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Résumé Basics

This presentation will help you navigate through the basics of résumé writing

Jeff Robek

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of Résumé Basics

Content is the most important part of your résumé
Identify the employer’s needs - Use the job description as your guide
Make the connection between what they want and what you have
Provide evidence, highlight strengths, minimize weakness
How far should you go back into your work history? Approximately 10 years
Emphasizes dates, employers, positions

Highlights major skills sought by employers

Maximize advantages of both
The Purpose of a Résumé
Salary information
Full address of former employers
Supervisors name
Reasons for leaving position
Personal statistics
Marital status
Physical characteristics
A résumé is your first work product an employer reads. Make it count!
Avoid templates. If you are using them, chances are other candidates are too
Use professional language, but avoid overcomplicated jargon
Résumé Basics
The résumé is the first step in the job search process

This guide will take you through the basics of résumé writing
The content of your résumé should be based on a“Career Target”, which is the job title or career field you are targeting in your search

Your career target should be obvious to the reader. Anyone should be able to read your résumé and understand what you are applying for and what you have to offer

If the content doesn't support your Career Target, it doesn't have to be on your résumé
The purpose for the applicant and the employer is identical: To get to an interview!
For the Applicant
The résumé is not an application. It is a brochure about why you would be a great candidate for the job
Format: Which of the three common formats do I need to use?

Content: How can I focus the content on what the employer needs to know?

Style: How can I make my résumé a unique reflection of my qualifications
For the Employer
Preferred format of most employers

Starts with most recent work experience and goes back through your work history
Great format for career changers wanting to focus on transferable skills

Can help make a connection between what you have to offer and what the employer needs

Start by determining what major skill sets the career field requires and list your transferable qualifications
Uses the features of both formats

Lists transferable skills and chronological work history

Because you are listing both transferable qualifications and work history, this format runs the risk of being repetitive or too long

While this format gives you the best of the Chronological and Functional formats, it may also give you the potential pitfalls of both formats as well
Potential Pitfalls
This format may raise a "red flag" with some employers

Job seekers have used this format in the past to hide gaps in work history or other potentially damaging information

Employers cannot see where you gained your qualifications
Potential Pitfalls
Does not market career changers very well because it focuses on work history. If your work history does not support your career target, you may not want to choose this format
Potential Pitfall
Consideration for your résumé
The résumé is a quick way to screen which candidates they want to talk with further in an interview

The average employer spends less than 60 seconds reviewing a résumé before making a decision whether to interview or not
Considerations on style
Should be easy to read
Balanced spacing: not too much or too little
Uniform and consistent with fonts, bullets
Make certain there are no errors
One to two pages in length
Correct verb tense: Present tense for job duties you are still doing. Past tense for those you no longer do
Career Target
What I Did + How I Did It + End Result = a Great Bullet Point


Assist individuals with their résumé + by keeping up to date on current résumé trends and conducting one on one coaching + This has resulted in clients gaining an increased understanding of résumé marketing strategies
The Bullet Point Formula
What NOT to include on a résumé
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