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Advice on Resume, Cover Letter & Job Hiring
Process from The EEOO Organization
The job resume is sometimes misunderstood. Too often people assume that once they put together the "perfect" resume, then jobs will open for them. Alas, it's not that simple . . .
Let's begin with misconceptions about resumes, get those out of the way, then move on to getting a resume to work for you.
Common Misconceptions about a Resume
You can put together the perfect job resume which describes you, your background and experience.
A sole job resume you dust-off and send in for most every job, no matter how "good," works even less than a pair of pants labeled "one size fits all." You need to customize your employment resume for the specific organization and job position.
The way to land a job is to bombard companies with your resume. Eventually, the resume should result in a job offer(s).
The keyword is "eventually." This is one of the least productive methods to find a job. Sure, if you send enough resumes and wait long enough, you may get a job offers and opportunities this way. But few people want to take those kinds of chances and wait that long.
Resumes need to stand out to be noticed if you really want to announce with effectiveness to the prospective employer please hire-me because I would do a good job for you! Use nice looking fonts, boxes, spacing and good layout.
One of the new wrinkles that has entered with the Information Age is that many organizations are now scanning the resumes they receive and placing them in a computer databank. All the above elements would cause your resume to be illegible and you might as well have thrown your resume in a trash can.
Basics of Resume Writing
If you've made it this far and are reading this page, you must be at some point in a career transition. It may be that you are only considering new directions toward career development or career management. Or you may need to find a job as soon as possible. Either way, you need to write a resume.
You already know that one resume does not fit all positions. However, writing the first resume or your basic resume will take the most amount of time. After it is completed, you can use it to build resumes for specific positions.
If you get stuck for a word while describing your accomplishments while writing your resume, check our list of action verbs.
Federal Job Applications
In applying for USA government jobs you have a choice between using:
- A job resume
- The Federal government's Optional Form 612 (Optional Application for Federal Employment) or
- The Federal government's Standard Form 171 (Application for Federal Employment)
The key to the Federal job application process is the vacancy announcement. A job vacancy announcement is issued for every open job in the government. Read the vacancy announcement carefully. A federal resume may differ from the resume you would use in the private sector. The federal resume may ask for information which must be included.
An online source for information on the Federal Resume Writing for Federal Government Job Applications is by the Resume Place.(Please note that this is not endorsement of their projects or workshops.)
You can also complete an online federal job application on the Office of Personnel Management site, USAJOBS, where you will also find vacancy announcements. Note that you will need the six digit vacancy announcement number to access the online application.
There are dozens of sites on the Internet where you can post your resume. Depending upon your field, mobility factor and how urgent your need to find immediate employment, this might be one of the few avenues you use or just one of many.
Just as there are tips and rules for writing your basic resume, there are valuable pointers for constructing an online-resume. Doug Kimball, a Career Development Specialist at the Illinois Wesleyan University Career Center, has put put together an excellent resource in his Web-able Resumes site. Before posting an online resume, check out his suggestions.
It's difficult to think of anything more disappointing than to work hard on creating a fantastic resume for an position that you want very badly and are eminently qualified for ... only to have your resume tossed in the waste basket unread because it was unscannable.
Many organizations are now scanning resumes into a computerized database using an optical scanner. The scanner "reads" the resume and stores it as a computer file. Two potential problems can arise for the person who submits a resume that ends up being scanned into a database.
The optical scanner may not be able to read your resume due to the type font, layout and format you use. The computer will retrieve resumes from the database based on key words. If you neglect to use the key words, your resume won't be selected.
Whether you call them job fairs, career planning expos, or hiring events ... they're all the same. And they are a good opportunity to meet with a lot of companies, including firms engaged in corporate communications, who are are hiring ... and to do so in a concentrated hiring session. Usually free for job applicants, job fairs are held in a convention center, college campus, hotel ballroom or other large facility. You'll find large cities hosting several job fairs per year.
Some Job Fair tips:
Check the companies who will be represented at the job fair and select one that has companies looking for people with your skills.
Take copies of your updated resume with you.
Dress as for a job interview; you'll be meeting with company hiring representatives!
Even if you are not in the market to change jobs in the immediate future, some career development experts advise attending a job fair occasionally. This will give you the opportunity to practice interviewing without any pressure and will keep you current with opportunities in your field.
Check the web sites of job fair sponsors to see if an event is scheduled for your city in the near future:
- CareerFairs.com - General.
- CFG, Inc. - General.
- Kaplan Career Center - High-tech job fairs in Canadian cities.
- JobsAmerica - Varies, so check schedule; some diversity events.
- American Recruitment Conferences - You will have the chance to interview for various Sales, Retail and Management Positions in each company's private interviewing area.
- NAACP High-Tech & Diversity Job Fairs - Specializes in job fairs for high-tech positions for minorities.
- Personnel Strategies - Technical and diversity job fairs.
ONLINE JOB FAIRS
Online or virtual job fairs are very similar, except you can skip dressing for an interview! Check a few of these out.
- Career Mosaic - There were some big name employers scheduled.
- Career Shop - Local online job fairs in 40 cities. See if your city is listed.