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Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?
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Can Your Resume Avoid Black Hole ?

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Strategize to ensure your resume winds up at the top of the "A" pile! Millions are lost in the e-black hole. Don't let yours be 1 of them.

Strategize to ensure your resume winds up at the top of the "A" pile! Millions are lost in the e-black hole. Don't let yours be 1 of them.

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  • 1. Rebecca Pagerebeccalpage@yahoo.com Resume Can Your
  • 2. Marketing DocumentPromote YOU ! — modesty’s not effective approach  Intrigue — Capture reader above the fold (top 1/3 of 1st page)  Focus — Showcase achievements & skills specific to Sell it ! position sought Don’t tell it.
  • 3. Don’t Lie !
  • 4. Hiring Managers  Receive 50-500 resumes per position  Review resume in 5-10 seconds
  • 5. Long Line of ApplicantsCompetition’s Fierce  Showcase your personal brand, achievements and value  Remain compelling, concise and focused  List RESULTS not responsibilities  Use keywords & buzzwords
  • 6. Start with Blank SlateType Career Achievements CAR Stories — Challenge, Action, Result Quantify — $, %, # Use in highlights & work experience sections
  • 7. Stay on Course  Achievements / experience relevant to position sought  Not too little / too much information  TARGET your job search Mall Corp. needs a technical writer. Courtney’s a software developer. Should she apply?
  • 8. Tenicia sums upher objectiveand expertise
  • 9. Title + Profile AchievementsFront and Center
  • 10. Define Expertise  Add skills under profile  Specific to position sought  Pull from job description
  • 11. Umar’s aSenior LendingOfficer
  • 12. Leadership Achievments Acquisitions : Led team to develop RFP – >$100M Enterprise Pre-D Recording Service to National Reconnaissance Office as SETA at SAIC. Contract Management : Slashed budget from $150M to $105M by improving staffing and technology efficiencies for EPRS as Lead SETA for SDDS programs at General Dynamics.
  • 13. Or CAR StatementChallenge : Resolve operational performance—highcosts and productivity bottlenecks in travel division.Action : Streamlined processes, realigned keypersonnel, and re-engineered banking functions byestablishing relationship with high-tech bank.Result : Improved customer service while slashinginvoicing and collection costs—from 10% to <5% and$5M. Volume grew to $30M, reducing ratio evenfurther.
  • 14. So Far — Compelling !
  • 15. Career Experience Director of Human Resources and Operations  Responsible for restaurant staffing needs and recruitment.  Responsible for food concessions — sales and payment system.
  • 16. Highlight Results !  Secured a group of motivated general employees who were paid 15% less by law.  Cut additional labor costs from 28% to 20%, significantly increasing net profits to investors.  Increased concession sales 22% to $2.5M by re-engineering food service stations and fast response payment system.
  • 17. Add a Testimonial Pull from performance evaluations or recommendation letters Ben showed initiative as our head nurse. He redesigned our walk-through and time-keeping systems, saving both manhour and billing costs. Philippe Martine, MD Charleston VA Hospital
  • 18. What’s Wrong ?Directly under Heading EDUCATION MA – Clinical Psychology, Case University, St. Louis, MO 1994 - Successfully managed the demands of working full time while carrying a full time graduate school course load. - Senior thesis project : Organizational behavior—How can Barnes & Noble and Amazon co-exist? - Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society BA – Management, Florida State University, Tallahassee 1990 - Developed Telemedicine System as member of Florida Neurological Institute team - Noles Daily Photography, Editor - Member women’s tennis team
  • 19. Education Not Top AppealAlyssa’s Worked 18 Years Degrees no longer top selling point. Move to the end — unless required in job listing. MA – Clinical Psychology, Case University, St. Louis, MO 1994 - Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society BA – Management, Florida State University, Tallahassee 1990
  • 20. And Here?CAREERSoftware Development Lead 1986-1990Raytheon Seattle, WASoftware Developer 1984-1986Microsoft Seattle, WAComputer Programmer 1980-1984IBM Seattle, WAAdministrative Assistant 1977-1980Gulf Oil Fairbanks, AKEDUCATIONBS – Computer Science Duke University, Chapel Hill, NC 1976
  • 21. Ageism Exists Show only 10-15 years’ work experience List prior experience without dates or responsibility bullets No dates for college Plus 1st job not relevant to career path
  • 22. Is This Relevant ?COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTThe Salvation ArmyServe as mentor for the Team in Training program, whichrecruits persons to raise funds while preparing as a group formarathon. Led 15 persons to instruct and assist with meetingtheir fundraising goals.Wharton Civic AssociationFundraising Committee – Preparing events for tree plantingand playground projects. Held dinner with silent auction and50-50 raffle.PERSONALMarried with 3 children. Enjoy hiking and reading.
  • 23. Don’t Waste Space Showcase your career qualifications Certifications, technical skills, professional memberships, awards & publications All illegal — social affiliations, age, marital / family status, nationality, disabilities & medical conditions
  • 24. Career Knocked Off Course?
  • 25. Avoid Gaps Out of work for a while? List courses, volunteer, HONESTY is BEST related temp jobs State why Back to school? Laid off or let go? Place at top or within Contract not renewed work history Company relocated to NY Page 2 not always read Left the workforce? Assisted terminal parent Raised child for 3 years
  • 26. Format Strategies Ample white space  Usual techniques Bold, italics, Modern fonts Arial, Helvetica, Calibri ALL CAPITALS Traditional fonts  Bullets Times, Century, Palatino  Simple lines Font size 11 / 12 points  Minimal use
  • 27. Electronic Resume Title & key words Strip Formatting in job posting - bold, italics, underline .txt file extension, - bullets unformatted ASCII - tabs Sans serif font - tables Left justify all text - text boxes - page breaks - page numbers Use symbols to replace bullets  or create lines — — —
  • 28. E-mailing Resume  Follow ad’s instructions  Word preferred over pdf (if not .txt)  Name ―FullName_Resume.docx‖ Helps recruiter file & find it  Subject line, your name & ad’s position  Body, paste resume  Attach resume & cover letter
  • 29. Resume Strategies
  • 30. Rebecca Pagerebeccalpage@yahoo.com

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