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Top Five Ways to Improve Your Resume

Resume panelists

When: Tuesday, September 24
Time:   6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Heartland Community College
             Community Commons Bldg, Rooms 1406-1407

Five professionals from State Farm, Growmark, The Snyder Companies and Randstad US shared their tips for making sure a resume stands out from what can be, in some cases, thousands of resumes for a job opening.

Top 5 Tips

1. Remove weak or overused language from your resume.

2. Create a powerful branding statement and summary that will help you stand out from the competition.

3. Quantify and qualify your skills and achievements.

4. Use the best format to match your experience and the job.

5. Use key words that sell your hard and soft skills.

 Amanda Schroeder from Randstad US said, "Many companies or recruitment firms today use resume scanning software. This software generally identifies and sorts resumes by looking at certain "keywords" in the document."  She added, "This ranking system helps them to decide who is a good match for the advertised position and who isn't. Using the right resume key words can get you the interview!" 

When it comes to formats, most on the panel agreed the reverse chronological is most common and preferred but for people with a long work history and lots of experience, it might be better to use a functional format that lists skills and accomplishments in groups and then gives a job history.

HERE IS A COPY OF THE COMPLETE HAND-OUT FROM THE SEMINAR. (1p. 725 KB)

Great Feedback

Participants had some great things to say about the seminar when asked what they liked

~"The detailed handout to look over later.  Company representatives to give real advice. The exercise at the beginning.  I can’t decide!!"
~"The board panel – their input was very helpful. The length of the class was perfect."
~"Expanding my skills and using key words.  Also knowing that I should change and update my resume with each job."
~"Confirming the ideas I had about what makes a resume stand out and learning more specifically what job recruiters look for – This was a great session!

CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE SEMINAR.