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  • Notes: the importance of resumes . . . Employer driven resumes become more important Gatekeeper into the interview All the introduction stuff from Resume Building . . . Better luck next time pile . . . I want to keep reading We should ask . . . Does it showcase my customers qualifications for this job? Is it a memorable presentation? Does it grab the employer in the the first ten seconds? Will it get my customers into the “I want to keep reading pile?’ Does it answer the questions “What can this job applicatnt do for me?” Critique some resumes Critique their own resume
  • Remind customers continually of the importance of the resume
  • Ask . . . Did the customer do
  • Resume Workshop

    1. 1. Resume Writing Workshop Instructor - E-mail - Phone- 1
    2. 2. Expectations andConcerns 2
    3. 3. • It is a powerful marketing tool showcasing your qualifications for the job.• It is a memorable presentation of your experience, skills, knowledge, and expertise in an easy-to-read format.• An effective resume clearly answers the employer’s question, “What can this job applicant do for me?”What is a resume? 3
    4. 4. • To get the interview• To structure the interview• To remind the employer of your best points during the selection processWhat is the Purpose of a Resume? 4
    5. 5. Do Your Homework First!• Tailor the resume based on your research• Highlight your qualifications based on the employer’s needs• Follow the employer’s application instructions to the letter!Leads/Sources• Job Descriptions & Job Announcements• Human Resources• Company Website• InternetHomework! 5
    6. 6. • 1-2 full pages• Easy to read Phrases vs. sentences Lists vs. paragraphs Priority order of most important information• Good use of white space; ¾ - 1” margins• 11-12 point for main body• Arial or Times New Roman• Conservative use of bullets, underline, bold, and italics• No errors – “Hire” a proofreader!• Use high quality bond paperFormat Guidelines 6
    7. 7. • An average resume tells the employer what you did on the job• A great resume tells the employer how well you did it• Use “action” verbs• Quantify job duties – use #s, %s, $ amounts, and state positive results• Remove all personal pronouns . . . You, I, My, We, They• Use accepted terminology . . . avoid jargon and abbreviations• Include job title, company name, city, state and dates of employment• Do not include supervisor’s name, company mailing address, salary, or references• Omit “References Available Upon Request”• Generic resumes are NOT effective• If you want the job, do your homework and tailor your resume to meet the employer’s expectations Content Guidelines 7
    8. 8. 1. Contact Information3. Summary Statement5. Skills List or Summary7. Experience5. Education and/or TrainingFive Basic Sections 8
    9. 9. • Other Sections Licenses and Certifications Affiliations Volunteer and Community Involvement Honors, Recognitions, and Awards Professional Development Value to an Organization Personal ReferenceOther Sections 9
    10. 10. What NOT to What to INCLUDE:Include: • Name (bold, larger font)•Social SecurityNumber • Complete Address (including zip•Date of birth code)•Marital status/children • Phone/Message phone (including•Personal Data (height/weight, health, area code)ethnicity, etc.) • Appropriate Email Address•Photo • Linked-In ProfileContact Information 10
    11. 11. When writing your summary statement, • A clear, concise statement of your consider including the experience tailored to the job you following: are seeking.• Job Title• Core Competencies • Emphasize what you bring to the• Industry employer rather than what you• Years of Experience want from the employer.• Highlight of Accomplishments• Degrees/Certifications • 2-3 key phrases.• Language Skills• Technical Skills• Management Style Summary Statement 11
    12. 12. • Summary Statements can be called: Career Summary Field of Experience Profile Strengths Career Profile Expertise Career Highlights Strengths & Expertise Professional Profile Qualifications Professional Summary Summary of Qualifications Other Choices 12
    13. 13. Summary Objective Statement: Statement: What I Want! What I Bring!• Seeking a position as a • Human Resources valued member of a Manager with 5 years successful human experience. Skilled in resources department identifying superior job where I can use my skills, candidates. Proven energy, and talents in a record of building position with potential for competent and cohesive advancement. work teams. 13
    14. 14. • List skills that most relate to the job target• Easy-to-read format (i.e., columns)• Include 9-15 skillsSkills Summary 14
    15. 15. • Use reverse chronological order – list last job first• Go back 10 years, with less detailed job descriptions on positions further back in work history• Use concise accomplishment statements (#s, %s, $ amounts, rankings)• Use action verbs• Experience can include full and part-time employment, paid and unpaid internships, volunteer work, and temporary positionsExperience 15
    16. 16. • List most recent education or training first• Include your degree (A.S., B.S., B.A.), major, institution attended, courses taken – if applicable• List military or specialized training when appropriate• Certifications or licenses may be added in this section• Education can include in-service classes, workshops and seminars, and on-the-job training• GPA: Include GPAs that are 3.5 and above• Leave dates off if they “date” you!Education and/orTraining 16
    17. 17. • Licenses & CertificationsBased on individual • Affiliationscircumstances, add,delete, or change • Volunteer & Communitysections in order to Involvementmarket your • Honors, Recognitions & Awardsqualifications most • Professional Developmenteffectively • Value to an Organization • Personal ReferenceOther Sections 17
    18. 18. COVER LETTERS:Another Marketing Tool 18
    19. 19. • Always include a cover letter when submitting a resume • Personalize the greeting wheneverThe cover letter is an possibleintroduction to your • Answer the employer’s questionresume & an additional “What can this applicant do for me?”opportunity to showcase • Select 4-5 skills from the job descriptionyour skills to the (homework) and briefly describe how youremployer qualifications match with the employer’s needs • Express your knowledge of the company • No errors! “Hire” a proofreader! • If faxing or mailing, sign your cover letter using a black pen Cover Letters 19
    20. 20. Critique a resume through the eyes of. . .• A Graphic Artist How does it look?• An English Teacher How does it sound?• A Future Employer Does it answer the employer’s question “What can this job candidate do for me?”• Your Eyes Does it market your skills and qualifications in the best possible light? Do you love your resume? How to Critique a Resume 20
    21. 21. Resumes & Cover Letters Activity 21
    22. 22. Extension for Microsoft office. Consider saving as a Word 97-2003 document to ensure readability Can be read and edited by many different word processors. Most word processors will allow you to save in this format. Also called ASCII or plain texts, or .txt files. Recognized by all word processors and text editors. Often used for special purposes or in situations where formatted text is unsuitable (i.e. job boards). File will look the same on the screen and in print, regardless of what kind of computer or software package was originally used to create it. Requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view file.Emailing Your Resume 22
    23. 23. Online Resumes 23
    25. 25. • If training or work opportunities were obtained during an incarceration period, write the name of the facility and your title under “Work Experience” and list skills or contributions just as you would other jobs.• This information is best handled in a face-to-face interview when an explanation can be provided regarding how you have learned from your mistakes and are currently interested in making a positive contribution to the employer’s operation.Criminal Background 25
    26. 26. • Lead with whatever makes you most qualified for the position which you are applying•Education withLimited Work • Start with “Professional/Relevant” experienceExperience and education that relates to the job you are seeking•Lack of Experience • Put your unrelated work history in a separate section entitled “Additional Experience” or•Unrelated Job “Prior Experience” at the end of the resumeExperience • Apply for jobs where you meet the minimum qualificationsExperience 26
    27. 27. • If your religious or political experience will enhance your skill base for the job you are seeking, include it in “Complementary Experience” or “Community Involvement”• Be selective and general in your titles and descriptions• Steer away from naming specific religions or political partiesReligious and/orPolitical Experience 27
    28. 28. • Don’t list education dates if they are more than 10 years old• List dates year-to-year or total number of years worked• State the information differently (e.g. “More than 10 years successful experience...” is the same as “Twenty-five years successful experience…”• Take the risk and leave dates off completelyDates that Date You 28
    29. 29. • Show the gap without comment and be prepared to address it in an interview• De-emphasize dates by listing them year-to-year (1999-2000) or actual amount of time worked (1 year) or (18 months), etc.Gaps in Work History 29
    30. 30. • Include relevant jobs only and list dates year-to-year• Consolidate 2 or 3 related jobs into one title• List the companies and dates year-to-year• Combine all your accomplishments from each individual position into one job description• Show all the jobs without comment and be prepared to address it in an interviewToo Many Jobs in aBrief Period of Time 30
    31. 31. Questions? 31