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Including awards, honors, and other information


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Creating an Effective Resume

with Mariann Siegert

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Adding additional information to your resume, such as publications, honors and awards, and professional affiliations, as you see listed here on this resume, can actually make you or break you. Of course, anything in your resume applies to this. With the huge amount of competition out there, you want any additional information placed in your resume to assist in making you the best candidate for the job. So, what information will make you shine in a positive light? And what information would make you end up in the dark bottom of a trashcan? First of all, make sure that all of the information you include on your resume reinforces and supports your qualifications for the position you're targeting.
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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

Including awards, honors, and other information

Adding additional information to your resume, such as publications, honors and awards, and professional affiliations, as you see listed here on this resume, can actually make you or break you. Of course, anything in your resume applies to this. With the huge amount of competition out there, you want any additional information placed in your resume to assist in making you the best candidate for the job. So, what information will make you shine in a positive light? And what information would make you end up in the dark bottom of a trashcan? First of all, make sure that all of the information you include on your resume reinforces and supports your qualifications for the position you're targeting.

You may use this area to show that you have something special to offer to the company and that you have something that you bring to the table that other applicants don't. At the same time, you don't want to offer any one opportunity to discriminate against you even before scoring in interview. Including honors and awards in your resume is a great way of showing off your outstanding accomplishments and achievements, and make you stand out from the crowd. Being recognized as exceptional by receiving certain honors and awards is solid proof of your success and adds credibility to your resume.

Of course, any remarkable or impressive accomplishment should be listed throughout your resume. Although if you have received more than three honors and awards--and if you have, congratulations, by the way-- you may want to consider, including a section appropriately named Honors and Awards. In this way, you can showcase and highlight them in a way that it won't be overlooked by the reader. If you don't have more than three, you can include your awards and honors in your Education section or your Professional Experience, depending on the type of recognition you received.

If the honor or award is not self-explanatory, make sure you specify and describe in enough detail to avoid any confusion. For example, if you are a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the reader may not know that this is an academic honor society as opposed to a social club. If you have publications, inventions, patents, or other types of discovery, consider adding a section entitled Publications and Patents. About hobbies, you may be asking if you should include this information.

And the answer is, in most cases absolutely not. I know of a situation where a lady had been laid off and was out of work for over a year. She had paid a pretty penny from here already depleted savings to have a professional write a resume for her. I was aghast when I saw the company she paid listed Professional Clown on her resume. The problem is that being a professional clown on the side would in no way assist her in marketing herself as a professional. A professional clown? Yes. But not a professional executive.

Leave things off your resume that don't pertain to your target and goal. So once you do include a hobby, hobbies that would make you a stronger candidate should be added. Let's say you've decided to make a career change to photography, but you have no professional experience behind you. This is where adding your hobby of photography would be beneficial to assisting you with breaking into your new career. In other words, if it adds more towards backing up your qualifications for the position you're targeting, add it.

If not, it has no place in your resume. Adding languages is a judgment call. In some cases, knowing a second language could be a very positive thing and could win the interview you're seeking in, even the job. That is, if the language will add to your qualifications for the position, be sure to only add languages that add your qualifications to avoid discrimination and possible biases. If you live in the United States, information such as your age, sex, weight, height, marital status, sexual preference, and nationality should not be included on your resume as they could lead to discrimination.

And there are laws in place to protect us from this discrimination. There are a few exceptions, but very few. You may be a model, for example, or you may live in another country where such practices are standard. Otherwise, don't include this information. Listing career-related publications on your resume will add to your credit and help the employer see that you are an expert in your field. It's an excellent way to stand out in the crowd. Be sure to add any books, articles, white papers, courses you've written, and any other career-related publications you have to your credit.

Use the citation format that is standard for your industry. Make sure that any additional information you add to your resume will reinforce and support your qualifications for the targeted job. You can make yourself outshine the competition and show you have something to offer that others don't. Just be certain that anything you add cannot be held against you, such as including political affiliations. Only add information that will make you stand out from the crowd and exceed in impressing upon the hiring manager that you are the one to get it done.

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