The Anatomy Of A Great Resume

You’ve Got Some Competition, Honey!

    • 1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes/job listing
    • 1 in 10 receive 100/job listing
    • What are HR managers looking for in candidates
      — 77% say: relevant experience
      — 48% say: specific accomplishments
      — 41% say: whether or not the resume was customized to the open position
    • HR managers also look for keywords in resumes
      — Problem solving/decision making (56%)
      — Leadership (44%)
      — Oral/written communications (40%)
      — Team-building (33%)
      — Performance and productivity improvement (31%)

Writing a great resume does not mean you should follow all the rules you hear.
Every resume is a one-of-a-kind marketing communication.
It should be appropriate to your situation and do exactly what you want it to do.

Pump Up That Resume!

4 tips to make it sexy

    • Summarize! (babbling is NOT hot)
      — Begin with a summary on your unique value
      — Tell employers who you are
      — Talk about your skills and qualifications
      — A good summary can be used as the basis for this interviewer favorite: “Tell me about yourself”
    • Confidence! (everyone is attracted to confidence!)
      — Talk about your accomplishments
      — Tell employers how you’ve made a difference in current/previous roles
      — This is not the time for humility!
      — ie. “Boosted sales from 30k to 40k in 7 months” (yea, baby! that’s what i’m talkin’ bout!)
    • Watch your language! (So self absorbed…no thanks)
      — Don’t start sentences with I, We or Our
      — Don’t even use full sentences
      — Bullet points with strong actions verbs have more impact
      — ie. Reduced manufacturing costs by 27%
    • Keywords are Key (Talk nerdy to me)
      — Awful truth: often, resumes are not even read
      — Resumes are often scanned either by a person or a machine
      — They are looking for keywords that match their hiring criteria
      — Use keywords from the job listing and the company’s website

That’s Such a Turn-off

Common resume mistakes

    • Unprofessional title and email address
      — ie. 2hot2handle@cantgetajob.com
    • Links to inappropriate content
      — Recruiters will check your online profiles, so keep it clean or don’t add the link
    • “Objectives” statement
      — Objectives tend to focus too much on what you want rather than what you can offer
    • Typos
      — Poofread! …Proofread again! (“Pubic Financial Advisor”? …really?)
    • TMI
      — what you exclude is just as important as what you include
    • Improper Abbreviations
      — Don’t embarrass yourself (ie. Sales Ass. *sigh*)
    • Why list high school?
      — If you have any college education, don’t list high school
    • Do NOT rely of spellcheck. ?-see?
      — Spellcheck doesn’t always get it right. Have a second set of eyes read your resume
    • Stay grounded
    — Make sure items are relevant to the position

Ain’t Got No Game…
Resume Bloopers

    • “Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse”
    • Hobbies: “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians”
    • “Service for old man to check they are still alive or not.”
    • “Job involved … counselling clientele on accidental insurance policies available”
    • “2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people”
    • “I’m intrested to here more about that. I’m working today in a furniture factory as a drawer”
    • “I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.”
  • “I belive that weakness is the first level of strength, given the right attitude and driving force. My school advised me to fix my punctuality …”
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The Anatomy Of A Great Resume You've Got Some Competition, Honey! 1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes/job listing 1 in 10 receive 100/job listing What are HR managers looking for in candidates --- 77% say: relevant experience --- 48% say: specific accomplishments --- 41% say: whether or not the resume was customized to the...
<h2>The Anatomy Of A Great Resume</h2> <strong>You've Got Some Competition, Honey!</strong> <ul> <ul> <li>1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes/job listing</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>1 in 10 receive 100/job listing</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>What are HR managers looking for in candidates</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- 77% say: relevant experience</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- 48% say: specific accomplishments</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- 41% say: whether or not the resume was customized to the open position</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>HR managers also look for keywords in resumes</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Problem solving/decision making (56%)</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Leadership (44%)</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Oral/written communications (40%)</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Team-building (33%)</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Performance and productivity improvement (31%)</ul> </ul> Writing a great resume <i>does not mean you should follow all the rules</i> you hear. Every resume is a <i>one-of-a-kind</i> marketing communication. It should be appropriate to your situation and <i>do exactly what you want it to do.</i> <strong>Pump Up That Resume!</strong> 4 tips to make it sexy <ul> <ul> <li>Summarize! (babbling is NOT hot)</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Begin with a summary on your unique value</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Tell employers who you are</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Talk about your skills and qualifications</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- A good summary can be used as the basis for this interviewer favorite: "Tell me about yourself"</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Confidence! (everyone is attracted to confidence!)</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Talk about your accomplishments</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Tell employers how you've made a difference in current/previous roles</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- This is not the time for humility!</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- ie. "Boosted sales from 30k to 40k in 7 months" (yea, baby! that's what i'm talkin' bout!)</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Watch your language! (So self absorbed...no thanks)</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Don't start sentences with I, We or Our</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Don't even use full sentences</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Bullet points with strong actions verbs have more impact</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- ie. Reduced manufacturing costs by 27%</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Keywords are Key (Talk nerdy to me)</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Awful truth: often, resumes are not even read</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Resumes are often scanned either by a person or a machine</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- They are looking for keywords that match their hiring criteria</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Use keywords from the job listing and the company's website</ul> </ul> <strong>That's Such a Turn-off</strong> Common resume mistakes <ul> <ul> <li>Unprofessional title and email address</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- ie. 2hot2handle@cantgetajob.com</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Links to inappropriate content</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Recruiters will check your online profiles, so keep it clean or don't add the link</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>"Objectives" statement</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Objectives tend to focus too much on what you want rather than what you can offer</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Typos</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Poofread! ...Proofread again! ("Pubic Financial Advisor"? ...really?)</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>TMI</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- what you exclude is just as important as what you include</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Improper Abbreviations</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Don't embarrass yourself (ie. Sales Ass. *sigh*)</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Why list high school?</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- If you have any college education, don't list high school</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Do NOT rely of spellcheck. ?-see?</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul>--- Spellcheck doesn't always get it right. Have a second set of eyes read your resume</ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Stay grounded</li> </ul> </ul> <ul>--- Make sure items are relevant to the position</ul> <strong>Ain't Got No Game...</strong> Resume Bloopers <ul> <ul> <li>"Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse"</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Hobbies: "enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians"</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>"Service for old man to check they are still alive or not."</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>"Job involved ... counselling clientele on accidental insurance policies available"</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>"2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people"</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>"I'm intrested to here more about that. I'm working today in a furniture factory as a drawer"</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <ul> <li>"I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success."</li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <li>"I belive that weakness is the first level of strength, given the right attitude and driving force. My school advised me to fix my punctuality ..."</li> </ul>