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Rock My Resume Linda Martin
February 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm #153055
Hello I would like my resume reviewed because I attended the Webinar for rocking your resume in February and was in awww on how a resume was transformed from static to life. It brought clarity to what seemed a mundane thing to do. It was like to me adding a splash of color to a rainy day.
I am currently working in the local government and desperately seeking to move onto other endevors. Effective today I was told that I am placed in a new position which is still the same position that I currently do but I will be on probabtion for 1 year to see if I successfully complete the one year new/old job.
I have sought out job announcements on usajobs.gov and saw a few that I am interested in applying for but I am hesitate because I don't feel like my resume actually speaks volumes to what I do.
I also feel like I have been on this same job for so long that I have allowed some of the technology to pass me by so I may not be as marketable. I have applied to one job and received a message back that they will be going with another canididate.
This is a link to one job I considered applying for:
February 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm #153087
We're excited you got the Rock Your Resume Process started! Looks like you've taken care of steps 1-5. Once you complete steps 6 and 7 (https://www.govloop.com/group/rockyourresume/page/instructions), we can get you in the queue for a professional review! Just reply to this discussion with your "Edit1" when you're ready.
February 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm #153085
OK thank you I am working on steps 6 and 7 it is just taking me a little longer so I wanted to get this up and then work on updating with the notes that were provided during the Webinar I hope to have that done by the end of the week.
February 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm #153083
No rush - just wanted to make sure you had all the info you needed! Happy editing 🙂
April 4, 2012 at 2:02 am #153078
Hi Steve - I know it is has taken me a while but I just edited my resume to the best I could how do I put my resume in the que to be reviewed?
April 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm #153076
With this revision, you're now in the queue for a professional review! We'd just ask for your patience, as the demand for this free service has been huge. One of our professional reviewers will respond right to this discussion with their feedback, once they've had a chance to review!
April 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm #153074
Just condensing your other post here:
- Why do you want your resume reviewed? I would like my resume reviewed because I am concerned my agency is trying to get rid of me by reclassifying my current position.
- What is your current situation (employed, seeking, etc.)? Employed seeking on a 1 year probation.
- Where are you in the process (submitted resumes, applied for jobs, etc.)? I have applied for some jobs but no interviews.
- What’s the main issue you’re encountering? Nerves and I don't know how to apply my skillsets on paper.
- Can you share 1 link to a job you’re interested in applying for?
April 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm #153071
I have updated my resume again.
April 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm #153068
here is a pdf version of the resume.
April 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm #153066
Thanks, Linda. I'll make sure your reviewer uses this version.
June 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm #153063
Andrea Boulanger LoweParticipant
Thanks for submitting your resume! It looks like you’re making great progress. To make it an even more effective federal resume, here are some tips.
1) You’ll want to make sure you take care of the federal compliance information which includes the following:
- Soc sec #, veteran’s preference, country of citizenship, availability, desired locations, and objective (the position name, agency, vacancy number)
- Within each work experience, make sure to include the hours per week that you worked, salary, supervisor’s name and phone number, and whether or not they can contact that supervisor
2) Try to tailor your Summary of Qualifications to the specific position. The information that you provided in that section is okay, but to tailor it to the specific position, take it a step further and read the QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED section in the vacancy announcement. This is THE section that you want to make sure you tailor your resume to. You must speak in the language of the employer. The Summary section of your resume is your opportunity to create a lens through which employers will read your resume. Give them something direct and to the point that will focus their attention on what it is they are about to read. You’ll want to keep it to 3-4 lines. As you are writing your summary, ask yourself “is this relevant to this specific position?”
For example, you refer to yourself as a Web Content Specialist, if your current title and the title you are applying for are a Web Content Manager, use that instead of specialist. The specialist title in many organizations is a step below a manager.
Have you supervised anyone? You would want to list that in either your qualifications section or core competencies as that is a required qualification. Other areas to focus on would be leading editorial initiatives, developing editorial content, editorial strategy, giving final approval, and coordinating website content.
3) Your current resume reads like a job description which isn’t the best way for you to display the value that you have added to your position. A few bullets here and there that look like a job description can be okay but only if it’s very similar to what you have done in past positions.
For your bullets you could pick a keyword that gives focus to the content in the bullet. For example, your first bullet in the first position listed it could look like this…
CONTENT MANAGEMENT: Develop original content, edit contributed content, update content, and create strategies to enhance the ranking of the site. (I’m not an IT person so if content management means something else, then use a different keyword. You just want a keyword that summarizes the bullet).
You will want to make sure that you include bullets that address the other requirements (direct, coordinate or oversee work of others; plan, manage or oversee major editorial initiatives; etc). So many applicants claim that they have these skills, but if you back it up with examples of how you actually applied these skills, it will be much more believable.
4) I have attached a handout called Anatomy of a Bullet that will hopefully show you how to improve your resume. I would recommend keeping it to about 3-7 bullets for each position. These should highlight skills that are relevant to the job you are applying to.
The candidate who clearly shows how their work added value at past positions will appear most attractive. Accomplishments are all that separate you from other equally qualified candidates.
If you don’t share how your work affected an organization or how your output was used, they won’t get the full picture. They could be left asking ―So What! After you write each bullet point, ask yourself that question—―So What? What’s the end of the story? And whenever possible, quantify your accomplishments.
Sometimes it’s very hard to come up with an achievement for a bullet point, or you may not have specific percentages of growth or effectiveness. In place of measurable accomplishments, give as much detail as you can. A good tool for writing quality position descriptions is the CAR method:
C = Context
A = Action
R = Result
The best resumes describe job tasks, skills, and concrete accomplishments accurately and completely while still being succinct. Effective use of language is the key to conveying your marketable talents to employers. Depict your experience clearly, so they will understand exactly what you learned and what you’ll bring to the position you are applying for.
Good: Wrote press releases
Better: Wrote press releases about upcoming events to enhance publicity and increase participation
Best: Wrote 15 press releases detailing upcoming events which were sent to 100 local media outlets to raise publicity and attract up to 2,000 community members to a movie premiere
*Note that you do not need all “Best” descriptive lines! Include a mix of “Better” and a few “Best” and you will be in good shape!
5) After your first set of bullets for your position, consider adding a section called KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS that includes 2-5 accomplishments you had in that position. Did you improve any systems or processes? Make things run more efficient? Ever get commended for good work? Were you ever known as the “go to” person for specific things?
6) Take a highlighter to the vacancy announcement and identify the most important skills and abilities listed and use those words in your resume as often as possible. By using what the employer identified as the most important aspects of the position, you are giving them exactly what they want. Your resume should convey how your experiences are well-suited to the position by using their language. Think of the position announcement as a way to translate your resume into the employer’s language. If you have experience managing events and the position requires someone to ―organize events—you use ―organize events on your resume.
7) Make sure that your past positions are consistently written in the past tense.
8) Your college’s name has a hyphen in it rather than an apostrophe (should be Prince George’s Community College).
9) No need to include your references unless they are asked for. If it’s required, then add in the person’s title, where they work, e-mail address and your relationship to them (e.g. former supervisor).
10) The last section on your resume needs some sort of header. Did you do it as part of a job or did you volunteer? If it was part of your Arlington County position then list it there. If it was it was done as a volunteer, create a category called something like Volunteer Activities or Community Involvement and list the dates of when you worked on it.
Best of luck with your job search!
June 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm #153061
We hope you found this service helpful! Since we offer this service for free, we just ask that participants post their newly made-over resumes for all to see and learn from (step 10! https://www.govloop.com/group/rockyourresume/page/instructions). It's a really valuable resource for others trying to update their own resumes to have a couple great samples to use. We'd really appreciate it if, when you update your resume based on Andrea's feedback, you would post to this discussion!
June 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm #153059
Thanks I'm just seeing all of what she instructed me to do - I have to go make these changes and then re-update. Thanks again.
June 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm #153057
Terrific - happy editing!
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