A Candidate Presentation on Resumes                    “Do’s and Don’ts”
 Audience   Participation (Don’t Be Shy) General Resume Guidelines MUST Haves Resume Types, Format; Body Basic Layout...
   Don’t just listen to me       I won’t be offended if you disagree with everything in my        presentation.   Quali...
   You have 15-20 seconds to IMPRESS a decision maker       HR’s job is to ‘reject’ resumes.   Think       “How can my...
 MUST be Clear, Concise, and Detailed. MUST be DELIVERABLE DRIVEN    Ahead of Schedule (measured by a time frame)    B...
 No  one standard type or format, many are  visually acceptable Use color sparingly Use Bolding/un-bolding to emphasize...
   Name and Contact information (every page)       Header / Footer should have:           Name, Phone number, and e-mai...
   Professionals with a Technical Background should list their    skills in their resume       Location/position of the ...
 Reverse Chronological Order (starting with your  last job/position) Full Company Name [acronym in ()], City, State,  an...
 List   all degrees     College/University Name, City, State, and year      Graduated     List any additional college c...
 Audience       Participation    How many write cover letters?    Who sends them out with EVERY Job application    Wha...
 Did you learn anything? What was the top two things you learned  today? How many of you are going to go home  and make...
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  1. 1. A Candidate Presentation on Resumes “Do’s and Don’ts”
  2. 2.  Audience Participation (Don’t Be Shy) General Resume Guidelines MUST Haves Resume Types, Format; Body Basic Layout Skills Inventory Professional Experience Education & Certifications Cover Letter Conclusionr2 Technologies, Inc (www.r2now.com) 4/8/2012 Page: 2
  3. 3.  Don’t just listen to me  I won’t be offended if you disagree with everything in my presentation. Qualifications  B.S. Degree from Trinity University,  Management Information Systems (MIS)  15 years as an IT Pro  Texas Instruments; Mobil Oil; PepsiCo; Cap Gemini; Verizon; Fidelity Investments; others  17 years – owner of an IT Placement firm  Placed over: 825+ IT Professionals  r2 Tech grew 12.8% in 2009  R2 Tech grew 31.1% in 2010 Try to find 1-2 items that you can use in your job search! r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 3
  4. 4.  You have 15-20 seconds to IMPRESS a decision maker  HR’s job is to ‘reject’ resumes. Think  “How can my resume impress someone that I can do this job” Bullet format is easier to read instead of paragraph format. Don’t limit yourself to 2 pages!  Our recommendation: 1 page for every 5-7 years of experience. Should not be a novel! Don’t use first person “I, myself, we, Mr. Smith, etc. Send your resume in MS Word format Don’t have a picture on your resume Fancy paper is not necessary r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 4
  5. 5.  MUST be Clear, Concise, and Detailed. MUST be DELIVERABLE DRIVEN  Ahead of Schedule (measured by a time frame)  Budget (dollars saved, percentage)  Implementation ($$$ generated (preferred), $$$ saved, reduced headcount) MUST answer the “So What” Question MUST be custom tailored for a specific Job MUST have Keywords (preferably within the context of your deliverables) r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 5
  6. 6.  No one standard type or format, many are visually acceptable Use color sparingly Use Bolding/un-bolding to emphasize your skills to match a specific job  Don’t go overboard with underlining, italics, etc. Balance Whitespace with Clutter  You want make your resume easy to read by various ‘eyes’ (Recruiter, Hiring Mgr, VP, etc). Spell check, Spell check, SPELL CHECK! r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 6
  7. 7.  Name and Contact information (every page)  Header / Footer should have:  Name, Phone number, and e-mail Objective / Summary / Career Highlights Technical Skills / Summary of Skills Professional Experience / Work Experience / Job History Education (and continuing education) Certifications Professional Organizations Publications (highly desirable) References & Hobbies  Leave off, have a separate document with this information and send it if requested  LinkedIn Professional references are terrific! r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 7
  8. 8.  Professionals with a Technical Background should list their skills in their resume  Location/position of the Technical skills is based upon person’s background  Technical Skills should be listed on first page of a resume for:  Software Programmer; DBA; Sys Admin; Network Admin; Tech Writer; Web Developer; College Graduates…  Technical Skills should be listed on the last page of a resume for:  Directors, Senior Managers, Business Analysts Technical Accomplishments and tasks should be moved around based upon the job description Use the Technical Name spelled out with the acronym in () Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) MUST be visually spell checked. No one wants to hire a technologist that can’t spell the technology that they are an expert in. Don’t trust MS Word to do this. It’s up to you! r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 8
  9. 9.  Reverse Chronological Order (starting with your last job/position) Full Company Name [acronym in ()], City, State, and month/year Job Title 1-2 sentences describing the company’s products and services. Describe your role (in Bullet format) and accomplishments.  AT LEAST 3-4 bullets answering the ‘So What” question After the last 5-7 years, start reducing your experience, unless it directly impacts the position you are applying for. r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 9
  10. 10.  List all degrees  College/University Name, City, State, and year Graduated  List any additional college credits  List any continuing education courses you are taking List all certifications  Certification Name, Year List all Publications  Very Big, very impressive! Mustbe pertinent to your profession Leave off: Volunteer; Church; Hobbies r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 10
  11. 11.  Audience Participation  How many write cover letters?  Who sends them out with EVERY Job application  What should be in a cover letter?  Introduction  Professional background  Short list of ‘high impact’ accomplishments  What you bring to the table for THIS job  Contact information r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 11
  12. 12.  Did you learn anything? What was the top two things you learned today? How many of you are going to go home and make changes to their resume as a direct result to this presentation? What do you want to hear about next time? r2 Technologies 4/8/2012 12

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