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Resume Do\'s And Don\'ts

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I presented this at the 7/22 meeting for Professional Connections of Northeast Indiana

I presented this at the 7/22 meeting for Professional Connections of Northeast Indiana


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  • Sales Brochure - You are the product your resume is selling. It should stress the benefits derived by others who have used your services. Keep your target market in mind when writing it. Highlight the end results of your activities: what you accomplished.Calling Card - Your resume is an overview or brief summary of what you have done and implies what you can do in the future. It should be no more than two pages and easy to read.Reminder - Your resume should represent you clearly, as it helps an interviewer remember you. Review your resume to ensure it is neat, well laid out, consistent and stresses what you have accomplished, as well as your areas of expertise.Direct Interview - The structure of your resume can help direct the interviewer’s attention to specific accomplishments and relevant expertise. It should be structured to focus on those skills and experiences which are pertinent to the open position.
  • The heading should list your names, address, and contact information. The summary statement summarizes your experience and areas of expertise, technical or professional skills. It emphasizes key information detailed in the body of your resume. Employment history should include company names, years employed and job titles.Responsibility statements summarize information from your job description.Accomplishment Statements show what you achieved in each job. You should limit these to no more than six for recent jobs; three for prior jobs.Educational background should be summarized in reverse chronological order.Other Categories may include languages, licenses, certifications, military experience, technical skills and titles of publications you have written.
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    • 1. Resume Do’s and Don’ts
    • 2. Acts as a sales brochure
      Acts as a calling card
      Is a reminder
      It’s a way to direct the interview
      Why do I need a Resume?
    • 3. Heading
      Summary Statement
      Key Strengths
      Employment History
      Responsibility Statements
      Accomplishment Statements
      Education
      Professional Development & Training
      Memberships
      Other Categories
      Parts of a Resume
    • 4. Determine the format of your resume
      Chronological
      Functional
      Make sure your resume is easy to read
      Use bullet points
      Use a standard font
      Neatness counts
      Proofread carefully
      Include multiple contact methods
      Home phone
      Cell phone
      Personal email address
      Resume Do’s
    • 5. Make sure your outgoing voice mail message and email address are professional
      Include your name and one contact number in upper left-corner
      Have a clear, strong objective statement/ summary
      Keep the overall length of your resume short, but don’t worry about keeping to one page
      Resume Do’s
    • 6. Discuss two or three of your most relevant strengths and illustrate them with experience/ achievement statements
      Stress your past accomplishments and the skills
      Quantify your accomplishments
      Led a team of nine sales representatives
      Negotiated lowered rates with key recruiting firms saving the company $100,000 in fees
      Emphasize transferable skills
      Resume Do’s
    • 7. Focus on information relevant to your own career goals
      Match tense
      Use good quality, neutral colored paper
      Include publications, patents, presentations, honors, relevant volunteer experiences, professional licenses and certifications
      Place education after experience if you’ve been in the workforce for more than five years
      Resume Do’s
    • 8. Mail your resume in a 9 x 12 envelope
      Limit the number of resumes
      Make sure your resume is computer-friendly
      Resume Do’s
    • 9. Don’t include personal information or references to non-work related information
      Age
      Race
      Personal Interests
      Marital Status
      Number of Children
      Hobbies
      High School
      Don’t include a photo
      Resume Don’ts
    • 10. Don’t include references or indicate that “references are available upon request”
      Don’t provide your salary history
      Don’t provide reasons for leaving
      Don’t mention harassment issues/lawsuits
      Don’t include references to non-work related topics
      Don’t fabricate
      Don’t repeat the same action words
      Resume Don’ts
    • 11. Don’t write a book – not your autobiography
      Don’t limit your resume to one page
      Don’t mix noun and verb phrases
      Don’t rule out volunteer work
      Don’t rush through the process
      Don’t prepare your resume on your employer’s time
      Don’t use your employer’s email address or phone number as contact information
      Resume Don’ts
    • 12. Don’t use cute email addresses or voice mail
      Don’t use unconventional formats or tactics such as graphics or colored paper
      Don’t refer to yourself as a subject (“I helped prepare correspondence”) or in passive voice (“Was sent to Argentina to represent the firm…”)
      Resume Don’ts
    • 13. Write a Hard-Hitting Cover Letter
      Never send a resume to a potential employer or to a recruiter without a good cover letter. The letter underscores how your skills and accomplishments, along with your career goals, make you an outstanding candidate for that particular position. It also eliminates the need to restructure a resume to match each job opening.
      Cover Letters
    • 14. Don’t
      Just restate the accomplishments verbatim from the resume.
      Say more than you have to
      Comment on your salary requirements
      Do
      Start with a brisk statement that describes who you are and what you want.
      Use the next few sentences - or bullets -- for your "sales" pitch. Use Your Accomplishment Stories.
      Conclude with an action statement such as saying you'll call in a few days to arrange an appointment for an interview or to answer further questions about your skills.
      Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts
    • 15. Those with very diverse experiences that don't add up to a clear-cut career path.
      College students with minimal experience and/or experience unrelated to their chosen career field.
      Career-changers who wish to enter a field very different from what all their previous experience points to.
      Those with gaps in their work history, such as homemakers who took time to raise a family and now wish to return to the workplace. For them, a chronological format can draw undue attention to those gaps, while a functional resume enables them to portray transferable skills attained through such activities as domestic management and volunteer work.
      Military transitioners entering a different field from the work they did in the military.
      Job-seekers whose predominant or most relevant experience has been unpaid, such as volunteer work or college activities (coursework, class projects, extracurricular organizations, and sports).
      Those who performed very similar activities throughout their past jobs who want to avoid repeating those activities in a chronological job listing.
      Job-seekers looking for a position for which a chronological listing would make them look "overqualified."
      Older workers seeking to de-emphasize a lengthy job history.
      Jobseekers who should consider a functional format:
    • 16. Resume Preparation Do’s and Don’ts, Katherine Hansen, Ph.D. - http://www.quintcareers.com/resume-dos-donts.html
      Writing Your Resume, - http://www.accepted.com/resume/tendos.aspx
      Ground Rules for an Effective Resume, TTG Consultants - http://www.ttgconsultants.com/effective-resumes/index.html
      Resume Do’s and Don’ts, Professional Resumes - http://www.professional-resume-example.com/resume-dos-and-donts.html
      Basic Resume Do’s and Don’ts, WetFeet - http://www.wetfeet.com/Experienced-Hire/Resume---Cover-letter/Articles/Basic-Resume-Dos-and-Don-ts.aspx
      Lee Hecht Harrison
      References

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