Listen: Sheeran Hammersley Sharon, Carol Ben Triska, Executive Director discussed on The Successful Encore Career Podcast
"Implement for seniors and with me as always is executive director Carol Ben Triska. We're talking about resumes resumes resumes. They are the hardest thing for us to deal with in our job search so we wanted to do something special for our listeners. We've created a series of podcasts. We're going to talk about why resumes are important in your job search what should be included and not included on a resume and talk about accomplishment statements which are so important in creating your resume. We have a special guest today. Sheeran Hammersley Sharon is the principal coach for the resume coach where you help job seekers conduct twenty first century job searches so Sharon welcome com with us today. Thanks Carol and thanks Brett. I'm so pleased to be on this program today and I certainly hope that the tips that I give our listeners are helpful to who them in their job search. This is going to be a great program and I know you're going to give our listeners. A lot of information. Let me also mention that Sharon has been a longtime supporter and volunteer for employment for seniors as well as the Career Transition Institute here in Central Ohio. She also facilitates all of the employment for seniors career career search workshops so here's somebody we've got with us today. Who knows what she's talking about. In terms of resumes so today's podcast is going going to include the purpose of resume formatting resumes and the importance of the appearance of a resume and and lots of important tips so let's go ahead and get started. Sharon has I said resumes are the hardest thing for us to deal with and I had questioned today that I thought was <hes> very thought provoking for me. In terms of it's you know I sort of easily like oh just start talking about resumes and on and on and on but the question is why do I have to do a resume if every employer asks me to do an online application so why am I bothering what that's actually a great question Carol because you're right <hes> employers do ask you to fill out an application but guess what that application looks exactly like everybody else's application so the purpose <music> of resume actually is to help you be you in the job search than point so it's actually your our primary marketing tool and I like to think of it as what I call a help offered employers put out a help wanted ad and what most people do is. They throw a resume at it. A thoughtful applicant will take a good look look at that <hes> help wanted ad and what they will do with their resume is they will craft a help offered ad that is they will try to speak as best they can directly to the need that that employer has and how they are really the best candidate to fill that the for the <hes>. What are your unique qualifiers. What are your what is your value to that employer so if you think of it as making putting the you you in unique the unique in you that's really the purpose of the resume. That's the one thing I think that <hes> particularly leave for our mature Jobseeker's when we talk about resumes because they so often just have a list of tasks and if we talk to them about it being uh a marketing tool and sort of sound bytes about them. It's they start it start. You could kind of see the light bulb go off. They're starting to to see how they can make this about them. As opposed to just general information that's correct and actually we're going to have a whole podcast. That's going to be on accomplishments and that is the meat of how you present these qualifications and how you create a unique picture of who are in what you offer great good okay. I think formats of resumes are difficult in the. Released and they've changed a lot as well too. I think it all can depend on what job you're applying foreign such too but it does break down to two or three types of formats correct correct that is correct. <hes> the two formats that we talk about are the functional format and what. I'm going to call the combination format and now explain that in a minute the functional resume is great for anybody who is seeking to go in a different direction and that's probably a lot of people in our audience. They've done something for fifteen twenty. Maybe even more ears but they're looking to move into a new field field not necessarily what they've been doing but there are a lot of similarities in the skills and experiences that they bring to who their intended new field so functional resume presents key skills and qualifications that have been gained throughout throughout your work history so let's say that you're looking to move to <hes> nonprofit function <hes> but you fin pending sales. Now people might say well. Don't see a connection there. <hes> there's a lot of connection there in that sales involves engaging teaching people. I'm convincing them to support you. <hes> all kinds of different things and in a functional resume you break all of those skills out and present them from your past experience and show how that is going to make a <hes> an impact for that new employer employer and actually Carol that brings up a point <hes>. Don't we have a podcast on transferable skills right absolutely I was just thinking that a two and <hes> it it this also goes to the question of a resume needs some thought put into it and functional resumes really need thought put into it. You can't just throw it together. You have to have some direction may be some help. It's hard to do it by yourself and you have to have a really good command of your your skills and the <hes> functional areas that you can claim to be <hes> in your bailiwick so that you can put together could functional resume yes that's true and and definitely <hes> we do have great to great podcasts on transferable skills excellent so then the second format and this is one that you'll more commonly see out there is something that I call the combination resume and that actually has many elements elements of what we call the used to call the chronological resume. That's the one that started with objective xperience and <hes> it looked very similar more what when you see this resume format really focuses in on what you offer the employer it is actually actually it really is a marketing document so in in in this format you start with a short summary and what you we really need to include in that summary is look at what the employers asking for and make sure you include those key words okay okay. A keyword is simply something that you see repeatedly in employer ads for the type of physician that you're looking for so make sure that when you create your what I call basic resume that you include those keywords you can always tweet when you're actually submitting your application so you always want to start out with a summary and you want to include those keywords then you do want to present your work history and then education on tier activities those types of things but it always starts with a summary and then the second key piece is does your Employment History Sheeran if somebody asks you while which type should I have a functional or a combination. There are times when my feeling is that an in a job seeker meinie. Both I think that's true for functional resume. What I tell people that I work with is that at that resume needs to always go to a living breathing human being in the company that you want to work for because it doesn't really work very well in the standard a web application format but yeah <hes> I think that there are distinct advantages to having both and the more you work on this the better you'll know oh yourself and the more confident you'll be on down the road when you get to that interview stage that that's really true and I think that's one of the messages that we want to have in. All of our different PODCASTS podcast for the development of resumes is doing these steps putting a little bit of effort into the resume is not only GonNa make you a better job secrets. GonNa make. You a much better interviewee. You're going to really be able to talk to an employer about what you can do. You have a good firm understanding by having developed a good resume <hes> <hes> but let me also just step back one more second regarding both formats. Is it safe to say that. If you're doing a resume you have to have <unk> at least the combination and the functional is a potential second that would be the most obvious paths to take us great yep. Okay well the next question I always hear from clients even before they've put the first word on papers well. How long does it have to be and that is <unk> a really good and somewhat tricky question because the answer is it is defense excellently okay life so many resumes will be two pages long. You may have heard the statement out there. Oh your resume could never be more than one page long well you. You could try to cram all of your information one-page but that's probably not a good strategy so a two page resume is for a H.. Job Seeker who is is currently looking for a position that's at or above what they are currently working at or their most recent recent position and this is especially true. If you have I would say any more than ten years of experience because sure S- right out of college you you might have that one page resume but <hes> for most job seekers to try to cram enough information into a single page page either means. You'RE GONNA miss a lot of stuff or the font is going to be so small that nobody can read it right so that that's can can can can I ask to <hes> is it still common thought that when an employer is reading a resume number one they don't go through the whole thing. I they're going to give you seven seconds so of everything on this on the resume. The most important part is the first third of the first page at summary Reception also even in the second round of reading it. They may not get to the second page so what regardless of one pager to the most important stuff is still that first page the most important stuff is always page one in and in fact that top of the fall is we call it top third tired of the page right at that absolutely has to pretty much hit an employer between the eyes or they're not going to move on so yeah the one page resume resume <hes> yeah new college grads but also if you are really at a stage in your life where you WanNa take a pretty big step back and you don't want the level of responsibility that you've had and basically you're just looking for work. That's fulfilling but it doesn't take up up your entire day. <hes> you can carefully pair your resume back to one page and just present the key elements of your experience that again relate to the type of work that you want to do which may just be. Maybe you've been pretty high high level sales manager now. You just like to spend fifteen twenty hours a week. <hes> answering customer calls or something like that. There's a lot of experience there her but the employer doesn't want to see somebody that they would think would be overqualified so you need to just present the most a key elements of that experience and then you know you could explain to the employer in your cover letter which we actually aren't going to talk about at the moment but you could explain to them that it is you've made the decision to step back and therefore you're looking for a position at this level."