if you are unable to change your career objective on your resume to fit each job for which you apply, using this type of objective is an option. Note that each objective mentions a field, also.
Resume Action Verbs & KeywordsIf your resume is scanned electronically by a potential employer, the computer scanner will pick up on these keywords. Electronic resume scanners are programmed to look for key terms in your resume. Without them, your resume could be discarded. Use the below as a starting point, however we recommend to read the job posting closely. The verbs they are looking for will usually be included in the posting. Aaccelerated, acclimated, accompanied, accomplished, achieved, acquired, acted, activated, actuated, adapted, added, addressed, adhered, adjusted, administered, admitted, adopted, advanced, advertised, advisedBbalanced, bargained, borrowed, bought, broadened, budgeted
DECEIT – Purge your resume of any false information immediately! Lying about job titles, dates of employment, awards, or inflating statistics, financial figures, or numbers of employees supervised will definitely catch up with you in the end. Do not falsify college or grad school degrees — if you did not graduate, just indicate the number of credits or years of undergraduate classes you actually attended. More and more companies are doing background checks on prospective employees and they are looking for precisely these types of falsehoods.OMISSION – If your resume contains gaps in years of employment, it will raise questions. If you can explain the time away from employment and feel that it would be important for a prospective employer to know this information, include it in your cover letter. If you did not graduate from college but did take any professional training courses, include this information under the “Education” heading instead of just leaving off any reference to education.INCONSISTENCY – Job hopping and presenting work experience in various fields can be disconcerting and raise a few red flags about your ability to stick with a job for any length of time. If you have moved about and changed fields over the years, it may be in your best interest to group these positions by category (a functional resume style) rather than by date (reverse chronological style). List the category, for example “Pharmaceutical Sales” and then present the related work experience. Then list the next category “Financial Services” with its related job information.TEDIUM – Resumes are meant to be concise portraits of your career experiences and strengths. You are not doing yourself a favor by rambling on for three pages or presenting your job information in large, wordy paragraphs. Break up the information with bullets to highlight your accomplishments or achievements, key words, and brief descriptions of your day to day responsibilities.SENILITY – Recruiters, HR Directors, and Personnel Managers want to know “What have you done lately?” A strong resume should highlight the past 10-12 years of work experience. Don’t give as much emphasis to your current job as to the jobs you held 20 years ago. Times change, technology changes, and the experiences gained in those after-school and summer jobs during high school just don’t matter any more.NARCISSISM – Never use the pronoun “I” when writing your resume. Resumes are written in the third person. Do not claim full credit for achievements accomplished as part of a team or group effort. Don’t include personal information on your resume such as hobbies, religious organizations, or marital status.SLOTH – Your resume could be the equivalent of career gold but if it is presented with typographical errors, or on stained or badly reproduced paper, that is the personal image the prospective employer will be left pondering. It only takes a few minutes to make sure that the document representing your best chances for new and rewarding employment opportunities is clean, crisp, and professional in appearance.There you have it – the “Seven Deadly Sins of Resume Writing” – ignore them at your own risk!
This letter does a great job of highlighting the match between the employer's requirements and her skills and accomplishments. The two-column method is an attractive way of showcasing the match.
When creating your resume, you can<br />choose from three main formats...<br />Chronological<br />Functional<br />Combination<br />
CHRONOLOGICAL FORMAT<br />Describes each educational &<br />work experience.<br />Education and work experience are listed in reverse chronological order.<br />Dates including month and year must be included.<br />Advantages<br /><ul><li> Emphasizes career growth
Gaps in employment</li></li></ul><li>Begin With Personal Information<br /> Expected at the top of the resume<br /> Use your full name<br /> List how you can be reached<br /> Provide a permanent address<br /> Include a phone number<br /> Professional e-mail address<br />email@example.com<br />first name.last name@generic provider<br />Exercise caution before including your mobile phone number if you answer it in unprofessional places<br />
CAREER OBJECTIVE or<br />SUMMARY?<br />Objectives gives direction and focus<br />Objective may be the most effective for:<br /><ul><li> Career Change
Less than 3 years professional experience</li></ul>Objectives can be stated by... <br />Position soughtSkills you wish to useFunctions desiredIndustry specificationsA combination of the above<br />
OBJECTIVE STATEMENT SAMPLES<br />Position<br />Wish to join a market research firm or a market research department as an analyst. Long term goal is a senior management position in research.<br />Interested in executive development program, or entry level buying position with large department store, leading to management responsibilities. <br />Field<br />Wish to join public relations staff of large organization. Interested in photography, copywriting, editing, preparing news releases and working on company publications.<br />Interested in bank management training program with emphasis on finance. Entry level position in branch management, credit analysis or commercial and installment lending area.<br />Skills <br />Seeking position utilizing strong research and writing skills. Particular interest in public relations or publishing.<br />Seeking position utilizing supervisory experience and strong organizational skills. Specific interest in management training programs with retailing firm.<br />
Professional Summary<br />Summarizes why you are qualified for the job.<br />Highlights the fit between your expertise and the value<br />you offer to meet the employer's needs<br />Summary is a brief paragraph of 3-4 sentences<br />Situations where a Summary is most effective<br /> Seasoned Professional<br /> Management or Executive<br /> Noteworthy Accomplishments<br />
SAMPLE PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY<br />Project Manager:<br />Project manager with over 10 years of in-depth<br />experience in the telecom business. Managed <br />5-10 million budget projects and achieved project scheduled goals. Leader in managing cross company teams efforts through effective and motivating mentoring strategies.<br />Areas of Expertise:<br />Vendor/supplier negotiations<br />Coordinating subcontractors<br />Arbitration & conflict management<br />
EDUCATION<br /><ul><li> List institutions in reverse chronological order
High school is irrelevant once you possess</li></ul> more education<br /><ul><li> Place activities and honors under education</li></ul> rather than in a separate section if they are few<br /><ul><li> As experience relevant to the job objective increases, education becomes less important. In this case, experience is typically listed before education on the resume.</li></li></ul><li>EXPERIENCE<br />Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order and should include the following information:<br />POSITION TITLE, ORGANIZATION NAME, CITY,STATE, DATES EMPLOYED (Include months unless this shows big gaps of unemployment)<br />Using bullets, describe your experience and<br />highlight responsibilities<br />Make sure you use action verbs<br /> Avoid repetitive statements like “responsibilities<br />included...”<br />This section can include experience<br />gained from jobs, volunteer work, class projects<br />or any other time when you have demonstrated<br />or learned skills or abilities.<br />
EXPERIENCE<br />You may separate your experiences with different headings if you would like to highlight some of the following:<br />Education related experience <br /><ul><li> Additional training, seminars, or workshops
Chris Smith (chronological using a summary)<br />123 Broward Boulevard • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • 1 2345 • 954-555-5555 • firstname.lastname@example.org<br />SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS <br />Successfully developed marketing research for consumer needs and demands<br />Development and participation in presentations and marketing plans<br />Eight years experience in the Marketing and Advertising industry<br />Excellent interpersonal and professional skills with clients, management, staff, public, media<br />EXPERIENCE<br />Bradford Department Stores, Ft. Lauderdale, FL<br />Marketing Coordinator, 9/97-Present<br />Develop and supervise implementation of all marketing plans with the sales and marketing departments<br />Prepare and manage the annual marketing budget of $2 million<br />Manage scheduling and production of all sales and marketing material<br />Provide marketing information at biannual sales conferences and coordinate presentations<br />Market Researcher,7/94-8/97<br />Wrote and presented reports to management to address market and consumer needs<br />Identified target markets and constructed questionnaires for consumer reports<br />Organized And conducted focus groups for promotion of new products<br />Analyzed results of study that resulted in 3 new product lines<br />Design Company, Sunrise, FL<br />Advertising Intern, 9/93-5/94<br />Compiled market research for expanding and developing businesses<br />Worked closely with marketing staff to develop promotional events for clients<br />Actively participated in sales presentations for prospective clients<br />WKRP-Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio<br />Summer Intern, 5/93-8/93<br />Wrote hard news and feature stories for upcoming segments<br />Scheduled, interviewed, and prepared guests for round-table discussions<br />EDUCATION <br />Master of Science in Business Administration, May 2002<br />Nova Southeastern University, Wayne Graduate School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Ft. Lauderdale, FL<br />Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, May 1994<br />Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL<br />Deans List 1992-1994<br />COMPUTER SKILLS<br />Microsoft Office, Lotus 1 -2-3, Publisher, Internet<br />
FUNCTIONAL FORMAT<br />Prepared to highlight the qualifications and skills of an individual.<br /><ul><li>2-5 main skill areas are highlighted</li></ul>Advantages<br /><ul><li>De-emphasizes jobs
Effective when you want to play up a particular skills</li></ul> strength<br /><ul><li>Allows the individual to de-emphasize positions not</li></ul>related to career goals<br />Do not use a functional format when:<br /><ul><li>You have performed a limited number of functions
When you want to emphasize promotions</li></li></ul><li>GORDON SUMNER6789 Peters DriveFt. Lauderdale, FL 33324(954)email@example.com<br />MANAGEMENT <br /><ul><li>Hired telephone consultant engineers, training them in technical and interpersonal communications.
Successfully expanded this group from three to fifteen.
Developed career path strategy and created charts with management for levels ranging from Telephone Consultants to Project Engineer.</li></ul>TRAINING<br /><ul><li>Trained over 150 people, over ten months, including Senior Executives, Critical Care Area Managers, Sales Personnel and Field Engineers.
Established task analysis and course objectives for these trainees.
Applied critical judgment and professional competence in instructing over 85 field personnel in various locations.</li></ul>ADMINISTRATION <br /><ul><li>Handled inventory of Technical Education Department.
Organized information for budget and delivered to management.
Supervised small group responsible for maintaining logistics for telephone central operations.
Developed telephone call sheet formats that were later computerized, resulting in failure analysis reports now use nationwide.</li></ul>TECHNICAL <br /><ul><li>Instructed staff on mini and micro computer-controlled biomedical instrumentation.
Developed troubleshooting procedures and charts on assigned instrumentation for customer and field service manuals.
Served as national technical backup to service engineers on existing and developmental instrumentation.
Performed the operational maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, retrofit and updating of in-house production and customer education instrumentation.</li></ul>PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE <br />Technical Instructor, South Florida technical Products Corporation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1992 - Present<br />EDUCATION<br />BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 1992<br />
COMBINATION RESUME<br />Combines a reverse chronological work history with a preceding work summary or outline of functional skills related to your career objective.<br />Advantages<br /><ul><li> Emphasizes relevant job skills and qualifications at the beginning of the resume
Can re-order your work experience under</li></ul>section headings such as “Related Experience” and “Other Experience”<br /><ul><li> Same disadvantages as functional resumes</li></li></ul><li>REBECCA CALDERWOOD714 East 9th Street ~ Astoria, New York ~ 11222Phone: (718) 434-7872 ~ E-mail: RCalderwood@msn.com<br />HEALTHCARE ADMINSTRATOR / PROGRAM DIRECTOR<br />Experienced administrator with a proven ability to run successful programs. Proficient at setting, expecting, and achieving high standards of quality. Currently direct a facility regarded as a model program. Respected leader with excellent team building, communication, and interpersonal skills.<br />EMPLOYMENT<br />Heartland Agency, Woodside, NY<br />Director, 1990 to present<br />Administer program that serves adults with disabilities. Manage $5 million in funding. Oversee more than 50 management, clinical, and direct care staff members. Devise systems for admission, discharge, organization, and staffing. Monitor all facets of the 20,000 square foot plant and comply with OSHA standards. Ensure compliance with NYS OMRDD Part 690, 633, 635, and 624 policies.<br />Key Accomplishments:<br /><ul><li>Fostered an environment of teamwork and cooperation that boosted staff morale.
Initiated a recruitment campaign that increased consumer enrollment from 73 to 129.
Undertook a classroom reorganization project that improved quality services and increased consumer independence.
Developed a positive relationship with other departments so that all programs work toward common goals.
Set-up and chair the interagency Human Rights and Informed Consent committees.
Selected to direct a satellite program for geriatric consumers.</li></ul>United Samaritans, Flushing, NY<br />Program Coordinator, 1985 to 1990<br />Managed department that received more than $2 million in funding. Hired, supervised, and evaluated professional and support staff. Supervised the work activities of 350 consumers in the Extended Rehabilitation Department. Acted as Director of Rehabilitation in her absence. <br />Key Accomplishments: <br /><ul><li>Secured three new agency programs by responding to Request for Proposals.
Prepared statistical reports and handled external audits for all programs.
Devised consumer satisfaction survey that sparked improvements in programming.
Promoted from Case manager and maintained a large caseload as Coordinator.</li></ul>EDUCATION<br />Master of Science in Health Administration, Hunter College, New York, NY Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Union College, Schenectady, NY<br />COMPUTERS SKILLS<br />Advanced user of WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, R&R Relational Report Writer, Lotus 1-2-3, SPSS, and Microsoft Publisher. Train colleagues on how to use a computer and provide technical guidance. Experience with installing network systems and computer hardware.<br />
MORE TIPS…<br />Resume Length <br />Don’t make your resume too long<br />If 2 pages, include your name and page number on all subsequent sheets.<br />Paper Size <br /> Use standard size paper (81/2 x 11 <br />Paper Color<br /> Ivory or off white is most recommended<br />Font Use professional looking resume fonts. This is not the time too get creative.<br />Never use more than 2 fonts in a single document<br /> OK to use variations in bold, italic, and different sizes<br /> Fonts fall into 2 main categories: <br />Serif fonts ("tails" on the letters)<br />Times New Roman, Bell MT, Georgia, Garamond<br />Sans-serif fonts<br />Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, Century Gothic<br />MAKE IT EASY TO READ<br />PROOFREAD ▪ SPELLCHECK<br />
In Summary...<br /> The Seven Deadly Sins of Resume Writing<br />DECEIT<br />OMISSION<br />ICONSISTENCY<br />TEDIUM<br />SENILITY<br />NARCISSISM<br /> LAZINESS<br />
Introduction:<br />Tell them who you are <br /> State how you heard about them and why you<br />are interested<br />Body:<br />Sell yourself and you abilities<br /> Highlight key points of your resume relevant to<br />the position your applying for<br /> Explain how you intend to contribute to their<br />organization<br />Closing:<br />Make it action-oriented<br /> State how they can reach you<br /> Thank the employer for their time and consideration<br />
John Balance<br />178 Green Street(501) 555-5555Akron, Ohio 44302<br />March 12, 2010<br />Pat Cummings<br />Human Resources Director Any Corporation<br />1140 Main Street<br />Akron, Ohio 44302<br />Dear Ms. Cummings:<br />I am responding to your recent request in the Akron Beacon Journal for a Business Consultant. As you can see from my current background and educational experience, I am a qualified candidate for this position.<br />Currently, I am a faculty member in the Department of Management and Aviation Science at Kent State University. I am also engaged in several temporary assignments involving the installation, conversion, and maintenance of automated accounting systems, troubleshooting, and training. I have working knowledge of, and have taught several applications and operating systems. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of electronic spreadsheets (1-2-3, Excel, Quattro, etc.), and word processing and accounting (Peachtree, AccPac, Great Plains, MYOB, Quicken, Quickbooks, One-Write Plus, etc.) in Windows, Mac, and traditional DOS (IBM/PC) environments.<br />In strategic market development, the ability to assess customer needs relative to overall market conditions and to respond to them rapidly is critical for successful business development. Let me provide you with innovative approaches to getting the job done based on action, not words.<br />I would like the opportunity to help you increase your value-added services and profitability. I look forward to discussing this further. I will follow-up next week with a phone call to see when we can set up a time to meet.<br />Sincerely,<br />John Balance<br />Enc. resume<br />
Department of Human Resources T-letter Davida Darwin1900 Cassiopeia AvenueNew Rochelle, MD 21030 <br />Re: Posting 101 Associate Director II <br />Dear Ms. Darwin: <br />When I read your ad for an Associate Director II on Monster.com, I couldn’t help noticing how well your requirements align with my experience, education, skills, and background. <br />While my enclosed resumeprovides a good overview of my strengths and achievements, I have also listed some of your specific requirements for the position and my applicable skills: <br />
T-letter cont…<br />Since my experience and expertise fit your requirements so closely, I am clearly one of the people you’ll want to see. I plan to contact you to follow up on this letterand see if we can arrange a meeting. In the meantime, please feel free to call me at my home number listed above. I look forward to our meeting. Thank you for your time and consideration. <br />Sincerely, <br />Bonnie Ellisberg <br />
Proofread CAREFULLY<br /> Check for errors<br /> Keep it to one page<br /> Make sure it is typed<br /> Match stationary<br /> Highlight your skills<br /> Tailor your cover letter (and resume)<br />to the employer<br />