The Resume Template
Getting Started
Your Accomplishments
Fill In the Template
Saving as Text
The Importance of the Keyword Search
Stupid Email Tricks
Signing Up for Job Sites
Keeping a Log of Your Job Sites
Posting Your Resume to Job Sites
Further Resume Examples


The Mechanics of the Job Search, Week 1
The Mechanics of the Job Search, Week 2... and Beyond
Handling the Job Offer


Fill In Template

Contact Information The contact information is at the top. Fill in yours in the appropriate place. If you are a web designer, or your website is professional enough to be displayed at work, list it. Otherwise, do not. Don't ever give a recruiter or employer a reason to screen you out.

Expertise

Expertise The expertise section is fairly generic - just take out the sections that are underlined and insert your own similarly worded phrases. Make sure to remove the underline formatting.


Qualifications

Qualifications Qualifications are bullet points that are haiku-like buzzwords meant to evoke you overall. It's a good place to put in "evocative" key words, like "team player", "business analyst", "customer service"; even though these things are not mentioned anywhere else in the resume or you haven't actually had the title of business analyst yet (but you've had enough experience to do the job).


Experience

Experience Under experience, just type in the company name (no location), your functional title, and the year-to-year dates. You don't need to provide much more in the way of detail until you are filling out the actual job application once they have extended you an offer in writing. The first two jobs listed can have 10 - 15 bullet points each - remember that you are selling potential contribution to the company - this is not a biography. It's a brochure. The other position listings should be limited to 5 - 10 bullet points apiece. The smaller it is, the more likely the recruiter or hiring manager will read it all the way through. You only need to provide enough information to get them interested enough in you to call you in for an interview. If you list too much information, then why should they interview you? It just seems to work against you, so don't do it.


Education & Affiliations

Education & Affiliations The education and affiliations part should be filled out as per the template and examples. It's really important not to provide any clues as to age. Human resources people have tables showing how much people should make according to their age and experience. I'm sure you've had enough of being pigeonholed like that. That's also why you don't list every single job you've ever had. This is another good place to list courses (professional, not college, that's the dead giveaway of a recent graduate) to bring your resume up more frequently in the searches.


Professional Skills

Professional Skills In the professional skills section, you need to list every single technical skill and environment in which you have ever worked. If you used a help desk package such as Remedy, then you list the database on top of which it runs (Oracle), the querying ability you obtained from it (SQL), the platform it ran on (Unix), the platform you're working on (Windows NT or 2000), and every other application that is on your desktop. I've heard recruiters complain that these lists should be edited down, but having tried it, you don't get nearly the hits (and CALLS) as before, so don't. Recruiters will edit your resume into their specific format to present to the client anyway. They're just fussing because they'll have to work a little harder. Oh well. If they had better technical skills themselves, maybe they wouldn't find it so difficult. (More on that later.)


There are always mistakes

Run spell check. Several times. Have a friend look over the resume to catch any words that evade a checker but are used wrongly (i.e. you resume instead of your resume). Put the document away for a day or so, and then look at it from the bottom of the document to the top, going backwards word-by-word. You'd be surprised what you catch doing a check that way.

Proceed to Saving the Resume as ASCII Text.


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