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Notes on Resume

Resume is the vital ingredient for your success. Below are my notes on the key

  • What is the purpose of resume?
    • Your resume is a career marketing tool, not an autobiography.
    • Focused on your key selling points
    • Every word in the resume should sell your credentials and value to a potential employer.
    • Resume not only speaks to your past accomplishments, but it also acts as a predictor of your future capabilities.
    • Keep them in mind when deciding how much you need to change your resume to make it work for your profile.
  • Branding Statement
    • It is a statement that communicates who you are in the workplace.
      • It reflects your professional reputation
      • Showing an employer that you have goal
    • Using a profile summary or career summary is gradually fading away.
      • Instead, replace it with a branding snapshot or profile snapshot. Write the newsworthy information in short, impactful statements or with as few words as possible so they can get the facts immediately.
    • Personal branding isn’t just about the words you use; it’s also communicated visually through word pictures and images.
    • Example
      • COMMUNITY AFFAIRS MANAGER with 10 years of experience visualizing, developing, and organizing company wide philanthropic events, maintaining connections with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, coordinating diverse employee volunteer opportunities, and creating dynamic external and internal event communications.
        • Why is it successful? It gives a snapshot of your history in the field while providing branding attributes that describe what makes you successful. Also, it gives examples of previous accomplishments that offer insight into how you can help an employer succeed.
      • Career Objectives
        • The first step to creating a high-impact resume is determining what you’re trying to accomplish. With a clearly defined career objective, you can write a resume that conveys the experience, skills and training that best serve your overall professional aspirations.
        • The majority of job seekers may incorporate their career goals into a Qualifications Summary instead.
        • If you are on a steady career track, incorporating your objective into a summary sends the message “this is who I am,” rather than “this is who I’d like to be when I grow up.”
        • Give employers something specific and, more importantly, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own.
          • Career changers and entry-level workers should consider incorporating their objectives into their resumes, because their goals may not be clearly defined by their work history alone.
          • If you’re targeting a particular position, add a formal objective statement and reference the job opening. The hiring manager will see you took time to customize your resume and that the opportunity is important to you.
            • Example: “A challenging entry-level marketing position that allows me to contribute my skills and experience in fund-raising for nonprofits.”
            • For career changers: Accomplished administrator seeking to leverage extensive background in personnel management, recruitment, employee relations and benefits administration in an entry-level human resources position. Extremely motivated for career change goal and eager to contribute to a company’s HR division.
            • Entry-level workers: Dedicated CIS graduate pursuing a help-desk position.
            • When targeting a specific position: Elementary teacher for ABC School District.
          • The second step, focus on how you would benefit the employer, not on how the employer would benefit you.
            • Stay away from resume objectives that state your working preferences, such as “seeking a team-oriented environment that fosters professional development.”
            • Don’t be vague
            • Keep it concise and targeted.
              • Hiring managers often sort through hundreds to thousands of resumes to fill one job opening.
              • Make it easy on them by keeping your objective short and to the point.
                • The best resume objectives contain a desired job title or target
              • Specifics
                • Put the most important information at the top of the first page.
                • With decreasing attention spans, writing tweet-sized resume sentences is a right-on-time strategy.
                • Lack of Specific
                  • Example: “Recruited, hired, trained and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant with $2 million in annual sales”
                    • Both of these phrases could describe the same person, but the details and specifics in example will more likely grab an employer’s attention.
                  • Accomplishments
                    • Definition: how you contributed to your employer, or it’s an achievement that reflects the kind of worker you are. The most convincing accomplishments are measurable.
                    • Employers look for achievers, candidates who go above and beyond their job duties.
                    • Write the newsworthy information in short, impactful statements or with as few words as possible so they can get the facts immediately.
                      • Share a challenge/situation/problem, the action you took to address it, and the result. Write the result by sharing how it positively impacted your employer or client.
                    • Attempting the “One–size–fits–all” approach
                      • Whenever you try to develop a one-size-fits-all resume to send to all employers, you almost always end up with something employers will toss in the recycle bin. Employers want you to write a resume specifically for them. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.
                    • How long should my resume be?
                      • A resume should be long enough to entice hiring managers to call you for job interviews.
                      • It’s not just what you say but how few words you use to say it
                      • Create brief sentences that communicate key accomplishments, your branding statement, and critical information you don’t want the employer to miss.
                      • Use a one-page resume if:
                        • You have less than 10 years of experience.
                        • You’re pursuing a radical career change, and your experience isn’t relevant to your new goal.
                        • You’ve held one or two positions with one employer.
                      • Use a two-page resume if:
                        • You have 10 or more years of experience related to your goal.
                        • Your field requires technical or engineering skills, and you need space to list and prove your technical knowledge.
                        • On the second page, include a page number and your name and contact information.
                      • Visually Attractive
                        • If you want your resume to have a good chance of being read by prospective employers, you must invest time and energy not only in its content, but also in its look
                        • Allow for quickly scan the document, because it makes good use of white space, features clear and consistent section headings and uses bullets to make important items stand out.
                        • General Tips
                          • Stick with two fonts at most
                          • Use white space
                          • One-inch margins
                          • Leave some blank space between various sections of the resume
                          • Avoid underlying
                          • Many resume writers may bold their previous job titles and italicize subheadings within each section of the document.
                          • Bullets make it easier for employers to scan your resume quickly
                          • Be Consistent

 

Exercises

  • Personal Branding Statement Writing
    • Write down your vision. Think about what it is that can help you create the broad umbrella encompassing all of the specific goals your branding statement will incorporate. Examples:
      • Do you want people to communicate better with one another?
      • Do you hope to expand the breadth of our already-expansive technology?
    • Branding statement is all about showing an employer that you have goals
      • What are your career goals?
      • How do you want to make a difference?
      • Write down what you’d like to achieve—along with those skills you possess that can help you attain your goals.
    • Recognize your brand attributes, then apply them to your professional history.
      • To identify your attributes, come up with at least three nouns to describe yourself as a professional.
      • Are you a great communicator, leader, visionary, or organizer? Then drum up three sentences that round out your professional history in relation to those attributes (e.g. I have 15 years of experience leading groups through philanthropic efforts).
    • After completing these goals, you’ll have enough information to create a truly outstanding branding statement that not only gives an employer confidence in your ability to succeed but boosts your own confidence as a top professional.
      • Measure your branding statement success, can it answer
        • Recruiter’s/Hiring Manager’s “Why should I care?” or “What’s in it for me?”
      • Personal Branding Color
        • What is your personal brand color?
        • Accomplishment Exercises
          • Set a timer for five minutes, and start jotting down your accomplishments for your most recent position. Write down any accomplishment, contribution or achievement that comes to mind, even if it seems insignificant. Complete this exercise for each position on your resume. To help jog your memory, here are questions to ask yourself:
            • Did you receive praise, recognition or pats on the back from your supervisor or colleagues? For what (e.g., completing projects ahead of deadline, calming down irate customers, saving money)?
            • Did you receive a promotion, award or commendations from customers/clients?
            • Were you selected for special projects, committees or task forces?
            • Name three accomplishments that make you proud. Did you complete a particularly challenging assignment? Participate in a solution that improved customer service, enhanced efficiency, saved money/time or increased revenues?
            • Are you known throughout your department/company for something?
            • If you quit your job, what would everybody say about your work at your good-bye party?
          • Complete this brainstorming exercise, turn your accomplishments into high-impact statements. Lead with the result, outcome or benefit to your employer
          • Master Editor
            • Write a detailed version of your resume once that includes everything you think is relevant to the opportunity.
            • Then go back and remove everything that is not essential.
            • Once you’ve done that, go back and cut out everything that is not critical.
            • When you write your resume ask yourself:
              • “Is this critical to my story or what I’m trying to convey to the employer?”
              • If it isn’t, take it out of the resume.
            • Save the discarded content in a master file so you have it if you decide later you really do need it.

 


 

Source:

Monster Worldwide:

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez,

Robert Hellmann

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