What makes a resume strategic?
Resumes are often thought as the first "to do" item when one thinks about career transition. In reality, the best resumes are written after carefully determining a specific focus or direction.
A strong resume should quickly tell the reader about your skills and abilities. At best, a resume will get you in the door for an interview or meeting. It will not get you a job.
Most people find that completing a resume is quite satisfying as they see their many accomplishments. Think of it as a mirror image of you in written form.
What are our learning objectives?
In this workshop we will cover:
- Defining your focus and direction
- The importance of key words
- SOAR statements
- Specific content and format guidelines
- Creating an electronic version of your resume
- Job search correspondence - cover, target, and thank you letters
What are our behavioral objectives
- Write a clear statement of your focus and direction
- Create SOAR statements to include in your resume
- Create a list of key words relevant to your field
- Create a resume in standard and electronic formats
- Write a rough draft of a cover letter, target letter and thank you letter
Purpose of a Resume
Why write a resume?
- Marketing Tool
A way to highlight skills and accomplishments while setting yourself apart from the competition.
A tool to introduce you to individuals or companies that don't know you
- To entice - Open doors
A means to get your foot in the door by creating interest in the reader.
- Preparation for interviewing
Helps you get clear on skills, accomplishments, and where you've had an impact.
What do I need to consider first?
Essential to creating an effective resume is having self awareness, both professionally and personally. Spend time considering the following questions.
- Who am I?
- What do I want to do?
- Where do I want to be?
What do I need to be aware of?
Develop awareness and an appreciation for yourself by knowing your:
Click to download a worksheet on "Identifying Your Focus."