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  • 1. Make your resume “Scan-able”. Hiring Managers will only give your resume 10 – 20 seconds. 2. List Quantifiable Achievements. Results that are quantifiable show hiring managers that you are an expert in your field. Measurable quantifiable results are remembered easier. 3. Use Standard Headings. On-line applications look for standard headings to recognize your information. Professional Experience or Work Experience are examples.
  • 1. Make your resume “Scan-able”. Hiring Managers will only give your resume 10 – 20 seconds. 2. List Quantifiable Achievements. Results that are quantifiable show hiring managers that you are an expert in your field. Measurable quantifiable results are remembered easier. 3. Use Standard Headings. On-line applications look for standard headings to recognize your information. Professional Experience or Work Experience are examples.
  • 4. Describe your company. List the company name, how much it makes annually and it’s major product. 5. Use Strong Verbs. Avoid words like “Responsible for” and get to the point. Use words like Managed, Produced Implemented. 6. Use Industry Keywords. Each industry has specific words that must be on your resume or your credibility will be questioned.
  • 7. Try To Make A One - Two Page Resume. I know you have a lot of experience. Limit the information to what is very important to landing the position. 9. Use Page Numbers. Pages get separated so put your name and page number on your resume. 9. Be Unique. In some fields, each job has at least 100 – 200 applicants. Your resume must stand out with unique information. 10. Show Personality. Hiring managers are hiring a person not a thing.
  • 1. Make your resume “Scan-able”. Hiring Managers will only give your resume 10 – 20 seconds. 2. List Quantifiable Achievements. Results that are quantifiable show hiring managers that you are an expert in your field. Measurable quantifiable results are remembered easier. 3. Use Standard Headings. On-line applications look for standard headings to recognize your information. Professional Experience or Work Experience are examples.
  • Lead with your most notable item. If it’s computer skills then put this in the leader spot.
  • 7. Try To Make A One - Two Page Resume. I know you have a lot of experience. Limit the information to what is very important to landing the position. 9. Use Page Numbers. Pages get separated so put your name and page number on your resume. 9. Be Unique. In some fields, each job has at least 100 – 200 applicants. Your resume must stand out with unique information. 10. Show Personality. Hiring managers are hiring a person not a thing.

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  • 1. Resume Writing Workshop Tips and Secrets to Land that Interview
  • 2. Career Journey • What is the purpose of a resume? • Who is the Interview for? Why? • What is the purpose of a Cover Letter? • What is the purpose of a Thank- You Note?
  • 3. Workshop Content • What are the parts of a resume? • What are the types of resume? • What should be on the resume? • What are some “No-No’s” to resume writing? • Cover Letters • Thank-you Notes • Networking
  • 4. Expectations • What are your expectations of this course? • What have you learned about resumes, cover letters, thank-you notes? • What have you learned about networking? • What are your fears in the job search? • What assumptions do you have?
  • 5. Resume • Resume (noun) - ré⋅su⋅mé - reh – zoo – mey – a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
  • 6. Resume • Reality of what a resume is! – The resume is “You.” – The resume is your pride listed on a document! – The resume is your first interview. – The resume is used as “bait” to get you in the door. – It must be a perfect 10! – It must be without falw (Flaw)!
  • 7. Resume • Reality of what a resume isn’t! – The resume is NOT a list of stuff you did. – The resume is NOT a piece of paper used to “pick” the lucky person. – The resume is NOT your final word so don’t put “all” the words on it. (Summarize) – The resume is NOT a thing that helps you beg for a job rather it showcases your skills, experience and accomplishments!
  • 8. Resume • What we will cover – Types of resumes – Top 10 Do’s / Don’ts – Preparing for the resume – Parts of a resume – Important “little things” – Cover Letters – Thank You Notes – LinkedIn for Networking
  • 9. Types of Resumes
  • 10. Types of Resumes • There are four types of resume’s that we use: • Chronological – This is the most popular and shows each job in date order. Unfortunately if a person had multiple jobs it can look like they hop around. • Functional – This resume focuses on skills rather than chronology. It shows that the person is a master of their craft and deemphasizes work history. While effective, some employers think the person has something to hide by not listing chronology. • Combination – This is a highly effective resume that lists both skills and chronology. I recommend this for those who had multiple jobs. • Targeted - This is how an effective resume should be written. This lists only skills and experiences relevant to the job description.
  • 11. Types of Resumes • Functional Jane Funkchenno Address – City, State Zip Code 630-555-1212 Jane@email.com
  • 12. Types of Resumes • Chronological Brad Cronkite 630-555-1212 Brad.cronkite@email.com Address – City, State Zip code This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc.
  • 13. Types of Resumes • Combination Brad Cronkite Address – City, State Zip Code 630-555-1212 Brad.cronkite@email.com
  • 14. Types of Resumes • Other Resume Types: • Entry Level – Less than 2 years of professional experience • Mid Career – Over two years of professional experience. • Executive – Directors, VP, and C-Level Leaders • Skilled - Highlights talents and services
  • 15. 10 RESUME DO’S 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1
  • 16. 10 Resume Do’s 1. Make your resume “Scan-able” 2. List Quantifiable Achievements 3. Use Standard Headings Max Adder 773-555-1212 max@email.com 1234 Address Lane City, State Zip Code
  • 17. 10 Resume Do’s 4. Speak in Problem Action Result (PAR) terms. 5. Use Strong Verbs. 6. Use Industry Keywords. Marketing Keywords B2B – B2C Brand Management Brand Marketing Budgets Business Writing Case Studies Copyediting Copywriting Communication Community Relations Consensus Building Consumer Products Corporate Communications Crisis Management Customer Sensitivity Demographics Direct Mail Direct Marketing E-Marketing Event Management Global Marketing Plans Guerilla Marketing Innovation Integrated Marketing Internet Publishing Market Research Responsible for
  • 18. 10 Resume Do’s 7.Try To Make A One - Two Page Resume. 8.Use Page Numbers. 9.Be Unique. 10.Show Personality.
  • 19. 10 RESUME DONT’S 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1
  • 20. 10 Resume Don’ts 1.Use “dead” words. 2.Develop a strange Resume. 3.Ramble on your Resume. Responsible for Experienced in Excellent written communication skills Team Player Detail Oriented Successful Goal driven Flexible Motivated Strong work ethic Reliable Multi-tasker Independent Self motivated
  • 21. 10 Resume Don’ts 1.Use “dead” words. 2.Develop a strange Resume. 3.Ramble on your Resume. Brad Cronkite Address – City, State Zip Code 630-555-1212 Brad.cronkite@email .com
  • 22. 10 Resume Don’ts 1.Use “dead” words. 2.Develop a strange Resume. 3.Ramble on your Resume. Responsible for making and taking and raking and baking while snaking and breaking to fit some of the work and … Or • Bullet 1 • Bullet 2 • Bullet 3 • . • . • . • Bullet 19
  • 23. 10 Resume Don’ts 4.Leave out accomplishments. 5.List selfish objective. 6.Develop a generic Resume. I would like a job where I can work and be employed and get some money and use my skills and be able to watch my kids and is close to home.
  • 24. 10 Resume Don’ts 7.List wrong dates and titles. 8.Spill your guts. 9.List too much personal information. 10.Rely on Spell Check. I was fired! I like long walks on the beach Mange five people Eye can knot seam two spell very whale!
  • 25. Preparing for the Resume Know where you are headed • Do you have a plan for your resume / career? • Why do you want to do what you do? • Do you like what you are doing? Know how you relate to others • What is the best team you have ever worked on? List the characteristics • What is the worst team? List the characteristics Know yourself • What motivates you? • What demotivates you?
  • 26. Preparing for the Resume Create a pre-resume list • Career plan for the next 6 months • Career plan for the next year • Career plan for the next five years • List the type of team you would like to work on • List your top 3 goals to reach what motivates you • List your plan to achieve these goals
  • 27. Preparing for the Resume Now we have our pre-resume list • Are you ready for your resume yet? NO!
  • 28. Preparing for the Resume Ask yourself: • What did I accomplish this year? (Last year?) • How did I accomplish it? • What was the result? • What problem did I fix? • Can I measure what I did? • How does “what I do” fit into the big picture? • What are my plans? • How does what I currently do fit into my plans?
  • 29. Preparing for the Resume Keep it simple: • Problem – List a problem that you and your team faced. • Action – List the action you and your team took to resolve this issue. • Result – List the result (hopefully quantifiable) that you and the team achieved. • Think of two or three PAR stories for each position
  • 30. Preparing for the Resume Keep it simple: • Problem – Our company had a 10% increase last year in restock fees due to poor quality in manufacturing processes. • Action – I researched our current manufacturing processes and identified 5 issues that could be handled better through robotics. I analyzed the cost of the robotic implementation with the team. • Result – After implementing our modified version of the robotics solution from the chosen supplier we reduced our restock fees by $14 million in one year. Engineered and implemented robotic manufacturing processes to reduce costly mistakes, increase quality and contribute $14 Million to the bottom line in restock savings Our example translates to:
  • 31. Parts of a Resume You Personality Accomplishments Results Awards Books Patents Licenses Employment History Skills Technology Associations What Makes YOU Stand Out!
  • 32. Parts of a Resume Zula Mayer, M.D. Address – City, State Zip Code 630-555-1212 Zula@email.com • Header (Name / Address / Phone / E-mail) • Employment Experience or Work History • Military Experience • Education • Computer Skills • Publications • Awards and Honors • Certificates and Licenses • Courses and Seminars • Affiliations • Hobbies and Interests These are NOT pieces parts, rather it’s a story!
  • 33. Parts of a Resume • Header (Name / Address / Phone / E-mail) John Doe 123 Anywhere Place City, State 11111 Wk. 630-555-1212 Hm. 630-555-1313 John.doe@email.com sexypants@email.com Vanity Voicemail
  • 34. Parts of a Resume • Target Title Vice President of Operations This is NOT your current title unless you are going for a lateral move
  • 35. Parts of a Resume • Employment Experience or Work History Employment History Ace Building Company (ABC) – Project Manager (2008 – Present) Manages 70 employees for this $5 Billion global company that develops property for relocating employees. Company Name Your Title Dates Employed Description of Role / Company
  • 36. Parts of a Resume • Employment Experience or Work History Employment History Ace Building Company (ABC) – Project Manager (2008 – Present) Manage 70 employees for this $5 Billion global company that develops property for relocating employees. • Implementing the Supply Chain Logistics ERP system, which expects to reduce costs by 15% • Analyzing critical risk factors of existing Leases identifying the highest costs to cut from cut from the bottom line. Accomplishments Use Present Tense on current job and past tense on the rest.
  • 37. Parts of a Resume • Education Education Bachelor of Science – University of Illinois – May 2010 Major: Computer Technology Minor: Communications GPA: 3.5 / 4.0, Deans List, Research Apprentice Program Assistant, Rush Moore Award Recipient Degree College Graduation Date Major Notable
  • 38. Parts of a Resume • Computer Skills Computer Skills Expert in: Excel Macro Programming, C++, SAP, Javascript, PERL and PHP Other Languages: Oracle SQL, SQL ERP Systems: SAP, Teradata Business Analytics Show your expertise Show other computer skills List Enterprise systems you are familiar with
  • 39. Parts of a Resume • Publications Publications Author: Project Management Handbook for Rising Stars - 2003 Co Author: Object Oriented Programming Methodology - 2007
  • 40. Parts of a Resume • Awards and Honors Awards and Honors 2010 ABC Top Ace Recipient – Awarded to top 1% performers globally
  • 41. Parts of a Resume • Certificates and Licenses Certifications and Licenses Project Management Professional – PMP – 2006 License Number: 1234
  • 42. Parts of a Resume • Courses and Seminars • Affiliations Courses and Seminars Risk Management Seminar – 2010 – Sat on a panel to discuss new risk metrics Affiliations Member: Project Management Institute – 2007
  • 43. Important “Little Things” Little things that become BIG things • Spelling • Grammar • Wrong dates / numbers / locations • Too many bullets • Misuse of space • Paper choice (No crazy colors / Textures) • No Pictures (unless asked – this is a very rare resume) • No Birthdates (unless asked – See Federal resume) • No sensitive information (unless asked – See Federal resume) • Don’t waste your time adding splashes of color • No stains / Rips / Wrinkles • Add a page number / your name to each page
  • 44. Parts of a Resume Questions?
  • 45. Cover Letter Also known as “the Hook!”
  • 46. Cover Letter • Cover Letter Purpose – Tell the hiring manager “the rest of the story” – Never restate resume items – Brief – Specific to the position – ALWAYS Included!
  • 47. Cover Letter • Cover Letter Purpose – Tell the hiring manager “the rest of the story” – Never restate resume items – Brief – Specific to the position – ALWAYS Included!
  • 48. Cover Letter • Cover Letter – Use a template to start but tailor it to the position – Your chance to show personality but… – Don’t get too relaxed – Do not use “Text Talk”
  • 49. Cover Letter • Cover Letter – Do not use “Text Talk” February 02, 2010 Jane Q. Public Acme Bottle Washers 123 Hip Hop Street Anywhere, State 11111 Dear Jane, I wld lk 2 wk 4 ur cmpny. I thk I hv a lt 2 ofr. I hv wkd on mny prjcts ovr th yrs & I cn b t rt 1 4 u! I m nvr L8 & my wrk is gr8. Thx, TTYL Joe Textyguy Thx TTYL
  • 50. Cover Letter <Date> <Name of Hiring Manager, Title> <Name of Company> <Address> <City, State Zip> Dear <Salutation>: I am a well-qualified operations and management professional with extensive leadership experience and consistent success in the achievement of objectives. I am confident I will contribute the same level of performance as a member of your team. I would be an excellent choice for a senior executive or operation management position with an innovative company offering aggressive growth objectives. Please review my enclosed resume for further details regarding my qualifications. My experience extends for more than 15 years as I achieved increasing responsibilities and successes in my roles from warehouse supervision to regional management and operations. Additionally I have offered my expertise as a business consultant to various national and local companies. Some of my areas of expertise and interest include: Profit Building and Sustained Growth Technology/Data Solutions Logistics and Supply Chain Management Revitalization and Modification Project Management My achievements have been in diverse functions and organizations, thus demonstrating the ability to meet and exceed expectations in a variety of environments. I am certain that I will contribute the same level of performance with your organization as a leader and strategist. Again, please review my enclosed resume. I would welcome a meeting to discuss our mutual interests and the results you can expect from me. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Gia Washington
  • 51. Cover Letter • Cover Letter Your Name title Home Address Anywhere, State 12345 February 02, 2010 Jane Q. Public Acme Bottle Washers 123 Hip Hop Street Anywhere, State 11111 Dear <Salutations>, Thanks, List how you heard about the position, Express Interest, Demonstrate Unique Background, List “Fit” items. Best Regards, Your Name
  • 52. Cover Letter Exercise: • Pair up. • Trade cover letters with each other. • Circle inconsistencies based on what you just learned. • Five minute discussion. • Two minute debrief to the group.
  • 53. Cover Letter Questions
  • 54. Thank You Letter If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. -Meister Eckhardt
  • 55. Thank You Letter • Thank You Letter Purpose – This may be the most important document that is often overlooked. – Used as a reminder to the hiring manager to contact you. – Let’s the hiring manager know you are interested – Should be done after every interview. – Common courtesy
  • 56. Thank You Letter • Thank You Letter – Use a Template – Be brief – Try to use a small Thank You card – Use e-mail as last resort – Should be sent within 24 hours – Do not use “Text Talk”
  • 57. Thank You Letter • Thank You Letter Your Name title Home Address Anywhere, State 12345 February 02, 2010 Jane Q. Public Acme Bottle Washers 123 Hip Hop Street Anywhere, State 11111 Dear <Salutations>, Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule, I look forward to… Best Regards, Your Name
  • 58. Thank You Letter Exercise: • Pair up. • Trade Thank-You Notes with each other. • Circle inconsistencies based on what you just learned. • Five minute discussion. • Two minute debrief to the group.
  • 59. Thank You Letter Questions
  • 60. So What? Unemployment Rate • 9.1% in August 2011 Resume submissions • 70:1  for every job submitted there are 70 applicants Success Rate • 4% of jobs found on web (Job Sites) • 4% of jobs found with recruiters • 4% of jobs found by other publications / cold calling • 88% of jobs found through networking Source: LinkedIn Poll conducted by Honor Services Inc.
  • 61. LinkedIn Are you
  • 62. LinkedIn for Networking • Purpose of LinkedIn.com • Parts of a profile • Job search on LinkedIn • Groups on LinkedIn • Recommendations from colleagues • Connecting (Shhh! It’s really networking) • Tools • No! No’s! of LinkedIn
  • 63. Purpose of LinkedIn • Is – a professional tool for networking • Not – a social place to put every minute of your life • Is – a free website • Not – always free • Is – a great place to document accomplishments • Not – your resume rather a summary • Is – effective when you have over 100 connections • Not – as effective with fewer connections
  • 64. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. Ineffective Job Search Your Web Application Gets placed in piles of resumes More work for the HR screener. Low energy. 1 in 200 chance of a low percentage phone screen Applying on the Web = = =
  • 65. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. Ineffective Job Search Your Web Application Gets placed in piles of resumes More work for the HR screener. Low energy. 1 in 70 chance of a low percentage phone screen Applying on the Web = = = 70:1  for every job submitted there are 70 applicants
  • 66. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. LinkedIn Job Search Applying on the Web Go on LinkedIn to connect with people you know. Meet friends who work at the company. Get names and information Ask “How did you get started at this company?” “Do you have any advice for my search?” “How do you like working here?” “Do you know the hiring manager in “this” department?” DO NOT Ask “Can you help me get a job?” “Why is the company in peril?” Your Web Application
  • 67. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. LinkedIn Job Search Title Keyword or Company Name Search I like searching by Title, but Company Name is sometimes the most effective
  • 68. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. LinkedIn Job Search Refine
  • 69. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. LinkedIn Job Search You mean I have to pay to get noticed by companies!
  • 70. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. LinkedIn Groups Join Groups pertaining to your profession! • Participate in discussions • Show your expertise • Watch your spelling and grammar • Be brief • Everyone will see what you wrote
  • 71. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. LinkedIn Recommendations Write a polite note to any of your connections You can “decline” a recommendation if you don’t like what it says. You can delete it as well. • If you don’t ask you won’t get! • If you are not connected, you can’t ask. • Some employers require a minimum of 3 recommendations. • Be choosey about who recommends you! • Send it back if poor grammar is used or if misspelled as it reflects on you!
  • 72. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. Networking on LinkedIn Search for people through companies Search for people through groups Search for people through people Search for people through your connections’ connections
  • 73. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. Networking on LinkedIn Remain Organized Follow Up Date Comments: Network / Interview Worksheet Name: Company Phone Number: Research your interviewer on LinkedIn Document your research about the company Following up without pestering is key. Be prompt!
  • 74. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/ http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/ Job Resources / Skill Transfer Other On-Line Tools
  • 75. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. Other On-Line Tools Aggregators Research Search Sites 25 New sites for jobs specific to your field added each day
  • 76. This document is confidential to Honor Services and its employees and consultants. It is only to be distributed with permission from Honor Services Inc. LinkedIn No-No’s • Treating LinkedIn like Facebook • Putting your entire resume on your profile • Poor Grammar / Misspellings • Half done profile • Not looking professional (picture / words on blogs) • Pestering people • Being shy • Trying to connect to people not affiliated in a group without being introduced