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    • 1. Peer Learning and Leadership Network Building a Better Resume
    • 2. Building a Better Resume
      • June 22, 2011
      • 1 p.m.
      • Presenter:
      • Michele Martin , DiscoverAbility NJ, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • 3. Use Chat box to communicate with chairperson Use Hide Chat for a cleaner, uncluttered webinar Select Full Screen to maximize presentation; minimizes chat feature Webinar Layout
    • 4. Michele Martin
    • 5. Materials and an archived version of this webinar will be available at www.discoverabilitynj.org
    • 6. Agenda
      • Purpose of the Resume
      • How HR Managers Read Resumes
      • Common Resume Mistakes
      • Strategy for Constructing the Perfect Resume
      • Sections of the Resume
      • Putting it Together
      • Some Final Tips
    • 7. What’s the purpose of a resume?
    • 8. To get an interview!
    • 9.
      • HR’s goal is to . . .
      • SCREEN YOU OUT!
    • 10. What Does HR Do?
      • Paper Review
        • 5-10 second scan
      • Online/Database
        • Keyword search
    • 11. Looking for . . .
      • Relevant experience
      • Educational/certification requirements
      • Accomplishments
      • Mistakes
    • 12. A MATCH!!
    • 13. Resume Mistakes Employers Hate!
    • 14. 1. No connection to company need.
    • 15. 2. Takes too long to find relevant info
    • 16. 3. Lack of Focus
    • 17. 4. No knowledge of target industry
    • 18. 5. Poorly written
    • 19. 6. Lack of accomplishments
    • 20. 7. Poor Design
    • 21. 8. Lies
    • 22. 9. One-Size-Fits-All Resumes
    • 23. 10. Functional Resumes
    • 24. 11. An Objective at the Top of Your Resume
    • 25. 12. Boilerplate
      • Team player
      • Excellent communicator
      • Strong work ethic
      • Met or exceeded expectations
      • Results-oriented
      • More than X years of progressively responsible experience
      • Proven track record
      • Bottom line orientation
      • Trustworthy
      • Problem solver
      • Works well under pressure
      • References available upon request
    • 26.  
    • 27. Crafting the Perfect Resume
      • Focus on employer needs
      • Customize!
      • Use keywords.
      • Most important info first in descending order
    • 28. Completing the “T”
      • Review job posting and/or company info
      • Identify employer needs, relevant keywords
        • For job
        • For company/culture
      • Fill in job seeker info to complete the T.
      • If you can’t complete The T—DON’T APPLY!
      • If you can, complete your resume.
    • 29.  
    • 30. The “T”
    • 31.  
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    • 36. Rinse and Repeat
    • 37.  
    • 38. Putting it Together
    • 39. The Key Sections
      • Contact Info
      • Profile/Summary of Qualifications
      • Work History/Accomplishments
      • Education/Credentials
      • Relevant awards, professional associations, etc. (optional)
    • 40. Contact Info
    • 41. Profile/Summary of Qualifications
      • Best place to include company/industry keywords
      • Target company and job posting—highlight most relevant skills and qualifications
      • Highlight key accomplishments—SHOW, don’t tell!
      • 3-4 sentences or use bullet points
    • 42.  
    • 43. Work History/Accomplishments
      • Highlight job duties/accomplishments most relevant to position.
      • SHOW, don’t TELL!
      • Focus on “So what?”
      • Quantify as much as possible
      • Use keywords liberally
      • List employer name, location, years worked
      • Focus on past 15 years
    • 44.  
    • 45. Education Section
      • Don’t include HS if you have college degree
      • Spell out the school name
      • List degree
      • Don’t include GPA unless 1) it’s over 3.0 and 2) you are a recent grad
      • Consider omitting grad date
    • 46.  
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    • 48. Dealing with Resume Gaps
    • 49. Some Basic Tips
      • Be truthful about dates
      • Use volunteer and freelance work in experience section
      • Acknowledge/explain in cover letter
      • Focus on networking/connections to get interview
    • 50. Final Advice
    • 51. Revealing a Disability on a Resume
      • DON’T!
      • Be careful of accomplishments that may inadvertently reveal a disability.
    • 52. For Printed Resumes
      • Free of grammatical and spelling errors
      • Easy to read
      • Use white space
      • Attractive, functional design
      • Use Helvetica, Garamond, Calibri or Verdana. NO Times New Roman!
      • Don’t go overboard on paper
      • 1-2 pages
    • 53. Electronic Resumes
      • .txt file pasted into body of email
      • .rtf file attachment—maintains most formatting.
      • Can use .doc, but use lowest version
      • Test email first
      • Load it with keywords!
      • Use your name as doc name
    • 54. Use Properties Feature
    • 55.