Resume Advice - Intuit Careers Facebook Video Chat Feb 2011


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Gail Houston discusses Resume Advice on the Intuit Careers Facebook live video chat channel.

The video presentation can be found on our facebook fan page along with upcoming chats and past chats.

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  • You can ask 10 different recruiters their opinion on how to create a resume that works and you will get 10 different answers. The information in this presentation is my opinion. As an applicant, you must own your job search. You must look at what you have been taught and do what you feel comfortable with.
  • Resume Advice - Intuit Careers Facebook Video Chat Feb 2011

    1. 1. Resume Advice Gail Houston 2/08/2011
    2. 2. In the ideal world We wouldn’t need a resume
    3. 3. Most of us, however, live in the real world
    4. 4. The Disclaimer 100 recruiters 100 opinions
    5. 5. Headings Do not use short-term phone #’s or email address School address? OK But list perm first and use perm in resume database
    6. 6. What your email says about you <ul><li>Do’s </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it Professional [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>School address with lifetime forwarding [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Skill related [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Free email </li></ul><ul><li>Buy your own domain [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>Work email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Service provider email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate address </li></ul><ul><li>Shared emails [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Unmonitored emails </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Professional is key
    7. 7. Your address please? Recruiters do mile radius searches
    8. 8. Focus / Summary Don’t make me have to guess what you do
    9. 9. Education Texas A&M – B.A. in Marketing (do not include date) Experienced Stanford – B.S. Computer Science, GPA 4.0 Expected 06/2012 Entry level & under special circumstances Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas 2008 Entry level Awarded Bank of America Distinguished Scholar of Liberal Arts National Merit Scholar, Distinguished Scholar Award Expected graduation date or hours completed if recent grad GPA listed if above a 3.0 Recent Grad – top, Experienced - bottom List high school info only if significant awards & recent grad
    10. 10. The meat of the resume situation-action-result Results, not responsibilities
    11. 11. How do I get a job without experience? <ul><li>Ask yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have any career-related work experience – coop or internships ? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have non career-related work experience? What skills did I gain from that job that are valuable to an employer? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I won any awards ? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have any leadership experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have any volunteer experience? </li></ul><ul><li>What technical knowledge do I have? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have foreign language skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a hobby that might be relevant to my search? </li></ul>Campus Recruiters want more than just high GPA’s
    12. 12. Then create <ul><li>Awards </li></ul><ul><li>President’s Award for Academic Excellence – 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>First Place, Boothe Prize for Excellence in Writing - 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alpha Kappa Psi - Vice President of Campus Relations 2009-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanded Essential Card (original entrepreneurial venture by AKPsi Pi Tau) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stanford Marketing Group, Lead Project Director 2008 – 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directed marketing projects with Google and T-Mobile which were implemented in their 2010 marketing campaigns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Action Council of Denton County, President 2005 – 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Award (annual national community service award) 6 times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical/Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Java, Python, C, PHP, HTML and CSS </li></ul><ul><li>Familiar with C++, MySQL, CSS, HTML, XML, JavaScript </li></ul><ul><li>Skills and Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Languages – Fluent in English and Spanish, learning Japanese and Swahili </li></ul><ul><li>Created three video documentaries highlighting poverty in America </li></ul>Work experience is handled same as professional resume
    13. 13. Above the fold Easy to read Key points listed early Easy to see success
    14. 14. DO NOT INCLUDE <ul><li>Personal information like marital status, children, height, weight, religious or political affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>References available upon request </li></ul><ul><li>Unprofessional email addresses </li></ul><ul><li>Short-term emails, phone numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Abbreviations – don’t use “text” language </li></ul><ul><li>List “generic objectives” </li></ul><ul><li>Write in first person – No I or My </li></ul><ul><li>Use “responsible for” or “responsibilities included” </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation date – except Early Careers </li></ul><ul><li>Functional formats – use reverse chronological or hybrid </li></ul>Highlight what is critical to the job you are applying to
    15. 15. DO NOT LIE ON YOUR RESUME <ul><li>No </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little white lies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tall tales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lies by omission </li></ul></ul>You will get caught. If not today, then tomorrow - but you will be caught!
    16. 16. Saving your resume 1” margins Arial-Times Roman-Courier 10-12pt font Layout Mode 100% Use older version of Word Remove “tracked changes”
    17. 17. Posting your resume online <ul><li>Posting Text Resumes </li></ul><ul><li>No special characters </li></ul><ul><li>Left justify </li></ul><ul><li>Indent with spaces, not tabs </li></ul><ul><li>Hard break at end of each line – no wrapping </li></ul><ul><li>Save file - plain text, RTF, or ASCII text </li></ul><ul><li>Spell check, proof read </li></ul><ul><li>Posting HTML Resumes </li></ul><ul><li>Use simple text editor like Notepad </li></ul><ul><li>Put tag at beginning and end of your document </li></ul><ul><li>If you include hyperlink – include the whole name – called the absolute </li></ul>Keywords are critical no matter what format you use Upload Word version if it is an option
    18. 18. Understanding how resume search works <ul><li>Contextualized search technology - software weighs keywords in the context of the whole resume. Contextualization goes deeper and examines factors such as how dated is a given set of skills and where in the applicant’s career path did they acquire experience in a subject area. </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic search technology – software that essentially counts keywords. Using a targeted keyword multiple times could be interpreted by the ATS as a positive resume for a certain position. </li></ul><ul><li>Overly formatted resumes embedded with pictures, graphics, bullets, tables and logos can be incompatible with most ATS software. </li></ul>Keywords are king, no matter what technology is used
    19. 19. Understanding job board search results Give me a reason to click & load Word version if you can What type of engineer? Java Engineer! What type of engineer?
    20. 20. Understanding how recruiters search In almost every resume search Keywords, resume date, mileage search Boolean Date Searches Mileage
    21. 21. Tips for Sending Your Resume Please attach your resume! Name, Position # in subject line Spell Check, Proof Read, T-Cover Letter Professional Voicemail
    22. 22. Create your signature line <ul><li>Renaming a Hyperlink </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the URL you want to rename – </li></ul><ul><li>Right click on the URL </li></ul><ul><li>Click Edit Hyperlink </li></ul><ul><li>Text to Display (at the top) – this is what you are naming your Hyperlink – in my case Intuit Careers </li></ul><ul><li>Address (at the bottom) – this should contain your URL address </li></ul><ul><li>Gail Houston∙ Senior Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Intuit Careers ∙ 214.387.2000   </li></ul><ul><li>Find Me on: LinkedIn ∙ Facebook ∙ Twitter </li></ul>
    23. 23. How to learn more about Intuit Careers Join: Facebook - YouTube - LinkedIn Group Intuit Careers - LinkedIn Group – Intuit Alumni (employees may join) - Slideshare – Follow us on Twitter: @intuitcareers – Intuit Careers @ghouston – Gail Houston – Right Talent Social Media