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Old 10-16-2009, 02:39 PM
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This thread is designed to help wahm's and wd's (working dad's) with their Resume's by providing tips and tricks to get your Resume noticed. If anyone would like to add information to the thread please feel free to do so, but keep in mind it is for Resume information only. I decided to add this as a sticky to help fellow wahm's reach their goals of becoming a wahm!!
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Old 10-16-2009, 03:57 PM
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I think the best way to get your resume read is to keep it simple and format it correctly. Make sure all the headlines are the same size, font, and weight. Make sure things are aligned correctly. Don't ever forget to spell check and proofread. My resume is extremely simple but it's gotten me jobs before.

If you need help with formatting, you can download templates from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/te...043371033.aspx
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:44 PM
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Here are some great tips: Think of the resume as a sandwich - you are the sandwich artist

Think of the blank page as your bread. It can be white or wheat, even tomato basil cheese (because that's totally delicious). The top piece of your bread is the header, where you present your contact information, and the bottom piece is the footer, which is the end of a sandwich, but totally essential for holding it all together. Do not under any circumstances try to eat the paper! It is not delicious.

What kind of sandwich are we building? Besides the bread, there is no flavor yet, and people cannot subsist on bread alone. They need something that tastes good and brings out the flavor of the other layers, so we need to choose the right sauce to entice them to eat the whole sandwich and not stop after one bite.

THE BREAD
stylistic elements & layout

Style choices - fonts, sizing, use of bold and italic emphasis. Have you ever seen a best-selling book printed in a Courier font? Probably not. So, your font choice should be first attractive, then effective. You can't go wrong with using Arial or Times New Roman, but even choosing these faithful fonts should be based on the taste of your career. If you are involved in sales or enjoy an executive-level career track, Times New Roman should be high on your list. If you are in technology, use Arial. If you are in advertising or entertainment, Garamond can be very effective. A deliberate choice of font determines the entire tone of your resume. Choose wisely.

THE SAUCE
qualifications statement

Statement of Qualifications vs. Objective Statement. Since time immemorial, people have been opening their resumes with an objective statement. This is akin to applying a thick coat of tasteless mayonnaise to an otherwise inspired sandwich. It steals the flavor from all of the other layers.

Instead of using an Objective statement, use a Statement of Qualifications at the top of your resume. Why? Here it is: The job market is impersonal. We live in the Information Age, and everybody is looking for the facts, not extraneous statements about what kind of job you would like. Viewing the job market as a field of conquest instead of a wishing well is a healthy perspective and telling an employer that you are "seeking a job where I can employ my knowledge in engineering widgets to the benefit of an organization" just wasted of their time. Don't you think they already know that you'd like a job using your widget engineering prowess? Instead, why not tell them what they are seeking? Which is...

YOU!

Now, toot your horn!

Tell them how many widgets you've made, the awards you've received for widget engineering, and if at all possible, use numbers. Show them what you're made of.

For example:

Senior widget engineer possesses over 10 years of strong widget engineering experience. Has outstanding instincts in the design and integration of business processes to efficiently drive widget-focused projects to support mission-critical business initiatives. Notable accomplishments include the research, design, and implementation of a quality assurance process that reduced production downtime by 15%, reclaiming $200,000.00 in revenues representing 20% of company income.

Delicious.

The reason that this opening technique works is that it will quantify your experience by showcasing what you have accomplished during your career pursuits, effectively proving that your talents have a direct, positive impact on the bottom line, which is of critical importance to any successful business.

If you are early in your career or are a student, don't worry if you can't show number like we used in the above example. Your experience can still be quantified effectively through the use of strong, confident writing. If you can't think of anything, contact us, and we'll help you mix up the right kind of sauce for your sandwich.

THE CHEESE
notable achievements

Around here, we prefer lots of cheese. Preferably different cheeses - and almost any cheese will do. (Limburger, stay home!) The number of cheeses that you use on your resume sandwich really depends on the type of job you would like to land. Your choice of cheese is the last layer in the top of your resume sandwich, and is the layer that will either impress or disappoint the reader - or eater in our case.

The concept in this very important layer is to provide an up-front exhibit of specific accomplishments that have a direct parallel to the job that you want. Placing accomplishments directly following the sauce (Statement of Qualifications) serves the purpose of adding bold flavor and emphasis on what makes you an irresistible candidate because you know what the company needs, and you've already been there, done that.

Let's imagine that a Project & Program Manager is looking to move upward in their career and has an excellent lead on a recent opening. Using their knowledge of the career and a good investigation of the job requirements, they decide on three cheeses that will attract the attention of the Human Resources department:

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

REVENUE AUGMENTATION

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

These three choices are obvious because the job seeker knows that the employer will need to see a great example of project management. Revenue augmentation is a good choice because if a hiring manager sees that the candidate has led projects that resulted in increased revenues or cost savings (which augments the bottom line), then the manager is more apt to want an interview to learn more about how the candidate achieved such results.

THE VEGGIES – Education and Skill Sets.

THE MEAT – Professional Experience – Nice marbling, thick slicing. Not too much or it will overpower all of the other flavors. Not too many bullets. Everyone uses them. It’s better to use line spacing between each item. No longer than two lines, and no more than four items for the two most recent positions.

Most meat is good no matter which way it is cut; however, there are those prime slices that will turn a mediocre sandwich into a mothership of flavor. This is where strong writing comes in. Many people will try to cram this part of the sandwich full of any kind of meat, expecting that a towering sandwich equals a good sandwich. Although their intentions are good, they destroy the overall quality and impact of the resume by going into minute detail about day-to-day tasks. This type of overstuffing makes for a boring read and unless the reader is enamored with the intricacies of your workflow, your resume will be relegated to the circular file. Guaranteed.

LAYERING

Two of the layers in your resume sandwich are absolute: the bread and the sauce, meaning that your stylistic choices and contact information should always be front-and-center.

Depending on the direction of your job search and your professional and educational background, the other layers can be moved, toward the top or the bottom. Choosing the order of presentation is very important to how your resume (and subsequently you) are perceived.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:26 PM
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Always use "action" words (verbs) to describe your experience (created, managed, assisted, organized, reported, etc.).

And try and use keywords. In other words, if an employer was searching a site like Monster, what terms might they use to find qualified applicants. Put those keywords in your resume (very very important!).
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:08 PM
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One of my jobs right now is in fact as a resume writer for Great Resumes Fast, which the owner dubs as the "affordable" resume writing company (I know what she means, because I formerly worked for a different company that charged a MINIMAL of $195 to as much as $695 or more per resume! - and only catered to executive-level professionals, not us 'average' people! )

I wrote a fairly thorough thread on another job board - I included a lot of details and links, so I hope it's OK to include it here - I actually don't know if it will be accessible without actually registering as a member there or not ...

Can someone check it out and let me know if you can read it without having to register there? (If not, I will repost it here).

Resume & Cover Letter Best Practices
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:58 PM
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Thanks for the tips ladies!!
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:04 PM
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A cover letter should be directed to a specific individual. If their name is not in the add, research it by making a call or Google the information. By sending to the correct individual, you are more likely to get a response versus your letter getting tossed around and hoping it lands on the right desk.

Don't forget to include the individual's title along with the company and address. I also like to include the email address, phone and fax numbers as an easy reference.
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:31 PM
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cover letters are as important as your CV . Be sure to choose a type of cover letter that reflects how you are applying for the job or the type of job search assistance you are requesting. Your cover letter should be designed specifically for the purpose you are writing and customized for each position you apply for.
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:25 PM
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Default Tips for resume writing

Hi
I have some experience to write resumes and I want to share my ideas with fellows by sharing some important tips to add more professional look to the resume. People can get their resumes noticed by the employers if they avoid the following points:
1). Don't mention salary demands in the resumes
2). Don't let the irrelevant information creep in to the resume
3). Assure accuracy of the resume
4). Don't attach any picture with the resume
5). Limit the length of the resume up to two pages


Hope you will get benefit from these tips.

Good Luck
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:49 PM
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You should always have a list of references available. A good reference list will contain about five contacts, consisting of 3-5 professional and 1-2 personal personal references.

Remember to include complete contact information:

Mr. Mickey Mouse, Owner
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P.O. Box 3232
Anaheim, CA 92803-3232
Business Phone: 714.781.4565
Home Phone: 714.781.4235
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