Quick & Easy Resume Tools



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“Resume Realities”
          Some things to keep in mind


• The 10-30 second rule: employers will
  determine within the ...
“Resume Realities” (continued)
  Based upon the number of applications and
 resumes employers receive, don’t be surprised
...
Well, that’s depressing. What should I do?

              BREAK THE MOLD!
  Make it PERSONAL and SPECIFIC to the job.

 Bu...
Common Questions

• What if I don’t have any experience in the job I am
  applying for?
 Start volunteering in the field ...
Common Questions (continued)

• I hear about CHRONOLOGICAL and FUNCTIONAL
  resumes. Which one should I use?
 Employers t...
Common Questions (continued)

• Should I indicate that I was injured?
 We don’t recommend it because employers may
  cons...
Common Questions (continued)

• Is there such thing as a “perfect” resume?
 Like most things, “beauty is in the eye of th...
What is a resume?

It IS:                         It IS NOT:
• brief and to the point.       a long-winded biography.

• ...
Pieces of the Resume

Objective                Skills

                                  • 4 basic components
            ...
Getting started…
• Start by identifying the job title you are interested in: Janitor,
  Sales Manager, Engineer, Auto Part...
Functional or Chronological Resume
          Which one should I use?
• Choose CHRONOLOGICAL if you have work
  experience ...
Example of a CHRONOLOGICAL Resume

                 • Chronological resumes
                   are designed to attract
   ...
Example of a FUNCTIONAL resume

• Functional resumes are
  more general.
• The majority of info is in
  the Qualifications...
OBJECTIVES…

• …indicate the EXACT job title you are applying
  for.
• …need to be clear and concise. Avoid long
  sentenc...
SKILLS…

• …identify what you will bring to the company.
• …are not listed in the EMPLOYMENT section.
• …relate to the obj...
EDUCATION…

• …indicates your professional credentials.
• …provides reference to your training.
• …should be consistent wi...
WORK EXPERIENCE…
• …is what the employer will look at the most.
• …is provided to show job duties that you have
  particip...
WORK EXPERIENCE (continued)

• List a few of your job duties, then…
• …indicate your ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

                   ...
Include your full name with
     the best contact info
  DO NOT include your work
    phone if you have one.


           ...
Where to keep your resume…


                       Save your resume to
                     your desktop so that you
    ...
Don’t get lost in the specifics…
• Stick with one or two resumes: and save them to
  your hard drive/desktop for easy acce...
RESOURCES (continued)

• Online Resources

 www.naukri.com

 www.monster.com

 www.shine.com

 www.timesjobs.com




 ...
RESOURCES (continued)

• Recommended Books:

 What Color is your Parachute? – Dick Bolles

 Beyond Traditional Job Devel...
Final Points…

• While designing your resume can be fun, try to
  limit the time you spend developing it. Take
  breaks wh...
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  • <number>Welcome and thank you for viewing our “Quick and Easy Resume Tools” presentation designed by San Diego Community College District’s WorkAbility III Program.<number>
  • “Resume Realities” are some quick ideas to keep in mind when considering the very basics of a resume. The includes the 10 to 30 second rule. Based upon research we have conducted as well as information found in reference materials, employers visually scan a resume from top to right, to bottom. They also notice if the resume is organized with dates being located in consistent places. Depending upon the resume’s organization, employers will decide whether to keep the resume.Employers also don’t want to read “fluff”. Rather, they want to read facts. Fluff is information that is presumed or opinionated rather than factual information that can be proven.Grammatical Errors will be noticed. Employers typically review a large number of documents and have an eye for spelling errors ands if they notice too many or even one grammatical error, they could potentially throw a resume out.Finally, depending upon the position you are applying for, it’s a good idea to assume that you are competing against many other applicants for the same job. In other words, try to stand out by designing a specific resume for each job that grabs the attention of the employer.<number>
  • On this slide, there is a picture in the background of a stack of papers and files. Based upon the number of applications and resumes employers receive for any given position or positions, don’t be surprised if your resume would happen to end up at the bottom or middle.Think of yourself an employer for a moment. You have posted an opening for an attractive position and your business is located in a medium-to-large sized city. Based on the number of people in the city, you would probably receive a large number of applications and resumes. Considering that you are an employer, you probably have other duties aside from reviewing resumes and setting up interviews. Realistically, employers have limited time and are pulled in a number of directions. In this sense, you would probably have a stack of applications that would be on your desk or in a file and you would get to them when you could.<number>
  • Since that sounds depressing as an applicant, you may ask what you could do or why you should even bother. Well, there are ways to make you resume stand out and this presentation discussing the very important basic ways that you can do that. Even if you follow these very simple steps, you will be able to increase the likelihood of you being hired or at the least, called for an interview. Two very basic concepts to keep in mind would be to make your resume Personal and Specific to the job you are applying for instead of a generic resume that is vague.First you probably have some questions…<number>
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  • Resume Writing Tips

    1. 1. Quick & Easy Resume Tools 1
    2. 2. “Resume Realities” Some things to keep in mind • The 10-30 second rule: employers will determine within the first 10-30 seconds whether or not to keep your resume. • Employers don’t want to read “fluff”, they want to read facts. • Grammatical errors: they will be noticed! • There are many other applicants that are competing for the job you’re interested in. 2
    3. 3. “Resume Realities” (continued) Based upon the number of applications and resumes employers receive, don’t be surprised if your resume ends up… …here 3
    4. 4. Well, that’s depressing. What should I do? BREAK THE MOLD! Make it PERSONAL and SPECIFIC to the job. But first, you probably have some questions… 4
    5. 5. Common Questions • What if I don’t have any experience in the job I am applying for?  Start volunteering in the field ASAP. • How far back should I list my work experience?  10-15 years max. • What if I have gaps in my employment?  Explain it (See following pages). • What if there are lots of jobs I am looking for?  Make a different resume for each. 5
    6. 6. Common Questions (continued) • I hear about CHRONOLOGICAL and FUNCTIONAL resumes. Which one should I use?  Employers typically like CHRONOLOGICAL because it states your work history from the most recent to the first (remember the 10-15 year rule). Use FUNCTIONAL if you have limited or no experience relevant to the job title you are applying for. • My gaps are killing me! What should I do?  Try to describe it on the resume the best you can. Example: 2000 – 2003 → Family Leave, Travel, Stay-at- Home Parent, etc. 6
    7. 7. Common Questions (continued) • Should I indicate that I was injured?  We don’t recommend it because employers may consider your injury to be a liability. Under the protection of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1998, persons with disabilities have no obligation to disclose their disability PRIOR to receiving a job offer. • Thanks, so what do I write?  You may want to state: personal time or include any volunteer or “self-employed” positions (repair work, child care if you have children). 7
    8. 8. Common Questions (continued) • Is there such thing as a “perfect” resume?  Like most things, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. No, there is no perfect resume but if you use some “basic” tools that are based upon employer feedback, your resume will hopefully end up… …here 8
    9. 9. What is a resume? It IS: It IS NOT: • brief and to the point.  a long-winded biography. • specific to the objective.  general and vague. • based on facts.  based on opinions. • based on your  based solely upon your past accomplishments. duties. • a document that can be  a document that is “set in changed and revised. stone”. • simple and easy to read.  a document that has clip art or pictures on it. 9
    10. 10. Pieces of the Resume Objective Skills • 4 basic components Work • Employers focus on Experience Work Experience the most. Education 10
    11. 11. Getting started… • Start by identifying the job title you are interested in: Janitor, Sales Manager, Engineer, Auto Parts Sales, Driver, etc. (Objective) → Look up job descriptions for the job title to see if you have work experience and/or training that qualify you for this job. • Identify what relevant work, education, volunteer experience you have. (Skills) • List your past jobs/employers. (Work Experience) • List any training/certificates/academics (Education) 11
    12. 12. Functional or Chronological Resume Which one should I use? • Choose CHRONOLOGICAL if you have work experience and/or training that is RELEVANT to the job you are applying for. • Use FUNCTIONAL if you don’t have a lot of work experience and/or training that is consistent for the job. Summarize your skills by listing your accomplishments. 12
    13. 13. Example of a CHRONOLOGICAL Resume • Chronological resumes are designed to attract employers to your recent education, skills and work experience. • They can be designed in a number of ways (don’t over-analyze). • They begin with the MOST RECENT experience. 13
    14. 14. Example of a FUNCTIONAL resume • Functional resumes are more general. • The majority of info is in the Qualifications section. • The Qualifications section highlights your training and experience that relate to the job you are applying for. 14
    15. 15. OBJECTIVES… • …indicate the EXACT job title you are applying for. • …need to be clear and concise. Avoid long sentences. Examples Objective: to obtain a position as an Sales Manager. Objective Objective: to obtain a Senior Management position in a Objective credit union with responsibilities in branch administration and lending. 15
    16. 16. SKILLS… • …identify what you will bring to the company. • …are not listed in the EMPLOYMENT section. • …relate to the objective. Example Objective: Sales Manager Objective Skills: Management, Supervision, Marketing, Scheduling, Skills Accounts Payable, Customer Service, etc. 16
    17. 17. EDUCATION… • …indicates your professional credentials. • …provides reference to your training. • …should be consistent with your work experience. Example Objective: Sales Manager Objective Skills: Management, Supervision, Marketing, etc. Skills Education: A.S. Business or B.A. Economics Education 17
    18. 18. WORK EXPERIENCE… • …is what the employer will look at the most. • …is provided to show job duties that you have participated in the past. • …SHOULD be transferable to the job your are applying for. Example Objective: Sales Manager Objective Skills: Management, Supervision, Marketing, etc. Skills Education: A.S. Business, Mesa College; 2004 Education Work Exp: Sales Associate, Verizon Wireless, 1999-2003 Exp 18
    19. 19. WORK EXPERIENCE (continued) • List a few of your job duties, then… • …indicate your ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Example Sales Associate: Verizon Wireless 1999-2003 Provided quality customer service, researched and promoted Verizon products, and increased sales by 60%. Became Staff Member of the month, provided leadership within a team environment and was promoted from a Customer Service Representative to Sales Associate after one year. 19
    20. 20. Include your full name with the best contact info DO NOT include your work phone if you have one. Keep your OBJECTIVE short and specific to the job you are applying for: Marketing Supervisor vs. Marketing The most recent first Add simple info about your duties but HGHLIGHT your accomplishments. The most recent first Add certificate, degree, or major under the name of the institution. Community Service or Volunteering is important. Don’t add Hobbies 20
    21. 21. Where to keep your resume… Save your resume to your desktop so that you can easily open it to edit, print or send via email. It is also recommended that you save it to a disk in case your hard drive crashes. 21
    22. 22. Don’t get lost in the specifics… • Stick with one or two resumes: and save them to your hard drive/desktop for easy access. • Be careful of the books: resources and books are helpful but they can be overwhelming. Try to limit yourself to one or two good ones. • Make your resume specific to the job: hiring managers will notice if yours is a “general” resume that is being sent out to many employers. 22
    23. 23. RESOURCES (continued) • Online Resources  www.naukri.com  www.monster.com  www.shine.com  www.timesjobs.com 23
    24. 24. RESOURCES (continued) • Recommended Books:  What Color is your Parachute? – Dick Bolles  Beyond Traditional Job Development – Denise Bissonnette  I Don't Know What I Want, but I Know It's Not This: A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work – Julie Jansen  Resume Catalog: 200 Damn Good Examples – Yana Parker 24
    25. 25. Final Points… • While designing your resume can be fun, try to limit the time you spend developing it. Take breaks while designing it and find some resumes that you like that follow the points listed previously. Remember, you can always change your resume but always, always make it specific to the job you are applying for. Good luck! 25

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