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The Powerful Resume Workshop
“IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GET THERE?”
A resume is defined as a “recapitulation or a summary
In the business world, a resume is a document that is scanned, not read, and is used to either create interest or screen outcandidates
The purpose of a resume is to get an interview
Pinpoint Your Goal
Before you begin, ask yourself these questions:
The most effective way to begin targeting your resume is to search openings that appeal to you on job boards, internal company postings, and newspaper classifieds.
Match Yourself to the Job
Companies that employ scanners require a set number of hits on keywords before the hiring manager will personally review a resume. For that reason, it is always wise to incorporate as many keywords as possible into your resume.
When your resume is reviewed, it must be appealing, while accurately reflecting your industry or career goal. If it’s not — no matter how brilliantly it is written — it will likely be added to the rejection stack.
To ensure that your resume receives the attention it deserves, it’s important to adhere to certain formatting guidelines, which address:
Effective Use of White Space
What is a Qualifications Summary?
What is a Skill Set?
It's a list of your core competencies, as they relate to your career goal.
There is nothing on your resume more important than your Accomplishments. Why?
Think of it this way: you’re a hiring manager with one position to fill and 10 qualified candidates. Each candidate has the same basic educational and professional background. So, who gets the job?
What is a Quantified Accomplishment?
A quantified Accomplishment should include dollar figures, percentages, and time periods.
For example: An accountant has streamlined procedures, realizing a $2,500 monthly savings for his company. A dollar figure quantifies the accomplishment, while noting "streamlined procedures" explains how he did it. If he achieved those savings within three months of hire, it might be written this way:
Special Skills should be presented up front so that a hiring manager knows what you can do. In some instances, a special section (i.e. Computer Skills, Languages, Office Procedures, etc.) should be created to showcase these Special Skills.
Special Skills include:
The Impact of Experience
Include all specialized training that is transferable to your new job target. If you have not attended college, definitely include all specialized training in your target field. Hiring managers generally prefer to see some post-secondary education.
Part One: The Basics
It’s wise to put your name on each page of your scannable resume. Why?
If one of the pages gets separated, it will be nearly impossible to know where it might belong. It’s best to avoid this situation by putting your name at the top of each page, along with a page number.
Since scanning equipment may differ from company to company, it’s best to err on the conservative side when choosing fonts. Avoid all "designer" fonts and stick with classics like Arial or Times New Roman. Other good choices are Garamond, Bookman, Courier New, and Century Schoolbook.
Don’t make the software work extra hard to read all the characters in your resume, as this may lead to mistakes and missed keywords. It’s best to use a font size between 9 and 12.
Unlike resumes being read by a human audience, scannable resumes must be easy to read by computer software. Stick to basics and avoid formatting headaches. Your best choice is to:
Part Two: Keywords
Working Keywords In
Target Your Resume
Make It Stand Out
Shift Your Priorities
The Importance of Keeping Your Resume Updated
Power Verb List
Your resume should catch the attention of the employer within the first 20 seconds or you may lose that opportunity
Showcase your competencies and quantifiable accomplishments
The Art of the Cover Letter
Rule #1: Keep Up Appearances
Rule #2: Target Your Audience
Rule #3: Craft a Strong Opening Statement
Rule #4: Showcase Your Accomplishments
Rule #5: Create a Proactive Closing
Types of Cover Letters
Cover Letters Sent to a Specific Person
Cover Letters Sent in Response to a "Blind" Posting
Cover Letters Sent to Recruiters
The competition for a professional position can be fierce and the candidate who lands the interview has the most impressive professional resume and professional cover letter.
You need a well-crafted document that communicates the qualities companies look for: experience, leadership ability, and character.
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