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Kelly's Resume/Career Quick Tip of the Week
WHERE TO START WHEN WRITING A RESUME. Unfortunately, people are being pushed into the job market that never dreamed they would be unemployed a few months ago. If you don’t have a resume or it is very dated, writing a resume can seem like a daunting task. There are lots of styles and formats, so where to begin. I really recommend spending a few bucks to invest in a resume writing book and ideally one that covers the broader job search process. You can use the internet too, but books lay out a more informational strategy about what you want to highlight and which format works best for your experience. After selecting a format start writing down accomplishments for each job and position held. Did you create a process used company wide, reduce cost, increase productivity, work with IT on a project, save a major account, improve safety, receive company recognition? Then form those into clear bullets, ideally as impact statements with accomplishments or results when possible. Keep thinking about each role and add notes, even after finishing your first draft. I have seen tons of resume short on accomplishments, often after screening the candidate, I find several things they can add. Do some chest pounding, it’s what sells your skills. Make no mistake, a resume is a sales presentation for why to hire you, treat it as such. I prefer a short company intro of 1 to 3 sentences on what they do, size, niche, maybe structure before going into your role, scope of management and bullet points. Be willing to change it up if you don’t like the flow or get feedback about making improvements. When you think it is finished have friends, family, any HR contacts, look it over for suggestions and any errors.
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