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Creating an Effective Resume

Putting your education to work


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Creating an Effective Resume

with Mariann Siegert

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Put your education to work by including your educational details in your resume. From college majors and degrees to professional licenses and continuing education, each can help sell your qualifications for employment. Since your resume is your advertisement and you only have about ten seconds to convince the employer to read on, it's crucial that your resume gets to work immediately by selling your top credentials. But where exactly should you insert the Education section on your resume? What if you have too much information or not enough? What should you include and what should you leave off? As with most things dealing with humans, everyone is different, and answers to these questions depend on your individual circumstances.
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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

Putting your education to work

Put your education to work by including your educational details in your resume. From college majors and degrees to professional licenses and continuing education, each can help sell your qualifications for employment. Since your resume is your advertisement and you only have about ten seconds to convince the employer to read on, it's crucial that your resume gets to work immediately by selling your top credentials. But where exactly should you insert the Education section on your resume? What if you have too much information or not enough? What should you include and what should you leave off? As with most things dealing with humans, everyone is different, and answers to these questions depend on your individual circumstances.

So, the answer is, it depends, but what does it depend on? Let's start by looking at some of the most common scenarios and answers. First of all, where should I place the Education section? Education is most often a new grads' strongest marketing strategy. If you are in the early stages of your career, education will play a more prominent role in your getting a job. New graduates that have less than five years of experience are most often advised to place the Education section near the top of their resume just beneath the headline and qualifications summary.

For more information on this, see the movie called "Entering the Workforce." If you have five years or more of experience in the industry, experience is your primary asset. It will be a greater selling point and hold more weight for the employer. If this is the case, feature your experience by placing it directly under the headline and qualifications summary. Showcase your achievements and accomplishments, not your responsibilities and job duties. If you have a doctorial degree for your career in medicine, science, research, or academics, these fields usually require composing a curriculum vitae, commonly known as a CV.

CVs usually begin with the Education section, regardless of experience. Your education should come first if you have veered off your original career path and that path is now taking you back to the career in which you originally received your degree. If you have gone back to college and have completed coursework towards your targeting career goal, again, place your education information first. Be sure to include this information and highlight your transferable skills in your Professional Experience section. For more information on this, see the movie called "Switching Career Paths." What if your degree is incomplete? If you have never completed your degree, list the number of credits completed or the type of study undertaken. Take a look at this example.

1998 - 2002, Sam Houston State University, completed 90 credit hours towards a BS in computer science. Some people might ask, should I include my high school information? Well, if you have just graduated from high school and have no college information, go ahead and include your high school info. If you have any college credits completed or if you have a college degree, leave off the high school information and include the new college info. Should you include your GPA? You can include your GPA if it's very impressive.

Some say 3.0 while others say 3.4 or above. If your major GPA is higher than the cumulative GPA, include it instead. The further away you move from graduation and your bank of experience begins to outweigh your educational experience, your GPA becomes less and less important and can eventually just be removed. Recent graduates should go heavy on the details. You need to include the college name and graduation year, degree major and minor, GPA--but only if it's exceptional-- coursework, and honors, thesis, research projects, internships, studies abroad, graduating Summa Cum Laude, hold a high lass rank such as 4th of 652.

Graduates a few years distance from school should begin paring down on the details. Start concentrating on your professional experience and your accomplishments. Those with experience should include their college degree of course, but only add additional information that is relevant to your target career, such as licenses, credentials, certificates, vocational training, continuing education, seminars, and things such as these. Rule of thumb: when writing your resume, the most essential information comes first.

For example, if having your MBA is important in your career field, don't bury it at the end of your resume. Now, it's the time to put your education to work for you.

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