Resume Rescue: Tips and Resources for a Better Resume:
"I was PERFECT for that job! If I could have just gotten an interview, I could have shown them!"
Without an eye-catching, ONE PAGE resume, that is skimmable and focuses specifically on the job you are pursuing, your odds of getting that interview and the chance to convince potential employers that you are the best candidate are slim.
Many people make the mistake of assuming that if they're smart and experienced, they should be able to put together an excellent resume. If you are serious about being competetive and really want that job, we recommend you consult an expert who has been assembling successful resumes for years. SFCC Career Services offers this service to students, staff, faculty and community members for FREE.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of having an excellent resume -- not just a competent one, but one that makes you look your best and stand out from the crowd, a resume that rocks, a "Damn Good Resume" like the single-page, functional style examples in the only resume book and format we recommend by Yana Parker in The Damn Good Resume Guide. Copies of this guide are available in the SFCC Library, Santa Fe Public Library and at your local bookstore.
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR A GOOD RESUME:
- Job applications ask everyone for the same information in the same format. YOUR RESUME IS YOUR CHANCE TO STAND OUT and shouldn't look like your application form.
- Candidates often make the mistake of giving too much information. Your resume should be brief and a sort of tease, to make them want to meet you and learn more about you and your skills.
- Consider this; do you want a competent resume that keeps you in the pack of competant candidates or one that makes you pull ahead of the pack and stand out?
GETTING PAST THE RESUME/APPLICATION GATEKEEPERS TO THE INTERVIEW:
Most medium-sized and larger businesses and agencies now have a Human Resources office, which is in charge of job postings, screening, hiring, and employee benefits, among other things. You must convince the Human Resources staff, who are not experts or knowledgeable about a position, that you meet the minimum requirements to be passed on to the manager or hiring team that DOES know about the position and can more accurately assess your qualifications. Some employers use computer programs to pre-screen resumes and applications, and computers are very literal. To keep your application/resume in the "Yes" pile and move forward to the knowledgable people you must
- CUSTOMIZE your resume and application answers to each job
- Use the SAME LANGUAGE that is in the job posting. Don't expect reviewers to figure out what you mean
- Put the MONTHS you started and ended in your experience to ensure accurate counting of your years and months of experience. Some employers use this to calculate your salary.
- Be OBVIOUS about how your experience fits what they are looking for
- ASK Human Resources or a company contact, when you can, for tips and what they are looking for
GET YOUR ACTION WORDS AND PHRASES HERE: In addition to ensuring your resume style is visually attractive, what you say about yourself is important. We use O*NET as a resource aide to find the right words to describe the tasks you have performed and skills you have developed.
Follow these instructions when you go to O*NET.
- In the QUICK SEARCH box in the upper right corner type in a job title to call up a list that includes that occupation or related occupations.
- Select an OCCUPATION TITLE
- Scroll down to the first section, titled TASKS
- Cut and paste these skills to a word document and use them as a basis for the work skills you will list on your resume
- Do this for all the jobs for which you need volcabulary and skill descriptions
- Click here to go to O*NET.
SPENT ALL THAT TIME FORMATING YOUR RESUME TO LOOK NICE AND THE E-MAILED OR UPLOADED VERSION WAS ALL MESSED UP IN YOUR RECEIVER'S COMPUTER?
Convert your file to an Adobe PDF file, so it can't be changed! 2007 Microsoft Office users can install an add in to their program. Others can get free samples for their resume at Create Adobe PDF Online or purchase a monthly or annual subscription to the program, if you need more than a few conversions. The Adobe Reader program to view the documents is free and most regular computer users and employers already have the program.
SFCC Career Services regularly offers FREE Get That Job! seminars to help with your job search, including a What Makes A Good Resume seminar. A great resume is one that stands out from the pack and shows you have the knowledge and skills to get that interview for the job or educational opportunity you seek. Come get pointers and resources to develop a Resume That Rocks. No registration required. Just show up! Next seminars will start in September 2010, information will be on the Events & Resources page in the left margin.
For more information, please contact Patty Armstrong, GCDF, Career Services Coordinator, 505-428-1406 (Fax: 505-428-1657), firstname.lastname@example.org.
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