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Rock My Resume-Jacqueline Adams
June 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm #134097
I would like my resume reviewed to be able to get a higher response rate and to be able to transfer to Program and Acquisitions Management because I enjoy the variety that I could acheive as a possible PM.
I have been in accounting for so long that I am burnt and it seems that I am going backward in my career. I am currently a financial technician at PeaceCorps and my “tour” will be ending in about a year, and I wish to find a permanent position.
The position I am looking at taking on a similar position as this one listed by a recruiting firm.
August 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm #134105
Just updating my post to allow access for comments. -thanks!
August 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm #134102
Thank you for sending the job announcements today. I completed the review of your resume and have attached it with comments and track changes. I believe you are probably familiar with track changes, but if not, please let me know. It can sort of be a “maze” to look through.
Here are some overall general comments:
The headline, profile summary, and first two “sections” on the traditional résumé are the most critical in terms of capturing and keeping the attention of the reader. Does your résumé pass the 5-second skim test? When creating a traditional résumé using a Word document, it is important to address the needs of the employer—and do it quickly!
Think of those first few seconds like reading the title to a book. Will the “title” to your book compel the reader to open the book and read your story? If your headline (brand) and the first one-third of the page (before the first fold) are visually appealing, compelling, and addresses the needs of the employer, it should capture his/her attention. Then, if it flows with qualifications and telling your story, it will be easy to keep his/her attention because you have attracted their interest. Now they will want to know more about you and what you can do to solve their problems and address their needs. If you combine your branding elements with qualifications and tell a story, this approach will get you much further…faster…in the hiring process.
Begin with your headline, then a brief 3 to 4-line profile summary, incorporating keywords. Create the Qualifications Summary to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities—qualifications. Then craft the Core Competencies section using keywords from the announcement along with your expertise and skills.
With that said, there are no official fields in the Résumé Builder on USAJobs.gov titled “Professional Summary” or “Qualifications Summary” or even “Core Competencies.” For many years, I have recommended those sections be pasted into the “Additional Information” field, in the same order they appear on page 1 of the résumé. By doing this, the online applicant tracking system will pick up the keywords and qualifications, and hopefully sort your résumé to the next stage, rather than cyberspace or the round file.
There are three purposes for the Qualifications Summary and Core Competencies sections on the résumé (and you can use different titles if necessary):
- Aligning you/your résumé with the job announcement—branding and outlining qualifications.
- Keyword optimizing—copying these sections into the Additional Information field in the Résumé Builder on USAJobs.gov.
- Most important, when you interview for the position—you and the hiring official will have great talking points!
As you know, résumés are very subjective. Ask 5 people to review your résumé and you will get 10 opinions. However, I am sharing what has been working for me and my clients for 23 years. I “data mine” the announcement to obtain keywords and qualifications, then relate your experience, knowledge, and skills to create your brand and story. You can use http://www.Wordle.net to help data mine if you are not familiar with identifying keywords and qualifications. It is a great tool. Just copy and paste the duties and qualifications sections, or even the whole announcement, into Wordle.net and it will do some of the work for you. It will help to identify the keywords used throughout the announcement. Use those often and relate your experiences to those keywords in your résumé.
To continue sharing what has been working for me and my clients, I create a “job search toolkit.” One of the elements to the toolkit is creating the résumé in three formats. I create a .doc, .txt, and pdf. Each has their strategic purpose. I recommend formatting the .doc file using enhancements such as some color, bold, small caps, centering, bullets, perhaps a drop cap, text box, and possibly a table or graph, depending on the situation, to name a few.
After I complete the final version of the résumé in Word, I create the other two versions—a .txt and a .pdf. Bullets and symbols do not transfer well to the Résumé Builder so when I create the text file, I replace the “?” and any other symbols with a keyboard symbol such as an asterisk (*) and do other formatting enhancements that can be done in a text file. I clean up the file then it is ready to be copied into the Résumé Builder, section by section. You can use the .pdf for uploading into the Saved Documents area in the résumé section on USAJobs.gov.
In May 2010, President Obama issued an Executive Order asking Federal agencies to improve the Federal recruitment and hiring process. Some agencies are allowing candidates to use their résumé in a .doc or .pdf as the initial application so having a visually compelling, keyword optimized résumé is important.
Another use for the .pdf version, and most important, take several prints with you to give to the interviewer(s). This is one way you can set yourself/résumé apart from all the résumés that look alike—the USAJobs format. Tip: be sure to leave the nicely formatted prints with the interviewers and human resources personnel. It will make a big impact when they are choosing who to hire as well.
Here is a link to an eBook I wrote to help guide job seekers through the Résumé Builder on USAJobs.gov:
The following changes to your résumé are suggestions on how I would initially recommend enhancing your résumé based on the job announcement you submitted. NOTE: I would ensure that I knew your skill level with regard to “exceptional, outstanding, expertise, articulate, etc.” to be sure they were not overstated, or understated, then write accordingly. I would analyze (or create) your brand and communicate it electronically and on paper.
I also noticed some inconsistencies in the font, spacing, and parallel use of present and past tense. I would recommend you not use a table for your employer, job title and date, and instead, use a right tab on the ruler bar.
I hope the comments and suggestions will be useful for you. If you have any questions, please let me know. Best of luck to you in your job search!
August 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm #134100
Thank you so much Camille! the service is great, and I couldn’t have come to these solutions alone. I know you are busy, but just a few questions:
You commented on my resume by not making bullets for duties, but how do you let an employer know you can do the day to day tasks listed in the announcement?
I would like to maybe do a career jump into program management. Whats the best way to show relative skills on my resume without making it look like such a stretch?
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