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									Resume Writing and Online
      Job Search
          Presented by
    Trent Rose, Tech Trainer
      Salina Public Library
         The Sources
 Before we begin I would like to mention
  my sources.
 Nancy Jo Leachman, Librarian, who has
  spent countless hours reviewing resumes.
 Quintcareers.com, an online job board
  which provides informative advice for job
  seekers.
 Monster.com, one of the most popular
  online job boards
 Adams Cover Letter Almanac
 Can’t Miss Resumes
          Career Interest
 Many job seekers find they are unable to find
  similar job opportunities because of market
  and industry conditions or geography
  limitations.
 There are a number of free online career
  interest and aptitude tests. These sites are
  often ad supported which can bring up
  privacy issues.
 NEVER PROVIDE SOCIAL SECURITY
  NUMBERS, DATE OF BIRTH, or EVEN HOME
  TELEPHONE.
 Community colleges also offer in-depth
         Career Interest Sites:
   CareerFitter offers a quick and free exam
    which can help job seekers identify
    interest areas:
    http://www.careerfitter.com/free_test/car
    eerbuilder/index.htm
       Career Interest Sites
 Quest Career Services provides a
  detailed exam which will provide a
  number of potential careers.
 http://www.questcareer.com/career_asses
  sment_resources.html
         Career Aptitude Sites
   LiveCareer: A free career aptitude
    test.
     livecareer.com
         The Hard Part First
 Remain professional and friendly at all
  times during your job search. It is of key
  importance to be courteous to
  receptionists and other gatekeepers which
  assist department and human resources
  managers.
 Maintain your network at all times during
  and after a job search.
 Maintain a professional contact with at
  least one person from your former
  employer.
               Cold Calling
 According to Quint Careers, four-fifths of the
  current job market is closed.
 This doesn’t mean there are no jobs to apply
  for, but job seekers will need to be more
  creative and look harder to find them.
 There are a number of methods for doing
  this, such as cold calling.
 Cold calling is the process of making contact
  with a potential employer in person or by
  mail even though they have not advertised
  for help.
               Cold Calling
 Before cold calling it is important to gather
  as much information as possible about an
  employer.
 Find out what products the company
  makes
 Services it provides
 Ranking within the industry
 How long it has been in business
 Recent projects
    Finding Out About a Company
 Check the company’s website for
  information first.
 Hoovers.com provides information about
  businesses across the country. Although
  only a certain amount of information is
  free, it will provide enough information to
  be helpful.
 Yahoo Finance provides additional
  information about publicly traded
  companies.
           Applying Online
 This can be the most difficult area of any
  job search.
 It is important to keep in mind job boards
  like Monster.com primarily appeal to
  staffing agencies acting as an intermediary
  between you and an employer.
 Online job searching can be as effective as
  the newspaper classifieds, however,
  privacy can become an issue.
     Tips for Applying Online
 Do not provide your Social Security Number
  or date of birth.
 You may want to create a separate e-mail
  from your primary one, as an attempt to
  ward off spam.
 Make sure your e-mail address conveys a
  business like image.
 Beyond traditional background checks
  employers may check the Internet for
  information about an applicant. Avoid
  distasteful MySpace or other online profiles.
        Tips for Applying Online
   If an employer contacts you by e-mail print
    off the message and save it.
   An e-mail message is usually a first point of
    contact, but it is advisable to call the
    interviewer to schedule a time.
   Write down information from phone
    messages.
   Find out the relationship of the interviewer to
    the company and the terms of employment.
   Interviews from online job boards often take
    place in informal places like Coffee houses.
       Creating Online Resumes
   It is important to use formatting
    conservatively in online resumes to make the
    documents look the best.
   Online resumes are generally used for job
    boards like Monster.com.
   What looks good on paper may not appear
    the same online.
   Online resumes should avoid centering and
    bullets.
   Use descriptive words rather than active
    words found in paper resumes.
    Creating Online Resumes/Words

 It is important to use words that the
  employer will be searching for.
 For example instead of saying managed a
  restaurant crew of 20, try restaurant
  manager, manager, or General Manager.
 Instead of bakery line worker, try baker
 Take a survey of the ads for jobs you
  want look at what skills they want and the
  words they use. Apply these keywords to
  your resume.
      Keyword Inconsistency
 It is a generally accepted standard for
  online resumes to use different keywords
  to describe the same thing.
 In your cover letter you might use A.A.
  degree, then use Associate degree in your
  resume
              References
 ALWAYS INCLUDE EMPLOYMENT
  REFERENCES when applying to a specific
  employer.
 Generally references are not included in
  resumes on online job boards.
      Tools for Resume Creation
   There are a number of tools you can use for
    creating a resume.
   Microsoft Office Word 00-07, available at many
    libraries.
   Alternatively, most computers come with
    Microsoft Works.
   A free and comprehensive office suite is
    available at OpenOffice.org
   Keep in mind most of these tools have built in
    resume templates.
      Sample Online Resume
 http://www.wa.gov/esd/guides/resume/po
  st/post_sample.htm
 Notice the lack of bullets, use asterisks
  instead
 The entire resume is left justified, nothing
  is centered.
 Privacy experts suggest hiding your name
  and mailing address when posting to
  online job boards.
    Writing a Hard Copy Resume
 Avoid posting hobbies or other interests
  unless they directly relate to the job.
 Items which are found on a resume
 Name, address, telephone, fax, and email
 Education/vocational training
 On the job training
 Work experience
 Skills summary (try to apply your skills to
  the job you are applying for
 Major accomplishments
    Writing Hard Copy Resumes
 Military experience
 Add certifications and licensure
 Awards (academic, on the job recognition,
  etc.)
           Resume Types
 There are two types of resumes which
  include chronological and functional.
 The most current work experience is
  presented first and works in reverse.
 The last five to seven years of work
  experience is generally enough.
 Chronological resumes are not for people
  who have taken time out of the workforce
  or who have more diverse work
  backgrounds.
       Resume Types Continued
   Functional resumes allow candidates to flaunt
    the skills of their choice and the experiences of
    which they are the proudest. This format gives
    candidates the luxury of combining a lifelong
    dedication to community service into their for-
    profit achievements when switching career
    tracks. And, as an added bonus, they work well
    for candidates who want the world to forget
    about their brief professional dalliance with
    interpretive dance.
     Functional Resume Example
   http://www.1st-writer.com/ExampleResume1.pdf
 Positives:
  Considerable detail
  Provides an ample amount of experience
 Negatives:
  Wordy—major accomplishments could be
  broken out with bullets.
Chronological Resume for Retail
         Functional Resume
   http://jobsearch.about.com/library/sampl
    es/blresumefunctional.htm
 Notice the work experience diversity
Pros:
Well crafted resume which is interesting
to look at.
Cons:
Lacks any real leadership skills
     Recent High School Graduate Resume

   http://www.1st-
    writer.com/Jane%20Doe%20HS%20Resu
    me.pdf
      Recent College Graduate
   http://www.1st-
    writer.com/Jane%20Doe%20Resume.pdf
      Helpful Resume Resources
1st Writer: provides a comprehensive
  resource about creating resumes from
  templates and scratch.
   http://www.1st-writer.com/free_resume_examples.htm


About.com Job Search Resources: this area
  of the site provides resume writing hints
  and other helpful job seeker information.
 http://jobsearch.about.com/
                Resume Hints
   Ask a friend or family member to review your
    resume for consistency and effectiveness.
   Feel free to email me: trose@salpublib.org
   Make sure you replace all information which is
    part of a resume template.
   Use SPELL CHECK
   Watch for formatting consistency
   The format painter in word processing
    applications can help.
   One or two pages should be the MAXIMUM SIZE
    for most resumes.
           Cover Letter Writing
   No spelling or typing errors. Not even one.
   Address it to the person who can hire you.
    Resumes sent to the personnel department have a
    tougher time of it. If you can find out (through
    networking and researching) exactly who is making
    the hiring decision, address the letter to that person.
    Be sure the name is spelled correctly and the title is
    correct. A touch of formality is good too: address the
    person as "Mr.," "Ms.," "Mrs.," "Miss," "Dr.," or
    "Professor." (Yes, life is complicated.)
   Write it in your own words so that it sounds like you--
    not like something out of a book. (Electra gets in
    trouble with libraries when she says things like this.)
    Employers are looking for knowledge, enthusiasm,
    focus.
              Cover Letter Writing
   Being "natural" makes many people nervous. And then even
    more nervous because they are trying to avoid spelling errors and
    grammatical mistakes. If you need a little help with grammar (do
    they still teach grammar?)--check out the classic work on simple
    writing, Strunk & White's Elements of Style, published in 1918
    and now online. A good place to begin is "Chapter 5: Words and
    Expressions Commonly Misused."
   Show that you know something about the company and the
    industry. This is where your research comes in. Don't go
    overboard--just make it clear that you didn't pick this company out
    of the phone book. You know who they are, what they do and you
    have chosen them!
   Use terms and phrases that are meaningful to the employer.
    (This is where your industry research and networking come in.) If
    you are applying for an advertised position, use the requirements in
    the ad and put them in BOLD type. For example: the ad says--
   "2 years' experience processing magnetic media (cartridge,
    tape, disc); interface with benefit plan design, contracts and
    claims; and business background with strong analytical &
    technical skills--dBase, Excel, R&R, SQL."
          Cover Letter Samples
   http://jobstar.org/tools/resume/clet-ex1.php
            Online Job Boards
   There are a variety of online job boards
    available.
   The job boards can be national, state, regional,
    local, etc.
   Make note of the address, account information,
    and date a resume was posted to a job board.
   Note whether your resume status is private or
    public
   Experts advise job seekers to post their resume
    to no more than 1-3 job sites.
            Local Job Boards
 http://www.hayshasjobs.com/
 https://www.kansasworks.com/ada/
 http://www.westernksjobs.com/
   http://www.salina.com/www/jobs/index.html
           National Job Boards
   www.Monster.com: a national job board which
    features a resume builder. The site has come
    under fire for not protecting users privacy.
   www.simplyhired.com: another national job
    board with more opportunities nearby. This site
    is rated as one of the best job resources by US
    News and World Report
   http://www.collegerecruiter.com/: a site which
    presents job opportunities for recent graduates.

								
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