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Writing an winning resume


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Hiring managers tend to spend between 10 and 20 seconds looking at the average resume! It is crucial that your resume is effective, focused, well formatted so that it creates a strong first impression and stands out from the pile. While a resume itself may not secure you a job, it is the key to getting that first interview.

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Writing an winning resume

  1. 1. + Writing a Winning Resume
  2. 2. + What is a Resume?  A resume is a documentation that, in support of your career objective, communicates, markets and showcases your unique talents, achievements, career highlights, experiences, and educational qualifications.
  3. 3. + Resume Goals What do you want to achieve from your resume?  Create a positive first impression  Secure an interview  Showcase your career and education highlights
  4. 4. + Ask yourself……?  Is your resume visually appealing?  Is your resume complete with all the relevant information, but not too long?  Is your resume focused on your objective?  Does it highlight your accomplishments and achievements?  Does it show the reader how you stand out from the crowd?  Does it communicate who you are and how you can bring value to a prospective employer?
  5. 5. + Focus  Focus your job search: be clear of what you are looking for and know how it supports your short term goals. Be sure that your short term goals are aligned with your long term goals.  Your current objectives must guide your resume writing.  The resume is not just a summary of your past, but it strategically positions you in a way that convinces readers that you are a good fit for the type of position you are seeking for the future.  Sort through all the information, if it is relevant and supports your current objectives, include it! If it is irrelevant or detrimental to your goals, exclude it! Keep things relevant and focused.
  6. 6. + Building the Foundation
  7. 7. + Building a Solid Foundation 1/5  Your resume is only as good as the information you put into it.  Review and collect detailed information on your education, career history and accomplishments. Gather together old resumes, cover letters, university degrees, training certificates, job descriptions, performance appraisals, letters of recommendations etc. to remind you.  Once you have this detailed information in front of you, sift through it for information that is most relevant to your current career goals. Think about what details matter most to your ideal job. This can include details from your education, professional and personal life (such as volunteer activities).
  8. 8. + Building a Solid Foundation 2/5 To help you bring together relevant information, fill out the following fields: Contact Information Name: Address: Home/ Cell Phone: Personal Email Address: Career Summary/ Core Competencies My Career Objective: My Strongest Qualifications Relevant to this Objective: Keywords Specific to my Career/ Objectives/ Industry/ Expertise:
  9. 9. + Building a Solid Foundation 3/5 Job Information (repeat for each job) Organization Name: Location: Brief Description of Organization: Job Title: Start and End Date: Brief Job Description My Unique Accomplishments
  10. 10. + Building a Solid Foundation 4/5 Education Degree: School: Location: GPA:
  11. 11. + Building a Solid Foundation 5/5 Current Certification: Licenses: Training & Professional Development: Professional Affiliation: Community Activities: Public Speaking Experience: Foreign Language Fluency: Other:
  12. 12. + Employers are interested in knowing what value YOU can bring to THEIR organization. Think about what the company needs and how you can meet those needs.
  13. 13. + Resume Content
  14. 14. + Components of a Resume 1/2  There is no rule to exactly what your resume should contain. Content will vary from person to person.  Generally, the following sections are recommended:  Professional Summary  Core Competencies (either standalone or as part of the professional summary)  Professional Experience  Education
  15. 15. + Components of a Resume 2/2  The following are some possible additional sections:  Professional Affiliations  Publications  Public Speaking Experience  Professional Training & Development  Internships & Fellowships  Foreign Language Skills  Community Service and Volunteer Experience  Teaching Experience  Honors and Awards
  16. 16. + Contact Information  Prominently display your contact information: email, phone number, address.  Make sure your email is professional. One that reflects your first and last name is a good option.
  17. 17. + Career Summary 1/2  This is your opportunity to highlight and showcase your most noteworthy achievements, skills, qualifications, credentials etc.  It tells the reader who you are and what value you can bring to the prospective organization.  This section is preferable to an ‘objectives statement’ because an objective statement focuses on what your desires are, whereas a resume reader is more interested in what you can offer the organization.  Start with a headline that instantly displays who you are (e.g. software engineering director) or one such as:  Career Profile  Management Profile  Executive Profile  Professional Profile  Career Highlights
  18. 18. + Career Summary 2/2  The headline should be followed by a paragraph that gives the reader an overview of your expertise. Captivate the reader by mentioning your most noteworthy qualifications, skills, performance highlights etc.  After the short paragraph, it is a good idea to include a core competencies section that helps the reader to easily identify what your key skills are. This is also a great way to include key words so that your resume comes up in more search results of online resume scanning and applicant tracking systems.  This can be followed by a career highlights section that showcases your top 2-4 accomplishments.
  19. 19. + Education  The only time you would not include an education section is if you are applying to a job that would require a higher degree, but you have no qualification past high school.  University students, recent graduates and young professionals should include the education section before the professional experience section unless:  You have excellent internship and entry level work experience that immediately distinguishes you from other entry level candidates.  A majority of other candidates have a higher degree than you and you don’t want to draw too much attention to the fact.
  20. 20. + Professional Experience  Experienced professionals should include this section before the Education section.  For each position, start with a short paragraph that explains the position’s responsibilities, and follow this up with a bullet point format list of your achievements on the job. The short paragraph tells the reader exactly what your responsibilities for the position were, and the bullet points tell the reader how well you carried out those responsibilities.  Use power verbs that inspire energy.  Emphasize experience that is relevant. Deemphasize experience that is irrelevant, even if you spent a lot of time doing it.  Showcase numbers. (However, remember that not everything is quantifiable).  Integrate keywords relevant to your industry
  21. 21. + The best way to convince prospective employers that you can bring added value to their organization is to show them how you’ve added value in the past by highlighting accomplishments and results.
  22. 22. + Resume Design
  23. 23. + Design 1/2  Create a positive first impression by designing your resume well.  Don’t chose a font that is too decorative.  Chose the right font size. Use 10, 10.5, 11 for resume text, and 13, 14, 15, for major headings.  Keep margins between 0.75 – 1 inch on all sides. Text that is too dense is hard to read.
  24. 24. + Design 2/2  Make your resume easy to read by:  Keeping a good amount of white space that allows for breathing room between sections.  Using font enhancements (bold, underline, italics) to draw special attention to certain areas, and to help distinguish one type of information from another or denote hierarchy.  Keep paragraphs short (no more than six lines long).  Organize information in bullet points to bring attention to important information. Don’t overuse bullet points, otherwise nothing will stand out.
  25. 25. + REMEMBER: There are no hard and fast rules, your resume is tailored to your personal circumstances.
  26. 26. + THANK YOU. Copyright: