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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

Resumes That Work

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

getting started
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!
how to the specific resume
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
organization function vs chronology
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.
organization your best stuff first
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
action words
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

  • 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
resume pet peeves
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
everyday success pointers
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.