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Job hunting success begins with building a great resume.The Building Blocks of a Better Résumé
Your résumé is one of the most important parts of your personalized job search campaign. Your résumé should say who you are, what you do and what you are good at!
You have approximately 30 seconds to capture the interest of the résumé reader. If you don’t succeed, your beloved résumé will take a nose dive right into the trash can! If you don't want your resume to end up here, read this page!
Your résumé must be well organized, easy to read, straightforward and concise. Above all, it must accurately portray your skills and accomplishments and how that experience relates to your future success with a prospective employer. There are far too many poorly written résumés that are full of pompous and verbose language that only succeeds in putting the résumé reader to sleep!
There has been much debate over the résumé length. I recommend a one page résumé if you have 10 years or less experience. If you have 10+ years of working experience, your résumé should be 2 – 4 pages long, depending on your particular achievements and background.
What is a "great" résumé?
A great résumé is one that sticks to the facts and carries itself by using accurate content, complete with specific dates, titles and specific accomplishments. A reverse chronological résumé is the easiest to understand, with no room for doubt, as to where and when you held various positions throughout your career. Another important factor is the appearance and lay out of your résumé. It should be visually pleasing and relatively easy to read. This is accomplished through the use of wide margins, bolded headings and bullets which help guide the reader through the résumé in a logical and relatively painless manner.  See an example résumé here...
Simple Résumé Format – Simple is Best - This is not Rocket Science!
Objective: Objectives are optional. Be aware that an objective can knock you out of consideration if the job you are applying for doesn’t fit your objective. If you know the exact position you are applying for then you can tailor the objective to directly fit the position. If you are targeting several different positions, you can have several versions of your résumé, with objectives that match the position you are targeting.
Summary: This can also be called Profile, Career Summary, Summary of qualifications, etc. This is the most important part of your résumé – This is your opening statement where you tell who you are, what you do and what you are good at! This should be a short paragraph that highlights your experience and emphasizes your strengths and character traits.
Accomplishments: Choose 3-5 major accomplishments and highlight them as bulleted items. Show action and results and how you made a positive impact on your employer. Be sure to give numbers or percentages to show how you helped grow sales or revenues.
Experience or Employment History:
Reverse chronological order is best. Give specific dates( month and year) and location. Be sure you list all of the various positions you have held within one company complete with dates and locations. Your work experience should emphasize your accomplishments rather than simply stating your responsibilities. You can highlight your strengths by selecting and expanding upon specific achievements that reflect your creativity, tenaciousness, problem solving and management skills. Always use action oriented language to drive home your point. Action verbs add excitement and energy to your résumé. Here are a few examples….. Designed, Directed, Negotiated, Organized, Visualized, Collaborated, Advised, Mentored, Supervised, Presented, Analyzed, Created, etc.
Specialized Skills: List your specialized skills, e.g., computer hardware/software, operating systems, programming languages, methodologies, equipment used, regions worked, etc. This could also be categorized as technical skills or technical competencies. Industry certifications can be included here or in a separate category depending on how many you have and the relevancy to your work.
Education: Education should be listed on the last page unless the position you are applying for requires certain academic credentials or if you have recently graduated.
List your degrees starting with the most recent one first. You may also list your non credit coursework or training programs.
Professional Affiliations: List your industry affiliations and positions you have held, as well as organizations you are involved with outside of your profession. Also include any honors or awards you have received. Awards can also be included under accomplishments.
Patents, Presentations, Publications: Patents, industry presentations and publications can be listed as a separate page or an addendum to your résumé.
Hobbies and Interests: Employers like to know that you have outside interests. This means you are a well rounded person who enjoys activities outside of work. Feel free to list your hobbies, unless you happen to have one that is dangerous or non conventional.
References: Please state that References Are Available Upon Request at the end of your résumé. Do not list references on your résumé! It is not appropriate to give out names and contact information of your references before you have interviewed. References are most typically checked later in the process.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Résumé Writing
Don’t Don’t write in the First Person. Avoid using the pronoun, “I” when listing your accomplishments. The résumé reader knows whose résumé they are reading.
Don’t Don’t write in complete sentences. You are not writing a novel.
Don’t Don’t use an objective unless you are applying for a specific position.
Don’t Don’t list your marital status, number of dependents or religious affiliation.
Don’t Don’t lie about anything on a résumé. Never claim you have a degree if you don’t have one. Many companies perform criminal background checks, drug tests and verify university degrees.
Do Do accentuate the positive, show how you helped your employer make money, save money and improve the work flow.
Do Do quantify results with numbers and percentages.
Do Do use action verbs to create excitement in your résumé. Try to relay who you are and where you are coming from.
Do Do use descriptive language to best characterize your own personal style.
Do Do target your résumé to a specific opportunity. You may need several different versions of your résumé.
Do Suggested Reading:
The Wall Street Journal’s National Business Weekly: Résumés, 2nd Addition.
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