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Resume Building and Job Searching. @ the Milton Public Library. Thinking like a recruiter Resumes and coverletters Social media and your job search Interview skills. Today’s Topics. You need a flawless resume and coverletter. What job recruiters want: Mind your resume and coverletter. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Resume Building and Job Searching@ the Milton Public LibraryTodays TopicsThinking like a recruiterResumes and coverlettersSocial media and your job searchInterview skills

What job recruiters want: Mind your resume and coverletter

You need a flawless resume and coverletterMisspellings, formatting issues, punctuation issues. A sloppy resume indicates a sloppy and careless prospective employee. Take the extra time or spend the extra money to have your resume and coverletter free of errors.3Make it personalWrite a coverletter for each job. Review your resume for each job.4Act like you want the jobShare your enthusiasm when interviewing or applying. Show that you can do the job, will enjoy the job and you will bring something positive to the job environment.Highlight your skill setNo recruiter wants to read a four page resume, so try to keep it succinct. Highlight the skills that make you the perfect match for the job rather than detail every minor thing you have ever worked on.Resumes and CoverlettersBooks: 650.14 in the non fiction section of the Milton Public LibraryOnline: search for resume examples, resume templates, or in Microsoft Word search for resume templates.Know the purpose of your resumeThe objective of a resume is to land an interview!!!!Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document was to land a job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you the job (hopefully!).8Back up your qualities and strengthsBack up your qualities with real life and work experiences (dont forget your outside organizationsvolunteering = excellent way to get experience and to meet people in the field)Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.9Make sure to use the right keywords by analyzing the job adCheck the job description, use a thesaurus, look for clues as to what the employer might be looking for.You will find plenty of useful information on job ads. Analyze not only the ad that you will be applying for, but also those from companies on the same segment or offering related positions. You should be able to identify what profile they are looking for and how the information should be presented. Alos: understand what the job entails and do a little history checking into the company.10Use effective titlesGrab the employers attention and be descriptive to give a better idea of past work experience.

Example: Accounting

Better:Management of accounts received, accounts paid and financial RecordkeepingOne resume and coverletter for each employerTailor your resume and coverletter for each employer and job ad.One of the most common mistakes that people make is to create a standard resume and send it to all the job openings that they can find. Sure it will save you time, but it will also greatly decrease the chances of landing an interview (so in reality it could even represent a waste of time). Tailor your resume for each employer. The same point applies to your cover letters.12No scattered informationYour resume must have a clear focus.Your resume must have a clear focus. It would cause a negative impression if you mentioned that one year you were studying drama, and the next you were working as an accountant. Make sure that all the information you will include will work towards a unified image. Employers like decided people. It also helps you to focus on the job ad rather than putting in off topic information.13Use action verbsAction verbs are basically verbs that will get noticed more easily, and that will clearly communicate what your experience or achievement were.

Examples: managed, coached, enforced and planned.List of many examples to use can be found at http://www.quintcareers.com/action_skills.htmlDont forget the basicsMake sure that your contact details are clearly listed. The first thing on your resume should be your name. It should be bold and with a larger font than the rest of the text. Secondly, both the name and contact details should be included on all the pages of the resume (if you have more than one). I put it in as a footer and include page numbers.15Have someone else read it!!!Get feedback, spelling mistakes, etc.16Social media, the job search, and interview skillsEmail addressesAnswering machines/ phone messagesRingtonesAnswering the phone in personFacebook and other social mediaJob sitesThe interviewEmail addressesMake a new one. Make it professional.Your name.Great way to keep track of the resumes you have sent and the responses.Answering machines / phone messages / ringtonesNo cutsey ringtones, definitely no cursing, or your favorite music. Professionalyou are trying to get a job, not make friends.Answering machines/phone messages should be polite, refrain from Leave a messagetry You have reached _____ please leave a message and I will return your call. Thank you.This is generally the first time your possible employer gets to hear from you. Do not make it a negative experience or they just might decide not to leave that message.

19Answering the phone in personBe polite. You never know.I try to answer: This is Scott can I help you?20Facebook and other social media (twitter, blogs, websites, etc.)Be careful what you post and what you make public. Employers will most likely Google you or Facebook you even if they do not do a background check.

If you do not want your boss to see itdo not post it or post it anonymously.Job searching Try going directly to the company website rather than a job database.Figure out the industry you want to work in, do some homework. Consider job searching, resume writing as your full time job.The interviewDress for success.Be positive.Do not LIE!!! Do not lie on your resume or it could show in the interview.The interview is your time to shine. Tie everything into a couple of themes that you have chosen from the job ad. Example: collaboration, team playing, building partnerships with other organizations, etc. Listen to the interviewer, jot down notes and take your time answering each question.Represent yourselfno one else will.Dont overstate your skillsDon't misrepresent yourself on your resume. If you can't speak intelligently about something, don't list it. I had a candidate once, who had a particular technology listed on his resume. I wasn't familiar with it, so I googled it and pulled up the definition on Wikipedia. When I asked the candidate about said technology, he proceeded to read the EXACT Wikipedia definition to me. He didnt get the job!-Tracy Green Integrity Management Consulting

Never inflate your resume; a recruiter can usually tell when something isn't right. Being up front and honest from the beginning will lead to better rapport and unforeseen opportunities down the road. Integrity is everything.-David BraunIntecon23