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Connie Hall
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I teach Resume Writing, Social Media, and Interviewing w/Success Workshops.   I have  a lot of different resume and cover letter samples that you can choose from, all of my workshops are free.  My main goal is to make every veteran and job seeker that is unemployed or underemployed aquire gainful employment.  The key is to stand out above every other applicant out there and the best way to do that is to think outside the box.  
 
Remember looking for a job today is different, in that the competition is fierce and employers are no longer using the old traditional ways for looking for candidates to fill open positions.  Employers are finding candidates through non-traditional ways.  Why because of the large number of responses they get when they put the word out for openings within the organization.   Rather than pay for job posts in the newspaper, on career sites, or through an employment service; companies are using the company's website, using internal and external networks, and employee referrals. 
 
Organizations are also using technology to assist in thinning out the applications and resumes sent it.  What this means is a lot of companies/organizations are using scanners, for instance, to look for ideal candidates rather than having the HR department personnel read through the piles of applicants resumes and applications.  When the organization is looking to specific qualifications - key words are entered into the scanner software and the resumes and applications are run through the scanner.  This is more efficient and effective way to wade through the resumes/applications.  How do you get your application or resume in the look at pile? Make sure you use key words in the job description or post.  Don't use fancy fonts or formating that the scanner may not recognize.  That means using arial or times new roman, 10 pt or 12 pt, do not bold, use dashes or asterisks for bullets.  These are just some tips that help you.  At the bottom of this page there are a number sample resumes available in Word format along with some other documents.    The two PDF files for tips on applications and cover letters I downloaded off the internet but cannot find the link it must have been take off the Internet. 
 
 
WRITING YOUR RESUME
 
Tips to help you choose the right format for you
 
Chronological resume is perfect for someone who has had a steady work history with no gaps, if you have fairly recent education,  or if the experience pertaining to the job that you are applying for is recent at least in the last few years. 
 
Functional resume is perfect for someone who has a lot of work history gaps and/or their education is not recent because it does not include dates.  Remember functional resumes can be messy looking or look suspicious if you don't think the formatting through.  The problem with functional resumes is that a lot of employers do not like them. 
 
Combination resume is one that has features from both chronological and functional.  A problem with combination resumes is that if it is not well thought out it can look confusing.  If you decide on the combo resume you may want to ask people to read it through and critique it before sending it out. 
 
Finally the targeted resume is much like the combo but it is unique to the specific job that you are applying for, the drawback is that it is time consuming but in the end it will be rewarding when you starting getting those calls for interviews. 
 
REMEMBER ALWAYS INCLUDE A COVER LETTER WITH YOUR RESUME. 
 

 
ONLINE RESUME
 
I also have included step by step instructions on how to set up an online resume through Google.  I like using Google because its free, you can limit who you want to see your site and you can do many more things with an online resume.  For instance, you can create a 3 minute commercial on video and post it on You Tube and add a link to your commercial.  One of my students tried a demonstration video - he taped it and I helped him combine all the separate tapings and uploaded the video to YT and now he has a link to it on his online resume.  You can also link your LinkedIn Account to your online resume and if you have recommendations on your account the perspective employer and read those recommendations.  There are so many things you can do and they are free.  I am always telling my students -  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE WHILE YOU CAN!!!!
 
If you are interested in viewing the demonstration video here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiPivL3aV14
 

About the author
 
I have a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, a Masters in Business Administration and am currently attending school to get her Ph.D. in Psychology, with a specialization in Organizational Psychology.  I have done training in many different fields from emergency management, disaster preparedness and response, terrorism planning and risk assessment for local and state government, job search and resume writing, interviewing and success on the job.  I have written a fair amount of user manuals for software and hardware.  I try to create manuals that not only give step by step instructions but also include pictures of screens and pages as the user goes through the instructions with an understanding that some people learn by sight.   
 

Links to more tips online
Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them:  http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_mistakes.html
Ten Tips for Letting Federal Employers Know Your Worth: http://media.newjobs.com/opm/www/usajobs/pdf/tentips.pdf
Job Seekers Guide to Successfully Complete a Job Application: http://www.quintcareers.com/job_applications.html
For Veterans -- Your One Stop Shop for Information and Resources: http://vets4veterans.com
 
 
 
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