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Creating a Valuable Resume. Stephanie H. Drake, MBA Executive Director, ASHHRA. Objectives. How to create an well-organized resume Writing an professional cover letter Figuring out what you what next. The Resume. Is a snap shot of your career

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creating a valuable resume

Creating a Valuable Resume

Stephanie H. Drake, MBA

Executive Director, ASHHRA

objectives
Objectives
  • How to create an well-organized resume
  • Writing an professional cover letter
  • Figuring out what you what next
the resume
The Resume
  • Is a snap shot of your career
  • One or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience
writing your resume
Writing YOUR Resume
  • 5 parts:
    • Objective
    • Executive Summary or Selected Achievements
    • Work Experience
    • Education
    • Skills and Accomplishments
the objective or summary
The Objective or Summary
  • An objective tells potential employers the sort of work you\'re hoping to do
executive summary
Executive Summary
  • Or sometimes called Selected Achievements
  • This is a opportunity to put together 4-6 bullets that taut your greatest accomplishments
be specific
Be Specific
  • In today’s market many healthcare organizations have applicant tracking systems that scan resumes looking for key words related to the position you are applying to
work experience
Work Experience
  • Briefly give an overview of work that has taught you skills
  • Include your work experience in reverse chronological
  • Include:
    • Title of position,
    • Name of organization
    • Location of work (town, state)
    • Dates of employment
action words
Action Words

achieved

acquired

administered

analyzed

coordinated

created

cultivated

designed

devised

edited

enforced

established

forecasted

founded

launched

negotiated

originated

oversaw

performed

produced

reorganized

trained

education
Education
  • Your most recent educational information is listed first
  • Include your degree (A.S., B.S., M.A., MBA, etc.), major, institution attended, minor/concentration
  • Mention academic honors
memberships certifications and awards
Memberships, Certifications and Awards

You may want to add:

  • Key or special skills or competencies
  • Experience in volunteer organizations
  • Certifications or awards received
resume checkup
Resume Checkup
  • Run a spell check on your computer before anyone sees your resume
  • Get a friend to do a grammar review
  • Ask a mentor to proofread and review
resume design
Resume Design
  • Use a font size of 10 to 12 points
  • Use non-decorative typefaces
  • Choose one typeface and stick to it
  • Do not use horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, or shading
common mistakes
Common Mistakes
  • Mis-spelled words
  • Not touting accomplishments
  • Vague information about your role
references
References
  • Ask people if they are willing to serve as references before you give their names to a potential employer
  • Do not include your reference information on your resume
the cover letter
The Cover Letter
  • This is your opportunity for the employer to see your writing skills and see a snap shot of you
what s in a cover letter
What’s in a Cover Letter?
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Content
  • Format
format of a cover letter
Format of a Cover Letter
  • 1st Paragraph (2 or 3 sentences)
    • job applying for
    • personal contacts with the company 
  • Body (2-3 paragraphs)
    • Qualifications relative to the position
  • Conclusion (1 paragraph)
    • State your earnest interest
    • Request an interview
gatekeepers
Gatekeepers
  • Unexplained gaps in dates could indicate that the applicant is hiding something
  • Degrees listed from unfamiliar colleges or universities could mean no degree at all
  • Lack of preciseness or vagueness in past job responsibilities could indicate a false job listing
what to do next
What to do next?
  • Where should you look?
  • Should you post your resume externally
  • How to apply to the job?
  • Should you follow up?
  • Is networking important?
your next career move
Your Next Career Move
  • Talk with individuals in roles that interest you
  • Really try to do some soul searching about what would make you excited
key areas to post your resume
Key Areas to Post Your Resume
  • Linked In
  • Company Job Postings
  • Professional Society Job Boards
top 10 qualities employers seek
Top 10 Qualities Employers Seek
  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Technical Skills
  • Honesty/integrity
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
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