2 CompetenciesParticipants will gain knowledge and skills on how to effectively assist job seekers in obtaining and retaining a meaningful job.Participants will have knowledge of basic job search skills.Participants will have knowledge and skills of how to do research using automation.
3 Objectives Practice Critiquing Resumes Explain Resume Writing Guidelines and Styles
6 Chronological Advantages Widely Used Logical Flow / Easy to Read Shows Skill, Responsibility, & GrowthShows Promotion & TitlesDemonstrates Company Loyalty
7 Chronological Disadvantages Points Out Employment Gaps Highlights Frequent Job ChangesEmphasizes Lack of Related ExperienceShows Demotions / Career Set Backs
8 Functional Advantages Emphasizes Skills Over Employment Organizes a Variety of ExperienceDisquises Gaps in Work Record or Series of Short Term Jobs
9 Functional Disadvantages Viewed With Suspicion By Employers De-emphasizes Growth / Job Titles
10 Combination Advantages Combines Skills Highlights Most Relevant Skills De-emphasizes Less Relevant JobsMinimizes Gaps & Unrelated Experience
11 Combination Disadvantages Confusing if Not Well Organized Requires More Effort & Creativity to Prepare
12 Targeted Resumes Advantages Disadvantages Personalized to Company Shows ResearchMore ImpressiveAddresses Employer NeedsTime Consuming to PrepareConfusing if Not Well OrganizedShould Revise For Each Employer
13 Resume Components Objective Summary Key Skills / Areas of Expertise Experience / EmploymentEducation / TrainingVolunteer Experience
14 ObjectiveAn objective statement (in a targeted resume) is a sentence that details the job you are applying for and a company name.For Example:Seeking a position as an Assistant Chef with Riverfront Restaurant.
15 SummaryA summary statement provides the business with a snapshot of your qualifications and what makes you the best candidate for the position.
16 SummaryFor Example:A resourceful, results-driven professional with over 7+ years of experience including: project management, sales, marketing support, customer service, and administration. A strong communicator who understands business core values and is adept at building client relationships and providing excellent customer experiences. A life-long learner who has a passion for exploring new aspects of business.
17 Key Skills / Areas of Expertise Also known as Summary of Qualifications, this section emphasizes the main points of a person’s expertise. It is a condensed glance of skills and accomplishments that directly relate to the position.
18 Key Skills / Areas of Expertise For Example:7+ years successful sales experienceWell organized and thorough in completing project in a timely mannerEstablishes excellent relations with customer, building loyal repeat business
19 Key Skills / Areas of Expertise For Example:ReceivingCustomer ServiceManagementPurchasingDeliveryStock ControlInventoryDocument ControlWarehousing
20 Experience / Employment This section focuses on accomplishments and skills related to the position and company. They should begin with action verbs and can be bullet statements for readability.
21 Experience / Employment SAR Method SituationAActionRResultImplied
22 Experience / Employment SAR Method For Example: Created a team of 10 people to review insurance transactions which improved the accuracy of claims by 55%.The situation implied is insurance claims were not processed accurately.
23 Experience / Employment SAR Examples Produced over 15 fashion shows to showcase merchandise. Arranged for photography and design of all advertising images, boosting sales to $600,000.Developed on-line newsletter with staff of three. Newsletters delivered through 3rd party software, resulting in 400% increase in client interaction.
24 Education / Training Include relevant training and classes List degrees/certificatesUse simple descriptions and bullets
25 Education / Training For Example: B.S. Engineering, Utah State Electro Magnetics, U.S. Navy
26 Volunteer ExperienceOnly include extracurricular activities that relate to the positionShows community involvement and locational stability
27 Cover Letters“Resumes should show you can do the work required, while cover letters should show you want to do the work required”
28 Cover Letter Tips Targeted Standard Business Format Don’t Repeat ResumeProofreadExamples
29 References Ask permission to use someone Inform them of the position you are seekingMake sure they all have professional contact informationGive them a copy of your resumeDo not include on resume unless requested by company
30 References Have several names ready Want to rotate names Use both professional and personalCo-workers, supervisors, vendors or customers, professors, clergy, etc.