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Creating an Effective Resume

Dealing with long-term employment


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Creating an Effective Resume

with Mariann Siegert

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Unfortunately, there is not a lot of loyalty on either side in the workplace anymore. The good thing is is if you have been with one company for a long time, this could put you in a positive light. Then again, you don't want to be seen as an outdated relic with the skills of a dinosaur either. So how do you make sure you're marketing yourself in the best possible light in your resume when you've been in the same company for an extended period? Let's take a look at some of the ways to accomplish this. Have you been promoted within a company over the years, or have you held different positions with different titles? If so, list each position you've held separately, with its own title and time periods.
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  1. 3m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. Filling out the career management worksheet
      1m 34s
  2. 29m 13s
    1. Creating a marketing campaign
      2m 50s
    2. Discovering your dream job
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of keywords
      2m 14s
    4. Finding essential keywords
      6m 34s
    5. Incorporating action verbs
      4m 51s
    6. Getting results using PAR statements
      4m 40s
    7. Researching the employer
      4m 25s
  3. 37m 2s
    1. Targeting your resume
      7m 16s
    2. Sidestepping blunders and the "10-Second Screen-Out"
      5m 44s
    3. Deciding on resume length
      6m 29s
    4. Keeping your resume concise
      5m 23s
    5. Refreshing your resume
      4m 52s
    6. Critiquing your resume
      3m 31s
    7. Avoiding identity theft
      3m 47s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. Entering the workforce
      7m 48s
    2. Filling in employment gaps
      5m 21s
    3. Dealing with long-term employment
      3m 9s
    4. Switching career paths
      4m 56s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding resume jargon
      1m 27s
    2. Reverse chronological
      2m 25s
    3. Functional
      6m 11s
    4. Combined chrono-functional
      2m 35s
  6. 7m 1s
    1. Understanding the curriculum vitae (CV)
      3m 29s
    2. Working with online resumes and portfolios
      3m 32s
  7. 41m 23s
    1. Formatting fundamentals for your resume
      6m 39s
    2. Including (or not including) an objective
      4m 10s
    3. Creating a headline
      5m 1s
    4. Writing a qualifications summary
      4m 47s
    5. Showcasing achievements vs. listing job duties
      5m 31s
    6. Including technical information
      5m 22s
    7. Putting your education to work
      4m 41s
    8. Including awards, honors, and other information
      5m 12s
  8. 19m 1s
    1. Knowing which file format is best
      2m 10s
    2. Saving to earlier versions of Word
      2m 48s
    3. Saving as a PDF
      5m 27s
    4. Creating a RTF version
      3m 54s
    5. Saving to HTML format
      4m 42s
  9. 15m 9s
    1. Evaluating online resume banks
      5m 32s
    2. Writing effective names for resume banks
      3m 43s
    3. Double-checking formatting after uploading
      2m 45s
    4. Becoming too visible
      3m 9s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Creating a cover letter
      7m 47s
    2. Compiling your references
      4m 35s
    3. Writing thank-you notes
      5m 38s
    4. Printing, copying, and the importance of paper
      3m 45s
  11. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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Creating an Effective Resume
3h 29m Appropriate for all Apr 22, 2011

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In Creating an Effective Resume, author Mariann Siegert provides step-by-step guidance on creating resumes that highlight accomplishments and specifically target a potential employer's needs. The course covers how to build a resume that encompasses action statements, keywords, styling, and effective content, while addressing common stumbling blocks such as handling employment gaps and career changes. Framing the resume as a vital component of a personalized marketing campaign, Mariann shows how to conduct employer research and utilize keyword optimization techniques to increase a resume's potential of being found by employers and recruiters on resume banks and job sites. Also included are tips on writing cover letters and thank-you notes. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Determining the appropriate resume length
  • Choosing the best layout
  • Identifying and incorporating essential keywords
  • Tips from recruiters
  • Showcasing achievements and job duties using P.A.R. statements
  • Evaluating resume banks
  • Saving to different file formats
  • Compiling references, cover letters, and thank-you notes
Subjects:
Business Business Skills Career Development
Author:
Mariann Siegert

Dealing with long-term employment

Unfortunately, there is not a lot of loyalty on either side in the workplace anymore. The good thing is is if you have been with one company for a long time, this could put you in a positive light. Then again, you don't want to be seen as an outdated relic with the skills of a dinosaur either. So how do you make sure you're marketing yourself in the best possible light in your resume when you've been in the same company for an extended period? Let's take a look at some of the ways to accomplish this. Have you been promoted within a company over the years, or have you held different positions with different titles? If so, list each position you've held separately, with its own title and time periods.

Use action verbs such as 'promoted to' to describe your transition. If you've held the same position at the company without changing titles, try to remember how your position has evolved over the years and how your duties and your responsibilities have changed. Rewrite your job duties and responsibilities to reflect your achievements and accomplishments, while highlighting your transferable skills. Keep your skills up to date. Being in the same position for a long time may be a red flag to recruiters that your skills may be outdated.

Develop new skills. Do you feel stagnant in your current position? Try volunteering or taking classes to experience new challenges and develop new skills. Attend seminars if possible. Then add this information to your resume by creating a Professional Development section. Keep your computer skills up to the minute. If you've taken job-related continuing education courses, or if you've taken related classes on lynda.com, add these to your resume. Don't fossilize yourself. Remove obsolete applications such as MS-DOS or WordStar from your list of skillsets.

Refresh your resume with new technology. Use your longevity to your advantage. Make sure to highlight and use this in your marketing plan, that you're dedicated, you're committed, you're trustworthy, and you're loyal. Focus on matching your experience and skillsets that you've gained over the years with what the new employer needs. Make sure that you target your resume. Start your resume with a well-written headline, followed by a qualifications summary presenting the employer right off the bat with an initial hard sell.

Use the summary to demonstrate that you're highly qualified for the job at hand. Use quantifiable information such as percentages and dollar amounts. Have you saved the company money? Made the company more efficient? Spell it out with numbers and attention-grabbing PAR statements. If you're not sure what a PAR statement is, make sure you watch the movie "Getting Results Using PAR Statements." The key to presenting your long-term employment history in a positive light is by showcasing your accomplishments and achievements, your loyalty, and your transferable skills.

High turnover at companies is very expensive for the employer. Did you know that it costs an average of over $13,000 to hire a new person? Use your steadfastness and solid work history as a selling point to enhance your resume and stand out from the crowd.

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