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1 Customize Your Resume to Get the Job You Want David Marwick and Len Schwartz for JobAssist.org August 12, 2013 Hosted by Kemp Mill Education Center 8/12/2013 JobAssist: Customize Your Resume 1

2 Overview Why customize your resume How to customize--four steps Wrap-up 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume2

3 Why Customize Your Resume Companies – In buyer’s market, looking for “perfect” candidate – Receive many applications per opening – Reduced HR staffs – Use computers for initial screen Applicants – Many people looking for jobs – Little cost to another resume – Time-consuming to customize a resume, and most people do not do so Finding the right applicant is like finding a needle in a haystack 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume3

4 Find a Job You’re Well Qualified for Invest time up front in analyzing job openings: Are you a good fit? Recent study found – Job seekers spent little time deciding whether a position was suitable. reviewing job description and job requirements – 65% of applicants did not meet basic requirements experience education skills 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume4

5 Job Posting for Nurse Manager Position: Nurse Manager, Ventilation Unit 7 stated “requirements” ( = 6 required + 1 desired) 1.BS in Nursing 2.3+ years of clinical nursing experience 3.2+ years of supervisory/management experience 4.Ventilator Unit experience desired 5.Meets requirements of MD Nurse Practice Act 6.MD Registered Nurse license 7.Effective oral communication skills 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume5

6 Introducing the Qualifications Matrix A tool to help determine whether you are well qualified for a specific job posting 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume6 QualificationRelevant Education and Experience Required Desired (but Not Required)

7 Analysis of Nurse Manager Posting 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume7 QualificationRelevant Education and Experience Required BS in NursingBS, Nursing, Clark College, Utica, NY, years of clinical nursing experience3.5 years experience = 2 years at Jones Hospital years at Smith Hospital 2+ years of supervisory experience1.5 years as Nursing Supervisor, Smith Hospital Meets requirements of MD Nurse Practice Act Assured unit’s compliance with MD Nurse Practice Act MD Registered Nurse LicenseMD Registered Nurse License 5678 Effective oral communication skillsChosen to provide oral briefings to hospital board of governors, 2013 Desired (but Not Required) Ventilator Unit experienceWorked on ventilator unit, Jones Hospital, 2011

8 To Apply or Not? Types of qualifications – Objective = Yes/No BS in Nursing 2+ years supervisory experience – Subjective Effective oral communication skills Don’t be too literal – Wiggle room even on yes/no qualifications They want 2+ years of supervisory experience; Jane has 1.5 years – May be multiple ways to meet some criteria How demonstrate “effective oral communication skills”? The 80/20 rule – Employers often “ask for the moon” – If you meet 80% of required qualifications, go for it 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume8

9 Resume: Overview Purpose – A means to an end => interview – Demonstrate qualifications for a specific job – It’s not about you; it’s about what you can do for employer Length – 1 page if <10 years – 2-page maximum – Zero-sum game Use your resume to show that you are the needle in the haystack 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume9

10 Resume: Basic Modules Five basic modules A.Contact info B.Work experience C.Education/training D.Computer skills E.Other 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume10

11 Module A: Contact Information General Approach Name Address Phone address LinkedIn address (usually) Professional license number, if applicable Nurse Manager [CONTACT INFORMATION] Jane R. Doe 123 Oak Street Ames, MD MD Registered Nurse License /12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume11

12 Module B: Work Experience General Approach Sequence – Most recent job first – Then work backwards for <10 years Directly relevant vs. other experience For each job – Title, employer, location, dates – For lesser-known employer, explain briefly, provide URL – Volunteer work counts Emphasize/quantify results – Not a job description – Challenge/Action/Result (CAR) format – If applicable, refer to computer skills Nurse Manager NURSING EXPERIENCE Nursing Supervisor 2012-present Smith Hospital, Ames, MD Supervised 5 nurses in cardiology unit with average of 14 patients per shift Reduced unit’s infection rate by 12% by implementing new cleanliness protocols Unit received “Excellent” or better grade on every quarterly review of compliance with MD Nurse Practice Act Chosen to provide oral briefings to hospital board of governors, 2011 and 2012 Recognized as Nurse of the Month, Jan Floor Nurse Jones Hospital, Troy, NY Worked on ventilator unit (1 year) Responsible for average of 6 patients per shift Rookie of the Year award, 2010 OTHER EXPERIENCE Sales Clerk, Walmart, Troy, NY summers 2007, /12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume12

13 Module C: Education/Training General Approach New entrants—before Work Experience Experienced workers—after Work Experience What to include – List highest degree first, back to BA/BS – New entrants: List key courses, term papers, etc. – Recent courses, webinars, conferences in your field Nurse Manager EDUCATION/TRAINING “Reducing Infections” 3-day workshop, Yale 2012 BA, Nursing, Clark College, Utica, NY 2009 – Deans List, 2006, 2007 – President, Future Nurses of America 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume13

14 Module D: Computer Skills List computer skills most relevant to target job – Only current versions – Incorporate into Challenge/Action/Result (CAR) statements 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume14

15 Module E: Other Can list other activities, interests – If relevant to job opening – If demonstrate character, initiative Examples: – Volunteer activity – Sports, especially high-level competition – Foreign travel – Foreign languages 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume15

16 Nursing Manager Resume [CONTACT INFO] Jane R. Doe MD Registered Nurse License Oak Street Anywhere, CA NURSING EXPERIENCE Nursing Supervisor 2012-present Smith Hospital, Ames, MD Supervised 5 nurses in cardiology unit with average of 14 patients per shift Unit received “Excellent” or better grade on every quarterly review of compliance with MD Nurse Practice Act Reduced unit’s infection rate by 12% by implementing new cleanliness protocols Selected to provide oral briefings to hospital’s board of governors, 2011 and 2012 Recognized as Nurse of the Month, Jan Floor Nurse Jones Hospital, Troy, MD Worked on ventilation unit (1 year) Responsible for average of 6 patients per shift Chosen as “Rookie of the Year—2010” [OTHER EXPERIENCE] EDUCATION/TRAINING “Reducing Infections” 3-day workshop, Yale University, New Haven, CT 2012 BS, Nursing, Clark College, Utica, NY 2009 Deans List, 2008, 2009 President, Future Nurses of America [COMPUTER/OTHER SKILLS] 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume16

17 Job Posting for Program Associate Position: Program Associate, Jewish Community Relations Council Requirements: Bachelors degree 2+ years professional experience; event planning, community relations or communications/marketing experience preferred The following professional skills are required: excellence in writing, organization, strategic thinking, time management, and interpersonal communication Ability to self-motivate, prioritize, work independently and complete multiple assignments with attention to detail in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and willing to learn JCRC’s software platform Excellent understanding of Middle Eastern affairs, a passion for Israel, and a proven ability to be innovative in support for Israel Ability to work some nights and an occasional Sunday 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume17

18 Analysis of Program Associate Posting QualificationRelevant Education and Experience Required Bachelors degree 2+ years professional experience Excellence in writing Excellence in organization Excellence in strategic thinking Excellence in time management Excellence in interpersonal communication Ability to self-motivate, prioritize, work independently... Proficient in Microsoft Office and willing to learn JCRC’s software platform Excellent understanding of Middle Eastern affairs Passion for Israel and proven ability to be innovative in support of Israel Ability to work some nights and an occasional Sunday Desired (but Not Required) Event planning, community relations, or communications/marketing experience preferred 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume18

19 Wrap-up Explained why you need to customize your resume. Showed how to customize your resume in four steps 1.Find a suitable job 2.Use Qualifications Matrix to analyze the job opening’s requirements and your relevant education and experience 3.Incorporate your relevant education and experience into each of five resume modules 4.Assemble the modules to create a resume Customizing applies equally to cover letters The final slide lists a few excellent resources Questions/comments? 8/12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume19

20 Resources “Why Job Seekers Don't Land Jobs.” In an excellent 7-minute video, a Wharton Professor explains why the hiring process is frustrating for employers and job seekers, June 5, “10 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting Hired,” by Miriam Salpeter, “10 Reasons Your Resume Isn't Getting You Interviews,” by Alison Green, August 13, interviews “4 Signs You Shouldn’t Bother Applying to a Job,” by Katie Douthwaite, “The Difference Between A Good And Bad Job Opportunity,” by Heather R. Huhman, “How We Really Read Job Ads,” by Lauren Weber, “Why the Job Search Is Like 'Throwing Paper Airplanes into the Galaxy‘,” /12/2013JobAssist: Customize Your Resume20


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