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  • Peer Learning and Leadership Network Building a Better Resume
  • 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
  • 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
  • Michele Martin
  • Materials and an archived version of this webinar will be available at www.discoverabilitynj.org
  • 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
  • What’s the purpose of a resume?
  • To get an interview!
    • HR’s goal is to . . .
    • SCREEN YOU OUT!
  • What Does HR Do?
    • Paper Review
      • 5-10 second scan
    • Online/Database
      • Keyword search
  • Looking for . . .
    • Relevant experience
    • Educational/certification requirements
    • Accomplishments
    • Mistakes
  • A MATCH!!
  • Resume Mistakes Employers Hate!
  • 1. No connection to company need.
  • 2. Takes too long to find relevant info
  • 3. Lack of Focus
  • 4. No knowledge of target industry
  • 5. Poorly written
  • 6. Lack of accomplishments
  • 7. Poor Design
  • 8. Lies
  • 9. One-Size-Fits-All Resumes
  • 10. Functional Resumes
  • 11. An Objective at the Top of Your Resume
  • 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
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  • Crafting the Perfect Resume
    • Focus on employer needs
    • Customize!
    • Use keywords.
    • Most important info first in descending order
  • 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.
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  • The “T”
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  • Rinse and Repeat
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  • Putting it Together
  • The Key Sections
    • Contact Info
    • Profile/Summary of Qualifications
    • Work History/Accomplishments
    • Education/Credentials
    • Relevant awards, professional associations, etc. (optional)
  • Contact Info
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Dealing with Resume Gaps
  • 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
  • Final Advice
  • Revealing a Disability on a Resume
    • DON’T!
    • Be careful of accomplishments that may inadvertently reveal a disability.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Use Properties Feature
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