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Creative Résumé Techniques for Marketing Your Skills. Debbie Lashbaugh, CPRW. Think of a résumé as your Photo - Snapshot Present Your Best Image “ Keep everything in focus”. The Résumé package includes a résumé, cover letter, reference sheet and corresponding envelope. Plan your Résumé Layout.
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Debbie Lashbaugh, CPRW
May raise questions about gaps in employment
Not open for a job change
Makes when you did something more important that what you did
Easiest type of résumé to do because you use reverse order of employment history, starting with present or your last employer
Most familiar to employers
This style not as familiar to the employer and they may be suspicious, thinking you are hiding something
May take more time to create because you need the employer “buzz” words and then do self-assessment to prove that you have the job qualifications
Highlights skills, abilities and accomplishments - notemployer or job duties
Can combine employers job requirement with your skills and abilities
Hides employment gaps
The employer can see how you would “fit” their opening
Combines skills and abilities with work history
Could become too long and not focused on the employers job needs
Tailored to a specific employer for a specific job opening
laser printed original if possible
do not fold or staple
use standard font size
avoid parentheses and brackets
don’t condense spacing
use boldface and/or all capital letters for section headings, unless letters touch each other
place name at top of the page on it’s own line
list each phone number on it’s own line
usually need to use nouns as key words e.g. Spanish, marketing, writerScannable Résumé
This type of résumé is written to be read by an electronic scanner. It will not look like a résumé written to be read by a Human Resource Manager.
Are there any other “implied” characteristics?
Example - self-starter
Skills that you have and how you acquired these skills.
What were your major accomplishments…not just your previous job duties.Make a ‘Key Words’ list.
Combine both your skills and the employer’s job skills requirements in your resume.
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