Building Career & Writing Resumes

Securing Employment in today’s Job Market

  • Understanding employer’s approach to the employment process
    • Process of employment search :
      1. Build toward career
      2. Prepare resume & other employment message
      3. Understand interview process
      4. Prepare for interview
      5. Participate in interview
      6. Follow-up & accept offer
    • How organizations prefer to find new employees :
      1. Look for someone inside the organization
      2. Rely on contacts & personal recommendations
      3. Hire an employment agency or search them
      4. Review unsolicited resume
      5. Solicit resumes through advertising
  • Organizing your approach to the employment process
    • Staying abreast of business & financial news
    • Researching specific companies
    • Networking (informal connections for business contacts)
    • Seeking career counseling

Preparing Resumes

Resume – written summary of a person’s education, employment background, & job qualifications

  • Planning your resume
    • Analyze the situation – purpose is to get an interview
    • Gather information – about the target industries, various job
    • Select the right medium – usual paper, electronic text
    • Organize information – highlights strengths, chronological approach is recommended
  • Types of resume :
    • The chronological resume
      • Dominated by works experiences
      • Most space for most recent positions
      • Advantages :
        • Familiar to the employers
        • Easy to find information
        • Highlights career progression
        • Shows employment continuity & stability
    • The functional/skills resume
      • Emphasizes skills & capabilities
      • Not really preferred by most employers
    • The combination resume
      • Includes the best features of the chronological & functional approaches
      • Group your strengths & list your experiences chronologically
      • Disadvantages :
        • Tends to be longer than chronological resume
        • Can be repetitious in skills & job experiences
  • Writing your resume
    • Keep your resume honest
    • Adapt your resume to your audience
    • Compose your resume using simple & direct style
    • Information included :
      • Name & contact information
      • Introductory statement
        • Career objective
        • Qualifications summary
        • Career summary
      • Education
      • Work experience, skills & accomplishments
      • Activities & achievements
      • Personal data & references
  • Completing your resume
    • Revise your resume, avoid :
      • Too long or too wordy
      • Too short or unclear
      • Difficult to read
      • Poorly written
      • Displaying weak understanding of the particular industry
      • Poor-quality printing
      • Many grammar or spelling errors
      • Boastful
      • Gimmicky design
    • Producing your resume – simple, clean, & professional
    • Proofread your resume thoroughly
    • Distribute your resume based on the employer’s instructions
      • Traditional mailing
      • Fax
      • E-mail
      • Online posting

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