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Writing effective names for resume banks


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Creating an Effective Resume

with Mariann Siegert

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When you upload your resume to online resume banks, many ask you to name your resume by giving it a title. To give you an example, I've logged on to monster.com to show you where you will be asked to provide this information. Keep in mind that you will have to set up an account to do this, but don't worry, it's free. Once you set up your profile, you can click on the Create Resume box, which is located right here. Once you do, you'll have the options to either build, upload, or copy and paste your resume.
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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

Writing effective names for resume banks

When you upload your resume to online resume banks, many ask you to name your resume by giving it a title. To give you an example, I've logged on to monster.com to show you where you will be asked to provide this information. Keep in mind that you will have to set up an account to do this, but don't worry, it's free. Once you set up your profile, you can click on the Create Resume box, which is located right here. Once you do, you'll have the options to either build, upload, or copy and paste your resume.

So you can just select one. I'll choose Upload. The next box you'll see is select the resume you want to use, and you can browse for it. But right underneath of that is the resume name, which says, "Employers will see this title," and also the desired job title. In other words on monster.com here, for example, the information that's included here will be seen by recruiters and employers when performing their searches looking for job candidates. Therefore it's very important what you choose here as opposed to just typing anything, thinking it's irrelevant to your job search.

Actually, it's quite the opposite. Also, you can use the same information in the resume name underneath of the desired job title. There are many considerations when choosing a job title for online searches. You want to be sure you choose a title that employers and recruiters will be searching for. For instance, say you have a job title currently that is not an industry-standard title. Let's say you're a bartender, but the current title the restaurant has given you is Alcohol Custodian.

If you're looking to switch jobs and you put Alcohol Custodian as your title, anyone looking for a bartender is never going to find you in their searches. In order to write an effective job title, you must do some research. Jump online and search resume banks for positions you'll be interested in applying for. Note the most common descriptions for the position you are seeking. When you are creating your title, add as much information as you can. Most resume banks have a limit on the number of characters that you're allowed to use. For example, monster.com has a character limit of 35.

You need to try to communicate in those few characters who you are and what you offer. For example, instead of simply using the word 'bartender' as your title, use Bartender Professional Server Certification. You can use common industry abbreviations, such as IT architect, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Graphics Designer, Creative Suite Java, SAP ABAP Developer with five years, Pharmacokinetics Scientist Ph D. with 12 years.

And, by the way, if could say this one, you deserve your Ph D. There is a handy little tool in Word to help with the number of characters. If you have Word 2010, highlight the title and only the title--I just grabbed the space there--and then go to Review > Proofing > Word Count. This tool will tell you exactly how many characters you're using. It tells you how many characters with spaces and with no spaces, and although I am using Word 2010, most other versions of Word contain this feature as well.

It actually can be a lot of fun being creative with your title. Try different combinations, use abbreviations, and create the best title for your position that will tell the employer who you are, what position you are looking for, and how your experience can help them. The point is to create a title that will entice the employer to read on.

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