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Unformatted text preview: The Job Search Resumes 1 Average Amount of Time Spent Reading Resume = 10-30 Seconds Source : InfoWeek 2 “ 1,000 unsolicited resumes typically arrive in the daily mail at Fortune 500 companies……….. 4 out of 5 are tossed after a quick perusal!!” --U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT 3 Test Your Test Your Employment Savvy 1. The average employee will have worked at how many jobs over the course of a career? 1 to 3 4 to 7 8 to 11 12 to 15 4 Test Your Test Your Employment Savvy 1. The average employee will have worked at how many jobs over the course of a career? 1 to 3 4 to 7 8 to 11 12 to 15 5 Test Your Employment Savvy 2. Having your job terminated ranks in the top ten of life’s most severe crises. True False 6 Test Your Employment Savvy 2. Having your job terminated ranks in the top ten of life’s most severe crises. True False 7 Test Your Employment Savvy 3. You are putting together a résumé. What format do recruiters generally prefer? Chronological (arranged around dates) Functional (arranged around skills) Combination 8 Test Your Employment Savvy 3. You are putting together a résumé. What format do recruiters generally prefer? Chronological (arranged around dates) Functional (arranged around skills) Combination 9 Test Your Employment Savvy 4. Many experts in the field of recruiting think that the surest way for a college graduate to find a job today is by Searching the Internet Sending out hundreds of résumés Networking Reading the classified ads 10 Test Your Employment Savvy 4. Many experts in the field of recruiting think that the surest way for a college graduate to find a job today is by Searching the Internet Sending out hundreds of résumés Networking Reading the classified ads 11 Test Your Employment Savvy 5. You begin your job search the way most people do by looking through the newspaper ads. What percentage of available opportunities can you find in those ads? 10 to 19 percent 20 to 29 percent 30 to 49 percent 50 percent or more 12 Test Your Employment Savvy 5. You begin your job search the way most people do by looking through the newspaper ads. What percentage of available opportunities can you find in those ads? 10 to 19 percent 20 to 29 percent 30 to 49 percent 50 percent or more 13 Test Your Employment Savvy 6. You’ve heard that “networking” is a good way to find a job. Who should be on your list of people to contact? Potential employers and professional organizations Family members, friends, neighbors, associates School alumni and former instructors Your dentist, your doctor, other service providers All of the above 14 Test Your Employment Savvy 6. You’ve heard that “networking” is a good way to find a job. Who should be on your list of people to contact? Potential employers and professional organizations Family members, friends, neighbors, associates School alumni and former instructors Your dentist, your doctor, other service providers. All of the above 15 Test Your Employment Savvy 7. You’re now a serious candidate for a job. What percentage of companies will require pre-employment drug testing? About 20 percent About 40 percent About 60 percent About 80 percent 16 Test Your Employment Savvy 7. You’re now a serious candidate for a job. What percentage of companies will require pre-employment drug testing? About 20 percent About 40 percent About 60 percent About 80 percent 17 Test Your Employment Savvy 8. You’ve landed a job interview with a company that has a casual dress code. What should you do? Dress in campus casual attire Dress professionally in a suit Hit a happy medium Call to ask interviewer 18 Test Your Employment Savvy 8. You’ve landed a job interview with a company that has a casual dress code. What should you do? Dress in campus casual attire Dress professionally in a suit or Hit a happy medium Call to ask interviewer 19 The Job Search Identify Your Interests Do I enjoy working with people? Data? Objects? Do I want to be my own boss? Work in a small, medium, or large company? How important are salary, benefits, tech support, job stability, travel opps, security? How important are location, climate, work environment, co­workers, job stimulation? 20 The Job Search (Cont.) Evaluating Your Qualifications (What You Offer) Your computer skills Your school (courses, etc), job, other acquired skills Do you work well with people (examples)? Are you a leader, manager (examples)? Do you speak other languages/have you traveled? Are you creative/Do you learn quickly/Do you communicate well (examples)? Identify gaps in resume and fill them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 Choosing a Career Path Check classifieds Check professional organizations’ announcements Contact companies On­Campus interviews & workshops (diversity, entertainment, sports, etc.) Ask your profs, family, friends USC Alumni Clubs (all major cities – send email to Club President) & Trojan Network (3 contacts/month) Develop your own network of contacts!! 22 The Job Search (Cont.) Electronic Sources America’s Job Bank (free, very big) Hoovers.com (company and industry info, subscription fee) Wetfeet.com (job ads, company and industry info) Vault.com (company research, job links) CareerBuilder (classifieds of major newspapers) Jobsdb.com (lots on Asia) Monster.com (a monster) Usajobs.com (Federal gvt.) USC Monster Trak (especially good for LA) 23 The Job Search (Cont.) Check “boutique sites” for specific industries gijobs.net for military talentzoo.com (really good for advertising) efinancialcareers.com for finance Real­jobs.com for real estate casinocareers.com (if Vegas is your thing) GOOGLE: JOB TYPE + JOB 24 Writing a Persuasive Resume to Get You in the Door! Robert M. McCann, Ph.D. Center for Management Communication 25 Resume Headings TOMMY TROJAN 1234 Heritage Hall Los Angeles, CA 90090 (213) 555­1212 (Cell) (213) 555­1919 (Home) (213) 555­1313 (FAX) ttrojan@sba.usc.edu 26 TOMMY TROJAN 1234 Heritage Hall Los Angeles, CA 90090 (213) 555-1212 ________________________________________ 27 THOMAS T. TROJAN School Address Permanent Address 1234 Heritage Hall Los Angeles, CA 90090 90090 (213) 555-1212 123 Oak Street Los Angeles, CA (213) 666-1313 _________________________________ _________________________________ 28 Education OPTIONAL REQUIRED s School/University s Degree s Date of graduation s Concentration Relevant courses (but don’t inventory all of them) GPA (calculate and note MAJOR GPA if better) Other schools Special programs (Semester at Sea, Comparative Mgmt. Program, International Travel Program) 29 EDUCATION University of Southern California B.S. Business Administration, May 2006 Marketing concentration GPA 3.2 Orange Coast College General Education courses Relevant Coursework Business Communication Personal Selling GPA 3.4 Sales Force Management International Marketing 30 Work Experience Writing a Persuasive Résumé Use action verbs to summarize achievements and Describe your experience. skills relevant to your targeted job. Prepared state and federal tax returns for individuals with incomes under $25,000. Conducted interviews with over 50 individuals to elicit data regarding taxes. Determined legitimate tax deductions and recorded them accurately. 31 The Worst Job Ever EX: Shoveling cow manure – try using action verbs Highlight “ARA” Accomplishments Results Achievements You can make almost any job attractive on paper 32 Writing a Persuasive Résumé Writing a Persuasive R Work Experience List your previous jobs. Start with the most recent jobs. Include employer’s name and city, dates of employment (month, year), and most significant title. Manager, Fleet Equipment, Kettering, Ohio. 6/03 to present Salesperson, Kmart, Dayton, Ohio. 4/02 - 5/03 Salesperson, Kmart Tax Preparer, Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio. March, 2003 Sinclair present 33 Experience Service Representative, Canon Corporation, Summer 2005 • Responded quickly to questions from customers • Entered computer data • Assisted in training of new temporary staff Sales Associate, Nordstrom’s, Summers 2003, 2004 • Sold ladies’ active sportswear • Arranged merchandise for display • Conducted product inventory • Performed quality customer service 34 Experience CONVERSE, INC., Los Angeles, CA Senior Sales and Promotion Representative, May 2000present • Have expanded territory from $800,000 to $4.0 million • Plan sales and promotion budget for L.A. territory • Perform active client management • Maintain profit margins above company standards Note verb tense 35 Activities and Honors Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary Dean’s Scholar Mortar Board Dean’s List Kappa Alpha Theta sorority Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity Dean’s Advisory Board American Management Association 36 References Available Upon Request At a minimum, have the references ready on another piece of paper!!!! 37 Unless you have a very well known reference…. ____________References___________ President William J. Clinton 714 Lewinski Drive Chappaqua, New York 10514 (914) 555-1414 38 Career Objective: To Include or not Include…. Pros: Make resumes easy to classify and indicate commitment to a career Cons: Can disqualify a candidate if the stated objective doesn’t meet the job description 39 Career Objective (Cont.) Solutions: Prepare individual, targeted resumes for each job (and keep copies of what you did) OR Include objective for targeted jobs Omit objective for general, mass resume Include objective in cover letter AND AVOID the words entry­level as they emphasize lack of experience 40 Objective To obtain a position in retail management where my skills and abilities can be utilized for the benefit of the company. To obtain an internship with Accenture Consulting. To obtain a position in international finance with a company located in the Pacific Rim. 41 PERSONAL Interests include softball, roller hockey, tennis, classical music and hiking. Concert violinist, tae kwon do black belt, private airplane pilot 42 Avoid I Long paragraphs Spelling/grammar errors Spelling/grammar errors Faulty parallel wording Faulty parallel wording Complete sentences Complete sentences Typos Typos Pics, graphics, useless web links 43 Call the company that you are applying to and ask if they scan their resumes electronically If you can’t get an answer, it is probably best to prepare one of each Scanned resumes do NOT have graphics and fancy fonts Some specific suggestions are…… 44 Computer Friendly Resume Emphasis Resume Length In study of 570 recruiters: Recruiters SAID they preferred 1 page resumes, but they CHOSE to interview more applicants with 2 page resumes On­line resumes making this point somewhat moot Advice: Make resume as long as you need to sell your skills, but keep it as concise a possible 45 Resume Formats s Chronological s Functional s Targeted 46 Resume Formats Chronological: Lists work history by job, starting with most recent Advantages: Recruiters can read it quickly and easily If you have applicable experience, probably the best way to go Good for showing pattern of steady career growth 47 Resume Formats (Cont.) Functional (Skill): focuses attention on candidate’s skills; lists skills and accomplishments in special categories (e.g., Retailing, Marketing) Advantages: Can deemphasize negative employment history Good if change jobs frequently Good if gaps in resume Good for recent grads with little experience 48 Resume Formats (Cont.) Combination: emphasizes skills and capabilities, while also including complete job history Advantages: Can be a good choice for recent graduates b/c can tell prospective employer what they can do for company 49 Examples of Chronological and Functional Resumes (see sample student resumes and other resumes) Chronological – page 26 and Overhead Ex. Functional – page 27 Combination – page 29 50 BLOOPERS “Please disregard the enclosed resume. It is terribly out of date.” “Here are my qualifications for you to overlook.” “Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty.” 51 “Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer.” “I am a rabid typist.” “Work Experience: Responsibilities included checking customers out.” 52 What Do Recruiters Consider Most Important in a Résumé? “Dates when things happened and accomplishments.” “A targeted and clear objective.” “Information about skills that apply to the job; less about job history and past duties.” “Valid information in an easy­to­read, attractive style.” 53 “The candidate’s address, email and phone number. Lots of people put them only in the cover letter!” What Do Recruiters Consider Most Important in a Résumé? “Realizing that the employer is looking for ‘red flags’ and making sure there aren’t any. If you have an employment gap, include a clear statement explaining it.” 54 ...
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