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Rock Your Resume: Sunni Massey
July 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm #136249
- Why do you want your resume reviewed? I want to make sure I am presenting myself in the best light and highlighting my strengths effectively.
- What is your current situation? I am currently working and very happy with my job, but was told by a mentor to always keep my resume up-to-date and ready in case an opportunity arises.
- Where are you in the process? I have a resume drafted and have applied for one job in the past year and half.
- What is the main issue you’re encountering? I have a hard time showing the value of my soft skills. I think they are very valuable, but I am not sure how to convey that to potential employers.
- Can you share 1 link to a job you are interested in applying for? Affiliate Relations Manager, Chicago MEP: http://www.imec.org/imec.nsf/All/Job_Opening__Affiliate_Relations_Manager?OpenDocument
August 23, 2011 at 6:26 am #136256
Thank you for submitting your résumé to Rock Your Résumé! I am so glad that you are heeding the advice of your mentor and keeping your résumé updated and getting advice to make improvements!
You have excellent experience, skills, and education. I understand your concern of addressing your soft skills. I am so glad you asked about that because soft skills are equally important as hard or technical skills…and to balance both is also a talent. If you have really strong soft skills and you understand the value of them, I vote to showcase them. It is kind of like the philosophy of the résumé will get you the interview, but the likeability factor is what will get you the job. Being likeable is key and soft skills are next.
I recommend that you do not use a Word template or the Tables feature for your résumé. The templates are great for providing an outline, and the Tables feature is a fabulous feature, but not for tables. It is really hard to manipulate the text and sometimes when you copy and paste into online builders the tables can be stripped, depending on the applicant tracking system. Rather, just use enhancements such as borders, shading, text boxes, and bold. To set a right margin tab, click on view/ruler, then in the left side of the ruler, you will see a tab marking that looks like an L. Click that until you see a backward L and that is the right tab. You can also get help on tabs from the Help menu.
I turned on track changes in your résumé file and also made comments there, but you can see my initial strategy comments below to explain some of my overall philosophy:
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!
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.
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 for use in Applicant Track Systems.
- Most important, when you interview for the position—you and the hiring official will have great talking points directly relevant 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 some ideas on what has been working for me and my clients for 23 years. I “data mine” the job 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 of identifying keywords for you. 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 my toolkit is creating the résumé in at least 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 an online résumé builder, section by section. If the ATS allows, you can use the .doc, or .pdf for uploading into their 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—specifically, the ones generated with a template. Key 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. They won’t do you any good sitting in a folder.
Based on the announcement you shared, the changes on the attached reviewed 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 to that level accordingly. I would also analyze (or create) your brand and communicate it electronically and on paper.
I look forward to seeing how you incorporate the information into your next résumé. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them here. You can also contact me at [email protected]. I will reply as soon as possible.
Best of luck to you!
August 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm #136254
Wow, Camille! These are great comments. I can tell you really took the time to edit the document. I am truly grateful and will implement as many of your changes and recommendations as possible. Thanks so much!
August 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm #136252
You are so welcome! I look forward to seeing what you do with it. Be sure to re-post it here in the next couple of weeks so the RYR team can view. =)
Best of luck to you! I’m anxious to hear what happens, too!
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