Once I did that for each position, again going back to small chunks, I grouped the bullet points into different skill-sets so, admin successes are together, accomplishments in childhood intervention are together, etc. I did this for each job. Then I figured out my overall layout and organized my resume accordingly. I saved that super large but well organized!
Then, for each job I apply to, I cater my resume to highlight the relevant skills. Because I have a lot of different experiences, I do add a Qualification Summary at the top to cater to each position.
There are arguments for not doing it this way ie: I also like some kind of very short Profile or Summary or whatever at the top, because it frames your candidacy in a way that can be especially helpful if your experience has been a little scattered.
I love this approach too! This will be a tricky change! So you would cater it that way. Which is where I get overwhelmed: This is exactly what I do with my resume since I have experience in several different areas of my field. It makes it so much easier to customize each resume for a specific job. They have hundreds available. Most for specific fields. You can select a resume with the right template for you for inspiration.
The OP is obviously well-spoken, she just needs inspiration from a template. Perhaps RachelTech means to just use them for ideas, just never use the actual template format, ever. Templates are cookie cutter and get noticed all right — as the same ole same ole as everybody else. My recruiter friend said her team feels this way, too.
I think templates are fine to use. I agree with Alison. I believe it echos your philosophy. It is a little wordy, but the exercises it recommends are great.
It shows you how to tailor, how to show your acheivements, etc. Another source to consider is the local library. Not just for books on resumes; but to see if they offer resume seminars.
This could be hit or miss. I lucked out in that my local library brought in someone who knew what she was doing. Perhaps, not as good as someone in your field writing your resume for you; but it was free! And it was by far better than anything the state offers. Also the library limited the number who could sign up. It made a huge difference in the responses I was receiving.
Also, sometimes state employment departments can help with resumes. Just asking questions helps: What was the hardest part of your job, and how did you deal with it? What took up the most of your time? I also like starting in an empty word document with no formatting to worry about. It seems less daunting than staring at the resume heading and bullet points. I also have a resume list. This is a document with all the bullet points I might include, but then I swap in and out the ones most suited to the particular job.
Moving forward, I find it helpful to keep a little file of accomplishments. Usually this is just an email folder, where I move any messages of kudos on a project or if I think I did something particularly effective, I will note it there as well.
I recommend this to everyone I work with early in their career. Sometimes a reminder of the good stuff does the trick. Just one example — but I fully recommend going over the content with someone trusted, preferably someone who knows your work — because it can highlight what you may be leaving out. There are resources for the job seeker in your community, especially if you live in a larger city.
Churches or non-profits offer free or very low cost workshops, I happen to volunteer at one in my community. The workshops will typically help you organize a search, write a resume, give you interview tips and practice, help you understand how networking works and what leverage you have in negotiations, etc. They tend to offer a learning environment that is supportive and non-threatening. I wrote down every duty and every accomplishment. And I saved it.
Every time I apply for a job, I open up the boffo resume and then select what I think is most relevant to the job I am applying for. In most cases, the resulting resume is one page long. In my mind, professional resume services are useful to people who fit the range of entry-level to mid-level experience primarily due to their not having much experience with hiring processes other than their own personal one.
That would not be money well-spent. So use them if they are favorable. JobSearcher84 in Atlanta, Georgia. Go to the work force agency in your town. Ask for a specialist. They help you tweak your resume for free.
CF in Los Angeles, California. I am still trying to figure out what they felt their service had to offer. After having them rewrite my resume, I had another service review and got the same negative response from my original resume. In fact, I got fewer hits on my resume after spending the money to have them redo it. NO - I actually ended up having it rewritten, so their resume writing service was NOT useful at all in my case.
It is best to take the time and research what employers are looking for in a resume, use the most powerful words in a resume and know your market. There are tons of new online options that will provide you with FREE info and resources. Employers pay attention to how a candidate submits their credentials as well as how or if they follow up with the initial contact, and so on.
One of the best things a candidate can do for his or her job search is to professionally NETWORK with potential employers, with colleagues in the field, and others who might share insight or additional value. The clients with whom I work are able to get career coaching and advice pertaining to their industry and where they are in the process.
A good writer will be genuinely interested in learning about you, your industry, field, and your career goals. Demand great service and ask for references. I agree that it's best not to pay for something you can get for free. Writing your own resume actually helps you "study" for your interview. There are lots of online tips. Here's the process I suggest:. It's a lot of work the first time around, but worth it thereafter as you end up having a very strong resume that can be tweaked quickly to target each job.
What was unique about it? Was it more effective than your old resume? Would you do it again? Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York. You have always come across as a good person. So, I hope everything is working out. Remember to start building those important contacts for your next job. Joe Gagill in Poughkeepsie, New York said: Everythings going good, im tired but at least its from working and not from looking for a job.
Flightless in Charles Town, West Virginia. And if they aren't, we should get rid of them! People spend a lot of time creating a quality resume only to have it barely glanced at.
While the candidate evaluation process can extend well beyond a resume, the truth is that the resume remains a critical part of that process. You might appreciate this post about why the resume is not dead and why that is a good thing for job seekers here's a hint, consider the alternatives!
You can walk into almost any library today and buy a "Killer Resume" book off their discard pile for a buck. The resume, except for small companies is dying.
Many large companies say that in lieu of an application, a resume will not be accepted. Flightless in Charles Town, West Virginia said: My sister said that her company that an opening last year for a part time receptionist with benefits. They received over 1, applications.
You don't seriously think anyone is actually reading all that do you? No, they use ATS software to thin out the herd. Bluetea in Texas said: Your are absolutely correct about applicant tracking systems. Most large organizations are employing ATS to deal with the crush of resumes they receive this is why it is so critical to target your resume toward each specific positon.
But those applicant tracking systems need something to scan, and that something is still commonly candidates' resumes. Even in the case where a company does not accept resumes which is fairly uncommon , the content of your resume can be repurposed for the application process.
Then, when you are asked in for an interview, you can bring your actual resume. All of that is to say that, while the landscape is certainly evolving, the resume still plays a critical role in the job search and hiring process. You are still using Windows 3. The ATS systems of today are not your Momma's old keyword scanner. They are very sophisticated today.
Oracle bought Taleo last year for 1. This is definitely not your Momma's keyword scanner. Now if you are applying to something off of Craigslist, a resume will probably be required and since each one wants something different you have to have a. I used a company called Resume Edge I think that's the name?
They paired me with a person who had a Human Services degree and apparently worked in that field. I have a Master's in Public Health - not the same field or training. I know it doesn't have to be an exact match but I was looking for a research job and have technical skills that the writer was unfamiliar with and unfamiliar with how to address. They simply looked at the fact that I had a health-related degree and they stuck me with someone with a health-related degree.
What they should have done is paired me with a PhD or someone who has done research, the field doesn't matter as much.
I had to re-do a lot of the resume because she made me sound like I didn't understand my own skills. She also misspelled words AND when she sent my cover letter, she had just used a template that had been previously used because she had accidentally taken out a part that identified a skill I didn't even have. Talking about it makes me mad all over again. As for the Linked In profile, she just cut and pasted what she put on my resume and left a lot of the profile blank.
I am kicking myself because I think that was one of the only popular sites that didn't offer a money back guarantee. I've had one interview in 2 months. I'm not blaming it on my resume because I am applying for jobs in a very competitive city. One more thing, I have enough solid information to fit on 2 pages. She returned to me a 1. So I added an extra part and made it 2. Everyone knows you don't turn in 1. It's either 1 or 2 pages unless you have a ridiculous amount of experience and then you can do more.
But you don't do HALF pages. Ok, thanks for letting me blow off steam. Sorry for the rant! Back to the job-hunt!
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