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    1. 1. Peer Learning and Leadership Network Building a Better Resume
    2. 2. Building a Better Resume <ul><li>June 22, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>1 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Presenter: </li></ul><ul><li>Michele Martin , DiscoverAbility NJ, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey </li></ul>
    3. 3. Use Chat box to communicate with chairperson Use Hide Chat for a cleaner, uncluttered webinar Select Full Screen to maximize presentation; minimizes chat feature Webinar Layout
    4. 4. Michele Martin
    5. 5. Materials and an archived version of this webinar will be available at
    6. 6. Agenda <ul><li>Purpose of the Resume </li></ul><ul><li>How HR Managers Read Resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Common Resume Mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy for Constructing the Perfect Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Sections of the Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Putting it Together </li></ul><ul><li>Some Final Tips </li></ul>
    7. 7. What’s the purpose of a resume?
    8. 8. To get an interview!
    9. 9. <ul><li>HR’s goal is to . . . </li></ul><ul><li>SCREEN YOU OUT! </li></ul>
    10. 10. What Does HR Do? <ul><li>Paper Review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5-10 second scan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online/Database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyword search </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Looking for . . . <ul><li>Relevant experience </li></ul><ul><li>Educational/certification requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Mistakes </li></ul>
    12. 12. A MATCH!!
    13. 13. Resume Mistakes Employers Hate!
    14. 14. 1. No connection to company need.
    15. 15. 2. Takes too long to find relevant info
    16. 16. 3. Lack of Focus
    17. 17. 4. No knowledge of target industry
    18. 18. 5. Poorly written
    19. 19. 6. Lack of accomplishments
    20. 20. 7. Poor Design
    21. 21. 8. Lies
    22. 22. 9. One-Size-Fits-All Resumes
    23. 23. 10. Functional Resumes
    24. 24. 11. An Objective at the Top of Your Resume
    25. 25. 12. Boilerplate <ul><li>Team player </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent communicator </li></ul><ul><li>Strong work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Met or exceeded expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Results-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>More than X years of progressively responsible experience </li></ul><ul><li>Proven track record </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom line orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Trustworthy </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solver </li></ul><ul><li>Works well under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>References available upon request </li></ul>
    26. 27. Crafting the Perfect Resume <ul><li>Focus on employer needs </li></ul><ul><li>Customize! </li></ul><ul><li>Use keywords. </li></ul><ul><li>Most important info first in descending order </li></ul>
    27. 28. Completing the “T” <ul><li>Review job posting and/or company info </li></ul><ul><li>Identify employer needs, relevant keywords </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For company/culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fill in job seeker info to complete the T. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can’t complete The T—DON’T APPLY! </li></ul><ul><li>If you can, complete your resume. </li></ul>
    28. 30. The “T”
    29. 36. Rinse and Repeat
    30. 38. Putting it Together
    31. 39. The Key Sections <ul><li>Contact Info </li></ul><ul><li>Profile/Summary of Qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Work History/Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Education/Credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant awards, professional associations, etc. (optional) </li></ul>
    32. 40. Contact Info
    33. 41. Profile/Summary of Qualifications <ul><li>Best place to include company/industry keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Target company and job posting—highlight most relevant skills and qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight key accomplishments—SHOW, don’t tell! </li></ul><ul><li>3-4 sentences or use bullet points </li></ul>
    34. 43. Work History/Accomplishments <ul><li>Highlight job duties/accomplishments most relevant to position. </li></ul><ul><li>SHOW, don’t TELL! </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on “So what?” </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify as much as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Use keywords liberally </li></ul><ul><li>List employer name, location, years worked </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on past 15 years </li></ul>
    35. 45. Education Section <ul><li>Don’t include HS if you have college degree </li></ul><ul><li>Spell out the school name </li></ul><ul><li>List degree </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t include GPA unless 1) it’s over 3.0 and 2) you are a recent grad </li></ul><ul><li>Consider omitting grad date </li></ul>
    36. 48. Dealing with Resume Gaps
    37. 49. Some Basic Tips <ul><li>Be truthful about dates </li></ul><ul><li>Use volunteer and freelance work in experience section </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge/explain in cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on networking/connections to get interview </li></ul>
    38. 50. Final Advice
    39. 51. Revealing a Disability on a Resume <ul><li>DON’T! </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful of accomplishments that may inadvertently reveal a disability. </li></ul>
    40. 52. For Printed Resumes <ul><li>Free of grammatical and spelling errors </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to read </li></ul><ul><li>Use white space </li></ul><ul><li>Attractive, functional design </li></ul><ul><li>Use Helvetica, Garamond, Calibri or Verdana. NO Times New Roman! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go overboard on paper </li></ul><ul><li>1-2 pages </li></ul>
    41. 53. Electronic Resumes <ul><li>.txt file pasted into body of email </li></ul><ul><li>.rtf file attachment—maintains most formatting. </li></ul><ul><li>Can use .doc, but use lowest version </li></ul><ul><li>Test email first </li></ul><ul><li>Load it with keywords! </li></ul><ul><li>Use your name as doc name </li></ul>
    42. 54. Use Properties Feature