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This presentation is the second in a series of presentations on getting a job in today's marketplace. It contains specific hints and tips on building a winning resume.

This presentation is the second in a series of presentations on getting a job in today's marketplace. It contains specific hints and tips on building a winning resume.

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  • CREATING A WINNING RESUME LET’S GET BACK TO WORK
  • WHY RESUMES MATTER YOUR RESUME SAYS A LOT MORE ABOUT YOU THAN YOU THINK. IT IS THE FIRST IN-DEPTH DESCRIPTION OF YOUR EXPERIENCE. IT IS THE FIRST “HURDLE” YOU HAVE TO GET OVER WITH ANY NEW COMPANY. IT IS THE KEY TO GETTING AN INTERVIEW. BOTH WHAT IS SAID AND HOW IT IS SAID ARE IMPORTANT.
  • WHAT EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR IS THERE A FIT WITH THE OPEN POSITION. DOES THE RESUME SHOW YOUR CHARACTERISTICS IN A WAY THAT MAKES IT CLEAR THAT YOU ARE A FIT TO THE POSITION YOU ARE APPLYING FOR? ATTENTION TO DETAIL. IS THE RESUME CLEAR? ARE THEIR OBVIOUS ERRORS? I KNOW YOU ARE NOT APPLYING FOR A POSITION WHERE WRITING IS IMPORTANT, BUT HERE’S A NEWS FLASH: IN AN INCREASINGLY ELECTRONIC WORLD, WRITING IS IMPORTANT IN ANY POSITION. ARE YOU A WACKO? THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS YOU CAN ACCIDENTLY LOOK LIKE A WACKO ... SO PAY ATTENTION FOR THE NEXT FEW MINUTES!
  • ELEMENTS OF A RESUME NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER. OBJECTIVE: A VERY BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. WORK HISTORY: MOST RECENT POSITION AND THEN BACK TO EDUCATION OR AT LEAST THE LAST FOUR YEARS. (NOT MORE THAN ENOUGH TO FILL TWO PAGES). EDUCATION IF TECHNICAL OR SKILLED WORKER, ANY CERTIFICATIONS OR SPECIFIC SKILLS SHOULD BE LISTED IN GROUPS ON A SEPARATE PAGE THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE RESUME.
  • THE ELEMENTS: BROKEN DOWN USE AS SIMPLE A RESUME STYLE AS YOU CAN FIND. (NO PAISLEY BACKGROUNDS, ORNATE TYPEFACES, UNDERLYING GRAPHICS OR ANYTHING ELSE.) ALL WORD PROCESSOR SOFTWARE PACKAGES HAVE RESUME TEMPLATES. PICK ONE AND USE IT. IT IS A “RESUME” NOT A “CURRICULUM VITAE”- “CV” (UNLESS YOU WENT TO OXFORD) TWO PAGES IS FINE. THREE PAGES IS MAXIMUM SPELLING, CLEAR ABBREVIATIONS WHEN USED. EITHER FULL SENTENCES OR NOT. IT IS BEST NOT TO MIX STYLES. CORRECT PUNCTUATION. ITS IT’S, THEN, THAN, ETC. IT SOUNDS ARDUOUS BUT THESE ELEMENTS SHOW YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL.
  • YOUR OBJECTIVE A ONE SENTENCE DESCRIPTION OF WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. “I AM SEEKING A POSITION WHERE I CAN USE MY ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS AND TRAINING AS A WRITER TO HELP A COMPANY IMPROVE ITS MARKETING EFFECTIVENESS.” DON’T MAKE THIS READ LIKE A DATING AD. “IMMENSELY SKILLED MARKETING PROFESSIONAL WITH AMAZING GRAPHIC DESIGN ABILITIES AND AMASSED ONLINE MARKETING EXPERIENCE SEEKS COMPANY WITH A WHOLE SHAPED LIKE THE KEY THAT IS ME.” (EXTRACTED FROM A REAL RESUME)
  • WORK HISTORY MOST RECENT FIRST. ABC WIDGET COMPANY, BELFORD, MASSACHUSETTS 2001-2005 MANUFACTURES WIDGETS USED IN CORVETTE SEATS. TEAM LEAD: MANAGED TEAM OF 7 IN INTRICATE AIR PUMP ASSEMBLY PROCESS. REDUCED RETURN/REDO RATE BY 20% OVER 8 MONTHS BY MOTIVATING TEAM TO TAKE QUALITY INITIATIVES SERIOUSLY. PUMP ASSEMBLY TECHNICIAN: ASSEMBLED 55 PIECE PUMPS USING COMPANY MANDATED BEST PRACTICES. IDENTIFIED AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN EFFICIENCY AND ERROR CONTROL. STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY, LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE STORE SUMMER 2000 GREETED GUESTS AND MANAGED CASH AND CREDIT TRANSACTIONS. BARISTA: TRACKED INVENTORY, RESTOCKED AND ORDERED SUPPLIES WHEN NECESSARY. DEVELOPED FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIPS WITH FREQUENT CUSTOMERS.
  • NOTES ON WORK HISTORY START EVERY SENTENCE WITH A MEANINGFUL VERB. “MANAGED,” “IMPROVED,” “INCREASED,” “REFINED.” MAKE SURE TO SHOW RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN A CLEAR WAY. AVOID PUFFERY. IF YOU TRANSITIONED JOBS WITHIN THE SAME COMPANY MAKE SURE THAT’S CLEAR. IF YOU HAVE BEEN WITH FIVE DIFFERENT COMPANIES IN FIVE YEARS YOU NEED TO EXPLAIN THAT. (EMPLOYERS WILL SEE LOTS OF TRANSITIONS AS A RED FLAG). COMPANIES CLOSING IS A GOOD EXPLANATION. “I JUST REALLY WASN’T HAPPY THERE” ISN’T (UNLESS IT’S JUST ONCE) IF YOU’VE BEEN WORKING LONGER, IT IS FINE TO CUT OFF JOBS LISTING AT SOME REASONABLE TIMEFRAME. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE EITHER OVERLY BRIEF OR END UP WITH A 20 PAGE RESUME. NEVER, EVER LIE.
  • EDUCATION IF YOUNGER: CRESCENTA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, GRADUATE 2005 GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AA 2007 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES, BA HISTORY 2009 IF OLDER JUST LIST COLLEGE, DEGREE AND YEAR. AND NEVER LIE. THIS INFORMATION WILL BE VERIFIED ELECTRONICALLY. THERE ARE NO SECOND CHANCES SO IF YOU DON’T REMEMBER THE YEAR FOR SURE OR THE DEGREE TYPE - BA/BS - MAKE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR UNIVERSITY.
  • CERTIFICATIONS CERTIFICATIONS CAN AND SHOULD BE LISTED ABOVE EDUCATION. INCLUDE ANY AND ALL RELEVANT CERTIFICATIONS AND CLASSES FOR ANY POSITION. IE - DON’T INCLUDE A LIBRARIAN CERTIFICATION IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A JOB AS AN ILLUSTRATOR. THEY SHOULD BE LISTED IN AS BRIEF A FORM AS POSSIBLE AND WITHOUT DESCRIPTION. (IF SOMEONE WANTS TO KNOW THEY’LL ASK).
  • A WINNING RESUME A WINNING RESUME TELLS A STORY. EACH POSITION SHOULD SHOW A LOGICAL PROGRESSION. IF YOU’RE YOUNGER, THINKING ABOUT THIS IN ADVANCE CAN MAKE YOUR JOB HUNT EASIER. IF YOU’RE OLDER, GO BACK AND RETHINK THE RESUME IN A FORM THAT SHOWS THAT YOUR WORK HAS BEEN A PROGRESSION. YOUR CLEAR, BRIEF, HIGHLY ORGANIZED AND NOT TOO FLOWERY DESCRIPTIONS PAINT A PICTURE OF A COMPETENT PROFESSIONAL. AND THAT’S GOOD!
  • QUESTIONS ON RESUMES THAT WIN