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Rev Up Your Resume : Jump Start Your Career

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My career objective is blah, blah, blah--boooring! A powerful resume states who you are, your expertise, and most importantly, your achievements. Tell companies what you can do for them. Don't write …

My career objective is blah, blah, blah--boooring! A powerful resume states who you are, your expertise, and most importantly, your achievements. Tell companies what you can do for them. Don't write the average Joe's resume. That won't get you the interviews.

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  • 1. Stand Out from the Pack Rebecca Pagerebeccalpage@yahoo.com
  • 2. 1st Impression to Employer Make It Lasting Sub Goal — To Have It Read Main Goal — To Land an INTERVIEW! Tip: Vagueness and modesty aren’t effective approaches
  • 3. Before We StartLIES TYPOS misspellings punctuation syntax errors
  • 4. Reality Check on Hiring Managers Review resumes in 5-10 seconds each Receive 50-500 others Tip: Distinguish your value proposition effectively, concisely, dynamically
  • 5. Types of Resumes Reverse Career History (Boring) ChronologySkill Sets Combination(Loathed) (Preferred!) Function Hybrid Tip: Skip to slide 28 for different strategies.
  • 6. Resume SectionsHeading Job Title / Profile Core Competencies Career Highlights Work History Education Distinctions
  • 7. Focus on Your FutureWhat … Job are you targeting? Corporate culture and size fits you best? Skills do you offer—soft and hard? Experience relates specifically to this job? Professional language is spoken— buzzwords & acronyms?
  • 8. Grab ‘Em Above the Fold
  • 9. Role Play Before Writing Pretend You’re Hiring ManagerCan (your name) achieve job’s deliverables?Will (your name) solve our problems?Why is (your name) better than the others?
  • 10. Discover Your ValueStart with blank sheet or Word documentDevelop success stories for each jobBrainstorm about your accomplishmentsOpen up your creativity ! Tip: Read past performance evaluations
  • 11. How Did You Help Employer … Make / Save money Attract new Save time customers Create efficient Increase market process penetration Solve specific problem Develop, market Reduce / Grow staff or sell new product Beat a deadline or service Expand business
  • 12. Avoid GeneralizationsHigh impactACHIEVEMENTSNOT responsibilitiesSpecifics—figures,percentages,dollar amounts
  • 13. Which is More Impressive ?Responsible for increasing recoveries.Grew recoveries from 2% to 14%,resulting in $15M increase by creating3rd party recognition templates.
  • 14. Action Verbs Show ImpactAchieve Develop Lead Optimize RegulateAnalyze Edit Lecture Organize ResearchAssist Eliminate Litigate Oversee SecureAuthor Finalize Manage Perform ServeBridge Guide Maximize Partner SolveBuild Head Mediate Plan SpearheadCode Hire Mentor Prepare StreamlineConceptualize Evaluate Model Procure SuperviseConfigure Implement Modernize Promote TrainConsolidate Increase Motivate Quantify TranslateCreate Initiate Negotiate Raise UpdateDesign Instruct Operate Re-engineer Write
  • 15. Now Throw Some OutIt’s your future job – not everything you did is relevantWhat to … Feature Downplay Toss out
  • 16. Format is Everything No Denseness / ClutterAmple white space Usual techniquesModern fonts Bold, italics,Arial, Helvetica, Calibri ALL CAPITALSTraditional fonts Simple lines Century,Times, Century Palatino But minimize useFont size 11 or 12 points
  • 17. Let’s Get Started ! Heading SUZANNE “SUE” WILLIAMS, J.D.555 Hire Me Lane 555.234.5721Wilmet, AZ 55123 suewilliams@gmail.com linkedin.com/in/suewilliams Tips: Include everyday name Use professional e-mail
  • 18. Title & Profile Operations Director12 years’ success in enterprise software industry:re-engineer international business operations,increase workers’ efficiencies, develop technologystandards, and reduce capital / payroll expenses.Awarded “Most Valuable Employee” out of 300.
  • 19. Skills & ExpertiseMarketing Management Strategic PlanningSocial Media / SMO BrandingNew Product Launch Product PricingCompetitor Analysis SEO Tip: Read job listings & LinkedIn profiles for ideas
  • 20. Vouch for a SkillInclude a testimonial from a superiorRefer to performance evaluation orrecommendation letter “ We almost lost our 2nd largest customer. Dan was onsite until 11 that night to bring their server back up. That’s dedication! “ Mark Brennan, CIO Hitachi Corp.
  • 21. Career AchievementsShowcase what could otherwise beat bottom of page 2Illustrate successesList 3-4 career highlights related toposition sought
  • 22. Leadership Achievements From the ExerciseMembership Growth: 5-32% increase annually for multipleassociations, even in times of contracting business climates.Expanded member reach to Europe and Middle East forthe US Chamber of Commerce.Foundation Director: Created Business InformationAnalysis Center for the Chamber and secured federalgrants for core operations funding. Grew to $650,000budget in 2 years.
  • 23. Reverse Work History Achievements from ExerciseCAREER EXPERIENCESoftware Engineer 2007-presentGeneral Dynamics, Fairfax, VA Create code for 1st ever SMS feature and support product, network and release testing. Design / code phases for wiretap and virtual circuits feature development. Exceed goals 20% for customer site testing and FAO (First Office Application) support for EMX releases. 92% survey rating as instructor at technical workshops for internal / customer knowledge sharing and functional areas.
  • 24. Not Entire Career10-15 years only is expectedPrevious positions only if relevant 20-year Government Affairs Director who began career as a … Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill. Data Entry Assistant for a medical office.
  • 25. Education Degrees in Reverse OrderEDUCATIONMA, Elementary Education • University of South Carolina, 2004BA, Education • College of Charleston, SC, 2002 Tip: Move to the top if … - A recent grad - Graduate degree is preferred in job listing - In medicine, science, higher education, politics
  • 26. You’re Not “Average Joe”LICENSURE & CERTIFICATIONSRegistered Nurse, Virginia State License, 2006CPR, American Heart AssociationCertified Nursing Assistant, Virginia Registry, 2003AWARDSMost Outstanding Employee, General Electric – 2010Safe Worker, Hybrid Warehouses – 2005-2008
  • 27. Volunteer / MembershipsPROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONSChairperson, Institute of Internal AuditorsCommittee Member, National Compliance Professionals Association Tip: Move to the top if … License, certification, award, military / government service, Fortune 500 companies are preferred for job
  • 28. Strategies for Career Obstacles TELL employers situation to avoid their making wrong assumptions Many won’t contact you for answers
  • 29. Need 1 Paid Gig ? st List Relevant ExperienceInternships—paid & nonClinical & lab projectsSpecific upper level coursesVolunteer activitiesMemberships
  • 30. Returning to a Profession ? Use leadership / career achievements section Success stories specific to desired profession Minimize / delete unrelated bullets on latest jobs
  • 31. Hopped Around after Steady Jobs ?List companies with longevity andyears at top of resumeRemember—reviewer won’t readpage 2 to see this 10 years Executive Assistant at SAIC &5 years Office Manager at British Aerospace
  • 32. Changing Profession ?All relevant work, certifications,internships, volunteering above the foldIn work history, focus on only applicableachievements and skillsMinimize bullets that don’t apply Tip: Classes, certifications or internships assure employer you’re serious about a career change
  • 33. Went Back to School ?In chronological experience, list yourdegree, school and yearsFill in gap to avoid employer’sassumptionOr put near top
  • 34. Let Go from Job Not Performance Related ?State the Reason Congressman replaced by opposing party Company downsized due to client reduction New CEO brought in his executive team Contract not renewed by DOE
  • 35. Left Workforce Altogether ? Be HonestSabbatical to volunteer at SahabiOrphanage in KenyaWalked across America, then publishedbook on experience with host familiesAssisted terminally ill parent Tip: Include work if you can to minimize gap
  • 36. Seeking Lower Position ?Dumb down responsibilitiesFocus profile & skills on those neededRemove advanced degrees—Master, JD, PhD If seeking straight sales position, don’t state you were Director over staff of 20
  • 37. Over 50?List about 15 years of employment—even if with 1 employer for longerAfter create “Prior Experience” list only positions & employers— no responsibilities, NO DATESEducation—NO DATES
  • 38. Survive Electronic Black Hole Used by Larger CompaniesMUST use title & key words in job postingUse .txt file extension, unformatted ASCIIChoose sans serif fontLeft justify all textStrip formatting — no bullets, tabs, tables, text boxes, page breaks, page numbersNo bold, italics, underlines Tip: Use symbols to replace bullets • ∼ or create lines — — — — —
  • 39. E-mailing ResumeFollow ad’s instructionsWord preferred over pdf (if not .txt)Name resume “FullName_Resume.doc” Helps employer file & find itIn subject line, your name & job titleIn body, paste resumeAttach resume & cover letter
  • 40. Wanna Impress ‘Em ?Make different resumes specific to postionsor industries seekingTake a few minutes to customize each sentFocus cover letter on positionInclude matrix of job requirements matchedto your successes
  • 41. rebeccalpage@yahoo.com Rebecca Page