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Writing A Resume for Yourself!
Writing A Resume for Yourself! What, you say? For myself? Why would I want a resume for myself? Today the generic resume is passé. When you do send a resume you want it to be targeted toward a specific job position. Even the items on the resume will differ according to the type of job you are seeking. You may want to apply for several different types of positions for which you feel qualified and will need to generate a different resume for each. The reason you want to create a resume for yourself is so you have your entire work history and accomplishments handy, including dates. This document is for your eyes only, but will serve several purposes: · You will force yourself to think about activities and work you've done that you might not have thought about in many years; · You'll have everything handy so that you can pick and choose appropriate entries as you create your specific resume for a specific job; · You'll have a great document to review before you go to an interview-a confidence booster as well as a tool to keep your work history fresh in your mind. First, write down your job objectives including your industry, the kind of company you want to work for, your anticipated title, scope of responsibilities, salary range and geographic location. You need to be clear about just what it is that you want. Not to mention the fact that companies now want to hire people that know exactly what they want, not those who approach potential employers with the "I can do lots of different jobs, what's available?" attitude. Then list your work history including companies, positions, supervisors, job responsibilities (including number and titles of people supervised and any quantification of areas of responsibility) and reasons for leaving. Now make a list of your accomplishments for each job position you held. These would include specific estimates related to sales, effect on the company's bottom line and/or cost savings given in numbers, percentages or dollars. Aim for a minimum of three accomplishments per job. Be sure you make a distinction between experience and accomplishments. The statement that you were a student teacher for two years lists experience; to say that you were a student teacher who taught 435 students over a two-year time period is an accomplishment. Likewise, saying you created a marketing plan tells something about your experience; saying you created a marketing plan that resulted in a 23% increase in product sales lists an accomplishment. What if you worked your way through college as a waiter in a restaurant? What accomplishments could you list for that job? Perhaps you were voted "best server" of the month, averaged the highest tips per quarter or had 14 letters written to the management by happy customers whom you served in a two-year time period. Maybe you were the one waiter that never received any customer complaints. These are all accomplishments. Although quantifying a...
Writing A Resume for Yourself!
What, you say? For myself? Why would I want a resume for myself?
Although quantifying a...
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