THE JOB SEARCHTHE RESUMEMonday, February 14, 2011Presented Lynn Campbell
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
The Resume: Where Does it Go?• LinkedIn • Learn to use Box.net, 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!
The Resume: Open Discussion • Questions • Comments • Shared ideas from the group