New Canaan CaTS
Career Transition Support Group
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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:
How Do You Use a Resume?
What Are Guidelines for Creating My Resume?
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:
For each of these accomplishments, prepare a one-sentence PAR Statement, explaining:
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.
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:
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
Click here to see the Chronological Resume format.
Click here to see the Functional Resume format.