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Resumes that Stand Out
Transcript of Resumes that Stand Out
Talk to employers-Product before Pamphlet!
Use the proper style for your career type
Find a killer format!
Content: Target, Above the fold, Personality, Impact, Value
Show it to people who can give you good feedback!
I was responsible for taking care of all the billing reports for the agency
Managed billing reports for 70 staff serving 400 clients per year
I cleaned hotel rooms daily
Followed a 30-point cleaning checklist in a four star hotel with the lowest re-clean request rate of 50 person staff team
Won Bell Canada IFT award
Received Bell Canada’s “Innovation For Tomorrow” award for the development of an online customer feedback system
Uniqueness… Put the “U” in Resume
State your primary skill/specialty areas
List your key personality traits
Tell them who you really are
Point out what really makes you different
Known by my colleagues as….
Puts “meat on the bones”
Allows your voice to be heard
Speak directly to the position and why YOU are the best person for the job!
Cover Letters..do you need one?
Capt. James T. Kirk
USS Enterprise, Rm 0015, Nexus-Veridian III captkirk@gmail,com
Renowned, Action-Oriented Commander
Calculated Risk-Taker Innovative Problem Solver Gregarious Leader
“An independent trailblazer in Starfleet Command”
Commanded Starship Enterprise and 430 person crew over 5 yr mission
Served as Starfleet’s youngest Commander
Spearheaded initiatives leading to Khitomer Accords, restoring peace to the galaxy
Proven ability to lead from the front in combat situations with a refusal to accept no-win scenarios
Superior ability to harness collective team genius toward common goal
Able to work within Federation laws, regulations and mission
Received commendation for original thinking and problem solving as the only cadet ever to win the Kobayashi Maru scenario
Driven>> Charismatic>> Negotiator>> Keen Instincts>> Challenges Status Quo
Palm Leaf of the Axanar Peace Mission, the Grankite Order of Tactics, a Class of Excellence award, the Prantares Ribbon of Commendation, First and Second Class, Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry, the Karagite Order of Heroism,
Explain who you are
Present a career profile and skill highlights
Present supporting evidence, history and experience
Use specific examples
What do you bring to the position; the team; the organization? I should be able
to picture it!
Don’t just list what you did, list HOW you did it and the positive result
Why was the team or work different because you were there?
Provide tangible examples and evidence (#, $, increase, decrease, special recognition, etc)
Value Based… Not experienced based
An answer to a question
Read and respond directly to the job ad
One resume= One job
Be the candidate who wants THIS job rather than A job
Determine what the employer wants and give it to them
(language, culture, etc)
Often people who read resumes are bored, overwhelmed, rushed, disgruntled, busy, distracted…..
How does YOUR resume change that
DEATH BY RESUME
ONE PAGE RULE IS OUT
Video Resumes: You Tube
Eliminate The Static
Avoid complicated language and acronyms
Be creative; don’t use “resume-speak”
Use direct and concise statements
Neat, organized and easy to read
Use a Mix of “Common Language”
"OLD SCHOOL" RESUMES ARE OUT!
OBJECTIVES ARE OUT
Above The Fold
Make An Impression
Areas of Expertise
FORMATTING IS IN (with headline!)
TWO PAGE RULE IS GOING… GOING…
PROFILES ARE IN
“I don’t change, why does my resume? “
Every resume should be two pages..no more, no less.
Resume True or False
Your resume should be a collection of both your skills and personality
You should have one resume that sums up all your experience
Employers will read between the lines to see that you're qualified for the job
Some interesting formats...
1. Your Name
2. Three words that describe you
3. Type of job you're looking for?
Tip: Product before Pamphlet!
You don't want to go back more than 20 years on your resume