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The Resume

  1. 1. THE JOB SEARCHTHE RESUMEMonday, February 14, 2011Presented Lynn Campbell
  2. 2. The Resume: Getting StartedPreparation •  List all jobs, companies, dates •  Compile a list of key projects • Recognizable names for products or projects are key •  Gather correct titles for certifications •  Obtain an accurate count of patents •  List proper degrees titles and educational institutions •  Resolve to use one type of font, little change in size of font, few “gimmicks”, i.e. underline, italics • Understand that this must be easy to upload and handle changes from word to text to pdf styles
  3. 3. The Resume: Overall Format The “Thirds” Guideline•  Top Third: •  Who you are, how to reach you (header/footer) •  Focus is to get you an interview •  What you bring to solve their problem •  Key strengths not history •  The marketing piece•  Avoid: •  Using more the 2 lines for name and details how to reach you •  Addresses are not usually on resumes today •  Long phrases, lots of prose, opinions about your skills
  4. 4. The Resume: Overall Format The “Thirds” Guideline•  Second Third: •  Your backup data •  Chronological (most preferred) •  Your history in more detail •  Focus on key accomplishments •  Alternative ways to describe scope of the job• Avoid: •  Listing every detail of every job •  Repeating same skills from previous job •  Clutter • Day, Month, Year format (mm/yyyy or yyyy)
  5. 5. The Resume: Overall Format The “Thirds” Guideline•  Last Third: •  Details of Education •  Can add ranking for grades or even if university is ranked •  Certifications •  Other accomplishments •  Volunteer work, organizations, etc. •  If worried about “age”, can leave off dates on education, but I don’t recommend it•  Avoid: • “Referenced upon request” •  Outside interests: i.e. guitar, swimming, tennis •  This is still debatable, but be cautious. Only good for “conversation” •  If add it, make sure it has a link to getting the interview
  6. 6. The Resume: The Beginning Formula to create a marketing statement1.  “I am able to [do something for the company] through [ability / expertise / knowledge / experience / talent].”2.  “I have [ability / expertise / knowledge / experience / talent] that results in [benefit to the company].3.  I am a [role(s)] who helps [company type or department type or person type] [type of change] [business issue] by [amount] in [time].This will help you to better write your objective/summary on the top of the resume
  7. 7. The Resume: The Proof Recommended Format or Rule of Thumb•  All caps and bold for organization •  Okay to underline just know the format may not upload well •  Dates at the far right (use right tabs)•  Bold Job Titles•  1-2 line Job Scope Statement•  3-5 bulleted accomplishments, 2-3 lines in length
  8. 8. The Resume: The Proof Ways to Communicate Your BenefitsAchievement keywords: achieved, completed, increased, improved, accomplished, performed, expanded;Problem solving keywords: reduced, corrected, evaluated, utilized, simplified, analyzed, investigated;Leadership keywords: developed, managed, inspired, organized, guided, directed, revitalized;Initiative keywords: designed, launched, created, established, initiated, started, formulated;Some popular phrases: oral and written communications, strategic planning, project management, performance and productivity improvement, business development, product positioning, team- building.
  9. 9. The Resume: What to Leave Out•  Health, martial status, birth date, photo•  Salary information•  Details of experience from over 10-15 years ago•  Reasons for leaving a job•  Religious or political affiliations•  References•  Details of irrelevant positions
  10. 10. The Resume: Where Does it Go?•  LinkedIn •  Learn to use, Slideshare•  On line application •  Have and ASCII-text version for web-sites, email •  Change bold items to ALL CAPS •  Replace bullets with ** or other character•  The Recruiter •  What do they look for?•  People who interview you •  Copies will likely be made for interviewers •  Bring your own!
  11. 11. The Resume: Open Discussion •  Questions •  Comments •  Shared ideas from the group