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Effective Resume Writing

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Effective Resume Writing

  1. 1. HOW TO TARGET YOUR RESUME TO WIN YOURWAY TO THE EMPLOYERS’ SHORTLIST Workshop
  2. 2. PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING RESUME CONTENTS/FORMATS/ LAYOUTS OVERVIEW OF RESUME TEMPLATES AND SKILLSSTATEMENTS COVER LETTER AND REFERENCES
  3. 3. Learn about the purpose, structure andcontent of the Resume Learn basic principles of effective resume writing Be able to create a targeted resume , a cover letter and reference list
  4. 4. RESUME DRAFT’S CRITIQUE GUIDED COMPLETION OF A SUPPORT WITH JOB LEADS/POSTINGS SUPPORT WITH FOLLOW UP CALLS, COLDCALLING, JOB APPLICATIONS
  5. 5. RESUME JOB SEARCH COVER LETTERNETWORKING INTERVIEW PREPARATIO N LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION PORTFOLIO CAREER EXPLORATION
  6. 6. HIRING AN HIRING FROM UNKNOWN WHO EMPLOYER WITHIN BRINGS PROOF (PROMOTION) OF ABILITYFRIEND/ AGENCY ONLINE/NEWSPAPBUSINESS • RECRUITERS ER ADVERTISEMENTSCONTACT • SEARCH• REFERRAL FIRMS• JOB FAIRRESUME YOU
  7. 7.  TARGETED TO A SPECIFIC EMPLOYER AND/OR JOB POSITION FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT – YOUR BEST MARKETING WEAPON – EASY-TO-READ AND PROFESSIONAL IN APPEARANCE
  8. 8. NAME AND PROFILE/ RELEVANT CAREERCONTACT PERSONAL QUALIFICATION OBJECTIVEINFORMATION SUMMARY SRELEVANT EDUCATION TRAINING PROFESSIONALWORK MEMBERSHIPEXPERIENCE TAGLINE –AWARDS AND VOLUNTEER INTERESTS REFERENCESACHIEVEMEN EXPERIENCE (OPTIONAL) AVAILABLETS (OPTIONAL) (OPTIONAL)
  9. 9. KIMBERLY ANN HURST 2222 Dixie Rd #112 Mississauga, ON (905) 336-4432 k.hurst@gmail.com Put your name, permanent address,phone /voicemail numbers, and email address
  10. 10.  The number of years experience in the field Any important certifications Any programs or technical equipment Any other languages Any relevant personal qualities
  11. 11.  State your experiences and achievements (in reverse order ) Show the positive results of your actions, the benefits to the company Quantify your accomplishments
  12. 12. DUTY SKILL RESULTDESCRIBE WITH WHAT VALUE HOW DID YOU DO AN ACTION WAS ADDED BY IT? WORD YOUR ACTION USINGCREATED NEW BETTER COMPUTER INTERNAL INVENTORY ACCOUNTING/TIM AUDITING CONTROL/REDUC E MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ED LOSS SKILLS
  13. 13. presents your strictly by date, with the most recent first (reverse order)When to use: To show lateral or vertical career growth To emphasize previous job titles or companies . Your current or most recent position is one you are proud of and enjoy.
  14. 14. contains that is organized by education, experience, and skills.When to use: or very little work experience Re-entering the job market / /job hopping De-emphasize
  15. 15. A mix of the best of the chronological and functional resume formatsWhen to use: Highlight a or company name Relevant skills obtained from other, non-paid work experiences
  16. 16. PAGE MARGINS • CONSISTENT , EQUAL ON EVERY SIDE • BETWEEN 1 INCH TO 1.25 INCH FONTS• COMMON, EASY-TO-READ EX. : ARIAL, TAHOMA, FRANKLIN GOTHIC• E-MAIL IN PDF FORMAT, TO AVOID ANY CONFLICT IN MS WORD• SIZE IS APPROPRIATE TO FONT AND PAGE SPACE
  17. 17. PARAGRAPHS AND BULLETS DO NOT OVERUSE THEM USE EXTRA SPACE IN BETWEENTEXT ENHANCEMENTSBOLD IS PREFERRABLETO ITALICSUNDERLINES COULD BECONFUSINGUPPERCASE SHOULDONLY BE USED FORSHORT PHRASES ANDSINGLE WORDS
  18. 18. TYPES OF GRAPHICS• SHOULD BE SUBTLE AND SUPPORT, NOT OVERPOWER THE OVERALL MESSAGE OF THE RESUME• CAN BE USED AS• A BACKGROUND OR WATERMARK• COMPARE THE IMPACT OF THE GRAPHIC ON SCREEN AND IN PRINT
  19. 19.  Avoid vague wording such as "a few months." Leave out the "Is, as in "I directed..." Leave out the negatives or any irrelevant information. Avoid jargons, acronyms or unusual abbreviations. Dont write a meaningless job objective. Do not rely on the spell-check programs
  20. 20.  Use lots of Use Use the correct buzzwords / Emphasize the positive Focus on
  21. 21.  Words that keep popping up in Company key values from its posted on a web-site. Scan to identify key trends in your industry.
  22. 22.  Introduction to the employer Summarize who you are, why you want to work for this employer and what you can do It communicates: - your writing skills - professional approach - knowledge of the field
  23. 23. 1 page, typed Broken into short paragraphs(introductory, body, closing) Highlights how your skills andqualifications will benefit theemployer Attached to your resume Direct and concise
  24. 24.  Former managers/supervisors Current or former teachers, coaches, and club leaders Volunteer coordinators/supervisors A respected member of the community (doctor, lawyer, social worker, and police officer) Family members that you have worked for Your career counsellor
  25. 25. (don’t assume!) Choose references that can speak about your
  26. 26. LET YOUR RESUME REFLECT THATEXCELLENCE!

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