02/22/2016 |

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A recruiting consultant from Wells Fargo was at the Western Addition Career Center this February to give a special workshop on resume preparation. Though the 1 hour workshop was geared specifically toward getting a job at the bank, many of the tips given apply to resume preparation in general.

Some of the best takeaways from this event:

1.  Make Sure All of Your Contact Information, Including Your Phone Number Is On Your Resume

Seems obvious but often applicants spend so much time working on the job history portion of the resume, they forget to include a phone, email or in some cases, even their name. Also, make sure the phone number you use is current and has voice mail or an answering machine. The recruiter says Wells Fargo will only call you twice, then move to the next person.

2.  Use Job Objectives Relevant to the Position You’re Applying for

Your resume job objective is usually a 1 or 2 line summary statement that tells what kind of position you’re looking for. Always tailor your job objective for the position you’re applying for, so if you’re applying for retail and admin positions, have one objective for the retail jobs and another admin. Do not have a job objective that says “to get a job” or “Looking for any and all positions”. It doesn’t tell the employer anything about your goals or abilities.

For example, “Peter” has just graduated from college. He has retail experience, and is applying for a job in banking. A good job objective for Peter would be: “Seeking an entry level position in banking or finance that will utilize my accounting knowledge and money handling skills”. Meanwhile, “Joanne” is looking for an administrative assistant position. One possible job objective for her: “Looking for a job that uses my strong office experience and computer skills”.

3.  Always Use a Professional Sounding Email Address

If possible, use your first name and last name as your email address, if available (like “johnsmith@whateveremail.com”) You might want to create a new email address just for your job applications if your regular email user name is unprofessional like “!heymoonstarshine54311@whateveremail.com”

4.  Try to Keep Your Resume to 1 or 2 Pages

It can be longer than that if you have more experience, like a manager or executive but…

5.  Don’t Go Back More Than 5 or 6 Years on Resumes

The recruiter said that she often saw resumes that went back 10 years or more. That’s too much info. Recruiters will focus on your most recent positions. The Wells Fargo recruiter said she looked at each resumes often for less than a minute before making her decision to put them in the “yes” or “no” pile.

6.  Make Sure Your Resume Has the Same Keywords Listed on Job Descriptions

If a job listing says “looking for accountant with “AP/AR, 10 key experience, and payroll experience” try to put those exact words in your resume (if you have that experience of course). Many recruiters and online application programs search for important keywords. They don’t spend more than a few minutes looking at each resume, instead they’re hunting for the keywords.

If you don’t have that experience don’t put it on your resume, but try to think of similar work or educational experience that you have that may apply and put those on your resume.  For example, don’t have AP/AR experience but have reconciled the books before? Put that on. Or perhaps you’ve got the academic experience but haven’t done it in an actual position. Make sure you list this in education or in your skills area.

7.  Use Job Objectives Relevant to the Position You’re Applying for

Your resume job objective is usually a 1 or 2 line summary that states what kind of position you’re looking for. Always tailor your job objective for the position you’re applying for, so if you’re applying for retail and admin positions, have one objective for the retail jobs and another admin. Do not have a job objective that says “to get a job” or “Looking for any and all positions”. It doesn’t tell the employer anything about your goals or abilities.

For example, “Peter” has just graduated from college. He has retail experience, and is applying for a job in banking. A good job objective for Peter would be: “Seeking an entry level position in banking or finance that will utilize my accounting knowledge and money handling skills”. Meanwhile, “Joanne” is looking for an administrative assistant position. One possible job objective for her: “Looking for a job that uses my strong office experience and computer skills”.

8.  If You Get a Call or Email From a Recruiter, Contact Them ASAP

If you don’t contact them within 24 hours, they think you’re not serious and they get hundreds of resumes for each job. So, if you’re actively looking for a job, check your email and voice mail constantly so you don’t miss out on a great opportunity.

9.  A Little Bit About Resume Formats

The recruiter at our Wells Fargo event said that they prefer a chronological resume (one that lists jobs in date order). At the Career Center we often suggest a variety of styles for our clients, including functional resumes (they emphasize your most relevant positions and skills versus most recent).

Whichever resume style you choose, make sure it’s neat, error free, and easy to read


 

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