New Canaan CaTS

Career Transition Support Group

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Your Resume

You have done your Self-Assessment, prepared your Written Job Search Plan, and written and rehearsed your Elevator Pitch.  The next step in your personal job search is the preparation of your all-important Resume.
Nobody ever found work on the basis of a Resume alone, but very few have ever gotten it without one. The Resume is a means of positioning your value to potential employers, other potential users of your service, and networking contacts.

What is a Resume?

A Resume is a series of carefully selected historical facts about you, deliberately arranged to:

  • Clearly illustrate your strengths, skills, and core competencies
  • Demonstrate how you have added value to organizations
  • Demonstrate your seriousness and professionalism in approaching the marketplace
  • Introduce you to hiring managers and others in order to obtain interviews or network
  • Act as a script for interviews and networking meetings
  • Serve as a sales promotion piece and a leave-behind
  • Provide viable documentation for third-party resources such as search firms

How Do You Use a Resume? 

  • As an attachment to a cover letter sent to search firms to get in their database
  • As support to a cover letter sent in answer to an ad for a position opening
  • As preparation or follow up for a networking meeting
  • As a posting on internet job boards like Monster and Career Builder
  • As a “get acquainted” piece to be provided to anyone who might help your job search

What Are Guidelines for Creating My Resume?

  • Prepare the document yourself.  The blood, sweat and tears you put into it helps you know yourself better
  • Present yourself positively and accurately and in no more than two pages.
  • Consider your Resume a "showcase" for your accomplishments:

In selecting which accomplishments to “showcase”, go back to your Self Assessment, Exercise # 7--  “Identify
and Analyze Your Accomplishments”.

From this exercise, select the accomplishments that most clearly demonstrate:

  • Your Strengths
  • Your Skills
  • Your Core Competencies
  • Your Ability to Add Value to an Organization

​For each of these accomplishments, prepare a one-sentence PAR Statement, explaining:

  • What was the Problem?
  • What Action did you take?
  • What Results did you get?

Use this PAR Statement to present the accomplishment in your resume.

Click here to see examples of accomplishments re-worded as PAR Statements.

The first page of your resume is critical.  Many readers never go beyond it.  Make sure you showcase your core competencies,
skills and how you add value to an organizations.

  • Start each sentence with a problem followed by an action verb.
  • Thoroughly quantify as many of your accomplishments as you can.  Specific numbers sell!
  • Use separate bullets for each accomplishment to make your resume a faster read.
  • Include specific information (i.e. names of projects, companies, promotions etc.). 
  • Simplify any professional or technical jargon to be understandable to the reader and relevant to the work you seek.
  • Account for all time from college undergraduate to the present. For jobs over ten years old, simply state the company, the job title, and a brief description of responsibilities.
  • Do not include salary requirements, references, height, weight, race, religion, or any data that might be sensitive from a job discrimination standpoint. 

However, the CaTS team recommends that you include the date(s) you graduated from relevant educational institutions.  This will allow prospective employers to estimate your age, and save you the time of dealing with them if they are sensitive to the candidate’s age.

What Resume Format Should I Use?

You can format your Resume two different ways:

  • Chronological Resume--  Lists your career in reverse chronology.
  • Functional Resume--  Uses your accomplishments to reinforce your key strengths, skills, or core competencies.

Use the Chronological Resume format for most work searches. If you are trying to get into an entirely different field or have worked for many different organizations, consider the Functional
Resume format.

Click here to see the Chronological Resume format.
Click here to see the Functional Resume format.