How to Find a Job in the New Economy, Part 1-Resumes


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In Part 1, learn about the first steps in your job hunt and how to update your resume. Discover how to create a great resume that will help you land your dream job even in a tough economy. You will also learn more about cover letters, thank you letters, and networking for a job.

+Presented by Evelyn Trimborn and Carolyn Stone, authors of “Questions You Need to Ask on Your Next Job Interview,” published by Eternal Spiral Books. For more info, visit:

Part 2 will discuss looking at the skills you have to offer and the opportunities presented by temporary work.

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How to Find a Job in the New Economy, Part 1-Resumes

  1. 1. • Part 1 of 5 - Resumes FINDING A JOB The Best Ways to Hunt For Your Dream Job in the New Economy
  2. 2. Use every possible avenue to obtain your next position. Take advantage of a wide range of strategies to land your dream job. Enhance your opportunities ith a great resume. Finding a Job
  3. 3. Resume Preparation is Key • Before you begin looking for new employment, update your resume to highlight your professional skills. • Review and fine-tune your resume –what image are you presenting? • You never get a second chance to make a first impression-your resume needs to stand out in a good way. It should be attractive and error-free.
  4. 4. Update Your Resume • Most recent position/s • Duties and responsibilities • Skills and abilities • Software • Goals Goals are new, forward-moving objectives. They magnetize you towards them. - Mark Victor Hansen
  5. 5. Avoid panicking-it never helps. Take a good look at your work credentials. Re-write your resume/cover letter for each position you are seeking. Put Your Best Foot Forward
  6. 6. Listing Your Past Positions • Depending on your age, you might have worked in many different jobs • If this is the case, do not leave any gaps in the date, but only give detailed information in one or more bullet points about the jobs that are most relevant to the position you are applying for • If you have made a significant change in career, cite skills and abilities you used in that position that are most relevant to the one you are applying for
  7. 7. Enhance and Polish Your Resume The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. - Benjamin Disraeli
  8. 8. • Add relevant information that best reflects your professional persona. • Re-word anything that sounds awkward. • Focus on clearly defining your skills in relation to THAT post. • Highlight your training, education, and experience that show expertise in your field. Show that you are the expert they want for the job.
  9. 9. • Use words like these on your resume: Perform, complete, write, develop, design, implement, coordinate, assist, manage, represent, facilitate, ensure, supervise, advocate, conduct, prepare, serve as, educate, formulate, compose, assess, train, lead, and so on. • Resume experts recommend using present-tense verbs to describe your prior work tasks when editing your job descriptions-you are still doing all these things dynamically. Use action verbs when describing the work you've done in the past.
  10. 10. • Utilize bold print to set off the names of prior jobs you've held. • Include your contact information at the top of your resume to facilitate easy, quick contact with you by those who review your credentials, and name, email address and phone in the header of any additional pages in case they get separated.. • Limit your resume to two pages if at all possible. Format your resume to make it attractive and memorable.
  11. 11. Pay particular attention to these areas • The Summary Statement • References • The Cover Letter Resume Hotspots
  12. 12. The Summary Statement • This is the first thing they will read, so aim to impress • Depending on the job you are applying for, edit your summary statement to reflect the goals and needs of that position • Avoid ‘cookie cutter’ statements such as you being team player, able to multitask, and so on • Make your summary strong, positive and reflective of all you have accomplished, and will be able to bring to the job you are applying for
  13. 13. References • State at the end of your resume that references are available on request • Have them ready on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and phone number on it • Be sure you ask your intended references if it Is okay to list them • If you have just become unemployed, contact them to tell them you are on the job hunt again
  14. 14. The Cover Letter • Even if you are sending your resume via email, include a cover letter that addresses the specific details of the job your are applying for and why you are a good fit for the job. • For example, if it asks for 5 years of experience, state that you have X, such as 7 • If it asks for a particular software skill, state that you have Y years of experience using it • This makes the HR manager’s weeding process easier and can help you get to the top of the pile, not the bin
  15. 15. Resumes-Conclusion • Your resume is your most important tool for getting past the screening process whenever a job is advertised • It can also help you fill out applications much more quickly, online and in person • Remember, over 75% of hiring managers will also search for you online, so be sure nothing turns up that might damage your chances of getting hired for your dream job
  16. 16. Final Words  End of Part 1, Resumes  Part 2 will discuss your skills set and how temporary work can lead to full time employment • To learn more about each of the items covered in this checklist, see “Questions You Need to Ask on Your Next Job Interview,” at:
  17. 17. Credits With thanks to Evelyn Trimborn and Carolyn Stone for their content And Joan Mullally for designing this deck and series.