Resume Class & Study Hall Presented by:Val Robinson Kevin Ashcraft Kathy Porter
Objectives of the Class• Define Chronological and Skills Based resumes and when to use each style.• Identify your strengths, areas of expertise, and how to update your existing resume with your skills and accomplishments.• Learn the newest techniques for building a resume that highlights the skills an employer needs.
Resume Check-InTurn to your neighbor and answer these questions: How long has it been since you have completed your resume? What are your concerns about redeveloping your resume?
Benefits of this class Resume = Work in progress = Keep it current = Learn to BRAGTake stock of your strengths and positive qualitiesWrite down the new technologies and tools you learnRemember to showcase the skills you have masteredNote your expanded responsibilities and successes due to a promotionList committees you participated on and the results you achievedUpdate organizations you belong to and conferences you attendedLearn to update your resume with your accomplishments statementsStay current with the keywords or buzz words used in your fieldKeep a copy in your desk for “instant” updatesDelete older information as you add new information
Resume DefinedOld DefinitionA brief account of ones professional or workexperience and qualifications, often submitted with anemployment application.
Resume Re-DefinedNew DefinitionA resume is a marketing tool that outlines your skills,education and experience as they relate to the job youare seeking.The purpose of a resume is to get you in the door foran interview so that you can further sell yourself as acandidate for the desired position.
Chronological Resume This format highlights employment history in reverse chronological order, with the most recent job first. It is useful for someone who is on a career track and has a strong performance record. Create skills statements that show a clear relationship between the skills you have and the skills requested by an employer.
Skills Based Resume This format highlights your skills and how they qualify you for the position. It is useful for someone who is switching to another industry. It enables the writer to promote their strengths, tailor their resume to the job description, de-emphasizes work history and showcases transferrable skills by highlighting two to three skills areas that are most relevant to the career you are pursuing.
Career FocusYour resume needs to have a focus based on:The skills you offer to the employer, not on what theemployer can do for you.Make sure you can answer:Type of employment you are seekingType of position you wantType of industry in which you want to work
Skills FocusWhat are skill sets?Job tasks that you perform on your job. Develop yourskill set inventory and work on developing skills that helpyou move up in the organization.What are transferable skills?Skills you have acquired during any activity in your lifethat are transferable and applicable to what you want todo in your job.
Accomplishments Accomplishment Statements clearly demonstrate what you did versus listing job duties & responsibilities. Employers want to know how you can add value to their team or organization based on what you have done in the past. Feature information that highlights your qualifications and supports your Career Focus.
Writing Accomplishments Problem + Action = ResultsUse Action VerbsOutline the ProblemDescribe the Action you tookInclude the Result of your action and quantify withnumbers or percentages when possible.Effectively demonstrated writing skills through the creation of adistrict business plan which reduced expenses by 10%.
Education & Additional InfoEducationBegin with most advanced degreeIf you have post secondary experience, no need to listhigh schoolAdditional InformationIdentify skills that are relevant to positionCertifications and/or licensesComputer skillsLanguage fluencyMilitary experience
ReferencesTo Do:Omit “references available upon request”Add a separate sheet for your reference listUse same letterhead and design for your referencesAlways give your references a copy of the following:Job descriptionResume and Cover Letter sent
Resume Don’ts and Do’sDon’t Don’t Use Templates Use Personal Pronouns Use fancy fonts Exceed two pages Include personal info Include hobbies Go back over 10 years Lie or embellishDo Do Use bullets Spell check Use action verbs Proofread Show transferrable skills Have others review Use accomplishments Update & review
Does your Resume have FAKTSA?F = FocusA = AppearanceK = KeywordsTS = Transferable SkillsA = AccomplishmentsQuestions?Please use your workbook for additional examples for thisclass. Thank you for coming and we look forward to seeingyou in the Review Class!
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