How do you get your resume to the top of the stack? How can you present yourself to potential employers in the language they already use within their organisation? This course will provide you with the answers to those questions. You will learn how to transform a dull resume into a dynamic asset statement that conveys your skills in an employer-friendly language.
You will be able to do the following after completing this course:
- Determine the true purpose of a resume.
- Determine the relevant competencies for a position.
- Make your resumes compatible with Applicant Tracking Systems (resume screening software).
- Create powerful and convincing accomplishment statements by strategically assembling the most relevant evidence of competency for a specific position using your accomplishments inventory.
- Strengthen your resume by using the resume skills tier method.
- Create summary sections and objective statements that are relevant to a job position.
- Use online resources to find power language for your resume.
- Create a strong resume in a format that is appropriate for both your background and the position you want.
- Write effective cover letters that use A.I.D.A. to help you achieve your career objectives.
- Write effective follow-up letters to help you stand out from the crowd.
1. Preparing to Write
- The Real Purpose of a Resume
- Focusing Your Resume
- Identifying Relevant Competencies
- Understanding 21st Century Competencies
- Gathering Your Materials to Write
- Understanding Applicant Tracking Systems
2. Writing a Winning Resume
- Writing Strong Accomplishment Statements
- Using the Resume Skills Tier Method
- Writing Summary Sections
- Writing Objectives
- Finding the Right Words
- Using the Resume Dictionary and COCA
3. Choosing a Resume Format
- The Most Popular Resume Format
- Other Popular Resume Formats
- Two Special Resume Formats
- Other Special Resume Formats
- Electronic, Scannable and Internal Resumes
- What You Should Never Put on a Resume
4. Writing a Winning Cover Letter
- Powerhouse Cover Letters
- Constructing the Letter
- Creating a Sense of Urgency
- The Follow-Up Letter