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Rock My Resume: Nijah Fudge
March 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm #156150
I'm Nijah Fudge a current MPA student set to graduate in April! I have a huge desire to continue to advance in the government field. Despite this, I feel that every time employers see that I have worked for both non-profit and governmental agencies they overlook me for government positions.
Currently I am employed as a Management Intern for a small town (13,000+). Although I enjoy my work here I really want to begin working for a more diverse community. I truly enjoy community building projects and research oriented tasks. Not to mention I have a huge personality and love to work and be around people!
I need to make sure my resume tells employers that my skills are valuable and that I am capable of taking on a more aggressive role for a larger community.
Here's a link to one of the jobs I am truly excited about applying for: http://www.huduser.org/portal/fellowship/placepilot.html
Given my experience I feel I do not stand a chance for that position. My internship will not end for another year, but I'm afraid that if I stay here I may be pigeonholed. I must make a leap in my career and I must do it by June.
Can govloop help me Rock My Resume?
March 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm #156172
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.
March 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm #156169
Thank you! I've completed steps 6 & 7 Attached is the EDIT1 version of my resume
March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm #156167
With that, you're in the queue for a free professional review! We'd just ask for your patience, as we've had a huge interest in the program following our recent webinar. One of our expert reviewers will respond right to this discussion with feedback, once they've had a chance to review.
March 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm #156165
May 12, 2012 at 2:46 am #156162
Andrea Boulanger LoweParticipant
Thanks for submitting your resume! It looks like you’re gaining great experience in your current position. To make your resume even more effective, here are some tips.
1) I would suggest creating a summary tailoring it to the specific position you are applying for. If you read the Qualifications section this is THE sections 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?”
Here’s an example: “Program analyst with three years of project experience working on teams implementing community development programs, grant writing, and data analysis. Business and organizational development expert with first-hand experience of the Congressional appropriations process and knowledge of effective strategic management practices.”
2) You don’t do your positions justice. When I read it I have no idea what you do and whether you have been successful. For example, when you mention that you created a new cultural community event, what skills did you use? What was the result? You want to steer away from just writing out your duties but make them into accomplishment statements. What value did you add by being in that position?
I have attached a handout called Anatomy of a Bullet that will hopefully show you how to improve your resume. Also, bullets shouldn’t have a period at the end of them.
You could also consider adding a keyword right before the accomplishment statement to give the bullet focus. Here is an example:
- REPORTING: Developed and prepared weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports using financial, census and performance data for management and executive review
I would recommend keeping it to about 3-7 bullets for this position. These should highlight skills that are relevant to the job you are applying to.
In the case of the position you are looking at, a bullet keyword could be
- GRANT WRITING: [What was it for? Who awarded it? How much? Did you work with a team of grant writers or was it just you?]
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
3) 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 and education 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.
4) In your education section list it out as the following:
University of Kansas - Lawrence , KS
Master of Public Administration, May 2012, 3.62 GPA
Relevant Coursework: Budget and Public Finance, Public Infrastructure, Resource Allocation, Grant Writing
5) In undergrad you were served as a president in a student org. That’s a huge position but you don’t say anything about it. Put a few bullets under it like you would a job.
6) In your volunteer section put your last bullet first since you are currently doing it. List when you started (month, year) – Present.
7) Special skills: the 1st and last bullet is something that so many people put in their resume but it needs to be backed up by an example or else it sounds like an empty statement. I would leave those out of this section but make sure they are incorporated under a position you have (or had) and back it up with an example.
Maybe keep this section as just “Computer Skills.” Include Microsoft Word Excel. Do you know PowerPoint?
8) No need to put your references on your resume. Use that space to expand on your positions. References can be on a separate page, but only include if they ask for them in the application process.
9) If you are going to use all caps beware that spell check doesn’t work when you use caps (e.g. university is spelled wrong in your university honors/awards section.
Best of luck with your job search!
May 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm #156160
Lots to do! Thank you!
May 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm #156158
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, once you update your resume based on Andrea's feedback, you would post to this discussion!
June 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm #156155
Here's my Rocked resume!
June 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm #156153
Nijah, this is awesome - great job! Good luck with your search!
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