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Job Search and Resumes

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Derric Ludens

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Job Search
and
Resumes

Nobody owes you a job
You have to fight to get a job
You have to fight to keep a job
You may quit anytime you desire
Your employers may fire you anytime they desire
You have to work hard to make yourself stand out during the job search and in the workplace
Employment Rules
Tough Job Market
Recessionary economy
Current Challenges
"On average, workers between the ages of eighteen and thirty-eight in the United States will have TEN different employers; the median job tenure of wage earners and salaried workers with the current employer is 4.4 years" (407)
Knowing Yourself
Knowing the Job Market
Knowing the Employment Process
The Job-Search Process
What is a Customized Resume and Why is it Important?
Customized Resume: The Basics
Chronological Resume
Resume Styles
Functional Resume
Pros:
Favored by Recruiters
Those who have work experience and career growth

Cons:
Numerous jobs over a short period
Gaps in employment history
Does not favor the less experienced (i.e. recent college graduates)
Pros:
Focuses on candidate's skills (not employment)



Cons:
Often not an option
Assumes little work experience
Resume Length?
One Page: 52% of executives prefer

Two Pages: 44% of executives prefer

Three Pages: Good for executive positions
How Long Should a Resume be?
Consider your own experience

Consider the position
Customized Resumes: Advanced
Preparation
Research the Job Market
Use the Web, Newspapers, and Other Resources to learn about jobs, qualifications, and employers
This information will help you tailor your resume and cover letter

Analyze Your Strengths
How do your strengths fit into what you've researched?

Study other Resumes and Cover Letters
Parts of the Resume and Arrangement
Career Objective
Summary of Qualifications
Education
Work Experience
(Optional)
Requirements:
Be specific about the type of job you are seeking
Focus on Employer's needs (Don't be self-serving)
Don't downplay your talents
Be concise! No more than THREE lines
Examples
Weak Objective: "A challenging position in the accounting field with opportunity for growth."



Improved Objective: "An auditor position in an internal corporate accounting department where my accounting skills, computer experience, knowledge of GAAP, and attention to detail will help the company run efficiently and ensure that its records are kept accurately."
Example #2
"To obtain a meaningful and rewarding position that enables me to learn more about the graphic design field and allows for advancement."
Three to Eight bulleted statements that prove you are the ideal candidate for the job

Mention experience, education, unique skills, awards, certifications, and other accomplishes you want to highlight

Include numbers whenever possible

Target qualifications the employer is seeking
Knowing Yourself
Analyzing Likes and Dislikes (p. 406)
Evaluating Qualifications (p. 406)
Recognizing Trends
Choosing a Career Path
CareerBuilder
Monster
College Grad
Career Journal
Visit with your professors

Visit with Student Life

Visit Departmental Websites
Experience/Propping Open the Door
Summer Job*
Internship*
Part-Time Job*
Volunteer with NonProfit*
Join Professional Organizations in Your Field*
*GREAT FOR RESUMES!
Web Searching
Additional Web Sites
Company Web Sites
Professional Organization Web Sites
JobCentral National Labor Exchange
Local Employment Web Sites
Social Media Sites
Safe Hunting
Use Reputable Sites
Be Selective
Use a Dedicated Email Address
Limit Personal Information (SSN, Home Address, Home Phone)
Post Privately
Renew Posting Every 14 Days: Pull After 45 Days
Keep Careful Records
DO NOT Post References
DO NOT Respond to a "Blind" Job Posting
Bob the Resume Creeper
Searching the Web
Traditional Searching
Check Classified Ads (Local and National)
Professional Organization Publications and Announcements
Contact Companies to let them know you are interested (be prepared)
Campus and Public Job Fairs
Ask for Advice
Develop Contacts
Resume Parts
Main Heading

Career Objective (Optional)

Summary of Qualifications

Education

Work Experience

Activities and Honors

Additional Skills
(FIVE SECONDS)
Relevant Work Experience is very important
Employer's name, city, and state
Dates of Employment (month and year); Arrange most recent to oldest
Most important job title
Significant duties, activities, accomplishments, and promotions
Examples
Loan Support Specialist
Community First Bank, Boscobel, Wisconsin, May 2010-September 2011
Prepared loan documents for consumer, residential, mortgage, agricultural, and commercial loans
Ensured compliance with federal, state, and bank regulations
Originated correspondence (oral and written) with consumers and insurance agencies
Ordered and interpreted appraisals, titles, and credit reports
Created and maintained paper and electronic files for customers

Customer Sales Representative

etc....
Experience
Name and Location of Schools
Dates of Attendance
Major Fields of Study
Degrees Received
GPA (Very Important; Recording only Major GPA?)
Courses?
Certificates, Seminars, Workshops
Example
Orange Coast College
, Costa Mesa, CA
Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration, June 2010
GPA in Major 3.6 (4.0=A)
EDUCATION
Main Heading
Objective
Qualifications
Experience
Education
Capabilities
and Skills
Awards, Honors,
Activities
Capabilities and Skills
Great for Functional Resumes
Technology Skills
Organizational and Management Skills
Etc.
Examples (p. 425)
Helped conceptualize, organize, and conduct highly effective campus campaign to register student voters
Scheduled events and arranged weekend student retreat for Marketing Club
Trained and supervised two counter employees at Pizza Planet
ORGANIZATIONAL
AND
MANAGEMENT
SKILLS
Awards, Honors, & Activities
If you have at least three awards or honors highlight them in a separate category
Include awards, scholarships, fellowships, dean's list, honors, recognitions, commendations, and certificates
Examples
Activities
and Awards
Placed first in state BPA Administrative Assistant competition
Nominated for SWTC Ambassador Award (recognizes outstanding students for excellence in and out of the classroom)
Dean's list, three semesters
Elected to Alpha Beta Sigma
Main Heading
Name
Address
Phone Number
Professional Email Address
Elements
Example
Bryanna A. Engstrom
1103 Cedar Road
Boscobel, WI 53805
Home: (605)-375-1926 Cell: (608)-778-5195 Email: toosexy4you@hotmail.com
Ethical Resume Writing
Ethical Resume (Cont.)
Do Not....
Inflate, grades, or honors
Enhance job titles
Puff-up accomplishments
Alter employment dates
Insert hidden keywords
Final Resume Check
Check for the following:
Any basis for discrimination (age, marital status, gender, national origin, religion, race, disability, etc.)
A photograph
Reasons for leaving previous jobs
The word "Resume"
Social Security Number
Salary history or requirement
High school information
References
Full addresses of schools or employers
The pronoun "I"
Print on High Quality Paper
Parts of the Resume and Arrangement
Career Objective
Summary of Qualifications
Education
Work Experience
(Optional)
Requirements:
Be specific about the type of job you are seeking
Focus on Employer's needs (Don't be self-serving)
Don't downplay your talents
Be concise! No more than THREE lines
Examples
Weak Objective: "A challenging position in the accounting field with opportunity for growth."



Improved Objective: "An auditor position in an internal corporate accounting department where my accounting skills, computer experience, knowledge of GAAP, and attention to detail will help the company run efficiently and ensure that its records are kept accurately."
Example #2
"To obtain a meaningful and rewarding position that enables me to learn more about the graphic design field and allows for advancement."
Three to Eight bulleted statements that prove you are the ideal candidate for the job

Mention experience, education, unique skills, awards, certifications, and other accomplishes you want to highlight

Include numbers whenever possible

Target qualifications the employer is seeking
(FIVE SECONDS)
Relevant Work Experience is very important
Employer's name, city, and state
Dates of Employment (month and year); Arrange most recent to oldest
Most important job title
Significant duties, activities, accomplishments, and promotions
Examples
Loan Support Specialist
Community First Bank, Boscobel, Wisconsin, May 2010-September 2011
Prepared loan documents for consumer, residential, mortgage, agricultural, and commercial loans
Ensured compliance with federal, state, and bank regulations
Originated correspondence (oral and written) with consumers and insurance agencies
Ordered and interpreted appraisals, titles, and credit reports
Created and maintained paper and electronic files for customers

Customer Sales Representative

etc....
Experience
Name and Location of Schools
Dates of Attendance
Major Fields of Study
Degrees Received
GPA (Very Important; Recording only Major GPA?)
Courses?
Certificates, Seminars, Workshops
Example
Orange Coast College
, Costa Mesa, CA
Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration, June 2010
GPA in Major 3.6 (4.0=A)
EDUCATION
Main Heading
Objective
Qualifications
Experience
Education
Capabilities
and Skills
Awards, Honors,
Activities
Capabilities and Skills
Great for Functional Resumes
Technology Skills
Organizational and Management Skills
Etc.
Examples (p. 425)
Helped conceptualize, organize, and conduct highly effective campus campaign to register student voters
Scheduled events and arranged weekend student retreat for Marketing Club
Trained and supervised two counter employees at Pizza Planet
ORGANIZATIONAL
AND
MANAGEMENT
SKILLS
Awards, Honors, & Activities
If you have at least three awards or honors highlight them in a separate category
Include awards, scholarships, fellowships, dean's list, honors, recognitions, commendations, and certificates
Examples
Activities
and Awards
Placed first in state BPA Administrative Assistant competition
Nominated for SWTC Ambassador Award (recognizes outstanding students for excellence in and out of the classroom)
Dean's list, three semesters
Elected to Alpha Beta Sigma
Main Heading
Name
Address
Phone Number
Professional Email Address
Elements
Example
Bryanna A. Engstrom
1103 Cedar Road
Boscobel, WI 53805
Home: (605)-375-1926 Cell: (608)-778-5195 Email: toosexy4you@hotmail.com
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