Résumé Straight Talk - English Version

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Powerpoint slides from SiriNova's Get That Job event (September 26, 2012).

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Résumé Straight Talk - English Version

  1. 1. TOAN NGUYEN Toan Nguyen is SiriNovas Director of Strategy and Business Development. Formerly a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young LLP (New York), he is a fully licensed Certified Public Accountant and has worked on audit engagements for various international investment banks and investment funds. Mr. Toan holds a B.A. in Accountancy from City University of New York - Baruch College.
  2. 2. THE BASIC - CONTENT  Personal Contact - Name / Email /Permanent Address / Telephone Number  Objective - State immediate career objective (optional)  Educational Background - University / Degree / Location / GPA (only if above 3.0/4.0, or 7.5/10.0)  Honors/Awards - Scholarship / Fellowship / Academic or Extracurricular Honors  Professional Experience - Organization/ Location / Date / Achievements (Reverse Chronological vs. Functional)  Skills - Computer Skills / Language Skills
  3. 3. 10 GOOD QUESTIONS1/ Should I include picture in my Résumé?2/ Should I include personal information in my Résumé?3/ How long should my résumé be?4/ Should I include Career Objective ?5/ Should I place Experience before Education? Or vice versa?6/ Should I use Reverse-Chronological or Functional format?7/ Bullet points or paragraphs?8/ Should I use the same résumé for various positions?9/ What should I include in my Personal Interests section?10/ “Reference upon request”?
  4. 4. BUT….. “Recruiters “But my don’t care that résumé is much about good résumé enough!” presentation!”
  5. 5. NUMBER TALKS…. 200 – 500 = # Résumé received for each premium position 5 – 10 hours = Length of time spent writing each résumé 10 seconds = Length of time a recruiter scans a résumé DO YOU STILL WANT A “GOOD ENOUGH” RÉSUMÉ?
  6. 6. THE PREMIUM RÉSUMÉ Definition: “A premium résumé is a powerful personal marketing document that reflects an individual’s achievements, talents, employment experience, and more to support current career ambitions and objectives.” The characters of a premium résumé: + Immediately catches a reader’s interest + Powerfully showcases the candidate’s valuable skills and qualifications + Properly positions the job seekers for their next career move + Effectively gives the candidate an edge over the competition = Get That Interview!!!
  7. 7. SIRINOVA’S 5-5-5 PLAYBOOK RÉSUMÉ STRATEGIES RÉSUMÉ WRITING TACTICS RÉSUMÉ FORMAT STEPS
  8. 8. 5 RÉSUMÉ STRATEGIES 1/ Start with a STRONG foundation - Lay everything on the table, and then pick and choose 2/ Write to the FUTURE you - Structure your résumé for the position you’re applying for 3/ Focus on “TRANSFERRABLE”, but NEVER use the word - Are the skills you learned in the past still applicable to your new position? 4/ What is the RIGHT length for your résumé? - One page / Two pages? / Three pages? 5/ Use POWERFUL Career Summary and Core Competencies sections - Include those sections almost all the time
  9. 9. 5 RÉSUMÉ WRITING TACTICS 1/ Write with POWERS - Stay away from “responsible for”, “duties include”, etc. 2/ Put RELEVANT information front and center - Functional vs. Chronological structures 3/ SELL your numbers and SHOWCASE your success - Present your experience under the Success spotlight 4/ CONSOLIDATE, CONSOLIDATE & CONSOLIDATE - Keep consolidating until you achieved the desired length 5/ Use POWER Words - Initiate, manage, restructure, renovate, negotiate, etc.
  10. 10. 5 RÉSUMÉ FORMAT STEPS 1/ Make your résumé INVITING to read - Allow white spaces, short paragraphs, use bullet points, etc. 2/ Chose an EASY-TO-READ fonts and sizes - Garamond / Verdana / Georgia + Size 12 3/ Set APPROPRIATE margins - Use margins between 0.75 – 1 inch 4/ Use BULLET POINTS & SHORT PARAGRAPH - Short paragraph outlining responsibility; bullet points highlight achievements 5/ BORDERS and SHADINGS - Use borders and shadings to separate one section from another -> separate yourself from the crowd.
  11. 11. Personal InfoTaking up 4 precious lines • Boring verbs Exp • Needs more quantifying • Not obviousSkills • Not too transferable • Lack focusResults • Not impact-orientedEducation & HonorsCan be combined to save spacesfor Career SummaryCertificatesShould be on top for more impact
  12. 12. Personal InfoSave up 2 lines • Save time for recruiters ES • Immediately catch attention • Effectively showcase your CC strengths and expertise Education Put in front-view professional licenses and education achievement. • Strong verbs Exp • Numbers incorporated • Transferrable Skills • Technical & Soft skills • Result-orientedResults • Focus on impact
  13. 13. Personal InfoSave up 2 lines • Save time for recruiters ES • Immediately catch attention • Effectively showcase your CC strengths and expertise Education Put in front-view professional licenses and education achievement. • Strong verbs Exp • Numbers incorporated • Transferrable Skills • Technical & Soft skills • Result-orientedResults • Focus on impact

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