Creating a Resume

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Creating a Resume

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Competencies

O Participants will gain knowledge and skills on how to effectively assist job seekers in obtaining and retaining a meaningful job.

O Participants will have knowledge of basic job search skills.

O Participants will have knowledge and skills of how to do research using automation

O Practice Critiquing Resumes

Objectives

O Explain Resume Writing Guidelines and Styles

Resumes

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Format

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Guidelines

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Content

Resume Formats

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Chronological

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Functional

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Combination

Chronological

O Widely Used O Logical Flow / Easy to Read O Shows Skill, Responsibility, & Growth O Shows Promotion & Titles O Demonstrates Company Loyalty

Chronological

O Points Out Employment Gaps O Highlights Frequent Job Changes O Emphasizes Lack of Related Experience O Shows Demotions / Career Set Backs

Functional

O Emphasizes Skills Over Employment O Organizes a Variety of Experience O Disquises Gaps in Work Record or Series of Short Term Jobs

Functional

O Viewed With Suspicion By Employers O De-emphasizes Growth / Job Titles

Combination

O Combines Skills O Highlights Most Relevant Skills O De-emphasizes Less Relevant Jobs O Minimizes Gaps & Unrelated Experience

Combination

O Confusing if Not Well Organized O Requires More Effort & Creativity to Prepare

Targeted Resumes

Advantages O O O O Personalized to Company Shows Research More Impressive Addresses Employer Needs Disadvantages O O O Time Consuming to Prepare Confusing if Not Well Organized Should Revise For Each Employer

Resume Components

O Objective O Summary O Key Skills / Areas of Expertise O Experience / Employment O Education / Training O Volunteer Experience

Objective

An objective statement (in a targeted resume) is a sentence that details the job you are applying for and a company name.

For Example: Seeking a position as an Assistant Chef with Riverfront Restaurant.

Summary

A summary statement provides the business with a snapshot of your qualifications and what makes you the best candidate for the position.

Summary

For Example: A resourceful, results-driven professional with over 7+ years of experience including: project management, sales, marketing support, customer service, and administration. A strong communicator who understands business core values and is adept at building client relationships and providing excellent customer experiences. A life-long learner who has a passion for exploring new aspects of business.

Key Skills / Areas of Expertise Also known as Summary of Qualifications, this section emphasizes the main points of a person’s expertise. It is a condensed glance of skills and accomplishments that directly relate to the position.

Key Skills / Areas of Expertise For Example: O 7+ years successful sales experience O Well organized and thorough in completing project in a timely manner O Establishes excellent relations with customer, building loyal repeat business

Key Skills / Areas of Expertise For Example: • • • Receiving Purchasing Inventory • • • Customer Service Delivery Document Control • • • Management Stock Control Warehousing

Experience / Employment

This section focuses on accomplishments and skills related to the position and company. They should begin with action verbs and can be bullet statements for readability.

Experience / Employment SAR Method

Experience / Employment SAR Method For Example: Created a team of 10 people to review insurance transactions which improved the accuracy of claims by 55%.

Experience / Employment SAR Examples O Produced over 15 fashion shows to showcase merchandise. Arranged for photography and design of all advertising images, boosting sales to $600,000.

O Developed on-line newsletter with staff of three. Newsletters delivered through 3 client interaction.

rd party email software, resulting in 400% increase in

Education / Training

O Include relevant training and classes O List degrees/certificates O Use simple descriptions and bullets

Education / Training

For Example: O B.S. Engineering, Utah State O Electro Magnetics, U.S. Navy

Volunteer Experience

O Only include extracurricular activities that relate to the position O Shows community involvement and locational stability

Cover Letters

“Resumes should show you can do the work required, while cover letters should show you want to do the work required”

Cover Letter Tips

O Targeted O Standard Business Format O Don’t Repeat Resume O Proofread O Examples

References

O O O O O Ask permission to use someone Inform them of the position you are seeking Make sure they all have professional contact information Give them a copy of your resume Do not include on resume unless requested by company

References

O Have several names ready O Want to rotate names O Use both professional and personal O Co-workers, supervisors, vendors or customers, professors, clergy, etc.

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