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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.
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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