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  1. slo984now

    slo984now AKA 01yellerCobra Established Member

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    Has anyone on here used one before? I'm about done with school and I'm looking to change careers. Which means dressing up my resume to try to match the career I want to get into. I've used the resume people at my school, but it only went so far. I think I need a little more help.
     
  2. nxhappy

    nxhappy Vette Killer Established Member

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    dude its a damn resume, if you can't make one, you're ****ed. Keep it simple, keep it clean. Employers don't want a million pages. The first 4 lines will tell them your story. Don't over think it.
     
  3. slo984now

    slo984now AKA 01yellerCobra Established Member

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    I'm aware it's a damn resume. And if I was staying in my current field I'd be great. But I'm trying to change fields. Thanks for your help though.
     
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    nxhappy Vette Killer Established Member

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    I employ people. Trust me when I say, you don't need a "resume builder". Like I said, first couple of lines they either keep reading, or it goes in the trash .
     
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    ON D BIT Finish First Established Member

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  6. Stanger00

    Stanger00 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I'll shoot you a PM tomorrow with a person I used when I left the military and had trouble translating my skills. She wrote me resume that I still use today over 8 years ago. I've modified it but the bones are there.

    I don't know what it costs now but it's for your future.

    Surprised you didn't take a career development course to cover this resume and portfolio business.


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  7. Junior00

    Junior00 You're Wrong Established Member

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    There’s nothing a resume builder will bring to the table that will top Google, Word, and a bit of your time researching. You know your strengths, weaknesses, skill set and education. Start with that and find a template that fits your field and adjust from there. If it’s a problem with sentence structure or phrasing, you must certainly have folks in your life that can lend a hand with suggestions and proofreading...and if not, there are plenty here that I’m sure would be happy to help.

    *Edited to add that an above poster is correct, by the time you sit down and begin speaking an opinion is already formed. The questions/answers I ask and receive in an interview coupled with body language are 90% of my determination. Education isn’t worth the paper it’s written on if enthusiasm and a williningness to learn aren’t present. My best results for myself and those I’ve hired were from honest and earnest answers during that process, and no amount or lack of words will properly convey that in a resume.
     
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  8. MFE

    MFE Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Know your audience. Know what they're looking for. Know that they don't care what you've done, as much as they care what you can do for them. Don't dwell on what you technically did, highlight what you've achieved for the companies you've worked for. Nobody gives a **** that you managed a team of 8 people. They care that you increased sales or cut costs or won business etc. Frame every single portion of your resume this way. And write it through the lens of the manager you'll be working for, in whatever industry. They're not just filling a hole, they're trying to make their bonus or get promoted or save their ass. Show that you get shit done. If you're changing industries, show that you got shit done in a variety of industries/situations before now.
     
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  9. gimmie11s

    gimmie11s Dont be a Hybred Premium Member Established Member

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    Exactly!!

    The resume's most important job is landing you a face to face. Once you get an interview, it's on you to close the deal.

    Highlight your accomplishments and build your resume around the type of person and teammate you are, not what, specifically, you've done in any given field.
     
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  10. IronSnake

    IronSnake Cam chop make de booty pop Established Member

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    I will give you an absolutely easy example of how to write one.

    I am a business analyst/Product analyst in the aftermarket automotive world. A lot of companies, automotive or not, want this somewhere as a "skill". I just noticed the consistent nature of it and made it work. It's a fancy statement for what everyone does every day, nothing special.

    "● Cross-functional Analytics support to Supply Chain, Engineering, & Manufacturing departments"

    So while it means "Yea, I just analyze data from three different departments and help them all cross talk", it means to Boeing or whomever "He can do cross-functional analytics".

    Every bulletin needs to start with a verb, or a strong statement leading to a verb with description following. This statement has gotten me more recruiter calls in the last 2 years than ever before.
     
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    It's those simple verbs that really set off impact statements. Dust off your thesaurus, haha.

    Also, you could even jazz that bullet up more if you built the cross-function program for the business. By just using "implemented"

    Or finish the bullet off with how it improved the business. "Reduced interdepartmental processing time by x percent" some sort of statement like this.

    "Implemented cross-functional Analytics support procedures for Supply Chain, Engineering, & Manufacturing departments; Reduced interdepartmental processing time by x percent"

    You only want a couple heavy hitter bullets like this. The others can be bland.

    Your bullet looks good but hopefully somewhere on your resume you name the systems you pull data from whether it's POS, CMMS or EAM for example. Hiring people would like to know that stuff.



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  12. IronSnake

    IronSnake Cam chop make de booty pop Established Member

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    Thanks man

    I have it listed in another bulletin. But i absolutely agree. To anyone that doesn't, they should.
     
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    Done. Consider yourself hired as CEO

    I've used one a long time ago. Don't think it really helped. Could of been that one "professional" but didn't get any bites. When I did some more research and wrote one myself that fit the civil eng criteria that's when I got calls for interviews.
     
  14. FIVEHOE

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    I would highly recommend you get with a recruiter within the desired field. They will be able to help you sculpt a resume with important highlights employers will look for.

    I constantly get recruiters hunting me down on linkedin and have used them to give me different examples of resume's. I felt I had a strong base resume, but the issue with mine was that I had a hard time highlighting all my skills, accomplishments, and qualifications while keeping it to just 2 pages. A recruiter will help you keep it short, sweet, and to the point.
     
  15. jrandy

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    Building a resume is only the first part. Depending on the company and size, you will want to make sure that you include keywords from the job posting as many companies use AI to auto generate the resumes to look at.
     
  16. jpro

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    I have worked in career services on a college campus for nearly 15 years so I might know a thing or two about this topic, and although I don't review student resumes any more (my staff does that), I have a couple of pieces of advice (#6 is the most important):

    1. Stop taking career advice from SVTP. LOL

    2. Your career center at your school can only do so much. Truth is, when you hire unskilled people to be career advisors at a university, you get what you get. Those jobs only pay $35k, so you're not going to attract experts who have reviewed resumes for years. You're going to get entry level, fresh outta grad school people who are still learning the ropes usually. I'm glad you went to seek their help, but I'm not surprised that it was only somewhat helpful.

    3. Do not hire a resume "expert" to help you. I'd rather you throw your money into an alligator pit. Most of these people are self-proclaimed experts.

    4. You don't need a resume builder. Don't pay for anything online.

    5. nxhappy and MFE are on the right track. You have to hit them with the "good stuff" first and you have to know your audience. Very good advice. You've probably heard the term "above the fold" when it comes to newspapers, where they would put the attention-grabbing stories above the fold of the newspaper...same applies to a resume. Put your best stuff first (above the fold) to draw their interest.

    6. I still think your career center can be more helpful. If you are switching fields, ask them if they can set you up with a couple of recruiters in the field you are entering so they can look over your resume. They should have connections in the industry you are hoping to break into, so while they can't really help you any more with your resume, they should be able to help you connect with recruiters who hire people in the field you are looking to get into. The feedback and direction you will receive from these people will be more helpful than any help/advice you get from SVTP, the internet, or a resume builder. Seriously...think about it. If you could have a handful of recruiters in the field you wish to enter work with you on your resume, wouldn't that be the best case scenario?
     
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  17. Rubenk

    Rubenk Wasn't me. Premium Member

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    Resumes are very field specific. I'm in IT and it seems that most of my specific resume experience and advice don't compare to other fields. If you're in IT I can give you more specific advice.

    That said, I used a resume writer when leaving the military and it was a huge help. They weren't perfect, but I took that one as a template and have simply updated it over the years. I always get compliments on my resume, and never have an issue getting interviews. So, if you're a terrible writer with no resume experience then absolutely seek the help of a professional. I don't mean a professional resume writer though, get someone in the field you're pursuing that can give you professional and relevant advice regarding your resume. Flat out ask them for help writing it if you have to. Once you put it out there and start getting interest or interviews, every time you talk to someone is an opportunity to improve that resume! Any decent recruiter will want your resume to look good too, so make sure to ask them for feedback.
     
  18. mustangvsix

    mustangvsix 4 point 6 Established Member

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    True Story! As someone who partners with career services to find the right talent for my organization, this is 100% an in with a lot of companies if the career department has an established relationship.

    As for a resume as others have said you can probably take care of it yourself, keep it simple, make 110% sure it is appealing to the eye, put career relevant achivements and value ads on it and make sure the most important and relevant info is at the top.

    I oversee the hiring of 10,000-12,000 people a year currently and have done management and staff level hiring before that as a recruiter. Your resume will have about 5 seconds to scream I might be who you want in about the first 1/3 of a page dont waste it as rarely will you be looked at twice.
     

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