EMPLOYMENT = FORMING A RELATIONSHIP • Relationships are formed through self disclosure. • Self disclosure involves meeting some expectations. • Self disclosure always involves risk.
RESUMES ARE A FORM OF FLIRTING • Self disclose the right information and you’ll gain their interest. • Self-disclose the wrong information and you don’t stand a chance. • Self disclosure is not just what you say but HOW YOU SAY IT.
LIKE SPINACH IN THE TEETH:UNSUCCESSFUL FLIRTING • Disclosing that you have a college degree and then having spelling and grammatical errors. • Disclosing that you are organized, but your resume has no logical flow. • Not disclosing a specific resume objective that relates to the organization. • Not using appropriate words or phrases that are associated with the position. • Not using an professional email address.
IT’S LOVE! SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • Before you write, PREPARE yourself • Do a personal inventory of your strengths and weaknesses • What sets you apart? • Assets and talents • Experience • Background • Interests • What could disqualify you?
IT’S LOVE! SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • Before you write, PREPARE for the position. • What exactly are they looking for? • Training • Experience • Personal skills • What vocabulary is related to the field? • Buzz-words • Persons • Theories
IT’S LOVE! SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • Objective: • Make it specific • Make it impressive • Make it clear • Be career and not job oriented
IT’S LOVE! SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • Your educational record is most important for your first position. • Reverse chronological order • Begin with your college degree, not high school • Only include GPA if it is impressive • If you are short on work experience, include titles of courses that relate to the position.
IT’S LOVE! SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • Work experiences • Make them relevant to the position. • Make them unique so they can set you apart from the crowd. • Leadership • Professional Organizations • Community Service
Slide 10 IT’S LOVE: SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • Studies of factors that create favorable impressions • Job-related work experiences 88% • Leadership roles in student organizations 86% • Paid , job related experiences 79% • Member of pre-professional organizations 73%
IT’S LOVE! SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • Mechanics of Resumes • Make your resume easy to review. • White space • Different fonts • ONE PAGE (unless you have extensive experience in the field.) • Use many eyes to review • Terms and labels are critical in scannable resumes. • There is no simple formula for creating resumes.
IT’S LOVE! SUCCESSFUL RESUME FLIRTING • The Cover Letter • Design and target letters to specific positions and organizations • To a specific person • Brief (Letter will become talking points for the interview.) • Explain WHY you are interested. • Avoid beginning the first paragraph with “I” • Do not repeat your resume. • Communicate enthusiasm • NO ERRORS!!!
FAILED FLIRTING? KEEP WORKING! • Revise your resume for every job you apply for. • Collect insider information if possible. • Always follow up with a thank you note that is hand written.