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Resume Building Strategies

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Transcript of Resume Building Strategies

Resume Strategies
that Work!

Gather Information
Work History
Transcripts
Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates
Current/Valid Licenses
Volunteer Information
Reference Contacts
Letters of Recommendation
Job Post
Draft your Resume
Header
Branding/Summary
Qualifications/Highlights/Skills & Abilities
Employment History/Experience
Education/Training


References should be on a different page
Header
1234 Circle Square Road, Apartment D
Anyplace, WA
(360) 555-1212 or 360.555.1212
6kids5pets@teaparty.com
John Doe
Branding Statement
2 or 3 of your most desirable skills - as they relate to the position that you are seeking
The title of the position and the company name
Qualifications
Also known as
Highlights
Skills & Abilities
Promote yourself with power verbs (Google)

Use the skills that the employer needs (Job post)

Soft skills (Teamwork, life learner, leadership)

Training (MS Excel, QuickBooks, hydraulics, brakes, medical terminology, phlebotomy)
Strategy Hints
Employment History
Your Title Company From Mon. Year to Mon. Year
Volunteer City, ST
Duties as they relate to the position you are seeking
Strategies
Visit onetonline.org to get a list of relevant duties for previous positions
Mon. Year to Your Title Company
Mon. Year City, ST
Duties as they relate to the position you are seeking
OR
Company Mon. Year to Mon. Year Your Title
City, ST
Dutites as they relate to the position that you are seeking
OR
Strategies
Avoid sending your resume to sources you haven't researched. Resume banks or postings with un-named companies could be phishing scams.
Education
Lower Columbia College Degree Title Graduation Year
City, ST Field Credits

OR

Degree Title Lower Columbia College Graduation Year
Field City, ST Credits
Relevant Courses (if appropriate):
Example: Detail oriented and accurate Lower Columbia College accounting student with proficiency in QuickBooks and Microsoft Office Suite programs, seeking Bookkeeping position at "Company Name"
Example: High performing Certified Medical Assistant with lab experience including blood draws, comforting extreme nerves, and assuring confidentiality, seeking Medical Assistant position with PeaceHealth.
Example: Experienced and safety oriented Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), and arc welder with precise attention to detail seeking Welding position with JH Kelly.
Example: Problem solver with listening skills, strong mechanical aptitude, ASE Certification, and an Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology seeking Auto Technician position with Dick Hanna Toyota
Do
Target your resume
Promote your best self
Use a standard font
Same verb tense throughout
Balance your content
Have 3 people edit resume
Use resume paper
Research the company
Don't
Use "I" statements or pronouns
Share unnecessary information
Limit pages of "relevant" info
Fold your documents
Copy copies
Write "See resume" on applications
Promote yourself with Power Verbs
Cashier:
Scan, enter or key codes, and total orders. Perform price overrides to honor competitor pricing. Process payment by cash, check, debit/credit card, and give accurate change. Check identification.
Mechanic:
Assure safety policy and procedures are followed at all times. Diagnose and troubleshoot engine problems. Perform tests to assure that diagnosis is correct. Document how the problem was fixed.
Class Choice:

You Led a Project


If you were in charge of a project or initiative from start to finish, skip “led” and instead try:
Chaired
Controlled
Coordinated
Executed
Headed
Operated
Orchestrated
Organized
Oversaw
Planned
Produced
Programmed
You Envisioned and
Brought to Life a Project

And if you actually developed, created, or introduced that project into your company? Try:
Administered
Built
Charted
Created
Designed
Developed
Devised
Founded
Engineered
Established
Formalized
Formed
Formulated
Implemented
Incorporated
Initiated
Instituted
Introduced
Launched
Pioneered
Spearheaded
You Saved the Company
Time or Money

Hiring managers love candidates who’ve helped a team operate more efficiently or cost-effectively. To show just how much you saved, try:
Conserved
Consolidated
Decreased
Deducted
Diagnosed
Lessened
Reconciled
Reduced
Yielded
You Increased Efficiency, Sales, Revenue, or Customer Satisfaction

Along similar lines, if you can show that your work boosted the company’s numbers in some way, you’re bound to impress. In these cases, consider:
Accelerated
Achieved
Advanced
Amplified
Boosted
Capitalized
Delivered
Enhanced
Expanded
Expedited
Furthered
Gained
Generated
Improved
Lifted
Maximized
Outpaced
Stimulated
Sustained
You Changed or
Improved Something

So, you brought your department’s invoicing system out of the Stone Age and onto the interwebs? Talk about the amazing changes you made at your office with these words:
Centralized
Clarified
Converted
Customized
Influenced
Integrated
Merged
Modified
Overhauled
Redesigned
Refined
Refocused
Rehabilitated
Remodeled
Reorganized
Replaced
Restructured
Revamped
Revitalized
Simplified
Standardized
Streamlined
Strengthened
Updated
Upgraded
Transformed
You Managed a Team

Instead of reciting your management duties, like “Led a team…” or “Managed employees…” show what an inspirational leader you were, with terms like:
Aligned
Cultivated
Directed
Enabled
Facilitated
Fostered
Guided
Hired
Inspired
Mentored
Mobilized
Motivated
Recruited
Regulated
Shaped
Supervised
Taught
Trained
Unified
United
You Supported Customers


Because manning the phones or answering questions really means you’re advising customers and meeting their needs, use:
Advised
Advocated
Arbitrated
Briefed
Campaigned
Coached
Consulted
Conveyed
Convinced
Corresponded
Counseled
Educated
Fielded
Informed
Navigated
Persuaded
Promoted
Resolved
Reviewed
Avoid bias builders
60 Seconds of YOU!
Applications - Online and Paper
Be Your Own Boss
Career Planning
Checkered Past
Communication at Work
Current Employment Trends
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Interview Success & Mock Interviews at WorkSource
Networking
Portfolio Power
Positive Self-Talk
Ready, Set, Graduate!
Soft Sklls
Volunteer!
Working with Difficult People
Other Workshops Offered:
One on one sessions available
Career Counseling and
Employment Services
360.442.2330
careerhlp@lowercolumbia.edu
http://lowercolumbia.edu/careerservices
We are open to the public free of charge!
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