A Crash Course in Resumes

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A Crash Course in Resumes

  1. 1. Presented by Donna Shannon<br />Coyote Visions, LLC<br />www.coyotevisions.com<br />A Crash Course in Resumes<br />
  2. 2. Resumes: what’s the purpose?<br />
  3. 3. Resumes: what’s the purpose?<br />It’s all about the EMPLOYERS’ NEEDS:<br />If your resume does not address the specific employer’s needs, you probably won’t land the interview<br />
  4. 4. How long do you have to make an impression?<br />
  5. 5. Most resumes are judged in 30 seconds or less…<br />Anything over 2 pages won’t be read<br />How long do you have to make an impression?<br />
  6. 6. What’s your impression?<br />
  7. 7. What about this one?<br />
  8. 8. How does this strike you?<br />
  9. 9. A Great Truth:<br />50% of the time your resume will lose it’s formatting<br />Since there is a good chance your resume will be reduced to text or entries on a computerized form, emphasis can only be shown two ways:<br />Placement<br />Volume<br />
  10. 10. Anatomy of a Resume<br />Major Components:<br /><ul><li>Summary or Profile
  11. 11. Never use an Objective
  12. 12. “Slug Lines”
  13. 13. (Area of Expertise/ Core Competencies)
  14. 14. Skill Sets
  15. 15. Key Achievements
  16. 16. Work History
  17. 17. Education
  18. 18. Includes professional development, workshops, conferences and other educational forums
  19. 19. Professional Associations
  20. 20. Extra Tidbits
  21. 21. References</li></li></ul><li>This allows you to move things around, exclude some details or highlight specific points from your past.<br />By comparison,<br />Applications are legally-binding documents – including the online applications.<br />Resumes are marketing tools<br />
  22. 22. Four Basic Resume Formats:<br /><ul><li>The Laundry List
  23. 23. The Paragraph
  24. 24. The Outline
  25. 25. The Functional Resume</li></li></ul><li>The Laundry List Resume<br />A clean style, using bulleted sections of information.<br />Advantages:<br /><ul><li>Reads easily and gets to the point
  26. 26. Converts well to text</li></ul>Disadvantages:<br /><ul><li>Saying too little
  27. 27. Saying too much</li></li></ul><li>The Paragraph Resume<br />A style favored by upper management, the paragraph resume arranges information in large blocks of text.<br />Advantages:<br /><ul><li>Covers a lot of information
  28. 28. Highlights achievements and results</li></ul>Disadvantages:<br /><ul><li>Not easily read in 30 seconds
  29. 29. Vital information can get lost in the volume</li></li></ul><li>The Outline Resume<br />Each section or job starts with a summary, followed by bulleted points which may be arranged in sub-sets.<br />Advantages:<br /><ul><li>Reads well in 30 seconds
  30. 30. Converts easily to text</li></ul>Disadvantages:<br /><ul><li>Overly-wordy summaries don’t convert well to text
  31. 31. Formatting can get too complex</li></li></ul><li>The Functional Resume<br />A functional resume is designed to highlight past performance or duties, without regard for the chronological order. For this reason, it is frequently used by people trying to break into a new industry or to re-establish themselves in an old industry.<br />Advantages:<br /><ul><li>Can emphasize otherwise buried experience</li></ul>Disadvantages:<br /><ul><li>Often long and wordy
  32. 32. Difficult to match achievements with experience</li></li></ul><li>The Functional Resume: a Warning<br />In December 2009, USA Today conducted a survey of hiring managers across the country. Of those surveyed, an overwhelming 75% preferred chronological resumes.<br />If you know that there is a good chance that the hiring authority would dislike your format, why would you use a functional resume?<br />
  33. 33. Content<br /><ul><li>First person in the Summary is acceptable
  34. 34. Abbreviated sentences throughout the rest of the document
  35. 35. Action verbs and interesting language</li></li></ul><li>Achievements vs. Scope<br />Achievements<br />Scope<br />Sales figures, further qualified by time periods<br />Quantifiable improvements in quality<br />Reduction of costs<br />Time reductions<br />Volume of tasks<br />Size of company or office<br />Number of direct reports<br />Increasing accuracy<br />Increasing responsibility<br />For both achievements and scope, they must still relate to employer’s needs<br />
  36. 36. The Deal Killers<br /><ul><li>Spelling and grammar problems
  37. 37. Contact information</li></ul>You are not a high-power Manger.<br />

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