3 Skills to Showcase When a Resume Lacks Experience

You may be surprised to hear that getting around the lack of experience in your resume is not as difficult a task as you may have initially thought.

The truth of the matter is that you can do various things to, in a way, pad out a rather empty resume and how it may very well increase your chances of getting that all important job.

Add experience by volunteering
One of the first things that you can do is to volunteer at various places for a short period of time and include it your resume. The idea is to let them see that you have kept yourself busy even if it was not in paid employment and can see you can deal with people, respond positively to instruction, and work in a team environment. This can help boost your resume and make more attractive to potential employers.

Get quality references for everything
When you lack career experience give a potential employer the chance to talk to people worked for or volunteered.  Talk to people that know you personally. These references can be extremely useful in helping you state your case for working there. When you lack experience potential employers will contact them. Make sure that the people that are listed will tell people how wonderful you are to help you get that job.

For the third skill to showcase when a resume lacks experience go to The Voice of Job Seekers blog!

Carer Lesson from Seinfield

No career direction is detrimental to…well, your career.  You have to target a career, and a direction, to achieve career happiness. Besides, wouldn’t you rather pursue a career you like rather than the first opportunity you get?

Take a lesson from Seinfeld. George’s intent to get a job he doesn’t know what he wants to do. But this is the most critical step in discovering your career journey before you write a resume.

 

This is the most critical step of your journey.

The Resume Objective Question

A reader recently pointed to me an article that they read on NBC Universal Life Goes Strong blog on how we should blow up the objective statement on résumés. When you read the article, it aligns closely with what I believe:

Leslie Ayres (@JobSearchGuru), The Real Job Guru, wrote the article, “The Resume Objective is Dead, So Why Are You Still Using It?” makes 3 points that are very true:

1) Objective statements are completely about the candidate

2) Companies also ditched the candidate because of it was all about the candidate

3) The competitiveness of candidates who say much more than, “… hire me and I’ll be more focused!”

Simply, objective statements don’t compete anymore. They don’t say enough about the candidate, nor doesn’t grab the reviewer’s attention. So what should we do?

For the answer go to The Voice of Job Seekers Blog!

Your Resume at the Top of Your Game

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This is part 2 of the Employment Work shop slides. I hope this will be help to all. Remember that your resume is the centerpiece to your job search.

Be The Voice on Your Resume

Is it your voice on your résumé, or is it someone you wish to emulate? Someone else wrote your résumé? Cool. But is it you?

Elaborate and flowery words that are not in your vocabulary will be a disservice to you. Can you articulate the résumé you, your spouse, or friend wrote?

I like presenting clients a draft to make sure it sounds the client. I am constantly talking through with the client about their experience, ensuring translation, and accuracy. It takes time, thought, research, trial and error, dictionaries, thesauruses, grammar references, performance reviews, and accommodation letters. There is more, but all of the work must reflect, walk, and talk like the owner of the résumé.

Here are ways that your voice can stand out:

  1. Be unique. Whenever possible, allow your accomplishments to demonstrate the professional you are, not slang or jargon.
  2. Provide volume, but don’t scream. There are occasions for bold fonts and caps, but never an egregiously use them to stand out.
  3. Write clear and concise sentences. Job seekers using 30 or more words and lose the resume’s essence and the reader. Shorter than 30 words in most sentences are sufficient to communicate anything.
  4. Say the write thing. Use correct spelling and remain mindful of vocabulary use. We no what were talking about, rite?

Proofread more than twice, then allow others to help. You want your voice to sound the best. Need help? Please, contact me.

Building Your LinkedIn Profile from Your Resume

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Guest post today is written by @JesseLangley (see bio below)

Your LinkedIn profile and your resume work together like a building and its foundation. One without the other is incomplete and unsubstantial. In this analogy, your resume plays the role of the foundation, and your LinkedIn profile plays the role of the building. The purpose of your resume is to add solid support to your LinkedIn profile focusing on major details. On the other hand, your LinkedIn profile should pick up where the base left off and elaborate on the points addressed in the resume. To illustrate this concept in greater detail, consider how the two mediums work together from the following aspects.

Education

The education sections of your resume and your LinkedIn profile can have a significant impact on an employer’s interest and willingness to hire you. As the foundation component of the analogy, your resume should only express the need-to-know facts of your educational background. This includes the name of your college and the years you attended, final G.P.A. and any notable awards or achievements during your time there. Your LinkedIn account will build on these facts by listing classes taken, grades earned in core classes, samples of papers and essays, clubs you were involved in, professor recommendations and so forth. If your education section isn’t as full as you would like it to be, you might consider going back to school or taking advantage of online education opportunities to enhance your education and improve your appeal to potential employers.

Professionalism
Since your resume is much more limited in terms of length and structure, it should be written in a strictly professional tone. Little bits of personality here and there are acceptable, but in general, you should save expression of your personality for your LinkedIn profile. Like the foundation of a building, the objective of your resume is intended for a practical purpose and not a creative one. Your resume should briefly introduce yourself to a potential employer by outlining your professional accomplishments and experiences in a concise, yet enticing manner. It’s important that you maintain a professional first impression, since this is usually a hiring manager’s number one priority. Naturally, your LinkedIn profile should always carry a tone of professionalism, but this medium is much more lenient in allowing you to express your creativity, personality and people skills.

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Your resume should only provide a faint outline of who you are based on the information present in the document. The job of your LinkedIn profile is to fill in the details where your resume falls short. Referring back to the analogy, your resume should be an unequivocal and substantial representation of your professional core. It should list your training, your professional experiences, your accomplishments, and all of the facets that add to your credibility as a professional without exposing personal details. Your LinkedIn profile, on the other hand, sketches out your image in full detail by offering a space for photographs, videos of professional presentations, more room for content, and links to your social networking websites. In this way, your resume supports the professional image presented in your LinkedIn profile, and your profile has more room for creativity and more room for expression than your resume.

 

Jesse Langley specializes in writing about education, professional and personal development, and career building. He writes on behalf of Colorado Tech University.

30 for 30 Suggestions to Keep Your Resume In Top Fiscal and Physical Condition in 2012

 

 

There are hundreds of posts around the web that can cover a lot of ground for resume tips. I am offering a few to help jump start your job search for 2012

1. Great networking conversations will result in updating your résumé if you had a great conversation. Think about it

2. Grammar, spelling, font consistency, and correct alignment is the bare minimum to perfection

3. Take off the address and zip code

4. Forwarding a paper résumé is rarely requested, but if you must, then use  resume paper  (non-white, and not too pretty)

5. Understand the words and its meaning you use. Know the difference in using assured, insured, and ensured

6. One resume, one job. Second job, needs customized resume

7. One résumé, one phone number, one email address

8. E-mail addresses should use your name: markdyson@competitiveresumes.net not moonshine@gmail.com

9. Use active verbs when describing your job duties (i.e. tackled, orchestrated, executed). A thesaurus is a writer’s best friend

10. Try not to use an active verb more than once

11. Show that you are a perpetual learner. Include your training and continuing education classes

12. Don’t write when you feel anxious, desperate, or too emotional. Find clarity, then come back and write. It’s normal, but manageable

13. Keep several versions of your résumé active and circulating (i.e. one management, one non-management, one career changing)

14. Correct and proper preposition usage is essential such as “…before meeting (before the meeting)…”

15. Use Dropbox to keep copies of your résumé

16. Irrelevant job and experience will only inspire unwanted and useless scrutiny. Build around relevant facts

17. Your résumé, your voice, and your vernacular

18. What problems did you solve? What measures prove your claims?

19. The bold, italics, and underline functions have very rare use when writing resumes. Refrain from using them unless you are listing publications, movies, and news articles you created

20. Avoid clichés. Stay away from vague job descriptions (e.g. Team player, excellent verbal skills, experienced working in a fast paced environment)

21. Leave off “References upon Request” off of your résumé. It is often asked for when filling out an application

22. Awards are great. Team awards are great. Special cash awards everyone in the company received is not that special

23.  Use a “Core Competencies” or “Key Competencies” section between your Summary and Professional Experience section. These are specific skills related to your prospective job

24. Don’t inundate your résumé with acronyms without defining the term once in full

25. Don’t lie or hype your résumé. Stick to the facts, results that you can demonstrate and describe

26. Highlight your accomplishments, results, and impact (Measures that use % and $)

27. Max 2 pages for private/civilian industry and 4 pages (or more at times) for federal

28. Proofread, proofread, and proofread. Then, let someone else proofread, like an English major

29.  Exclude the passive voice, include active voice (use the online tool polishmywriting.com for help with this)

30. Make sure your résumé speaks the language of your industry. Don’t fake, it will show during your interview, if not before then

31. It is your marketing document, not a flyer, nor an obituary

32. Unload unnecessary words such as all, ultimately, and every. Use quantitative results instead

33. Establish value, not vanity. Better to show that you are excellent, dynamic, and great than saying it. What did you change, fix, or resolve?

34. Consider that others want this job as much as you. They are the competition! Your résumé must stand out by its content, not by fonts and features alone.

35. Keywords are necessary and effective when sprinkled, not poured

36. Write a short description and  get to the point, but avoid commentary. Just the facts.

Although I gave you several bonus suggestions, you can still add a few in the comment section. Or maybe you hate one or more suggestions I listed, let me know!

 

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