Next Resume Section: FORMAL EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>Years of attendance OR Date of graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Level of degree AND Discipline </li></ul><ul><li>School of Education AND Location, City, State </li></ul><ul><li>Anything Special AND GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Spell it out – don’t just put acronyms, so parsing engines will catch it. </li></ul><ul><li>1990 – 1993, Bachelor’s in Fine Art (BFA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; GPA-3.84 </li></ul><ul><li>05/00, Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; GPA-3.98; President Student Council. </li></ul><ul><li>* If no formal degrees, then list training at end of resume. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    43. 43. Resume Journaling – 101 (cont.) <ul><li>Next Resume Section: WORK EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise : Dinner Waitress. </li></ul><ul><li>How many names can one use to describe his/her title? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>caterer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>food manager </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>food serving staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>table server </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wait staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>waitress / waiter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Why do we want all these different job titles? </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    44. 44. Resume Journaling – 101 (cont.) <ul><li>Next Resume Section: WORK EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise : Dinner Waitress. </li></ul><ul><li>What does a dinner waitress do? </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    45. 45. Resume Journaling – 101 ( metricize it ) <ul><li>WORK EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>MM/YY – present Dinner Waitress Buckaroo’s, Suffolk, VA </li></ul><ul><li>Serviced an average of __ tables per __-hour shift; _ nights a week </li></ul><ul><li>Served an average of __ persons per table; with a sales ticket of circa $XX between the hours of __ p.m. and __ p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for bussing __ tables per shift; setting up __ pounds of dinner salad for the kitchen each shift </li></ul><ul><li>Managed late shift __ nights weekly (close at 1:30 a.m.) </li></ul><ul><li>Backup for bartender, supervisor, cook, and cashier for __ minutes nightly throughout a six hour shift </li></ul><ul><li>Trained __ wait staff, and __ (other job title) in last six months </li></ul><ul><li>Awarded “employee of the month” certificate twice during tenure </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010
    46. 46. Resume Journaling – 101 ( metricize it ) <ul><li>Got the idea? </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>Describing ‘provable’ job achievements where goals were met </li></ul><ul><li>Documenting how the achievements assisted the employer ($) </li></ul><ul><li>Measuring activity during the work day, week, month, quarter, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Proves you know what it takes to accomplish your employer’s goals and objectives (productivity, profits, professionalism) </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you (resume) owner a manner in which to think back, describe, write about, reflect on what you have done </li></ul><ul><li>You can use the resume journal to concisely record information as you advance through your career and as a reference for the future </li></ul><ul><li>Use it as a guide for your career – to do lists for training, skills, etc. </li></ul>06/24/10 D. Boyer Consulting, Va. Beach, Copyright 2010

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