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Resume workshop

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Resume Writing Workshop

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Resume workshop

  1. 1. Best Practices & Current Trends
  2. 2. Agenda I. Administrative II. Parts of a Resume III. Compare Resume Formats IV. Resume Tips V. Beyond the Resume: Cover Letters, Thank You Notes, Elevator Speeches VI. Marketing Yourself -- LinkedIn
  3. 3. Class Administration A&FRC Marketing Breaks Smoking Areas Cell phones SIP
  4. 4. Pre-Assessment
  5. 5. Your Expectations • Expectations for today? • What have you learned about resumes? • Thoughts about cover letters and thank-you notes?
  6. 6. Resume Advice (video) How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter
  7. 7. What Do Resumes Do? Identify your value to the employer  Highlight work accomplishments, experience, and education  Emphasize skills that match job requirements
  8. 8. Before you Begin… You NEED to define your career/job objective(s) 1. Position Types/Titles 2. Preferred Companies 3. Applicable Industries With only a generic resume, you will have difficulty in your job search.
  9. 9. Parts of the Resume 1. Contact Information 2. Career Summary 3. Professional Experience 4. Education, Credentials, Certifications 5. “Extras” (Optional)
  10. 10. 1. Contact Information PURPOSE: Help the employer easily contact you. Rose M. Hill 618-256-8668 * rose.hill@gmail.com http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosehill (Ms.) Quinn Hill  Ndege “Nick” Vernon  sexypants@email.com
  11. 11. 2. Career Summary Various Titles (Title is Optional.) Career Summary Management Profile Professional Qualifications Professional Summary Executive Profile PURPOSE: Catch the reader’s attention. Entice them to continue reading.
  12. 12. Career Summary Formats Headline: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL Telecommunications Products, Solutions & technologies MBA, Executive Management, Harvard University Cornell University Executive Sales Leadership Paragraph: CAREER SUMMARY TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL with proven expertise in the design and implementation of cost-effective staff training, e- learning, customer service, sales, management, and marketing programs. Recognized for innovation and creativity in designing real- world training programs that focus on development of core skills and competencies.
  13. 13. 3. Professional Experience Various Titles: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE SUMMARY EMPLOYMENT HISTORY RELEVANT EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE
  14. 14. Professional Experience Musts Responsible for 1. Problem Action Result (PAR) format 2. STRONG verbs 3. Industry Keywords
  15. 15. Problem-Action-Results Format PAR Brainstorming: Problem – Our company had a 10% increase last year in restock fees due to poor quality in manufacturing processes. Action – I researched our current manufacturing processes and identified 5 issues that could be handled better through robotics. I analyzed the cost of the robotic implementation with the team. Result – After implementing our modified version of the robotics solution from the chosen supplier we reduced our restock fees by $14 million in one year. Our example translates to: Engineered and implemented robotic manufacturing processes to reduce costly mistakes, increase quality and contribute $14 Million to the bottom line in restock savings
  16. 16. Active Verbs “Responsible for” and “Duties included” convey a passive style. Use strong, active verbs. BEFORE: Responsible for all marketing and special events for the store, including direct mailing, in-store fashion shows, and new-product introductions and promotions. AFTER: Orchestrated a series of marketing and special-event programs for Macy’s Reston, one of the company’s largest and most profitable operating locations. Managed direct-mail campaigns, in-store fashions, and new-product introductions and promotions.
  17. 17. Experience: Paragraph Business Manager 2000 to 2010 Smith Ag Production Company Garnerville, Arkansas Purchased run-down, debt-ridden farming operation and transformed it into a near showplace, honored as one of the best commercial Angus operations in southern Arkansas. Developed a far-reaching network throughout the agricultural industry and with leaders with state government, banking, and commercial lending. Hired, trained and supervised all employees. Managed budgets of $750K annually and more than $2M in operating lines of credit. Directed the sale/purchase of all commodities to support business operations. Advantages: Requires least amount of space. Brief, succinct, and to the point. Disadvantages: Achievement lost in text – does not draw reader’s attention.
  18. 18. Experience: Bulleted Business Manager 2000 to 2010 Smith Ag Production Company Garnerville, Arkansas  Purchased run-down, debt-ridden farming operation and transformed it into a near showplace, honored as one of the best commercial Angus operations in southern Arkansas.  Developed a far-reaching network throughout the agricultural industry, including leaders in state government, banking, and commercial lending.  Hired, trained and supervised all employees.  Managed budgets of $750K annually and more than $2M in operating lines of credit.  Directed sale/purchase of all commodities to support business operations. Advantages: Quick & easy to peruse. Disadvantages: Everything has equal value. Achievements not immediately recognizable.
  19. 19. Experience: Combination Business Manager 2000 to 2010 Smith Ag Production Company Garnerville, Arkansas Hired, trained, and supervised all employees. Managed budgets of $750K annually and more than $2M in operating lines of credit. Directed the sale/purchase of all commodities to support business operations.  Purchased run-down, debt-ridden farming operation and transformed it into a near showplace, honored as one of the best commercial Angus operations in southern Arkansas.  Developed a far-reaching network throughout the agricultural industry and with leaders in state government, banking, and commercial lending. Advantages: Responsibilities clearly presented. Accentuates achievements. Disadvantages: Shines glaring light on positions without accomplishments.
  20. 20. 4. Education, Credentials, and Certifications Formats EDUCATION M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron, 2001 B.S., Psychology, University of Miami, 1999 Highlights of Continuing Professional Education: • Organizational Management & Leadership, Ohio Leadership Association, 2008 • Industrial Relations, Purdue University, 2007 Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Ohio, 2001 to Present Licensed Recreational Therapist
  21. 21. Education, Credentials, and Certifications Formats Executive Education Format: EDUCATION Executive Leadership Program………………STANFORD UNIVERSITY Executive Development Program…… NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Master of Business Administration (MBA)……HARVARD UNIVERSITY Bachelor of Science………………… UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
  22. 22. 5. “Extras” Possible Categories: Technology Skills and Qualifications Equipment Skills and Qualifications Honors and Awards Public Speaking Publications Committees and Task Forces Professional Affiliations
  23. 23. Resume Types DeliveryType  Scannable  Presentation (Electronic/Paper)  Portfolio  Video Arrangement Chronological Functional Combination
  24. 24. CONTACT INFORMATION Job Seeker Certified Public Accountant; CPA 123 Any Street, Any town, MO 63103 job.seeker@yadayada.com Linkedin.com/in/jobseeker SUMMARY Senior Project Manager (always list the name of the position your are applying in your summary) with an extensive back ground working with diverse populations. “US Military (Branch of Service) Veteran” SKILLS Project Management Project Scheduling Microsoft Office Suite EXPERIENCE Microsoft Corp. Senior Business Analyst 6/2005 – Present Make you experience paragraph style versus bullet points. Many ATS will parse this style easier than separate points. Consider removing the bullets and creating a paragraph of bulleted items. If you’ve held multiple positions at the same company, you need to repeat the company name again for each one. EDUCATION University of Missouri at St Louis B.S. Computer Science 4/2010 – 5/2014  Written for the computer  Keywords  Industry Standard titles  Universal font  Paragraph info (NO bullets)
  25. 25. Chronological Resume
  26. 26. Functional Resume
  27. 27. Combination Resume
  28. 28. You Have 6 Seconds – GO! Studies have shown that recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds on the initial YES/NO review.
  29. 29. Six Second Resume Test 1. Fold your resume in half 2. Place your thumb about half way down the page 3. Read from the top down to your thumb without unfolding the page 4. Your 6 Second Review!
  30. 30. How to Build a Strong Resume 4 Tips
  31. 31. Strategy #1: Keywords  Computers scan for keywords  Keywords can be found in job announcements, company mission statements  Incorporate keywords naturally into text 85% of resumes are never seen by a HUMAN!
  32. 32. Wordle.net
  33. 33. Strategy #2: Sell It to Me… Sell It to Me…Don’t Tell It to Me  “tell me” = state facts Tell It Strategy: Managed start-up of a new employee call center. “sell me” = promote, advertise, and draw attention Sell It Strategy: Directed team of 12 in successful start-up, staffing, policy/procedure development, budgeting, and operations design for new $1.4M call center.
  34. 34. Strategy #3: Use the “Big” Use the “Big” and Save the “Little”  Focus on the “big impacts”: new programs, special projects, cost savings, productivity  Give a good, broad-based picture of what you were responsible for and how well you did it.  Save the “little” stuff (the details) for the interview
  35. 35. Strategy #4: Make your Resume “Interviewable” Strategy #3 invites interview discussions regarding your previous experiences  Feature your “selling points” prominently! Make sure the resume is easily readable 1. plenty of white space 2. easy to read font and type size 3. logical flow (standardized format and headings)
  36. 36. RECAP: Resume Do’s 1. Make your resume format “Scan-able” 2. List Quantifiable Achievements 3. Use Keywords and Standard Headings 4. One - Two Pages (if 2: Number pages!) 5. Show Personality 6. Meet the job announcement requirements 7. PROOF-READ!
  37. 37. Application Process Best way to spend 5 hrs…  1st Hour – Research the company  2nd Hour – Customize Resume/Cover Letter  3rd Hour – Complete the ATS process  4th Hour – Behavioral Assessment Link  5th Hour – Follow-up!! QUALITY beats Quantity
  38. 38. Beyond the Resume… (What else should I do?) 1. Research Company 2. Cover Letters 3. Thank You Notes 4. Elevator Speeches 5. Marketing Yourself on Linked IN
  39. 39. Company Research Need to know about the company:  Mission statement  Company culture  Industry events/forecast Where to find the info:  Company website  Glassdoor.com - Interview questions and employee feedback  LinkedIn  Social Media -- Facebook, Google+ and Twitter  Like or follow the company to get updates
  40. 40. Cover Letters  Highlight abilities  Display Company knowledge  Personalize every cover letter  Your sales pitch -- a MUST!!
  41. 41. Cover Letter Writing Tips Introduction: Keep it brief  If no name is available, avoid Body: Summarize qualifications  Include numbers and specific results  Use paragraphs and/or bullets – choose style that best showcases the information Closing: Establish expectations for next step  Be assertive yet polite  Indicate follow-up
  42. 42. Write a Winning Cover Letter Four approaches:  Traditional: Briefly state why you are writing  Interest-Piquing: Start off with impressive information to grab immediate attention  Drop Names: Let referral do the work.  Who You Are: Important to communicate in every letter.
  43. 43. Thank-You Letter If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. - Meister Eckhardt
  44. 44. Thank You Letter Often overlooked!  Shows your genuine interest  Reminds the hiring manager to contact you  Send after every interview  Be brief  Send within 24 hours  Use e-mail as last resort
  45. 45. Sample Thank You Card Your Name Home Address Anywhere, State 12345 February 02, 2010 Jane Q. Public Acme Bottle Washers 123 Hip Hop Street Anywhere, State 11111 Dear <Salutations>, Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule, I look forward to… Best Regards, Your Name
  46. 46. ELEVATOR SPEECHES
  47. 47. Elevator Speech  15 to 30-second commercial  Use at: career fairs, networking events, cold calling, “lucky” breaks  Tells: 1. Who you are 2. What makes you unique 3. Benefits you can provide the company
  48. 48. Elevator Speech Basic: Hi, my name is ______. I’m in the _______ field, and I’m looking to ____________. Once you feel comfortable with this, you’ll want to take it up a notch!
  49. 49. Elevator Speech – The “Catcher”  Networker: “Hi, my name is Betty Joiner. I’m responsible for this country’s future.”  Recruiter: “How so?”  Networker: “I’m a teacher. I love shaping the minds of the next generation, but I’m also interested in getting into corporate training.”  Go-getting networker continuation: “I’d like to take your business card, as well as leave my networking card and resume. Would it be possible for me to get a spot on your company’s interview schedule?”
  50. 50. Marketing Yourself Are you
  51. 51. Is – a professional tool for networking Not – a social place for every minute of your life Is – a free website Not – always free Is – a great place to document accomplishments Not – your resume rather a summary Is – effective when you have over 100 connections Not – as effective with fewer connections Purpose of LinkedIn
  52. 52. LinkedIn Job Search Your Web Application Connect with people you know and recruiters. Meet friends who work at the company. Get names and information DO NOT Ask “Can you help me get a job?” “Why is the company in peril?”
  53. 53. LinkedIn Job Search Title Keyword or Company Name Search I like searching by Title, but Company Name is sometimes the most effective
  54. 54. LinkedIn Job Search Refine
  55. 55. LinkedIn Groups Join Groups pertaining to your profession! • Participate in discussions • Show your expertise • Watch your spelling and grammar • Be brief • Everyone will see what you wrote
  56. 56. Networking on LinkedIn Search for people through companies Search for people through groups Search for people through people Search for people through your connections’ connections
  57. 57. Other Online Tools
  58. 58. Other Online Tools Job Resources / Skill Transfer O-NET OnLine My Next Move
  59. 59.  Treating LinkedIn like Facebook  Putting your entire resume on your profile  Poor Grammar / Misspellings  Half done profile  Not looking professional (picture / words on blogs)  Pestering people  Being shy  Trying to connect to people not affiliated in a group without being introduced LinkedIn No-No’s
  60. 60. Post Assessment
  61. 61. Answers 1. A 2. D 3. D 4. A 5. E 6. A 7. D 8. A 9. D 10. B

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