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Copy of AmeriCorps Resume Workshop
Transcript of Copy of AmeriCorps Resume Workshop
CONSISTENT work experience! 2013 2009 2010 2011 2012 Tips: 0 + - = 9 8 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 c * In your cover letter, you need to address your skills! The first paragraph is your VIRTUAL HANDSHAKE. Do not say “I am applying for this position that I saw on this website.” Use that first paragraph to be impressive and attention grabbing. WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE!?
* Make sure your writing is good as this is their first impression of your writing skills
* Make your closing short and sweet Get their attention You have 5-11 (but usually only 6) seconds to impress someone with your resume. You need to figure out exactly what your potential employer wants to see when they glance at it, and make it stand out through keywords that they will be searching for (tip: pull these words right from their job ad/description or their website). Your resume needs to be clean and error free and the top portion of it needs to grab their attention. Decide whether it is more important to have your education or your experience at the top based on the job you’re applying for. Make sure they can actually read it •Font & spacing is important as a lot of employers will be reading your resume on their smart phones! Margins should be 0.8-1” and font size should be 11. Use a basic font like Times or Ariel. (Resume can be attention grabbing, creative, “Elle Woods” style IF it’s appropriate for the job) TIP: For added room, keep this standard margin and font size, but change spacing between your lines to fit everything on one page.
•PDF format! Naming the PDF doc appropriately is also very important. Focus on what your potential employer is looking for... Your resume needs to match the job. For example, non-profits are looking for your commitment to service and how well you would fit in with their organization. A public sector job will be looking at your SPECIFIC employment history and will focus on your responsibilities and results so you need to be highly detailed on that resume. A private sector job will be looking for big names, high scores, and your achievements. You want that resume to be short and strong and you want to have a good understanding of their organization and the job requirements. -Your resume should either be one or two FULL pages. Never a page and a half. If you are young or right out of college, one page makes more sense. Gaps are a major red flag to employers. Therefore, include jobs that you worked that may have no relevance, but don’t expand on them. (i.e. put your waitressing job on there with the year(s) and location but don’t include any details unless it’s relevant to the job) Everything included in your resume needs to be RELEVENT! So ask yourself these three questions for everything you put on there: So what? Who cares? Why does it matter? More Helpful Tips: Translating AmeriCorps on Your Resume and Cover Letter Chronological over functional... Caitlin Bueller
902 NE 42nd St. Apt #2 Seattle, WA 98105 Caitlin.Bueller@gmail.com; (609) 457-3011 -Format for non-format websites (i.e. government jobs do not allow bold or underlining, so you can use all caps instead). -Create a template resume on your computer with all of your experience. That way you can go to that and pull information from it based on each job you apply to. It will all be right there and you can pull what makes the most sense for that specific job. -Also create a general resume with your most important information/experience to have on hand for fast sending. *Employers are most interested in seeing RESULTS.
Include specific quantifiables if you can. Hybrid resumes are a good way to cluster similar work experiences and still keep your resume somewhat chronological (a good space saver, too!) INTERNSHIPS
-The Pohly Company (January-May 2011)
Company info, job description/responsibilities
-Boston Magazine (May-September 2011)
Company info, job description/responsibilities EXAMPLE: The top of your resume should include your name, current address, ONE professional sounding email address, your best phone number, and possibly your linked in profile if it is professional and up to date. EXAMPLE: Where should I list my education information? If the name of your college is notable or the degree you received is pertinent to the job you’re applying for and will grab attention, put your education at the top of your resume. If not, it can be at the bottom if there is more relevant experience or information that should be closer to the top so it is seen first. *If your GPA is a 3.5 or above, include it. Add any honors you received. Include coursework, special projects, and activities if it adds to your qualities as a candidate. What about everything else? Include other “stuff” only if it is relevant. (i.e. volunteer work, leadership experience, language and technology skills, travel, training and certifications, research work) *To save space, a hybrid version of this would be most helpful. EXAMPLE: OTHER
Computer: Translating your AmeriCorps service on your resume... Use CCAR method- challenge, context, action, result
Put title and organization before AmeriCorps.
*Example: Corps Member, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
Volunteer Liaison, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County, AmeriCorps State
NCCC specific- you can’t include everything from every spike. Don’t be project specific. Highlight your most impactful experiences and the most important things for the job you’re applying for in your resume (specifics & leadership!). You can expand further on your experiences during an interview. You can highlight 2 or 3 transferable skills with bulleted details.
* Example: Volunteer Management
Highlight team skills! (i.e. leadership development, conflict resolution, etc.) * Don't tell, SHOW! (Don’t say “I’m a team player,” demonstrate why this is true through work experience and results!) * Use ACTION WORDS! Don’t say “I built houses,” say “I increased the housing quality and quantity in a specific community resulting in providing families with a better place to live.” (You managed and recruited volunteers, you addressed needs, you expanded communities! Other good words: doubled, leveraged, launched, created, piloted, distributed, etc.) * No cliché language. Explain why you are an ideal match & what makes you unique. BE SPECIFIC! * Use keywords. Pull specific words right from job add/description or website for resume and cover letter. * Call the company’s HR department and ask for the name of the person to address your cover letter and email to! * Make both your resume and cover letter PDF files (labeled appropriately) and attach them to your email (but if there are different instructions in the job posting, follow those!). The body of your email should say Dear so and so, Attached is my cover letter and resume for this job posting I saw on this website. Please contact me if you have any additional questions. Sincerely, you. *Your cover letter should never be more than one page * Human Resources will always look at your resume before your cover letter * See if there are any AmeriCorps alumni working with the company and contact them directly! That may be a good way to build a relationship and get your resume to the top of the pile. (Read staff bios on the organization’s website and/or check staff profiles on Linkedin) ONE LAST THING... If they ask you to include in your application a desired salary request, do not name a number! Say “per your salary request, I am very negotiable and looking forward to discussing this with you.” Even in the interview, NEVER NAME A NUMBER! Turn it on them— ask them what they have budgeted for the position. Avoid naming a specific number until you have more information and know the full scope of work.
If they insist, you can get ideas of what your salary should be from glassdoor.com or guidestar.org. Then in negotiations you can say, “Even though I was only making this at my last job, a comparable person in this position makes this…” ANY QUESTIONS? AmeriCorps Alums is a really good resource. Their website has a career center with life after AmeriCorps information, webinars, career newsletters, jobs looking SPECIFICALLY for AmeriCorps alumni, their Linkedin group information, and other helpful info!
All you have to do is register, it’s FREE!
AmericorpsAlums.org (Facebook: foramericorpsalums)