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  1. 1. RESUME WORKSHOP Designed and created by Talia Wesley for FRG at March ARB, CA. Revised JULY 2013
  2. 2. RESUME ESSENTIALS Before you write, take your time to do a self-assessment on paper. Outline your skills and abilities as well as your work experience and extracurricular activities. This will make it easier to prepare a thorough resume.
  3. 3. 1 - Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, web site address All your contact information should go at the top of your resume. Avoid nicknames. 2 - Use a permanent address. Use your parents' address, a friend's address, or the address you plan to use after graduation. You have the option to leave out your street address due to privacy and security concerns. 3- Ensure to separate your name from your address since your name is your product name such as GUCCI or PRADA and ensure to have a size at least 20 3 - Use a permanent telephone number and include the area code. If you have an answering machine, record a neutral greeting. Make sure to identify what type of number you use: Example: Home or Cell Phone number. 3a- If you are in need of a Google Voice Number, please create one (it’s for free) Add your e-mail address. Many employers will find it useful and it will show employers that you are computer literate. (Note: Choose an e-mail address that is professional.) Include your web site address, video resume or LinkedIn affiliation only if the web page reflects your professional ambitions. THE CONTENT OF YOUR RESUME
  4. 4. An objective is a short but powerful statement, which will show potential employers the value that you will bring to the company! 1-Be specific about the job you want. For example: To obtain an entry-level position within a financial institution requiring strong analytical and organizational skills. 2-Tailor your objective to each employer you target or every job you seek. Example: OBJECTIVE
  5. 5. A Core Competency based resume focuses on highlights of your employment background that provide valuable experience in the specific area of competencies an employer is looking for. Once you review an ad for a job description look for the keywords and skills identified and tailor your resume accordingly. An outstanding core competency based resume always considers the needs of the employer first instead of just listing previous work experience. 1. What are your strengths? The sooner you discover them the more productive you will become in your career. This will also allow making your job search more in tune with what you do best instead of applying to something that isn't the best fit. 2. How do your strengths provide value to the position that you are applying for? This immediately helps the employer identify how well you will fit into their organization. 3. Identify your skills and create a bulleted list which will become your Core Competencies. This is a bold highlight of competencies to be further discussed in your list of responsibilities for previous positions that you have held. CORE STRENGH / SKILLS
  6. 6. Log on to O*NET and follow the Pages 11 – 16 to find the CORE STRENGH / SKILLS According to your occupational Background. See examples …………. CORE STRENGH / SKILLS
  7. 7.  Showcasing key skills and accomplishments at the top keeps the hirer reading, allowing more time to sell attributes.  Let's start by understanding what kinds of accomplishments or achievements are important to employers and hiring managers:  The “buying motivators" - these are the contributions that you have made in your career that would encourage a hiring company to "buy" you or in other words hire you.  Simply – Understand that every company listens to the same radio station WIFI - What's In It For Me. Here are a few other examples of buying motivators:  Facilitated the company to save money or reduce costs.  Implemented processes that saved time or increase work productivity.  Improved company's competitive advantage in the marketplace  Enhanced corporate image or building company's reputation in its industry  Grew new product sales 100% in 120 days and sustained 20% annual sales growth ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACHIEVEMENTS
  9. 9. If you are prior military, I recommend that you post your military training as one of your key selling components. Your military service has provided you with training and work experience that is very useful to many employers. Leadership training, the ability to conform to rules and structure, working as a team leader or member and knowing how to work under pressure to meet deadlines are your strongest assets. Here are a few other examples of buying motivators (Accomplishments for Military):  US-Army (US-Air Marines, US-Air Force, US-Navy) 10+ years' experience  Overseas experience: indicates mobility and adaptability  Facilitation (how many times a year and many thought) – Shows leadership and Knowledge  Level of security clearance: indicates completion of background check  Foreign language skills: language, written or verbal level of fluency  Awards and Decorations: indicators of leadership and success  Annual performance reports: documented work efforts  Soft and hard skills: leadership and project management (respectively) In addition to resume content, remember to include military service records like your DD214 (discharge documents) and DD 2586 (Verification of Military Experience and Training). These documents add more substance to your resume. ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR SERVICE MEMBERS
  11. 11. Briefly give the employer an overview of your professional background. Use action words to describe your job duties. List your last job first! Use ONET to receive your “Key Words” As a general rule of thumb, include only the past 10 years While there may be no absolute rules as to what you should or shouldn't be included on a résumé, remember that the ultimate goal is to present oneself as the best possible candidate for the position at hand. Always look to the information given in the job description for guidance # 1 Why work history # 2 Giving employers what they want PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  12. 12. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a database of occupational requirements and worker characteristics. It describes occupations in terms of the skills and knowledge required how the work is performed.  All terms and information in O*NET is packed with all the “Key Words” that you are able to use in your resume.  O*NET database has information for more than 900 occupations!  O*NET information links directly to other labor market information, such as wage and employment statistics! The O*NET database files are available for free!  O*NET Career Exploration Tools are a set of career exploration and assessment tools that help individuals (workers and students) identifying their work-related interests and abilities, so that they can explore occupations that match their interests, abilities, and preferences. Who is using O*NET?  People changing jobs, HR Managers, Dislocated Workers, Career Coaches, Business forecasters and many more! O*NET
  13. 13. Please click on Find Occupations O*NET
  14. 14. Write in your occupation in the field: Keyword or ONET code We have entered the occupation for “Sales” O*NET
  15. 15. Our Occupation is “Sales” that we have entered, pick your occupation that you have worked in and click to continue! O*NET
  16. 16. We are going to select as an example “Sales Manager”, and cut and paste the “TASKS” portion in our resume O*NET Please cut and paste this portion, which is packed with key words!
  17. 17. O*NET Please highlight text and copy the section that applies to your occupational back ground, and transfer it to your resume!
  18. 18. Please paste the copy in your Employment History section: Remember to complete this section in past-tense, since you are no longer working for that company! EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
  19. 19. Education (required) Summarize your educational achievements (colleges attended, locations, graduation dates, certificates, academic majors, minors, and course concentrations).  Start with most recent degree awarded and work backward in time unless you are a recent graduate ( 3 years or less work experience).  You do not need to list high school except it is relevant (recent graduate), or if school is particularly well observed.  GPA is optional. Include it if you feel it will enhance your resume.  If a recent graduate, you may wish to include relevant coursework or training workshops attended if this improves your credibility. EDUCATION
  20. 20. Training Include all specialized training you have received from your last employer which is transferable to your new job target. If you have not attended college, definitely include all specialized training in your target field, even if the training lasted a few hours or one day. Hiring managers generally prefer to see some post-secondary education. Example Training: Phone Answering Techniques Customer Service Skills Training Cash Register Training Machine Operator & Safety Training, Forklift Training, Quality Control, Safety & Hazmat Training , First Aid Training TRAINING
  21. 21. EDUCATION / TRAINING Example
  22. 22. “Honors” and “Awards” are the great ways of expressing the important achievements and recognitions given to you by your past employers. Mostly, your resume is a subjective representation of your skills and abilities. An “Award” or “Honor” is the proof of your success and adds solid objective to your resume. Your achievements should be listed throughout the resume; however, if you want to draw special attention towards these achievements, you can list them in 'Awards and Honors' section. Here are some popular recognition: PEER-TO-PEER RECOGNITION: It’s an employee-owned program, and for which individuals can be recognized through a program. The recognition is being giving for: Good Citizenship - Collaboration / Helping / Mentoring /Bright Idea / Creativity - Honoring the creative problem solver / Above and Beyond / Modeling superior service / Unsung Hero – and much more. SERVICE AWARDS! Recognition for dedicated and long-term employees. SPOT RECOGNITION! Managers' kits with award certificates, reward coupons, appreciation cards to instantly appreciate employees. AWARDS
  23. 23. AWARDS ON YOUR RESUME Example
  24. 24. Language Skills (optional) If you speak more than one language then you should consider including language skills in your resume to stand out. Make certain you accurately present your skill level for both written and verbal Member Associations (optional) If you belong to organizations that are relative to the industry or job you are applying for, you may choose to include these in your resume. The general rule is, include this section if you feel it will strengthen your application. Civic Participation (optional) When most people think of volunteering, they think about building houses or serving soup to the homeless (which are both great activities). But there are a countless of volunteer opportunities which allow during unemployment to use the skills to help organizations in need. Employers love to see volunteer work on a resume, it shows that the candidate is concerned with more than just money, and that he/she already has experience using their skills to make a positive impact in a community based organization. So be sure to include the experience on your resume and use it as a talking point when applicable in interviews. OPTIONAL SKILLS
  25. 25. Example
  26. 26. References or Recommendation Letters (optional) This is entirely optional. If you choose to include references, make sure they are aware that they may be contacted by a recruitment agent and inform them as to the type of job you are applying for. It is good practice to send a copy of your resume to your reference to remind them of the activities you performed and responsibilities you had whilst working for them. This is strongly advised in the time since employment with your reference is 1 year or more in the past. General rule: “References” or “Recommendation Letters” are available upon request” REFERENCES
  27. 27. REFERENCES Example
  28. 28. Resume Checkup  Run a spell check on your computer before anyone will read your resume  Get a friend (an English major would do nicely) to do a grammar review  Ask another friend to proofread. The more people who see your resume, the more likely that misspelled words and awkward phrases will be seen (and corrected). Design  These tips will make your resume easier to read and/or scan into an employer's data base:  Use a font size of 12 to 14 points  Use non-decorative typefaces  Choose one typeface and stick to it  Avoid italics, script, and underlined words  Do not use horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, or shading. FINAL TOUCHES ON YOUR RESUME
  29. 29. We do additionally require to register with CalJobs: RivcoJobs: and to post your new resume on those sites today to ensure maximum exposure for employers in the Riverside County and within our business solution! PLEASE POST YOUR RESUME ….