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Old 09-05-07, 04:30 PM
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Resumes and Cover Letters-RESOURCES

Share helpful books, websites, and other information in this thread.

I have been spending agonizing hours working on my application materials-AUGHHHHH. I found a book specifically for my occupational area-Teaching and Education!!!!!! It was created by career counselors and professional writers and to-date, is is the best I have found.
Expert Resumes for Teachers and Educatorsby Enelow and Kursmark.

It covers careers from Child Care to University administors, freelance music teachers, and educational-non-teaching specialists.I am broadening my search to the areas of College career services, Prison education, Adult education-basic, GED, etc, or some other position related to my education and experience. There are many examples in the book and the advice is absolutely on target. Also includes ASCII, electronic, and scanable resumes-a real plus. A huge burden is lifted off me now-and I can get the stuff sent in for a Internship Coordinator postion at a small liberal arts college.

Cool thing, this is one of a series of books by these authors. These are some of the editions:
  • computer and web jobs
  • Manufacturing, engineering and management
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Managers and executives, operations, production, etc
  • baby boomers
  • military to civilian
  • career changers
  • returning to work
  • and many others by author, Kursmark

I do hope this helps all the other job seekers out there!!! Lets continue this discussion.

If you would like to volunteer to exchange resumes for proofreading and suggestions, pm me or others who express and interest,
Thanks!

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How do you know a resume and cover letter are effective???

When you get an interview!!!


I have a phone interview for a wonderful position-thought I was out of the running, but University search committees are cumbersome and it takes a long time to complete the hiring process. So making the first list of potential hires is a victory for me and a great encouragement. My resume is effective, now I polish it! And that cover letter I was so worried about-no worries anymore mate!!!

Next step-for me or anyone else....
  • Look at the documents and further refine-what do you think made your qualifications stand out from the pile of other applicants?
  • Use the energy of this success-even if you do not get the job to power your search.
  • Hiring is a complex issue-not getting the job is not a failure (say it 100 times out loud), it is subjective and they are looking for a good "fit" with the institution or (shhhh, don't say I said this) there are politics or good ol girl/boy issues involved
  • Keep on searching, you are on the right track!!!
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Thank you for sharing this, VisualImagery. I think not having an up to date resume is a typical ADD issue. It's not always that obvious as to how it should be done, and sometimes I doubt there's really a generalized answer anyway, beyond being able to judge what is appropriate for each individual situation.
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HF, thanks!

I am going to do an online professional site with resume, and papers, presentations, and so on available for employers to access. Using Media Fire for storing and linking my documents.

I am going to keep this dialogue going-

STEP 1 Suggestion-Sit and make a lists:
  • of all your job duties
  • of all your accomplishments (don't be shy)
When you lists are done-categorize them by job function or other way that makes sense for your occupational area.

HINT: If you don't keep up to date easily, just create a bank folder-the kind with the string that goes around the flat circles and put all certificates, records, contracts etc in it, then it will at least be in one place when you need it.

I have a portfolio that I just add things to as I go-but have to get one with metal hinges, all the plastic ones split in days. Page protectors and photo copies of transcripts-black out soc sec and other ID theft cautions. It sure impresses the heck out of my interviewers and keeps me encouraged when I look through it!

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Gee, I turned into a sticky! Thanks Mods!!!!!

Well, update on the WRITE THE DREADED RESUME SAGA.......
Yea, I can do em, but who likes this ritual? Just hire me someone!!!!!

I am finally getting the system down for non-teaching jobs. Switching career focus-mine is still in education-makes for a major difference in writing up effective resumes and covers.

MY TIPS:
  1. print out several job descriptions of similar positions
  2. highlight the Action Verbs with a highlighter
  3. then.....underline the key job duties in another color highlighter or pen-note: the key words are with rare exception, in each duty or responsibility listed.
  4. NEXT-group the responsibilities by category-ie, technology, instruction, public relations, record keeping, and so on for example
  5. NOW-you know what you need to make absolutely sure you list accomplishments and experiences that relate to the position on your resume and include as many of the key words and job specific terms as possible-this will get you noticed by auto-scanners and show employers you know the field/job area.
Stay tuned for more...


My plans and methods-is there madness in it? Only time will tell.....:

I am creating 4 different focused resumes:
  • University/College student Retention services
  • Coordinating career services such as internships etc
  • Teaching at-risk adult populations such as prison inmates and parolees job skills and basic education and career advisement
  • Last-Workforce training or adult education
I will have 4 basic cover letters, one for each job area and just personalize the template for each application.
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In the Seattle area, give a call to Catherine Schatzel. I have been working with her to develop a new resume that shows off my skills and knowlege much better that I was able without her help. Her background is as a Human Resources Manager for the Federal Government, where she got to see many resumes and knows which impressed her, and which did not.

Working with her feels like cheating. Its like building a resume with the one who will review it.
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Could we also add "Thank You letters" for interview followup in this thread? I'm wanting to create a Thank you letter template to be ready when I will have the opportunity to use it (hopefully soon). Of course I'll edit it depending on the interview itself.. just want to be ready. I'd like to find good resources for Thank You Letter samples. I've looked at Monster.com, but didn't see any that related to my (Hopefully) future interview. I may get an interview for a unit secretary at a local hospital.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters-RESOURCES

Hi,

Thanks very much for this comment. It help me to think about my ideals.

Tks again and pls keep posting.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters-RESOURCES

I know books are a great thing but more and more often I am noticing a tread toward the on-line resume. I really dislike having to do resumes and frankly I have little experience using them - Back in the day all I needed to do was go fill out a job application but that was well before $3.25 per gallon gasoline and wide use of home computers.

This site is free I didn't even have to register to build a resume, save or print but an account can be created for free - So far my virus soft ware isn't balking, nor is my computer crashing. I did finally managed to create some thing resembling a resume. Using it to find a part tiem job is anotehr matter all together.

The site has cover letters and directory services

Thought I would share the link should there be an interest.





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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters-RESOURCES

Update.. if you're able, volunteer. Especially helpful if you are trying to get a job in the healthcare in any capacity. If I had known that I wanted to work in a medical office, I would have volunteered a "LONG" time ago. But, I guess I'm a late bloomer.

I haven't gotten a permanent job out of it yet, but I'm very persistant. I don't want to get "rusty". I'm also trying to practice my medical terminology so that I can practice my coding better.

I have been volunteering at a local hospital in the "Employee Health" and the "Business Services" departments. I am going to demonstrate to them that I am valuable and hope they take that in consideration when I apply for a job at that hospital/clinic organization.

Of course, keep your resume updated and your reference list updated. I don't know if it has been mentioned here, yet, but you only provide your references after they are requested by the company or organization (usually means they're very interested)... But sometimes you might get a request for your references after an employer has received and reviewed your resume.
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When you say references are you referring to employment references or personal ones - I rarely use personal references as they are not often requested.

I do however put my employment references for the past ten years on my resume. I am so ADHD I didn't even know I had been at my present position for nine years until I sat down and typed out my resume. I did make it one easy to read page because employers and HR personal have lots of thees thing to look at and I want the most important info concise and in plane site - Where I worked and for how long is one of the main areas they are gong to look at.

Cover letter I put it off a hundred times longer than it actually took me to type out. I threw together a cover letter outlining my experiences that were specific to that particular position. I think it took less than ten sentences. Too many words and they are off to the next person.

I got an immediate call back so I am guessing I did some thing right - I typed out the correct phone number!
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Thanks for starting a thread on this topic! A few things I would add to the great advice already given are:

1. Always, always, ALWAYS tailor your resume for each specific job. A "one size fits all" resume is not going to cut it. Following the advice above, having a few different resumes for different type jobs is a good idea. Which brings me to my next point...

2. When writing your resume, be sure to incorporate what the employer is looking for into your resume. For example, if the job requirements state that they are looking for a person who can type 30wpm, has good written and oral communication, and 5 years of experience - make sure you clearly state that. Don't make THEM look for your experience/accomplishments.

3. If you have the money and are able, hire someone to write your resume for you. It's very difficult for people with AD/HD, sometimes. And, that can be some of the best money you've ever spent.

4. If you don't have the money to hire someone, look for electronic books and sources that will help you. For instance, I have a software program that I paid a one-time fee for, that helps me write my resume.

5. Look at examples online. I am not promoting plagiarism, but getitng ideas with regard to formatting, headings, and wording is not a bad idea. Just be sure to keep in mind that a lot of examples are outdated.

A few e-books/sites that I have used and recommend are:

Susan Ireland's "Ready-Made Resumes" and "Proven Resumes"
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"101 Before and After Resumes" by Michelle Dumas.

I am certainly no expert, especially in HR, but share this through my experience only. In previous positions, I have looked through several hundred resumes and scheduled iterviews. I have also had great success getting interviews and hired writing my own (with the help of some of the resources above), as well as for others.
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Re: Resumes and Cover Letters-RESOURCES

Here is my 5 cents.

I recently had an insight from a friend of a friend who is a hiring manager in a big company. She told me that the most important thing you can do to improve your chances of hiring is

PROOFREADING YOUR RESUME. If you make even a smallest mistake this tells HR you are not detailed-oriented, or don't care about quality, or not willing to make an effort

Problem is, our mind is made in a way that we don't notice the errors after reading our own document multiple times. So be sure to do any of the following:
- ask your relatives or friends to help with proofreading
- hire someone
- read from bottom to top, or one block of info at a time to trick your brain into noticing things again

A few resources I found useful:
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
Knock 'em Dead 2015: The Ultimate Job Search Guide by Martin Yate

279 examples to build a professional resume

And, while many experts say that you should leave objective off your resume some companies still will ask you for objectives so these examples are always handy.

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