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How to write a Win-Win Resume by Deaundra Francis
Before you start writing your future “win-win” resume, you must do some research first. Ask yourself a few questions before you begin to create a template of your resume.
1. What position are you looking for? Is there a certain industry that you would like to work in, i.e., educator, customer service, nurse, etc.?
2. Research that position and know what qualifications is needed in that job. Research, research, research. You do not want to waste your time preparing and writing your resume that will not get you an interview. Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site (www.bls.gov) and the Bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov/oco) to research employment trends on immediate, future, and long term ranges of employment opportunities.
3. What experience do you have? List all of your current and past positions before you begin working on your resume. It may be best to keep your job descriptions from previous positions in a folder so that you can use them for future resumes and jobs. DO NOT forget dates of employment! References will be checked and called and if you do not have the dates, this could lead to a missed opportunity.
4. Will you be using a chronological, functional, or combination format for your resume? If education instead of experience or if you are trying to “break through” into an industry it is best to use a combination format because it uses the best of both worlds. Otherwise, if you have extensive experience in a certain field like “Human Resource Management” and no gaps in employment, then using the chronological format will be fine.
5. Now that you have done your research it is time to write your resume. Make sure that you have included all of your contact information: Name, address, telephone number (s), email address, and career summary.
6. At the top of your cover letter, but after your contact information has been provided, include your career summary. The difference between the career summary and an objective statement is that the career summary positions you as to what you would like to be perceived and can paint a picture of yourself. The objective statement is too vague and can limit your job potential. Things to include in your career summary: skills and competencies that you have acquired through volunteer work, education, training, and other activities.
7. If you do not have much experience and/or a recent graduate, then you may want to list your education first and then list your summer jobs or part-time positions. But if you have extensive experience, then I would suggest that you list your professional experience first and also list your achievements to back the experience up.
8. Next list your equipment skills and qualifications, especially in those careers that call for specific technological skills. This would include hardware, software, operating systems, applications, and networks.
9. Include professional affiliations such as educational, professional, or leadership associations in your resume. Make sure that you list any leadership positions, whether it is small or large positions.
10. Make sure that your grammar and spellings are correct and tailor your resume towards the position that you are applying for. You may at the end have five to ten different resumes for different positions.
You must learn how to polish your resume until it is perfect. Do not worry about the format until you have all the information that you will include in your resume first. Write your resume from the bottom up by starting with the easy stuff, such as education, technology, and professional affiliations. Write short job descriptions for your older positions and do not forget to highlight such things as rapid promotions and achievements. Then write longer job descriptions for your current or most recent positions and stay focus on the overall scope of responsibilities. Lastly, write your career summary and highlight very important aspects of your career. Your career summary can include your objective but should also include your skills and qualifications you have that is most closely related to the position that you are applying for.
Now that your resume is complete, it is time to market yourself!!