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This resume PowerPoint is geared toward transitioning military members based on the current industry standard for a corporate combination resume. This can be used as a stand-alone or in conjunction......

This resume PowerPoint is geared toward transitioning military members based on the current industry standard for a corporate combination resume. This can be used as a stand-alone or in conjunction with information from the Transition Assistance Program information for resume writing.

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  • 1. Build a Better Résumé Jenn Martin
  • 2. What is the Purpose of a Resume? • Speak for you when you are not present • Convey your accomplishments • Market you and your professional skills Your goal: GET AN INTERVIEW!
  • 3. Preparation: Targeting key words Step 1: Go through the job announcement or the O-Net skills sheets for the job you want and highlight the keywords (action verbs and adjectives) that describe what they are looking for in terms of skills, qualifications, and experience. Step 2: Determine how you will use this information to target your resume.
  • 4. For Example If my current job is as a waitress, and I want to work in reception at a law office: I will not focus skills that do not pertain to my future law office job, like rolling the silverware and re-filling the water glasses. I will focus on skills that are common to both to jobs, like:  Customer Service  Creating a pleasant atmosphere for clientele (setting the table at my waitressing job OR fluffing the pillows and fanning the magazines at the law office)  Creating documents  Excellent communication skills In this way, I show that I have utilized the skills that my new job will require me to have before they will hire me.
  • 5. Approved Fonts • Tahoma • Ariel • Times New Roman • Verdana • Utilize Bold, Italics, CAPITALIZATION, and Underlining to draw the reader’s eye where you want it to go.
  • 6. Contact Information Paragraph Form Janis Jenkins 123 Pearl Street Rockville, Maryland 12345 Home: (301)555-1111 Janis.Jenkins@email.com JanisJenkins99_LinkedIn *Note: no spaces in between Line Form Janis Jenkins 123 Pearl Street Rockville, MD 12345 (301)555-1111 Janis.Jenkins@email.com JanisJenkins99_LinkedIn
  • 7. BASIC RULES 1. Resumes are written in the present and/or past tense, in the first person, omitting the I (NO personal pronouns, “I”, “we”, “he”, “she”, “they”, etc.) ANYWHERE in your resume! Example: Led a team of four personnel to victory. 4. Never use the words “Responsible for” 5. Awards are the RESULT of something else that you did. Lead with the ACTION that resulted in the achievement. Example: Navigated and drove in excess of 12K miles on rough terrain and in hostile territory without incident, leading to being hand-selected to drive the Colonel while meetings were being conducted within the region.
  • 8. Objective Statement Well-written objectives statements are:  Clear, Concise, Short  Answers the question “What job would you like to have?”  May list the type of company you prefer to work for Examples:  Seeking a position as an armed security guard  Obtain a position as a Registered Nurse for a large hospital with a critical care unit  Seeking a position as a pharmaceutical representative in a large company that will provide opportunities for advancement When to use: You are uploading your resume to a job board, where many companies/recruiters may see it and will not automatically know what type of job you are seeking. When NOT to use: Any time you are submitting a resume to a targeted company for a specific job for which you are also submitting a cover letter.
  • 9. Summary (can also be called Professional Summary) Includes:  Specific knowledge, talent, or education that “ties” you to your career interest  Self-management skills  Work attributes  Intangible skills  Is written in paragraph form  Should include your professional identity, number of years’ experience, and serve as an “appetizer” to your Experience section Examples  Transitioning service member with 12 years’ experience building and training small teams. Skilled in problem-solving, innovative thinking, and leadership with a knowledge of how to motivate and maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity.  Education student with 2 years’ experience in a classroom environment. Dedicated to helping students to achieve their potential inside as well as outside of the traditional classroom. Skills include carrying out lesson plans, conducting individual tutoring, and acting as a classroom aide. Excited for the opportunity to work on a collaborative team while finishing Master’s Degree.
  • 10. Areas of Expertise AREAS OF EXPERTISE • Leadership • Project Management • Cross-Cultural Competence • Secret Security Clearance • Bi-lingual English/Spanish *Consider putting this area into columns to make it appear more balanced (To do this, make a long, bulleted list, then highlight the whole thing and click columns) **Whatever you include in this section should be demonstrated in your Experience section This section lists 3-9 of your skills using bullets  Highlights your key skills areas  Draws attention to specific skills you can offer the company  Utilizes key words from the job announcement  Lists certifications and licensures  Lists security clearance, if required for the position
  • 11. STAR method • Situation • Task • Action • Result • The context that you were/are working in • What is/was being done • What you did/are doing to achieve the goal • What was/will be achieved
  • 12. STAR method Example • Situation: In charge of personnel programs • Task: To support personnel • Action: Managed a team of 4 to reach 84 locations, worldwide • Result: Allowing personnel to be trained effectively • Customize: add quantifiable data Directed personnel programs in support of more than 1,800 personnel in 84 locations worldwide by managing a team of 4, allowing personnel to be trained effectively.
  • 13. Building Accomplishment Statements Action verb + what you did + how you did it = your result/accomplishment Step 1: Action verb + what you did • Processed shipments of personal property and household goods Step 2: How you did it • As a part of a small team of personnel Step 3: Your result/accomplishment • Ensuring that families’ goods were transported in a safe, timely, efficient manner. Step 4: Include quantifiable information • Processed more than 700 annual shipments of personal property and household goods, valued in excess of $30M, as a part of a small team of 13 personnel, ensuring that families’ goods were transported in a safe, timely, efficient manner.
  • 14. 4 Levels of Accomplishment Statements • Level 1: What you did/can do  Repaired vehicles • Level 2:Your range of abilities  Repaired brakes, replaced radiators, and completed oil changes on a variety of vehicle models, both foreign and domestic • Level 3:What you accomplished  Repaired brakes, replaced radiators, and completed oil changes on a variety of vehicle models, both foreign and domestic in a timely way, ensuring the safety and satisfaction of customers while adhering to the company’s mandates and directives • Level 4: Added Value  Repaired brakes, replaced radiators, and completed oil changes on a variety of vehicle models, both foreign and domestic, ensuring the safety and satisfaction of customers while adhering to the company’s mandates and directives, leading to an increase in repeat-customers of 8% over a period of 3 years
  • 15. Action verb + what you did + how you did it = your result/accomplishment • Directed personnel programs in support of over 1,800 personnel in 84 locations worldwide by utilizing a computer-base data system • Reduced motor pool service turnaround time by 25% by creating a “fast track” team for easy repair jobs and routine services • Restructured program for purchasing department supplies, which resulted in 28% cost reduction per year • Led 46 convoys in Iraq to resupply outlying areas with critical supplies, totaling in excess of $30K with zero losses
  • 16. Education VS. Training Education (formal & transferable) Masters in Education, Union College 2009 Schenectady, NY Bachelor of Arts in English, SUNY Albany 2008 Albany, NY • Minor in Spanish Diploma, Sweet Valley High 2004 Sweet Valley, Idaho  If you have any degree of higher education, you do not need to add your HS diploma, as it is a pre-requisite for higher education to have a GED or diploma. Training (job specific and usually not transferable) Marksmanship 2009 Officer Candidate S 2006 • Knowledge of how to supervise and manage subordinates Field Artillery School 2003 • Proper technical procedures for utilizing field artillery
  • 17. Certifications and Licenses CPR 2014 EMT-B 2012 Airport Firefighter I and II 2011 Hazardous Material Awareness 2010 Hazardous Materials Operations 2010 Hazardous Materials Technician 2010
  • 18. Volunteer Activities Why Include These? • Fill in your missing skills • Develop new skills • Fill a time-hole in your resume • Meet new contacts who may become your next job lead • Show your employer that you are active in the community How To do this effectively Follow the same format as in your Experience section Example: Phlebotomist 2003-2004 American Red Cross Las Vegas, Nevada • Drew blood from blood donors, totaling roughly X pints daily, while following proper ARC guidelines to ensure donor and blood supply safety
  • 19. Wrap it Up • Add a footer that has your last name and the page number for each page • Proofread for spelling, grammar, punctuation • Consistency is key! • Ensure whole resume is in the same font style • Is your resume visually appealing? Does it have balance and white space for readability? • Get as many proofreaders as you can!
  • 20. COMMON ERRORSComma usage (the Oxford Comma)  black, red and orange VS. black, red, and orange  Typical Resulting Error: no comma in a compound sentence I went to the store. She stayed home. = I went to the store, and she stayed home. Semicolon usage  Use in a complex list when the verb changes  Provided support to troops, airmen, and soldiers; stabilized the area; directed personnel. OR  Use in place of a comma and coordinating conjunction I went to the store, and she stayed home. = I went to the store; she stayed home. Over VS. more than  Over is a preposition (tells the relationship between the noun or pronoun and an object). The light is over the table.  More than is a quantitative value. I read more than 300 pages of my book last night. (in excess of, approximately, roughly, exceeding, 500+)
  • 21. CONSISTENCY = CHOOSING NUMBERS Led a team of sixty personnel Led at team of 60 personnel  We use numbers to draw attention, so numerical is best. Saved in excess of 30,000,000 dollars Saved in excess of $30,000,000 Saved in excess of $30M  It needs to be immediately recognizable, so use the shortest, substituting the M for K or B as necessary.
  • 22. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK!