Graduated from Texas Southern University, B.A. in Psychology Earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from University of HoustonCurrently enrolled at Houston Baptist University for a Masters of Science in Human Resources ManagementMy Career interests fall mainly in the field of Human Resources specializing in recruitment, diversity, and Talent Management with current research focusing on the legal and ethical environment of business.
Get your “foot in the door” – to get you an interview.
Are you feeling out the Job market?Are you looking for a specific job?Are you looking to switch careers?Are you looking for multiple jobs at the same time?
If you haven’t yet searched online, you will soon find that there are hundreds of books, websites and templates dictating what type of resume you’ll need. The goal of any resume is the same. However, the one you choose should be dependent upon your work experience, skills set, education, and type of position you are applying for. The goal of any resume is the same. However, the one you choose should be dependent upon your work experience, skills set, education, and type of position you are applying for.
Janet’s job history is not in sales, so we need to express her other experience.
You’re better off with a Summary, unless you fall into one of these three categories of job seekers:You’re just entering the workforce; You’re re-entering the workforce after an extended absence; or You’re changing careers.If you fall into one of these categories, write an Objective
You’re trying to sell your skills and potential. Your resume Objective or Summary rest at the heart of that effort. Excel at it and you won’t have a problem convincing someone you’d be a great hire.
Wherever possible, include measurable results of your work.
A Bit About Yours Truly• Texas Southern University, B.A. in Psychology• Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from University of Houston• Enrolled at Houston Baptist University for a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management• Interests in: Human Resources specializing in recruitment, diversity, and Talent Management with current research focusing on the legal and ethical environment of business.
Course RequirementsThere are no educational requirements for taking this training other than a high school level comprehension of reading and writing of the English language. All material will be provided for the trainee sothere are no required books or other materials to purchase.
If you know processes you can dothe job – Hannah Collins
What’s in a Resume• A summary of your RELEVANT education, experiences, and skills.• Highlights your accomplishments to show a potential employer that you are qualified for the position you are seeking. ?• Student involvement within extracurricular, volunteer, study abroad and leadership experiences.• It is okay to create slightly different resumes tailored to each career field/job opening within your job search.
What a Resume is Not• It is NOT a biography of everything you X have done! The average time spent reviewing a resume is 12-15 seconds!!
Questions to Ask YourselfWhat are you looking to accomplish with your resume? Are you feeling out the Job market? Are you looking for a specific job? Are you looking to switch careers? Are you looking for multiple jobs at the same time?
Questions to Ask YourselfWhere are you in your career? Are you just starting out? Are you looking for a promotion? Are you going to be satisfied with just anything? Are you looking for a Job or a Career?
Sometimes other people’sopinions have a habit of becomingyour own – Mike Hill
There are Several Types of ResumesThere are hundreds of books, websites andtemplates dictating what type of resume you’ll need.The goal of any resume is the same. Chose onedependent on:• work experience• skills set• education• type of position you are applying forLet’s look at a few of the more popular ones.
Chronological Resume• A chronological resume starts by listing your work history, More importantly this with the most recent position format is the most effective listed first. Your jobs are listed choice for individuals with in reverse chronological order a strong or continuous with your current, or most work history and recent job, first. increasing levels of• Employers typically prefer this responsibility in the type of resume because its occupational area stated in easy to see what jobs you the resume objective. have held and when you have worked at them.
Functional Resume• The Functional Resume is usually chosen by The Functional Resume is individuals without a strong for someone who would like to change careers, has work history or current no career history or work experience. desires a job in another field.• It emphasizes skill areas and de-emphasizes work history and dates.
Combination ResumeA combination resume lists Combination Resumesyour skills and experience highlight skills you have thatfirst. are relevant to the job youYour employment history is are applying for.listed next.They provide thechronological work historythat employers prefer.
Curricula vitae/Targeted ResumeIt takes more work to write a A targeted resume is atargeted resume than to just resume that is customized soclick to apply with your that it specifically highlightsexisting resume. the experience and skills youIts well worth the effort, have that are relevant to theespecially when applying for job you are applying for.jobs that are a perfect matchfor your qualifications andexperience.
Scenario Sheila’s youngest child is starting elementary school this year so Sheila is looking to get backinto the workforce. She has strong skills but gaps in her work history.Which resume wouldwork best for Sheila?
Summary or ObjectiveIf you were to poll ten recruiting experts on this question, you might get ten different answers. Thats because so many Objectives and Summaries are just plain HORRIBLE.If either one is properly written, they can be the hook that pulls the reader into your resume.
SummarySample SummaryCorporate procurement professional with 10 years of experience inthe high-end retail apparel industry. Highly skilled at performing duediligence on potential suppliers around the globe, negotiatingcontracts, controlling corporate risk, and minimizing costs. Fluent inFrench and Spanish. You’re better off with a Summary, unless you fall into one of these three categories of job seekers:
ObjectiveCompare the following two Objective statements, and notice howthe employer-focused Objective is more likely to grab attention:WRONG: Job Seeker-Focused RIGHT: Employer-FocusedOBJECTIVE: A position in OBJECTIVE: A position incorporate procurement in the corporate procurement thatretail industry that can utilize can utilize skills in researchfive years of negotiating and and negotiating gained from 5research skills and eventually years of experience in anotherlead to a management-level industry, helping a retailer cutrole. costs and improve its competitive position.
Always RememberCareer management falls on you — the employee — not the employer.You must be effective at communicating your value andmarketing yourself. That will always begin with knowingyourself, understanding what you have to offer, and how that fits with the employers needs.
EducationThe education section is usually the most straightforward part of the resume section to write. There are a few factors, however, that can make things a little cloudy.The next samples will help you determine:• How to complete the Education section of your resume• What to include• What to leave out• What to do about that school you attended but didnt graduate.
EducationList your highest level of education first, then work your way backwardto high school. If youve earned a bachelors degree or higher, do notinclude your high school information. Example: 2007 Master of Science in Information Technology Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 2005 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science University of Idaho, Moscow, IDInclude your GPA only if it is higher than 3.0 and its been less than three yearssince you graduated. Example: 2010 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA GPA: 3.75
EducationIf you attended college, but did not graduate, include the dates you attended, yourmajor, and how many credits you earned toward your degree. List your high schoolafter the college information. Example: Franklin Community College, Springfield, MO 2002-2003: Completed 30 credits toward Associates Degree in Early Childhood EducationIf you attended high school, but did not graduate, just show the years you attended.If you later earned a GED, put that above the high school listing, and indicate thedate. Example: 2002: GED High School Equivalency Diploma Erie Adult Learning Center, Erie PA 1998-2001: Erie Vocational Technical High School, Erie, PA
Question Should you eliminate graduation dates on your resume if youre older than 40 or 45?
Job HistoryWhile there may be no absolute ruleas to what should or shouldnt beincluded in Job History, rememberthat the ultimate goal is to presentoneself as the best possiblecandidate for the position at hand.Always look to the information givenin the job description for guidance.
DON’T ANSWER QUESTIONS YOUHAVEN’T BEEN ASKED– Tiaralis Figueroa
Tips: Prove Your ValueHiring managers scan your resumelooking for clues about what type of worker you are. If you show that you consistently produced positiveresults for previous employers, you will be seen as a desirablecandidate. The key is to emphasize your accomplishments and provide proof of your potential value.
Tips: Quantify ResultsWhich statement has more impact?A. Significantly increased revenues and grew client base between 2005 and 2008.B. Increased revenues from $250,000 in 2005 to $1.5 million in 2008 and tripled client base from 2,500 to 7,000.In both cases, the candidate is trying to convey he increasedrevenues and expanded the client base, but statement Bmeasures how well he achieved this growth.
Tips: Lead with Your Works Outcomes An effective strategy is to write the result of your work beforelisting the problem and action. This allows you to lead with the most compelling aspect of your accomplishment.
Good soup and character are bothmade at home – Herm Edwards
Conclusion Companies are growing increasingly savvy in ferreting out resume cheaters through more comprehensive background checks conducted both pre/post and hire. Why the latter? Subpar job performance can prompt a follow-up investigation into an employees past. If dishonesty is discovered, it is often grounds for termination and possibly legal action.The best strategy for your resume is to always be truthful about your background.
Soft SkillsSoft skills are a collection of personality traits that includecommunication, language, personal habits, friendliness, andoptimism. Basically, your emotional intelligence or ―EQ.‖ Avoid clichés like:• Strong work ethic• Team player• Organizational skills
LengthPreparing a successful resume you will need to review,summarize and present your experiences and achievements onone page. Two pages are not necessary unless you haveconsiderable experience. It is important to be brief and concise.
Length Consider One Page If: • You have less than 10 years of experience. • Youre pursuing a radical career change, and your experience isnt relevant to your new goal. Consider Two Pages If: • You have 10 or more years of experience related to your goal.• Your field requires technical or engineering skills, and you need space to list and prove your technical knowledge.
LengthConsider a Three-Page Resume or Longer If:• Youre a senior-level manager or executive with a long track record of leadership accomplishments. • You are in an academic or scientific field with an extensive list of publications, speaking engagements, professional courses, licenses or patents.
Separate yourself from the masses– Bridget Ross
Font There are a lot of decisions involved inconstructing the perfect resume: what work experience to prioritize, what details toprovide, what skills to exaggerate. But one deal-breaking decision often gets slight attention: What font to use?
Don’t Use Times New Roman• Employers or recruiters to sort through hundreds, or even thousands, of resumes to fill one position• Hiring managers give resumes a quick glance before deciding if a resume goes in the "maybe" pile.You need a Resume that stands out and font can help with that.
Using FontsStick with generic fonts. • Arial • CalibriIf your potential employer • Corbel doesn’t have your font installed on their • Futuracomputer, your font might • Garamond be converted, squished, or stretched – jumbling • Georgia the whole document. • Helvetica
Size Size can very between 11-14. It all depends on what you need.• If you’re trying to conserve space go smaller.• If you’re creating space go bigger.
My purpose is to impact industry –Hannah Collins
Do You Need One? Including a cover letter with your résumé is commonly considered a"golden rule" of job searching. But in this age of online applications andrecruiters who need to scan material quickly, is this practice outdated?
Both SidesThe extra point after thetouchdown The Icing on the Cake• From a recruiting • Show how you are unique standpoint, I would likely in your ability and can look at a cover letter after help you stand out from reading someones the pile of resumes on my desk. résumé. • Provide an example of• Instead, I favor a well- your writing abilities. written summary or • Convey interest in the objective at the top of the position and an résumé. eagerness to be considered.
Opening and ClosingEmployer’s ContactInformation Closing• Make the salutation specific and not just To Whom It Wrong Closing May Concern, Dear Love and kisses, Sir/Madam, or To: Hiring Miss. Krissy Snow Manager. (smooch)• Go beyond the general position title and get the Right Closing name specific personalizes Sincerely, your application and can Your signature (if sending a send you to the top of the hardcopy) pile. Your name
First ParagraphPitch for the Position Example:• Start the first paragraph by ―I am submitting my resume identifying the position for consideration towards you’re applying for and then the Section 3 position explain how you found the advertised on your website. job. My four years of training• Be sure to mention a experience combined with a referral or friendly mutual Bachelor of Arts degree make contact if it’s relevant to the me an ideal candidate for this company, department, or position.‖ position.
Second ParagraphLet them know you’re aGood Fit Example• Be sure to list one or two For the last two years, I have of your relevant skills or held a technical training position where my people qualifications and show skills and training manuals examples that highlight have helped teach workshops your experience. and seminars. As my resume reflects, I am a strong and• It’s not a bad idea to flexible writer with proven mention why you want to experience. work for the company and I am very interested in show that you’ve spent working with the Houston some time researching Housing Authority due to your the organization. dedication to improving communities.
Final ParagraphSeal the Deal Example• The last paragraph is I am very interested at the where you ask for the Houston Housing interview. Don’t be shy Authority’s Section 3 about it. position and believe my• Restate your desire to skills and experience are work for the company. an excellent fit for the job. The Houston Housing Authority has an excellent reputation and I welcome the opportunity to meet with you for an interview.
Scan-able ResumeLarger companies utilizesoftware to electronically scan This resume uses keyresumes for sorting, reviewing, words and phrases todistributing and filing. increase the likelihood that the resume will beThe scanning process selected in an electronicsearches for key words which search.may be important to the job forwhich you are applying.
Some people weed themselves outof the equation and don’t evenknow it - Christall Norman
All Social Media Sites Are NOT Created Equal• LinkedIn – • Facebook – personal professional resume information with format with no protected protected characteristics in the information on very first page profile
Be Careful• Protected information• Discriminatory searches• Discriminatory use of information VS.• Off-duty ―protected conduct‖• Political views
Protected Characteristics• Title VII – Race, national origin, sex, religion, color• ADEA – 40 is ―old‖• ADA – Disability greatly expanded with ADAA• TCHRA (state mirror of Title VII and ADEA) – City ordinances (Austin – sexual identity and sexual orientation)• California – Sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, cancer, political affiliation, genetic identity
Quick ListJob Boards - apply for jobs Resume Boards – post your that are posted by resume and let employers employers find you Career Builder.com Linkedin.com Monster.com Job.com Indeed.com Networkingforprofessionals.com Houstonjobs.com Ryze.com Simplyhired.com Craigslist.com Behance.com Usajobs.opm.gov
Your network is your net worth –Melinda Emerson
Visual ResumeAlmost every employer requires traditional CVs, but visual resumes areincreasing in popularity and can make you stand out of the crowd andland the job.So why make a visual resume? With the job market in recovering,competition is fierce.More and more employers are seeking to get to know a potentialemployee on a personal level and visual resumes can give employersthis insight. Visual resumes tell a story and this can give potentialemployers an interesting snapshot of who you are. Jobster.com allows users to upload visual resumes right onto their site,while MyWorkster.com has a place for a link to a visual resume on auser’s profile.