Published on October 17, 2009
Professional CV writing: Professional CV writing Eng. Adel Samir Our Big Goal!: Our Big Goal! To put YOU on the road to a promising career ! PowerPoint Presentation: Don't worry, you're not alone… writing a resume is intimidating for everyone . What makes it difficult is knowing what to include , what not to , what to highlight , what to de-emphasize , etc. PowerPoint Presentation: Putting all the pieces together RIGHT Interesting Facts: Interesting Facts The fact is, HR professionals and hiring managers receive hundreds of resumes for any given position, and on average, will spend about 10-30 seconds on yours . Some experts agree that obsessive review of documents or similar – like resume searches can cause attention spans to drop to as little as nine seconds – equivalent to a goldfish glance. Organizing information incorrectly could cost you a shot at an interview, and is a very common mistake made by job seekers. PowerPoint Presentation: Why is a Resume so important? Wikipedia® says;: Wikipedia ® says; A résumé is a document that contains a summary of relevant job experience and education . The résumé is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview , when seeking employment . In many contexts, a résumé is short (usually one page) , and therefore contains only experience directly relevant to a particular position. Many résumés contain precise keywords that potential employers are looking for, make heavy use of active verbs, and display content in a flattering manner. So, why is it so important?: So, why is it so important ? A resume reflects the potential work an employer can expect from you. Of course, there are those unusual cases when a resume didn’t make much of a difference. However, there are times when employers make really wrong decisions and/or references. Historical Employers Mistakes: Historical Employers Mistakes Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper. For lack of ideas… MGM’s memo after Fred Astaire’s screen test said: “Can’t act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Beethoven’s violin teacher declared him… “hopeless as a composer.” PowerPoint Presentation: For everyone else… there is only the resume to get you noticed. PowerPoint Presentation: Content ...so then, what are recruiters looking for? PowerPoint Presentation: First, it is vital to understand the resume reviewing process and your recruiter's situation : Recruiters are normally under immense time pressures and working to tight deadlines. They are initially searching for just a few keywords in your resume . They will heartlessly reject resumes that they are finding difficult to navigate through, as their time is precious. Not knowing what you are like, the presentation of your resume will reflect on you and the potential work they can expect from you. Jobseekers do not realize that the way their information is presented , can often be of more value in getting to the next stage of the application process, than the information itself. Poor presentations can:: Poor presentations can : Hide your most important background and skills from the recruiter. Stop your resume from being read fully. Convey a poor standard of work impression in the mind of the recruiter just from content. Ultimately, STOP your application from going to the next stage. Good presentations can:: Good presentations can : Attract the HR professional to the document the moment your resume is received or before other applicants. Communicate that you have skills needed for the position and beyond by just what is described in the text of your resume. Instantly give the recruiter a positive feel about you. Ultimately get you that first interview. Autopsy of a Resume: Autopsy of a Resume PowerPoint Presentation: 10 RESUME WRITING TIPS PowerPoint Presentation: Try to limit your resume to one page . Not everything you have done needs to be stated here however everything needs to be true and relevant. PowerPoint Presentation: 2. Determine a layout that works best for you and your experience. Use bold to emphasize related key skills and accomplishments . Sample: Top Format PowerPoint Presentation: Sample: Middle Format 3. Create your resume to the type of position to which you are applying. Decide and tailor what you want to convey about your experience and background. PowerPoint Presentation: 4. Maintain a consistent writing style. Do not use “I” or “my” . Make sure your statements are clear and understandable . SKILLS: Computer: Even if it is only word processing skills, list familiarity with computer systems, applications and programs. If you don’t have it, assume you don’t know it. Language: state degree of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking. HONORS & AWARDS: List academic, leadership and athletic honors. If you only have academic awards you can list them under your GPA in the Education section. ACTIVITIES/SPECIAL INTERESTS: Include leadership positions, such as offices held and responsibilities. You do not need to include everything you have done, be selective in your listing. REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST: You should only use this if you need to fill space, and you do have dependable references to give. Sample: Bottom Format PowerPoint Presentation: 5. Make sure your information is understand-able . Emphasize accomplishments and responsibilities. For example: Streamlined procedures leading to 25% increase in production over previous quarter. 6. Be Clear and concise in your descriptions. Do not make any confusing or complicated statements. 7. Make sure there are NO Spelling and/or Grammar Errors . It’s a good idea to have someone proofread your resume . PowerPoint Presentation: 8. Follow a uniform format. Be consistent as to the entire look of the page. If your headings are in Bold Type , then all headings should be in bold . 9. In building your resume, choose a font that is easy to read like Times New Roman or Palatino , not larger than 14 point or smaller than 10 point. PowerPoint Presentation: 10. Think outside the box, but not too outside to get your resume noticed. In most cases a cover letter should be attached. Print final copies of your resume on quality paper that photocopies well. PowerPoint Presentation: Start each description with an action word. Sample words will be shown later on. Use past tense verbs for previous activities . Use industry numbers where appropriate to measure your involvement. Include a brief description of an organization if the name is not recognizable. Please Note What are ACTION WORDS?: What are ACTION WORDS? Use the following sample action words to enhance your resume and make your descriptions more powerful PowerPoint Presentation: 10 Resume Major Sins PowerPoint Presentation: 1. Avoid a lengthy resume Have a crisp Resume that captures the employers' attention without being lengthy. Having a long Resume DOES NOT guarantee you a job! 2. Do not fake Unnecessary inputs that add no value to your resume needs to be avoided at any cost. 3. Do not be too loud and ornate Avoid c o l o r paper and uncommon fonts . Make your resume easy to read with white color paper and black color font that is easy on the eye. PowerPoint Presentation: 4. Avoid slang, jargons, abbreviations. Avoid all. Keep the language simple and spell where necessary 5. DO NOT USE Funny e-mail addresses. Make sure that you create a professional-looking e-mail address to use it with your Resume & DO NOT use those used for chatting & Facebook socializing. 6. DO NOT Use Improper Photos Make sure to use a RECENT , professional-looking photo whenever requested. DO NOT use cropped photos, old photos, or poorly scanned ones. PowerPoint Presentation: 7. Repetition of words. Don't repeat the same words again and again. 8. Do not get personal Basic information about you is sufficient. Don't get into details about marital status, age, weight, religion, caste, etc. 9. Avoid criticizing past employers Never blame others, especially past employers. Stick to being positive and focus on your accomplishments. 10. Do not misrepresent skills Do not exaggerate your skills. You want a potential employer to consider you for a job you can do. Final Tip: In building your resume , you can still use a specialized software that can make this process easier. However, be careful to choose the right program & to adjust properly so you can get the most perfect resume out of it. Final Tip PowerPoint Presentation: Next Step How to pass a Job Interview Thank You!: Thank You!