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Advanced strategies and tips for impactful resumes.

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  • Jennifer Conole, M.S., JCTC/JCDC, ACRWCareer AdvisorRoger Williams UniversityRESUME WRITING TRENDS

  • The BasicsThe New RulesDelivery FormatsThe Rsum VacuumThe Rsum Black HoleContentFormatting and LayoutDesignThe ExtrasOBJECTIVES

  • Business document (Gregg Manual, 11th Ed.)No first-person pronounsEEO-sensitive - No personal info (e.g., religion, politics, marital status, photo)Concise and to-the-pointList Education firstOne to two pagesTHE BASICS

  • Branding is keyOne size does not fit allReverse chronological might not be the best formatDelivery method drives formattingKeywords are a mustEmployers WILL look candidates up onlineEffective job seekers spend the same amount of time applying to fewer jobsTHE NEW RULES

  • Hard CopyJob BoardKeyword target!EmailAttach and copy/paste into body of email!LinkedInTwitterDELIVERY FORMATS

  • THE RSUM VACUUMThe Rsum is a living document, and is one piece of a broad marketing package!Cover LetterNetworkingReferencesSocial Media (multi-layered)Work Samples / PortfolioProfessional Development / TrainingCareer Research

  • OLD SCHOOL

  • NEW SCHOOL

  • THE RSUM BLACK HOLEBlack hole trapsJob Search Engines (CareerBuilder, Monster, HotJobs, Indeed, Internships.com)Job Seeker Insanity

    ParsersInsert Rsum Here

  • THE RSUM BLACK HOLEATS = Automated Tracking System75% of rsumsCommon screen views of dataThe beautifully-formatted and designed rsum may not be seen until the interview!Strategies:Wordle or Tagxedo or Tagcrowd or JobScan.DOC and .TXT (ASCII)Use synonyms

  • THE RSUM BLACK HOLE

  • THE RSUM BLACK HOLE

  • CONTENTContact info include Links!Targeted One size does not fit allAccomplishment statements (not job descriptions or list of duties)MetricsJob TitlesShorter is SweeterAmount of Time Amount of Space

  • CONTENTKey CompetenciesSummaryStudy AbroadAcademic HonorsRelevant CourseworkLeadershipInternshipsRelated ExperienceWork ExperienceAdditional Experience

    Collegiate ActivitiesVolunteer ActivitiesCommunity InvolvementProfessional AssociationsPublicationsPresentationsProjectsLanguagesTravelTechnology

  • CONTENT

  • FORMATTING AND LAYOUTObjective is OUTGoalJob TargetCareer FocusBranding statement

  • OBJECTIVE ALTERNATES

  • DESIGNColorGraphicsTablesCharts

  • DESIGN

  • DESIGN

  • DESIGN

  • DESIGN

  • DESIGN

  • THE EXTRAS SOCIAL MEDIAPresence before, during, and after the job offerLinkedIn ProfileTwesume?Blogs

  • THE EXTRAS SOCIAL MEDIA

  • THE EXTRAS OTHER DOCUMENTSAs vital as the rsumBusiness letterSalutationContent:Introductory paragraphWhy youre a fitWhy youre interestedConcluding paragraph impact!ClosingEnclosure(s)Cover Letter

  • THE EXTRAS OTHER DOCUMENTSAgreement (content, formatting, tone, header)Purposeful formatting that supports the contentBusiness Letter traditional block styleBreak longer paragraphs into shorter 3-5-line paragraphsBulletsStrategic use of boldNeeds/Benefits approach

    Cover Letter

  • THE EXTRAS OTHER DOCUMENTSCover LetterDO:Keep it to a pageBe concise and assertiveUse proper grammarPersonalize it!Highlight internships, projects, teamwork experience, academicsInclude noteworthy info that is not appropriate for rsum Address issues inviting questions

    DONT:Use generalitiesBe wordyOver-use I statementsFocus on job descriptions, responsibilities, tasksUse clich phrasesInclude personal info or salary infoUse a single formletter and change the company name

  • THE EXTRAS OTHER DOCUMENTSAgreement (formatting, header)UPDATED contact infoFormer supervisors, colleagues, faculty, volunteer coordinators, classmates, etc.10-15 References (dont wear them out!)ReferencesWork Samples / PortfolioUse faculty / department SMEs for guidanceOnline portfolio (include link on rsum)

  • The BasicsThe New RulesDelivery FormatsThe Rsum VacuumThe Rsum Black HoleContentFormatting and LayoutDesignThe ExtrasSUMMARY

  • CONCLUSIONQuestions?