FREE resume and LinkedIn workshop
I am offering again a FREE community service at the Trinity Church of Princeton http://www.trinityprinceton.org/ in the form of a “Resume Tune-up and LinkedIn Workshop”. Participants will walk away with knowledge about subjects such as; the resume appearance, how to avoid common resume mistakes, what constitutes an effective resume, the effective way of using keywords in addition to many pertinent tips for resume improvements. We will also discuss what constitutes an effective LinkedIn profile. Who is this workshop for? It is mostly recommended for people who are currently in transition or others who are considering changing jobs.
Where: Trinity Church – 33 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ 08540
When: Monday, January 18, 2016 from 1:00 pm to approx. 4:00 pm
How to sign up: Click on this URL: http://goo.gl/forms/Vm8a1zdL0L
to provide your contact information and click on “Submit” to receive an automatic confirmation.
Next step: On or before Sunday, January 17 you will get an email with further instructions.
Trinity Church is limiting attendance to a maximum of 80 people. As soon as we reach this number the signup sheet will become inactive.
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Alex Freund — 609.333.8866
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Most of the résumés employers receive either as hard copies or that are uploaded electronically reside in databases. If those databases were in graphic form, each résumé would resemble a lonely tombstone in a cemetery. In the majority of cases, submitting résumés is futile because they get resurrected only if they include keywords—specifically, those keywords used via computer queries made by employers, recruiters, or hiring managers.
Typically, keywords are phrases and nouns that have to do with technical and professional areas of expertise; projects; industry-related jargons; tasks; achievements; job titles; and so on. That contradicts what we suggested years ago by saying that it’s verbs that make a résumé desirable. We now find that an effective combination of nouns, phrases, and verbs is necessary because the human eye is attracted to verbs, whereas applicant tracking systems—the kinds of software used by employers and recruiters—are searching for keywords.
Applicant tracking systems are searching for keywords that appear primarily near the top of the résumé. Therefore, it is advisable to include keywords in the résumé’s first paragraph—immediately after the contact information. Additional keywords should appear in lists as bulleted items in the section that follows and that could be titled Skills.
Appropriate keywords should be harvested from job descriptions or ads for job openings. Commonly, a job description is rich in listing a job’s requirements in terms of skills and accomplishments. For instance, if the position is technical, the ad often lists computer languages, proprietary software, and the like.
Pam Dixon lists such examples in her book Job Searching Online for Dummies, as follows.
|Keyword summary, example 1
||PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: Award-winning corporate controller with more than 10 years’ experience in two $500-million corporations. Impressive record in implementing financial record database architecture that saved over $2 million annually. Proficient in Oracle, Prism, Red Brick, and SAP systems, as well as MS Project, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and FrontPage.
|Keyword summary, example 2
Languages: C, SQL, C++, Assembler, Pascal
Software: Oracle Developer 2000, Informix NewEra, FoxPro
OS: UNIX, Windows NT/95/3.11, MS-DOS
RDBMS: Oracle7, Informix 7