Résumé Writing

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This is a monthly workshop given at Anrold Station.

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  • It is not the same as an application – legal document
    It is not a confessional!
  • Contact info – appropriate e-mail address, outgoing voice mail, may leave off street address
  • Résumé Writing

    1. 1. Nice presentation , but we only accept resumes in a standard 8 ½ “x 11” format
    2. 2. Paula Brand, GCDF, CPRW Career Advisor for Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC)
    3. 3. What is a Resume?
    4. 4. 1. Expected by many employers 2. A quick way to make an impression either good or bad 3. A way to answer “Why should I hire you?” by listing related skills, accomplishments, and experiences
    5. 5.  Regular paper resume – most common  Electronic (Rich Text Format/RTF/TXTonly)  Scanable (key words)  Federal (KSA’s)  Curriculum Vitae’
    6. 6.  Omits any personal information  Use key words  Always try to quantify (%, $)  Each résumé you send should be targeted  Keep most important information to the top, opening with strongest and most recent credentials
    7. 7.  Begin sentences with action verbs  Keep sentences short but descriptive  Write with the employer in mind  No errors - ask a friend to proofread it  Don’t use jargon or acronyms  Consistency is everything!
    8. 8. •  Make sure it is “easy on the eyes” •  Don’t include too much information •  Should be typed using font sizes between 10-14 points. •  Print on high quality (24 – 32 lb.) 8 ½ x 11 inch paper •  Use bullets and other style techniques (bold, underline, italics) to emphasize certain words •  One page for every 10 years of work
    9. 9.  Contact information  Objective/Career Summary  Accomplishments  Experience vs. work history  Education/Training  Memberships  Special skills  Order the contents based on relevance and recency
    10. 10.  Chronological  List experience in reverse order  Good when working in same/similar field  Preferred by employers  Functional  Highlights best skills  Downplays work experience  Good for those with little to no paid work experience  Combination  Combines best qualities of Chronological and Functional  More flexibility  Good when trying to be discrete about something
    11. 11.  Should give dates for my education?  Which verb tense should I use?  Should I put my references on my résumé?
    12. 12.  Provide when requested by employer  Personal vs. Professional  No relatives (unless also an employer)  Separate sheet of paper (matching look of resume)  Must notify references first  Provide full contact information  Test call if you’re not sure
    13. 13.  Networking business cards --- have the look and feel of a traditional business card.  Give you the opportunity to provide critical career and contact information with people you meet in social and professional situations.  Take them EVERYWHERE --- networking events (obviously), career and job fairs, professional meetings, social gatherings, and anywhere else potential contacts may be found... EVERYWHERE!  Keep their style and content crisp, concise, and clean.
    14. 14. Two Phone Numbers  Name  Position Experience, Transferable Training Skills, & Performance Education & Results  Special Conditions Adaptive Skills Josephine Smyth Home : (410) 987-0007  Cell: (443) 923-0007 Position: General Office/Clerical Over two years work experience plus one year of training in office practices. Type 55 wpm, trained in word processing operations, post general ledger, handle payables, receivables and most accounting tasks. Responsible for daily deposits, averaging $5,000 weekly. Good interpersonal skills. Can meet strict deadlines and handle pressure well. Willing to work any hours Organized, honest, reliable and hardworking
    15. 15.  Covers letters – Introduces you and advertises your resume. It must be addressed to a person.  Thank you letters/notes – Everyone likes to be thanked
    16. 16.  Should accompany a résumé  Address it to a person  Error free  Be concise – one page  Friendly but formal  Catch the reader’s attention  Use matching paper and header  Do not repeat résumé, mention highlights  Traditional format or Q-letter
    17. 17.  Quintessential Careers - http://www.quintcareers.com  O*Net Online – http://online.onetcenter.org/  Networking cards - www.vistaprint.com  http://www.tagcrowd.com/
    18. 18. Time for Q & A
    19. 19.  Networking business cards, which have the look and feel of a traditional business card, give you the opportunity to provide critical career and contact information with people you meet in social and professional situations.  Keep networking cards clean and crisp and take them EVERYWHERE

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