Resume Basics How To Fly To New Heights

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Resume Basics How To Fly To New Heights

  1. 1. Resume Basics-How To Fly To New Heights By Mike Rasmussen
  2. 2. What Makes A Good Resume? <ul><li>A good resume gets the interview, seals the initial first impression and paints a picture in the mind of the decision maker before the 1 st handshake and greeting have ever been fostered. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Question? <ul><li>Q: How many Decision Makers does the average Job Seeker have to talk to before they get a Job Offer? </li></ul><ul><li>A: 25 </li></ul>
  4. 4. How To Get Interviews <ul><li>Understand How Hiring Is Done- </li></ul><ul><li>The Applicant Pool-Published Positions </li></ul><ul><li>Accounts for 25% of All Hiring </li></ul><ul><li>The Created Position </li></ul><ul><li>Accounts For 5% of All Hiring </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Accounts for 70% of All Hiring </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Applicant Pool-25% of Hiring <ul><li>Positions are typically published </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper Help Wanted Ads </li></ul><ul><li>Job Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Typically Lots of Competition-Resume as a tool is heavily relied upon in screening process. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Created Position-5% of All Hiring <ul><li>You convince employer there is a need and that you can fulfill it. </li></ul><ul><li>Position fits your unique skills </li></ul><ul><li>Resume plays a smaller role </li></ul><ul><li>No competition </li></ul>
  7. 7. Networking-The Unpublished Job Market-70% of All Hiring <ul><li>Resume relied upon to show communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Networking is based upon relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Less competition </li></ul><ul><li>Resume can be used as a tool to create leverage to harvest unpublished openings. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Different Kinds Of Resumes <ul><li>Working Resume-A 1 page summary you send out. </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Resume-A resume that shows all job history from past jobs relevant to position of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills Resume-Focuses on skills related to the position. Experience section sticks to short employer names. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted Resumes-Focus on one particular target market group-company, industry, profession, job group, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Nuts & Bolts of A Good Resume <ul><li>Clearly stated objective </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of past positions going back 10 years </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies/Interests </li></ul>
  10. 10. Objective <ul><li>States your resumes purpose and the job you are targeting. Focuses your message. </li></ul><ul><li>A short sentence about your career goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps recruiters to help you be “matched” against their current opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you to focus your thoughts. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important for job seekers to have different resumes for different purposes. If you have multiple job qualifications, write targeted resumes for each job. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Summary Of Qualifications/Executive Summary <ul><li>Focuses on the highlights. </li></ul><ul><li>Shows employer your key accomplishments. </li></ul><ul><li>What is most important about you for the position? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the point of your resume, it is answered here along with your objective-acts as supporting evidence to your thesis (objective). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Skills <ul><li>Summarizes your key KSAs (knowledge; skills; abilities;): technical software knowledge: Adobe; Excel; Powerpoint; Outlook; etc., key abilities such as: customer service; sales & presentation skills; communication skills; etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Shows employer how you will get the job done, and what skills they won’t have to train you for. </li></ul><ul><li>Some jobs are given based simply on the skills of the individual. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Experience <ul><li>Recruiters look at the experience section to determine suitability for jobs. Some positions may have an experience requirement. Job stability of 2 Years and above are important indicators of loyalty and perseverance. Resumes showing longer term periods of employment in one role are generally looked upon more favorably. Job hopping is often frowned upon. Those with many temporary roles can build their resume around the contract method-listing contracts in order of the most recent to oldest. Experience should be listed from most recent to oldest with a separate section for regular full time roles versus temporary roles. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Education <ul><li>This section can show all relevant training and education from company sponsored training to more formal schooling. There should be separate sections for each. State all degrees earned and outline all certifications and if a recently graduated student show classes attended. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Awards <ul><li>State outstanding awards for schooling-scholarships, community service, Dean’s List, Honor Roll, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Show awards earned for good accomplishments on the job-spot awards, performance awards, certificates, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Show community service awards. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Professional Associations <ul><li>Many employers value employees engaged in their professional organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Shows that individual is up on latest trends affecting their field. </li></ul><ul><li>Good Networking Tool </li></ul><ul><li>State Professional Associations on resume and accomplishments while being a member of the organization-Did you lead fundraising? Marketing? Or workshops? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>A great resume is only a part of the career establishment journey. </li></ul><ul><li>A resume that is professional looking, well stated, and concise, sells the product-You. </li></ul><ul><li>Resume writing is an ongoing project. </li></ul><ul><li>You must update your career kit step by step, and constantly update your resume monthly. Revise as needed for grammar, and general communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Revise for newly acquired skills, experience, education, accomplishments, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>A great resume can help you land the job you have been seeking, and just like anything worthwhile takes practice. </li></ul>

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