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Resumes That Work. What, Where (to start), How, Why’s to Writing Winning Resumes. Getting Started. PPP – Prior Proper Planning Brand yourself for Competitive Distinction Resume is your Marketing Tool Determine your Job Search Objective Purpose of a Resume – Land an Interview, Not a JOB!.

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Resumes That Work

What, Where (to start), How, Why’s to Writing Winning Resumes


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Getting Started

  • PPP – Prior Proper Planning

  • Brand yourself for Competitive Distinction

  • Resume is your Marketing Tool

  • Determine your Job Search Objective

  • Purpose of a Resume – Land an Interview, Not a JOB!


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How to…The Specific Resume

  • Write a “Master” Resume, then Duplicate & Tailor it to the job you want.

  • Study the Job Posting for Key Words

  • Visit the company website for relevant keywords

  • Strategically combine Action Words and Keywords


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Organization: Function vs. Chronology

Chronological Format

  • Best highlights your Relevant work experience/Education

    Functional Resumes

  • Group skills into categories and briefly list job titles at the bottom

  • Usually reserved for Career Changers, New Graduates.


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Organization: Your Best Stuff First

  • Use a headline to summarize your value

  • Stress accomplishments over mere duties

  • Numbers: Always include #’s, %’s, and $’s to back up achievements

  • Use Action Words often

  • Lead with your strengths

  • Keep it short, sweet and to the point


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Action Words

Achieved Facilitated Trained

Advised Formulated Transformed

Analyzed Identified Utilized

Built Implemented

Conducted Led

Created Managed

Delivered Prepared

Deployed Provided

Developed Planned

Drove Recommended

Established Spearheaded






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Appearance

  • Plain fonts: easy to read and reasonable size; between 10 & 12 pts.

    i.e. Sans Serif, Arial, Verdana

  • Use minimal and purposeful formatting,

    simple bullets

  • Use bolding and italics sparingly

  • Leave white space; Visually appealing

  • Limit to 1-2 pages


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Resume Pet Peeves

  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation

  • Inaccurate or Missing Contact information

  • Inaccurate Dates or None at All

  • Long Resumes and

  • Long Paragraphs

  • Unrelated Personal Information: TMI = DOA

  • Bland Job Details; Too Duty Oriented

  • Unqualified Candidates


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Everyday Success Pointers

  • It’s never too late to think about your future, or to change the direction of your life. Without planning your future, you will not have any!

  • If it is to be, it is up to ME!

  • Each one of us is responsible for the person we become and for the things we do or do not have

  • The great calamity is not to have failed, but to have failed to try.

  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. It overcomes discouragement and gets things done. It is the magic quality, and the remarkable thing is, it’s contagious!

  • Take your job seriously and yourself lightly, you’ll never get out of it alive anyway.

  • What you think about, you bring about, so what are you thinking about?

  • Be cheerful! Of all the things you wear, your expression is most important.


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