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Rock My Resume: Sherry Janke
September 20, 2011 at 2:24 am #141671
I would like my resume reviewed because I haven’t written one for 15 years! I’m rusty and will need to submit it when I apply for jobs. My current situation is that I was recently reduced to part time status and want to be prepared when I search for a full time position. I have been looking for positions and am ready to apply. The main issue I am encountering is that I have not had a resume for awhile and need to be sure I am presenting the best “me” I can.
Link to the types of jobs I will be looking at:
October 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm #141679
Hi Sherry – Thank you for your patience in receiving a review. Is that job announcement for City of Norfolk still open? We want to make sure that we are reviewing one that is relevant and real-time. If it’s closed, please share another open position you would like to seek… – Andy (GovLoop Community Manager)
November 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm #141676
Thank you for participating in the Rock Your Résumé program! I’m honored to review your résumé and hope my suggestions will help you improve your résumé so you can land your dream job! I went ahead and used the job announcement link that you posted. I hope that is okay.
Your situation is a bit different where you have been with one organization for quite a while so it is a bit difficult to show your progression going from a secretary to I.T. without knowing a little more of the story, but hopefully this will be a good start.
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—quickly! Rather than using an objective, replace it with a 3-4 keywords across the top and 3-4 line professional summary.
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 the KEYwords specific to the announcement, then the job title and a brief 3 to 4-line profile summary, incorporating keywords. Create the Qualifications Summary to demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities, i.e., your qualifications related to the job. Then craft the Core Competencies section using keywords from the announcement along with your expertise and skills.
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 online résumé builders (applicant tracking systems).
- Most important, when you interview for the position—you and the hiring official will have great talking points that are specific to the job announcement!
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. In a normal client relationship, I interview you to learn about you and collect data to help me tell your story. I also “data mine” the announcement to obtain keywords and qualifications, then relate your experience, knowledge, and skills to create your brand and story after I interview you. 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 online résumé builders 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 of your profile so can include it with your application. Read the announcement carefully as to what the requirements are and as you complete the online application, if the agency allows it, you may be able to attach the .doc and .pdf versions as well. This is one reason I include the “fancy” version of the résumé for my clients and not just a text version for the applicant tracking system.
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—possibly word processor-based templates. 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.
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 also analyze (or create) your brand and communicate it electronically and on paper. I think I made the changes to point where you could continue with the rest of the résumé that doesn’t have the line-by-line changes.
Best of luck to you!
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December 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm #141674
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