Writing your Résumé

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Is the content relevant? Here are the basic steps to getting started with your resume, and finding the relevancy in your content.

Is the content relevant? Here are the basic steps to getting started with your resume, and finding the relevancy in your content.

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  • 1. WRITING YOUR RÉSUMÉIS THE CONTENT RELEVANT? Create Your Career Path HallieCrawford.com, LLC www.halliecrawford.com Copyright 2012
  • 2. G E T T I N G S TA R T E D …When tackling a résumé, people tend to:  Describe all the facets of their job  Include all their experience from the beginning of their careerThis is an incorrect approach. To start, it is a good idea to have abase document to work from which should:  Include the details of each job  Outline all facets of your career  Contain a list of your success and accomplishments in each position  List your education and all training  List your competencies, expertise, and technical skillsOnce you have this base document, you are ready to begin.©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  • 3. F I N D I N G T H E R E L E VA N C Y …Where is the next step in your career? If you have a position youare interested in, print this out and analyze the job description.Things to look for and highlight are:  The prerequisites or requirements for the job  Read the job description, highlight the skills, traits, expertise, and any key words and phrases used to describe their ideal candidate  Re-read to make sure you got it allThe information you have highlighted is what you will use to filterthe content in your base résumé and create one that isconcise, targeted, and relevant.©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  • 4. SIFT THROUGH YOUR CONTENT…Now read through your base résumé and highlight those areaswhich match the requirements of the position.When analyzing your experience, you will want:  The duties which showcase similar skills and traits  The overall scope of your position  Your successes and accomplishments which further attests to your abilitiesRegarding your education:  The most important should be mentioned first  All other relevant training should be mentioned after  Do not include any education prior to college (i.e. high school)For your competency list:  Again, list the competencies of most importance  Followed by any additional that can be an asset to the position ©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  • 5. BUILD YOUR DOCUMENT…The first half to three quarters of your targeted résumé is primereal estate. This is where you want to capture and hold thereader’s interest.  Prerequisites are important and should be near or at the top to your documentExample:  Specific education or training can be mentioned in your profile summary  Technical or behavioral skills can be indentified in a competency listKey words and phrases should be included throughout your document, butin a way that fits and makes sense.  Condense your job descriptions for each position to highlight the scope of your responsibilities.  Identify activities that bring out the skills needed  Bullet only those successes or activities which further validate your expertise  Remember to your bullets in order of importance©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  • 6. CHECK AND RECHECK…Now that you have the content for your targeted résumé, the nextstep is apply the finishing touches and check, double check, andtriple check your document.Finishing touches include:  Presentation - make sure it is logical and easy to read  Try to keep it to one or two pages maximum  It should be written in the “first person implied”Helpful hints on checking are:  Sleep on it and check it again in the morning  Have trusted friends and coworkers read and provide feedback  Tweak your résumé as neededYour document is finished and ready for use in your job search!©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com
  • 7. A B O U T C R E AT E Y O U R C A R E E R PAT HCreate Your Career Path was founded by certified career coach, speaker andauthor Hallie Crawford. Crawford has served on the Board of the Georgia CoachAssociation, and is regularly featured as a career expert on CNN, Fox Business NewsForbes.com, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo HotJobs and Entrepreneur Magazine.Create Your Career Path is a boutique career coaching firm known for their personalattention, commitment to clients and a blend of dreaming and being practical inachieving career goals. Collectively in the past 10 years, they’ve helped hundreds ofclients all over the world find and succeed in their dream job.Each of their coaches are certified coaches with specific career coaching experienceand training. They cater to professional men and women, management level andhigher, in mid-career transition. Their success rate is 97%, measured by the number ofpeople who have gotten what they wanted out of coaching. The coaches use aspecific tried and tested process and tools developed by Hallie Crawford over theyears.Contact us for a complimentary consultation: www.halliecrawford.com/contact.html.©2002-2012 HallieCrawford.com