How To Write An Excellent Resume

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  • How To Write An Excellent Resume

    1. 1. A Comprehensive Guide to Writing an Excellent Resume
    2. 2. A resume is just like an ad -- you want to target it to the audience. You have to find out what the company is looking for, and then match your skills up.
    3. 3. Advertising campaigns and job search campaigns have the same goal: to get attention through a clear message and benefits statement. Just as an advertising campaign needs to be perfect, so does your resume.
    4. 4. Only use a functional format if you’re changing fields, and you’re sure a skills-oriented format would show off your transferable skills to a better advantage; and be sure to include a clear chronological work history.
    5. 5. Combination is a useful format if you are changing careers but have a solid employment history. It is also useful if your job duties on a single job were very diverse and you want to stress your various abilities. If you spent a long time at one job but moved up through the company, you might want to use a combination resume.
    6. 6. The goal of your resume is to get you an interview, not to be a chronology of your work history. To achieve this in today’s competitive job market, it needs to be strong, clear, and focused. It should motivate employers to want to meet you and discuss employment possibilities.
    7. 7. Three Basic Steps for Writing a Good Resume 1. Be Strong 2. Be As Clear As Possible 3. Go Right To The Point
    8. 8. Be Strong Remember: A resume is a self-promotional document that represents you in the best possible light for the purpose of getting invited to a job interview. It’s about YOU, and how you performed and what you accomplished in those past jobs-especially those accomplishments that are most relevant to the work you want to do next. A good resume predicts how you might perform in that desired future job.
    9. 9. Be Clear Job Objective - Compose a clearly stated Job Objective using a minimum number of words. If not sure, ask yourself, “ what do I want to do?” Be clear and concise in your job descriptions. This helps make it easier for the employer to understand.
    10. 10. Go Right To The Point Be sure to emphasize the outcomes and accomplishments you have achieved at prior jobs. After your layout put the accomplishment that your prospective employer will notice the most. Quantify your accomplishments. Potential employers are looking for results-oriented employees who save time and reduce costs. Never include job duties on your resume if you cannot follow them up with the result that was produced.
    11. 11. Use the following outline for your resume: 1. Contact heading Name, address, phone, e-mail address 2. Career objective Clear, brief, specific 3. Summary statement A bulleted list of your key skills & qualifications Example: Accounting & Finance professional CPA Experience includes: Project budgeting and reporting, SEC reporting and cost accounting and cash flow analysis.
    12. 12. 4. Work History Include specific results for which you were personally responsible, with supporting data. Use action verbs and quantify your experience as much as possible. Cite sales goals achieved, production volumes increased, lines of code debugged, number of employees managed, revenues increased, etc. 5. Education College degrees, relevant courses or workshops, list of internal or corporate training courses completed.
    13. 13. 6. Optional Information Relevant memberships, awards, publications, certificates, etc. 7. Personal statement An overview of the personal characteristics that make you an lk;lk;excellent candidate for the job.
    14. 14. Select the Right Format Selecting the format is a major strategic decision; chronological, functional or a combination of both. The chronological resume format is widely preferred by employers, and works well if you’re staying in the same field.
    15. 15. Resume Format Do’s Use a chronological resume. If applying by e-mail, use a List your most recent job first simple font and send in plain followed by your additional text or ASCII format. work experience in reverse order, then your education. Use bulleted statements, not paragraphs, to describe your job duties.
    16. 16. Resume Format Don’ts Don’t use gimmicks. Use Don’t include an objective on professional easy to read your resume, unless it is typeface, white or ivory bond written specifically for the paper, and black ink. position for which you are applying. Don’t list references or state: “References available on request.” Interviewers assume that you will provide references when asked.
    17. 17. Writing Style Do’s Since many companies screen Use your computer’s spell resumes by computer, use key check function, but don’t words from the job description count on it to find every typo. or classified in your resume. Remember, the computer can’t tell the difference between words like “too” and “to.” Proofread carefully.
    18. 18. Writing Style Don’ts Don’t use “I,” the first person pronoun, in your resume. It is understood. Don’t use lofty language, long sentences or big words. Don’t overuse professional jargon or abbreviations. Don’t use puns or clever wordplays.
    19. 19. Resume Content Do’s Be accurate and truthful. Include outside activities only if they relate directly to the Describe your significant job for which you are contributions at each of your applying. jobs. List all the computer hardware, software and Use keywords found in the databases you know. job description or classified in your resume. Customize your resume for each prospective employer.
    20. 20. Resume Content Don’ts Don’t misrepresent your Don’t include personal education or experience. information such as height, weight, social security Don’t give reasons for number, social activities of termination or leaving a job. religious philosophies. Don’t use exact dates. Months and years are sufficient.
    21. 21. Don’t include your phone Don’t list your high school number or e-mail address at education if you are a your current job if your boss college graduate. is unaware of your intent to leave. Don’t provide salary information in the resume. If an ad requests a salary range, include it in your cover letter. Otherwise, don’t mention it until the interview.
    22. 22. The Cover Letter You’ve worked hard to create a strong resume, and it’s finally done, but before you apply for the job of your dreams, think about another critical document your next employer will read - your cover letter. Here are some tips: Express your interest in the position and be sure to describe why you think you are a good fit. Tailor the letter specifically to the job opening and company. Mention in the letter where you saw the job opening (ad, internet, friend, etc.)
    23. 23. Although optional, a job objective statement shows employers the direction you want to go, your work preferences, and serves as a focal point for employers to review and analyze your resume. It allows employers to immediately identify the kind of position you want. If you are looking for jobs in a number of different fields, you need to have a different job objective for each position. To address this, prepare some resumes without objective statements. Or tailor each resume to the specific job you seek.
    24. 24. Do not write an objective that is vague and meaningless-if it isn’t specific, don’t include one. Skills you hope to bring to the position. Look to a list of action verbs to identify which skills you have experience using. If you are responding to a job listing, look in the text of the listing to find out what the employer calls the position. This is the actual title, such as consultant, investment banker or field or industry in which you hope to work. Such as telecommunications, health care, and banking.
    25. 25. Don’t rehash your resume. If you will be available for work on a certain date, the cover letter is the place to mention it. Always double-check the name and title of the person receiving your letter and resume. Do this by calling the firm’s main phone number.
    26. 26. Created by ATR International, Inc. Join us on Facebook and Linkedin and read “The Staffing Minute” at www.atrinternational.com/atrblog

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