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  1. 1. Resume Guide Name Address Telephone Number (List only one ~ do not label (i.e. home, cell) Email Address LinkedIn AddressSummary: An effective introductory Summary statement at the opening of your resume isa critical component of effectively branding yourself to a prospective employer. This is the firstpart of your resume that a potential employer will read, and the goal is to communicate clearlywhat your expertise is and why you are qualified. Often an “Objective” statement tends tofocus more your own interests as the job seeker, while a “Summary” statement communicateswhat you can bring to the table in the targeted role for the organization. Why should they hireyou, essentially? This is communicated by highlighting the most relevant strengths, skills & corecompetencies that are unique to you as a candidate, versus a trait or skill that’s an industry orprofessional standard (i.e. “multi-tasker” or “team-player”). The Summary statement should beno more than 4 lines and speak only to your professional background, and not address anyoutstanding circumstances (employment gaps, change of career, personal experiences, etc.).Accomplishments: Lets start by understanding what kinds of accomplishments orachievements are important to employers and hiring managers. In her book, Resume Magic,Susan Britton Whitcomb explains that every jobseeker has "buying motivators" - these are thecontributions that you have made in your career that would encourage a hiring company to"buy" you or in other words hire you. Simply put - every company listens to the same radiostation WIFI - Whats In It For Me. Think of areas in which you have helped make your companysuccessful and create career-defining accomplishments. Dont be fooled - quantifiableaccomplishments are NOT only for sales executives. Your stories can be created around otheraccomplishments.Here are a few other examples of buying motivators: Made money for the company Helped the company save money or reduce costs Implemented processes that save time or increase work productivity Improved companys competitive advantage in the marketplace Enhanced corporate image or building companys reputation in its industry 1 This outline is a compilation of ideas from many sources and programs. Thanks to all who have contributed their valuable time and efforts to assist others.
  2. 2. Resume GuideSkills: Transferable Skills: Simply put, transferable skills refer to the generally applicableskills youve gained in your life to date. They include (but are not limited to) skills you may havelearned at a previous job, in academic settings, or even during leisure activities. Most jobpostings list the skills required of successful applicants. Use this information to your advantage.Tailor your resume letter to match by highlighting those activities and experiences where yougained your most valuable skills. Limit your skills to those top ten skills listed on the employer’sjob posting supported by an additional set of skills (no more than 5) that will set you apart fromother applicants.Employment History: The chronological resume is preferred by the widest variety ofemployers, as well as by recruiters and many of the Internet job boards. Recruiters and hiringmanagers tend to like this resume format because its easy to read and clearly demonstrates yourjob history and career advancement/growth. Include the company name, title, location(city/state) and dates of employment. Provide information on skills and achievements for thisperiod. Show where skills (Skills Area) and achievements (Achievements Area) and how theyapplied to this position. If you were at a company for several years and held different positionslist those positions separately under the original company heading along with skills andachievements. Remember Volunteer opportunities are considered Work… List these as part ofyour Employment History.Examples:(Contingency/Contract Worker)ABC Inc, (company where you worked) Temps are Us (name of contractual employer) StLouis, MO Title: (Don’t use the title “Contractor” unless that is what your actual title was, use the title youwere hired to fill (i.e. Program Analysis, Administrative Professional, etc.))(Volunteer)ABC Inc, St Louis, MOTitle: (Use your actual Volunteer Title, i.e. Support Staff, Facilitator, etc.) (followed by“Volunteer”, in quotes.Education: Education/Training. Include all the pertinent information regarding education,degrees, training, and certifications. Spell out names of degrees. Include the educationalinstitutions name and location. If currently enrolled in an educational program, list expectedgraduation month and year. Graduates should list graduation year if within the last 10 years.Affiliations: List all affiliations current and past if appropriate for this position 2 This outline is a compilation of ideas from many sources and programs. Thanks to all who have contributed their valuable time and efforts to assist others.
  3. 3. Resume Guide10 Resume Mistakes ( 1. Resume Lacks Focus 2. Resume is duties-driven versus accomplishments driven 3. Resume items are listed in an order that doesnt consider the readers interest 4. Resume exposes the job-seeker to age discrimination by going too far back into the job- seekers job history 5. Resume buries important skills, especially computer skills, at the bottom 6. Resume is not bulleted 7. Resume uses a cookie-cutter design based on an overused resume template 8. Resume has misspelled words or grammatical mistakes 9. References are listed directly on your resume 10. Resumes appearance becomes skewed when sent as an e-mail attachment and/or resume is not available in other electronic formats (send PDF format if at all possible) 3 This outline is a compilation of ideas from many sources and programs. Thanks to all who have contributed their valuable time and efforts to assist others.