Career Search Optimization

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Career Search Optimization

  1. 1. CAREER SEARCH OPTIMIZATION RÉSUMÉS, COVER LETTERS AND FINDING YOUR DREAM JOB Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  2. 2. RÉSUMÉ BUILDING BASICS • Create one detailed résumé: this should include all of your work history with details of all your job duties • Use 10-12 size font, but larger font for your name • Write in 3rd person, past tense: “executed projects” • Use white paper • Print on one side of paper Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  3. 3. WRITING A MASTERPIECE Do: • Decide what type of résumé you want to write: functional, chronological or combined • Tailor your résumé to the job you are applying to. Read the job description carefully and use similar terms to describe your experience as it relates to the job you are applying to • Keep it short: brief sentences on 1-2 pages; remember hiring managers have little time to read long résumé. They should be able to scan your résumé in15-20 seconds • Include your achievements. These should be distinct from your job duties. For example: “Increased sales by 20%” vs. “responsible for sales” Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  4. 4. WRITING A MASTERPIECE Do include: • Summary of key strengths on top of your résumé • Proven, quantifiable results and relevant accomplishments • Education and professional qualifications • Conferences you attended Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  5. 5. WRITING A MASTERPIECE Do include: • An Objective, if you’re applying for a specific job: “To obtain a management position at Air Products” • Include action words: http://www.seekingsuccess.com/articles/art110.php • Resume examples: http://www.ucrapidcity.org/media/UCRC/documents/U CRC/Chronological%20Resume.pdf Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  6. 6. WRITING A MASTERPIECE Don’t: • Include acronyms for terms your employer may not understand • Underline sentences or words Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  7. 7. KEEP THIS IN MIND • Tailor your résumé to each job you’re applying to • List a phone number and email address where you can be reached. Make sure you have an upbeat, personalized voicemail on your phone • Address gaps – times when you were out of work, explaining them with single sentences. Get into more detail in your cover letter • You can volunteer or join a professional network while looking for work. Recruiters and employers prefer those who are doing something while being unemployed. It shows enthusiasm Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  8. 8. COVER LETTERS • A cover letter must accompany your résumé • Research the company profile and show that you know something about the company in your cover letter • Personalize your letter • Make it one page long • Explain why you are the best candidate. List your achievements in detail, but do not repeat details you have already mentioned in your résumé • Express passion for the position you’re applying to • End on an active note, “I will call you next week to follow up…” unless, the company has no calls policy Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  9. 9. POSTING IT ALL ONLINE • www.careerbuilder.com • www.monster.com • www.linkedin.com Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library
  10. 10. JOB SEARCH SOURCES • http://careerlinklehighvalley.org/ • http://careerlinklehighvalley.org/Portals/1/PDF%20F iles/Staffing%20Service%20Directory.pdf Nargiza Jedwab, Kutztown09/04/12 Community Library

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