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Your Best Resume Now; Create a Modern, Sharp-looking Resume Fast

teacher avatar Ray Harkins, Senior manufacturing professional

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Lessons in This Class

22 Lessons (2h 32m)
    • 1. 01 The Purpose of a Resume, Rev 2

    • 2. 02 Our Approach for Building the BEST Resume

    • 3. 03 Gather Information

    • 4. 04 Formats

    • 5. 05 The Header

    • 6. 06 Hyperlinking Addresses

    • 7. 07 Hobbies and Interests

    • 8. 08 Education

    • 9. 09 Work Experience, Part 1

    • 10. 10 Experience, Part 2

    • 11. 11 Experience, Part 3

    • 12. 12 Professional Summary

    • 13. 13 Wrap up of Sections

    • 14. 14 Edit and Refine

    • 15. 15 Spelling and Grammar, Part 1

    • 16. 16 Spelling and Grammar, Part 2

    • 17. 17 How Long

    • 18. 18 Use of White Space, Formatting

    • 19. 19 Readability and Visual Appeal

    • 20. 20 Outdated Resume Elements

    • 21. 21 The Final (and Most Important) Screening

    • 22. 22 Conclusion

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About This Class

"Your Best Resume Now!" will show you a step-by-step method for building a modern, sharp-looking resume FAST. If you've decided to start looking for a job, you need a resume now, and this is the class to show you how to build one.

"Your Best Resume Now!" will:

- Give you a checklist of what information you need to gather

- Show you how to construct the individual sections of your resume

- Give you two excellent formats as Microsoft Word files to choose from

- Teach you the best methods for combining the individual section into a professional looking resume

- Give you the "inside track" on how Hiring Managers scan your resume

- Show you the most common editing, formatting and grammatical mistakes found on resume, and HOW TO AVOID THEM!!

"Your Best Resume Now!" is the one class you need to take that next step in your career!!


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Ray Harkins

Senior manufacturing professional


Ray Harkins is a senior manufacturing professional with 25 years experience in manufacturing engineering, quality management, and business analysis.  During his career, he has toured hundreds of manufacturing facilities and worked with leading industry professionals throughout North America and Japan.  He is a senior member of the American Society of Quality, and holds their Quality Engineering, Quality Auditing and Calibration Technician certifications.  Ray has written extensively for national trade publications on the topics of quality engineering and career management.

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1. 01 The Purpose of a Resume, Rev 2: well, let's jump right into this class. Your best resume now, by the end of this class, and by the end of your working through its it's exercises, you will have a professional looking resume. It'll just take a few hours, but let's start before we begin writing. Let's understand the purpose of the resume, knowing the purpose, Knowing the end from the beginning. The goal before you get started will serve as the guiding principles all the way through the resume writing process. The first purpose of resin resume is to serve as a marketing tool, just like McDonald's uses billboards to attract people that, like burgers and fries, potential employees like yourself used resumes to attract potential employers. Too many people write a resume that they think looks good, and they're not considering their audience. The potential employers. What does that mean? For a practical sense, A resume needs to be easy to read. It has to look professional. It has to contain the relevant information and not waste the time of these guys or girls. The potential employers. It has to be grammatically correct. It can have spelling errors. It has toe look like, ah, lot of thought went into it, and it can't ultimately waste anyone's time. It has to get to the point and contain relevant information. If you can keep this a za guiding principle that you're trying to reach these people that will serve you very well through the resume writing process. Number two. It's a summary of your professional skills, abilities and accomplishments. It includes items like your profile, a summary of who you are as a as a person. As an employee, it has that chronological work history, your educational accomplishments, your professional achievements and volunteer work and interests that that building better, well rounded picture of who you are as a professional. It doesn't include every detail of your life. It doesn't include obscure, short lived jobs from 25 years ago. It doesn't include all your interests and hobbies. Ah, hey, I like collecting stamps. It's fine. Enjoy your hobbies. It doesn't really have a place on a resume, and it wastes precious real estate that could be used for more effective ah, bullet points and details. It's so critical to not include garbage that's gonna waste the time of the people looking at your resume. It's a summary of your professional skills, abilities and accomplishments. Keep it that way, and it will remain an effective document for reaching those potential employers. Number three. It's the key, in most cases toe landing, an interview picture. The hiring process is a giant funnel where a bunch of resumes go in and one new employees comes out the other side and in each step along the way. Different types of information are exchanged between the potential employer and potential employees, and fewer and fewer people get to participate in subsequent stages of the hiring process. So the purpose of the resume, then, is to get you from step one to step two. There's all sorts of great information that you can share in exchange during the interview questions asked during a negotiations and after you're an employee. But those don't serve a an effective purpose in preparing a resume. A resume is on Lee to get you an interview, and nothing more than the skills and the details and the questions for down the road are best down the road. Right now. Your job is to get an interview, so when you use these three purposes as guiding principles, it's a marketing tool. It's a summary of your professional skills, ability and accomplishments, and it's the key toe landing. An interview using those purposes when writing your resume will help you to build the most effective document possible in landing you the interview and ultimately landing you the job that you truly want. 2. 02 Our Approach for Building the BEST Resume: Now I'm gonna share with you the approach that I'm gonna lay out in this class for building your resume. You might want to think about it as a road map. And this road map is very important because for a lot of people, writing a resume feels like a huge undertaking. But I've designed this process toe make it feel like a climbing a set of stairs. It's an incremental approach to building resume that does isn't gonna leave you feeling overwhelmed. So let's take a looks. The first thing that you're going to do is just simply gather your information. Then you're going to select a format, then you're going to construct the individual sections. Then you're going to do what I call combine and refine. So when you're gathering information and maybe even want to start doing this now, you're looking for specific dates, titles and company names that we have to do with your professional experience. You're going on a list of your major accomplishments, old resumes or a great place to start. So think about the dates, the names of maybe certifications. What schools you got those from? Think about your volunteer projects may be in your community military local school district . Think about your specific job skills, the software use, think about these things and gather them all together, and I literally mean gather. So if their actual diplomas or certifications or old resumes literally put them together in a file, if there are other things, maybe you've never built a resume before. We'll just sit down and let's start taking notes. I'm going to go through this in the next video in more detail, but this is what we're gonna do first is gather information. Next, you're going to select a format. In my opinion, too many people get cared away with the format that they use. Here's what I think. If you are a creative professional, like a graphic designer or maybe a marketing professional, or is or some sort of artists or something like that, you know what format really actually does matter a lot because it speaks to your ability to design and create. But if you're a professional, I don't want to say a ordinary professional, but like the non creative type, you're an accountant. You work in the trades, you work in manufacturing service industry. Maybe you're just coming on a school. You're gonna be an accountant or some sort of business major or whatever. Honestly, pick. I picked out two formats. Pick one that you think looks better. They're both very effective. They're both very professional looking, and you don't have to get wrapped up in. Is this the right format it that it doesn't matter if you're not? Ah, creative professional. Either of these formats. And I included two to give you a preference, whichever you think looks better will serve you just fine, I promise you. And I'm going to attach when we get to the section. I'm just going to attach his word docks so you can use them and start building your your resume right away. Next, you're going to construct the individual sections separate from each other. You're gonna build the header. Your profile. Professional profile, sometimes called a summary. You're gonna build your experience section, your educational section, your skills and achievements, your hobbies and interests. Sometimes these we've together a little bit these last two, but it just depends on what direction you want to go. So you're gonna build in probably Microsoft Word, Or maybe Google docks or whatever word processor you use. You're gonna build the individual sections as as discreet elements of your resume. And then lastly, Leca said, combine and refine where this is where we stick all those discrete sections together and build the overall resume from those individual components. And that's where we're gonna look at things like spelling and grammar readability so important. The action words verb tense, thes air things. Maybe you're more hands on person and you're not into English and stuff. That's why I'm here. I'm here to help you with that stuff just to give you some simple rules to follow to make a very effective resume. The overall length. One page, two pages, numbers, visual appeal numbers Could do a lot to make a resume. Pop the details on jump out, you know. So these are the types of things we're gonna look at in the combine and refine phase. So we're going to gather the information, select a format, construct the individual sections and then combine and refined. So in the next video, we're gonna jump right in to gathering information 3. 03 Gather Information: Now we're gonna take a look at this first and very critical step to crafting your best. Resume gathering your information. And when I say gather, I literally mean gather. I would recommend starting with a folder, maybe an electronic folder on your computer, or maybe just a plain old folder where you gather your information in the one spot. This is very important to the success of the future steps in building a resume. So here's just some key highlights of information that you should be gathering. The first is gonna be an education, and this could be anything, obviously. Ah, high school college, formal education coursework. Even if you didn't graduate from college, that's fine. Having your college transcript, or at least a list of the course works that you took online classes on site training. That's very important to gather that stuff together. The certifications, the diplomas, year old report cards, whatever it is. Get that in one spot and then the next section, which is really an important piece to is your job history. That's where that old resume would come in really handy. You're gonna want to know the company's name, the department's name when you started and stopped these air important your major responsibilities and accomplishments. These would be projects. How many people you manage, your cost savings, you things that that represented achievements in that position, that you help anything that you might call certifications. Ah, lot of professional trade organizations have these industry recognized credentials, or sometimes they're called certifications. They indicate that you've accomplished a certain level of training or experience. Usually there's some sort of exam taken that, you know, is part of a certification. These air, excellent evidence of your professional success and knowledge level and just a side note. If you don't have any, maybe this is a good time to start thinking about it. But anyway, that's for a later conversation, then specific job skills. Anything in the area of technical skills, managerial skills. If you're an engineer, a nurse, an accountant, if you work in the trades, these air all gonna have very specific skills and then then, in addition to those, call it hard technical skills. There's also going to be like soft skills, organisational skills, managerial skills. Maybe you're good. It's a collaborating and working with teams and leading teams, and and this sort of thing when we're gathering, this is the type of stuff that you're probably just gonna get your notebook out and write down. What? What do I know how to do? Where am I? Organized my finance skills of my good with people and my can I communicate present before audiences these air. These are the types of skills you're gonna want to gather together. And then here where I say software, I'm talking about industry specific software. So if you work in a hospital, say, and your ah, wizard at maybe you don't be a wizard, but you're very good at their electronic medical records software. Well, that's fantastic. List the name of the software, the revision, what modules you use. This is the type of software I'm talking about. If you know how, toe like browse the Internet and use Microsoft Word. Honestly, yes, it's software, but those air almost a given. Okay, I'm talking about industry specific stuff of your work in engineering or technical area from the whatever the software that you're using, the names, revisions, etcetera, Teoh indicate what what those actual programs are and what you know how to do with him. Continuing hobbies and interests. So these air things that show off your personal qualities that will show up in the workplace know if you're into athletics or athletic coaching or volunteering leadership projects, or you have some interest in the local historical society. You know, some of that stuff can indicate what type of person you are. But if you have really obscure stuff and again, I mentioned collecting stamps or playing video games or just weird stuff UFO chasing or listen, go back to our purposes. We're gonna want to find information that helps us land an interview. If you can't look at it and say this is an important feature of who I am that will show up in the workplace, it will display some soft skills, some some ability to work with others perseverance. Things like this. If it doesn't show that I'm not talking about that, don't include keep your obscure hobbies to yourself. Enjoy those on the weekend. That's not for this. Okay, volunteer projects in the community. There's all sorts of community things going on at your local library. Local schools, helping kids learn how to read, organizing the parade, these air fantastic things to show that. Hey, you're part of the community and these air Very important. If you're working literally in your community, it shows that you're you have, ah vested interest in the community. It shows a little bit of who you are, and this ties in to to this next one leadership roles. If you work at the community college, if you help out, maybe you serve on the local committee for, uh, I don't know, improving the tree line in your community or some service roles, maybe the scouts or something at your local church or synagogue. These are the types of things that really carry weight and show again. An employer who you are gathered. Write those down right amount. Think pause for a minute. Think about these different things. I wrote this down to industry standards. Depending on where you work, there are procedures that formalize technical processes. So if you work in, let's say you're a welder or you work in some sort of testing process or manufacturing process, or a lot of medical areas have sort of have ah industry standards that they follow and you've been trained to them or use them on a regular basis. if you're using is you're going to know what I'm talking about, OK? So make sure you write those down. Remember? Sometimes it's hard to remember the numbers of the exact title. So go out, get those, find what they are writing down. And then again, this is a little bit of a repeat. But military service community service, I've noticed when I look at a lot of resumes and many people served in the military four years in the Air Force, eight years in the Army or the or the reserves or whatever it is in your area, you know, that's really important. And I think a lot of times it's understated on people's resume. That was probably a big chunk of your life, and I think it's worth adding the few bullet points. Maybe some award you received or your length of service. Those air important bullet points to include on your resume that would also include any sort of elected offices you help. Maybe it's just a local council person or trustee year. Something like that. Maybe you volunteer on the election board, these air, all activities again that I think are important. So gather the information write it down, put it in a folder, collect that stuff together, spend some real time doing this. Then when we go into the next section, which is actually a collection of little sections where we're building those individual modules, this is going to be fantastic. In our next section, we're going to select a format to use for your resume. So all of this information that you're gathering is gonna fit into some of these sections in your resume format. And by the way, I also put a little of cheat sheet together, and I've attached it to this video, and it's a checklist of all those things that you need to be looking for. So if you want to print it up and then you've got it, you don't have to be sitting right here in front of your computer. You've got your print up and you can go look for all the stuff and maybe use it is the checklist. Go gather your information. Next, we're gonna look at the different formats to use for building your best resume. Now 4. 04 Formats: Now we're gonna talk about the format of your resume. And to be honest with you, this is an area of resume writing that I think for in most cases gets far too much attention. In most cases, your resume format doesn't have as much of an impact as a lot of people would lead you to belief. Now, there certainly are exceptions that as you look around the Internet, you will see a wide range of really remarkable formats. And here is just a small sampling of those, and these are impressive eye catching formats. But for most people working in the trades, working in manufacturing, working in the service industry, medical industry, if you're an engineer, accountant or business manager, it honestly it doesn't have the impact that a lot of people would have. You think there are exceptions. If you're a graphic designer, a photographer, a creative professional, your resume serves as something more than just that. That tool to connect you to the employer. It now becomes a sample of your work, and as you're looking at these resumes, you notice a lot. If you look in your graphic designer, this person's a graphic designer, maybe your marketing specialist or something where you're very job has to do with making visual presentations will. Then, yes, your resume is a fantastic opportunity, not just a detail out your work experience in your skills and the software that used. But it's actually a non opportunity to showcase your very work itself that is very different than a lot of industry and service and medical professionals. It's just not necessary. So what I've done for you in this class is I've picked out two formats. They're not as fancy as those ones were just looking at, but they will do the job. If you want to spend a lot of energy looking at formats, feel free. If you wanna get to the point and create a really great resume in a short period of time, just pick one of these. So they're two different formats. The difference between them is truthfully, it's preferential. If you like this one more than that one. Vice versa. Just pick one. It's totally fine. So what I'm gonna do is slip over into a word Microsoft Word, and I'm going to zoom in on these and show you these in a little more detail. So here we are in Microsoft Word, and I'm looking at one of those two formats right now, and I just want to point out a couple things to you. Hear my name? Ray Harkins. This is me, right up on top centered. This is a fictional address. This is all fictional information. Some of it might happen to be real, but it's generally fictitious information. So I have my header information, including my phone number, my email address and my linked in profile address. And I actually have that hyperlinked. If I clicked on that, it would take me right to my page. We'll talk about that a little bit. I have a profile and notice here, too. I'm using the Gore Armand font in size 10. This is a kind of a compact format. There's a lot of information on here. It's a very professional looking font. Everybody would agree that this would present itself very well, so I go from profile to experience. These are job titles that are highlighted and underlined their bold and underlined with some key bullet points and just glancing over this notice. There's some numbers, whether it's a G p a whether it's years, different industry standards like US 9000. There's a couple different numbers that air jumping out at you 25 years. Numbers capture your attention. That's including important to include. So just skipping had the experience, professional achievements, some different certifications and then education is at the bottom. So this is a very viable format and just pointing out, we're going to dig into this later. At the very end, when we talk about refined notice, the order header profile, experience, achievements, education. Generally, the most important thing is, at the top, less important or older, yet still relevant details or kind of moved to the bottom. Okay, let's look at a different format. And again, this is just preference. The font using here is an 11. It's this Franklin Gothic, I think has a little bit more of a contemporary look than a classic look. I still have the header information. It's still my name is still the top. It's off to one side. It's preferential a lot of the same headers like profile, education, work experience. But now they're off to the left, and there's a little bit more generous use of white space, a little more white space on here. You still see a lot of numbers like years and grade point averages and things like that. Skills are separated into, ah, top of groupings here. So this person is converse in Spanish. That's an important skill that might not show up in other places. So different skills awards notice here that this person's education is on the top and their work experience is below, and it doesn't have to be that way. But notice that this is a younger person. Their work experience started at M I t in. So probably on campus. You know, back in 2009 there. Ah, first professional job Post college was in 2012. So their work experience, while valuable, very valuable, is there's just less of it. Okay, so this person is trying to highlight or bring to the forefront their education. And again, this is the stuff We're gonna talk about the end, but just noticed the format. It's very professional, makes a wonderful use of white space, and it works. And the hiring manager will look at this and get it. They'll understand who this person is. It will come across. Is very professional and will be effective in delivering the message. So whether use this format or this format, it really doesn't matter. And a lot of people disagree with me. But I'm telling you, having looked at thousands of resumes for manufacturing, service, engineering, accounting, business, management types, jobs, it doesn't all the shine in the color. It just isn't gonna help you. Here we go to formats, pick one of them and each of these formats. Even if you pick one. There's still some flexibility to rearrange things and stuff, but I just built this for you. Had a time. They'll work. Pick one, use it if you want to make some changes or go out and find your own feel free. But I promise you these will work for you. So take a moment to look over these two formats. Now that you've seen him in a little better detail. I've attached both files there in the Microsoft Word format. I've attached both of them to this lecture, So open them up on your computer. Take a look at him, poke around a little bit, decide which one you like. Now, if you use a program other than Microsoft Word like Google Docks or Labour Office or something like that, You're gonna have to do some conversion on your own. I'm only offering this right now in the Microsoft word format. So take a look at the files. They're attached to this lecture right here and pick. Want to move forward? 5. 05 The Header: okay. Section three of this class construct the individual sections. This is clearly going to be the longest and most detailed portion of this class, certainly the most important portion of this class. So as I mentioned in the earlier videos, there's really about six main sections to any resume. The header, the profile, your experience, work, experience, education, achievement, skills, hobby and interest. Now, sometimes these achievements, skills, hobby interests they could be a more prominent or less prominent part of your resume. Sometimes skills can be combined with maybe profile or experience. There's some flexibility here, but these 1st 4 are pretty rock solid. You're gonna have to have these. So what we're gonna do is step through each of these main sections and we're gonna build them as discrete elements of your resume. We're not gonna worry right now about where do they go And are they too long, too short or how do I fit it with everything else? That's for a later time. Right now, we're just gonna build the individual units like little break, and then later we're gonna build our wall, you know, build a resume. So what? I want to start with here is the header. This is the probably the easiest and most obvious and part of your resume, and right now I'm gonna roll over the word and we're gonna look at the header, some important features of it and how you should proceed writing it. So it's the easiest section. Let's get started with the easiest one and before you know if this will be done. So here we are, back in Microsoft Word, taking a look at a couple of the examples that we have for our headers, and I've just extracted these out of our to sample resumes. So the first part of this header is your name. I don't want to sound overly obvious, but your name is very important. It's on the top formatting if it's off to one side. If it's centered, I think centered is a little more common. Its prominent. It's a larger size font, but in some cases it's bold. It's set aside, like in this case with a line, and it's obvious what is this person's name? It should be a prominent part of your resume looking at this one, for instance, and again, this was a little denser format than you expect if you think you can afford the room and you want to make this a little more prominent. This is an 18 fund, you know, maybe jacket up to like. It may be a 24 26. Something like that. You can make it a little more prominent. That's where you have to engage with your document. Teoh fit how you want it to look, so your address. That's important, too, because hiring managers are getting resumes from all over the place. So it's nice to know, really What I'm looking at is the city. Cleveland. Okay, I'm in. I'm in Cleveland, The applicants in Cleveland. Great. If I'm in, you know, California and I get is something from Cleveland, Ohio around and you know, some city in Canada or Europe or something. Well, this isn't There's gonna be some major obstacles here. I'll need to understand. It's not saying you can't send a resume to a far away place, but you need to explain in your profile or in your cover letter that your looking forward to relocating are willing to relocate. Okay, so first of all, I want to know where do you live? you know, And if I'm receiving a local resume, it's It's interesting, though. Maybe I know the neighborhood or something. Or I knew I had a friend that lived in that part of town that that's all. It's just some little interest. Okay, now you have your phone number. If you were to back up 10 years ago, certainly 15 years ago, it wasn't clear whether this was your cell phone number or your home phone number. You know what? It makes no difference. It is probably your cell number. It doesn't matter. Most people don't even have home phone numbers anymore. Used to be landlines, so to speak. It's hard for me to imagine the importance of having a landline. Maybe it's home telemarketing job or something like that. It's totally fine if it's important, specified. If it's not, just put, phone this word like phone. Leave it blank. Put. Sell something like that. Okay, so your phone number, I need to know how to get ahold of you. Then your email dress. That's the number one way. Getting ahold of people is your email address. Make sure that's on there, and then, lastly, is your linked in page LinkedIn is a valuable and commonly used addition to your resume. It's another way that employers can get a look at you. With resumes, you're confined to one page two page, probably not more than that on your LinkedIn page. You have pages and pages, detailed descriptions, photographs, articles. You've written classes you've taught presentations you've given. You can put all sorts of stuff on there. So it's a fabulous addendum and really unnecessary addendum in today's workplace, so make sure you include your linked in address and in a different class, you can learn the ways to make your linked in page highly effective. But for me and in this class, making your best resume now, it's just important that one. You have one, too. It's on your resume and three work on it. 6. 06 Hyperlinking Addresses: last comment I want to make and this is important. We're not living in the nineties anymore. This is crucial to a resume notice that this is blue. And when I when I move my mouse over it, it shows Ah, you have to read it yourself. It has my linked in page and says, Hit, control, collect to follow links. So watch what I do here. You can't see my hand, but I'm holding the control button down now. I'm going to double click on this and look what happens. It opens up. I was already logged into Lincoln, but it automatically opens up. This is my LinkedIn page. So it took me right there. Now I'm a hiring manager. I see your resume. It's so easy. You saw what I just did. Two clicks and I'm at your linked in page where there's articles. There's ah other details where your education is detailed out licenses, certifications, endorsements, mawr accomplishments, what your interests are. This is fabulous stuff, but it's not fabulous for your resume. It's fabulous for your linked in page. So as a hiring manager, it's so simple. I t to click on this now. If it isn't linked. Well, it's gonna be a little hard now. I gotta type it in or copy and paste. And I hate to say this, You know, a lot of hiring managers. I'm not going to say they're lazy, but they're moving fast, and if it's easy, they'll do it. If it's not easy, you know they might not do it. So make it easy for the hiring manager, too. Click and find your linked in page right away. So let me show you how to do this. And by the way, that applies to your email address is, well, log in tow. Lincoln Goto home right here, Then look at your profile. And by the way, Lincoln changes their format periodically. So if it doesn't look exactly like this, do a little work. Find it. You know, click on your profile. Here's this is my profile page and then up here upper right and again. This might move, but it says edit, profile, public profile and you are out. Click on that. So in the upper right of my page here and again, years might be in a different spot. It says Edit. You are out to tips. I'm going to give you right now. If you've never edited your linked in address, it probably is a bunch of weird letters and numbers right here. So to make it a little more user friendly, my name is Ray Harkins. I made my linked in. I edited my U R L my address here to read Ray Harkins. If you haven't done that, then click on this little pencil right here. So the first part of your U. R R L address stays the same, but the second part you can edit. So if your name's Mary Smith or Bob Jones or you know should be Rob Tamala, then you type that in there. And now you're linked in you r l address matches your name or who you are. Maybe have a small business or something like that. You want to make it a cute name. Go ahead and do it. There it is. Okay, now, I've already done that. Someone had canceled. Okay. What are we gonna do next? Once you've done your editing or if you don't want to edit it don't. So I'm gonna highlight this right here, right click, and it's gonna say copy like this, like copy. And this is my Web browser. Yours might look a little different if you don't know how to do that. Just hit control C that copies it as well. Now I'm gonna all tab. I'm gonna go over back to where we're at. So if I were hit paste and then the text I that it just pasted just the text. It's not a link. It's just the tax here. So what I can do is if I highlight this text and then I gum up here to my header and a hit insert and then scroll over here toe links and then down links. See how I did that? So the address notice when I highlighted it, It ought. It's smart enough to know what I'm doing here. I have this clicked on here existing file or Web page address, and it put in my address down here, then up top text to display. And it shows the u. R l address in in this case there more or less the same. If you want to abbreviate that you can do that is going to show your LinkedIn page address and then just hit. Okay, Now, notice it turned it to blue and underlined it. So here's my Lincoln address. But notice that little that little banner cama began control plus click to follow Link. I just did it. I just inserted a hyperlink. And that's what you see right here. Okay, I can do the same thing with my email address. So what I'm gonna do here is highlight this and then I'm gonna hit. I can. Right click again. Highlight. Copy. Now back to my insert tab. Scroll over the links links. Now, this time instead of a web page, it's right here. Email address. So it's asking me text to display hit there. But remember, we already copied it. So now I can right, click and paste. There's an extra space in there. So that's the tax that's going to display. Well, in this case, it's also my This is the email address. You know it. No, it's the same. So I'm not editing it. It's the same. So I'm gonna hit. Okay. If for some reason it doesn't look like this, then type that in there. Here you go. Email addresses right here. Male two. Right there. So it filled that in for me now I hit. OK, notice. Turn blue Underline. That means it's linked. So that means What if I What I can do is hit control and click. I'm not gonna do it right now, But what it will do is that clicking on that will take the viewer the HR manager directly to his or her email site. So if they're using outlook if they're using a Web mail, it opens up that page, opens a new email and sticks your address in the to box. Pretty pretty handy again, making it easy on the person reading your your resume. Their busy. They've got a lot of resumes. If they like you, they could click and type. You know, Dear Ray Harkins, I got your resume. Please give me a call to set up an interview time, you know, and sign off. So making it easy for the person reading it. So the header information. Prominent name, address city, knowing where you live, contact information hyperlinked Makes it super easy. Work on this a little bit. Build your header in a file just like you see here, and just kind of save it and set it to the side. Now we're going to move to the next section and keep building these discreet building blocks to our resume. 7. 07 Hobbies and Interests: Now we're going to talk about your hobbies and interests, and this is one of those individual sections that we may or may not include on the resume. It's not essential it can be helpful, but if it's not helpful than it's not necessary to include on your resume. So let's step through this thinking process about which hobbies and interest we might or might not include in our resume. So the question that you need to answer about hobbies and interest is this. Which of your hobbies and interests will increase your value as a job candidate in the mind of the hiring manager? Please read this again. Slowly. Which of your hobbies and interests will one increase your value as a job candidate? It doesn't mean as a person, it doesn't mean that your hobby is is important or not important. It isn't about that. It's about the resume is a marketing tool to help you get to the next step in the job hunting process. If you have a hobby that serves that purpose than yes, let's get it in there. If you have an interest that that will round out the picture of you as a valuable employee , Yes, but if it doesn't add value or if it detracts, no, we don't want to include that. And who are we trying to please here? It's the mind of the hiring manager if I think it's important to the job, but but the hiring manager might not. That's where you got to really be honest with yourself. Maybe ask some career consultants or fellow professionals or just some co workers. Does this add, or not if you're having trouble, but it's not, In your opinion, it's not in your mind. It's in the mind of the hiring manager. So one of the things I like to do is play a little game here. If you don't mind. You remember the old word association. So I'm going to say a word and you say the first thing that pops into your mind. OK, let's try it. Fun. You might be thinking apple. Okay, how about large city? You might be thinking Just say Tokyo. Yeah, that's large city. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you he say carmaker? Maybe, you know, maybe Ford, maybe. Ah Honda. So let's do this now. I'm gonna I'm gonna lists, um, hobbies and interests. And I want you to think in your mind right now. Bang. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Okay, let's try it. Mountain climber. Maybe your amount. Climate. What's the first thing you think of? Perseverance? Physical fitness? Okay, let's try this again. Marathon runner Go. Dedication, Fitness. Thes air Things you think of youth sports coach. Maybe you think leadership organization good with kids, Soft skills. These are things you might think one more night school teacher. Were you thinking maybe competence, Commitment, personal mission, thes air. Things that might pop in your mind when you hear night school teacher. Okay, so these hobbies and interests are probably valuable for inclusion on arrest may. Why? Because they demonstrate certain personality traits perseverance, dedication, leadership, these air things that you're demonstrating through your hobbies and interests. But because they're in your nature, they're likely to to rub off on your workplace attitudes. Your commitment, you're they're likely to make you a more valuable employees at the company or in the business that you're applying for, because that's how these things are. If you're a mountain climber, you have perseverance. That perseverance will likely rub off in the workplace and be valuable to the organization . These air good competence, commitment organization. These are things that add value to you, whether you're gonna be an accountant or work in the trades or work in a grocery store hospital. These add value regardless of the specific profession that you're trying to move forward. And okay, let's try a different list. We're going to try this again. I'm not gonna list off the words. You just pick them yourself. Gardening, taking walks, attending theater. Okay, are these good hobbies and interests? Sure, they sound wonderful. Quiet evening, maybe with your significant other fantastic Do they add value to the picture of you in the mind of the hiring manager? They're not particularly difficulty. They're not particularly strenuous. They're great hobbies. It's fine. But do they? Did it add? Is it relevant to this marketing piece called a Resume? In the eyes of the hiring manager? I don't think so. I'll be honest with you. Do you like taking walks? Fantastic. I do, too, But does it help portray who you are? Not really. At best, I would say this might be a conversation starter. Maybe it's the beginning of the growing season, and it says gardening and the hiring manager might say, What do you grow in this year? It might be a way to kick off your, um interview, but probably not. Okay, think about it carefully. Okay, Lets try another list. OK, here we go. A new list of hobbies and interests watching Netflix playing video games Now again, What's the question? Do these add value to you in the eyes of the hiring manager? Uh, no. They don't eyes there anything wrong with watching Netflix? But of course not. But here's the thing. If you are putting it on a resume, it must be important to you. And I'll tell you the truth. In the eyes of a lot of hiring managers. Not all of them, but a lot of them. These look more like missed opportunities. Laziness could be doing something more with your life. I'm not saying that's who you are. If you like playing video games. What I'm saying is, it's not about you. It's about the hiring manager. What does he or she think when they see playing video games and you ever you mentioned some specific game on your resume. Trust me, unless this is relevant to your field, it's not adding value. It's actually looks like you're kind of a time waster, maybe even lazy. Okay, that's what it looks like. Toe. Other people try to more sasquatch hunting, collecting airline barf bags. Do these add value? No, they're quirky and a little weird. Do I? Do I have a problem with Sasa? No, of course not. But it's not about me. It's not about you. Weird hobbies enjoy them on the weekend, but they probably will alienate you from the pool of viable candidates. Remember, our are a funnel here Resumes going in. What are you trying to do? Get to the interview after you get the job after you've been on the job for a while. If you want to share with your co workers, your cubicle mates, the people that work in the warehouse with you that you collect airline barf bags, go ahead. That's way over here. After you have a job, accepted it. You're on the job. That is not helpful in getting you from the resume to the interview. That's the goal. Weird hobbies are gonna alienate you from the pool of viable candidates, and you might not make the cut something strange. They're gonna throw that out. You gotta You're always in competition with other people. And if something looks weird, it probably is weird. Throat in the pile. Okay. Summarizing What do we have to do? Which of your hobbies and interests will increase your value as a job candidate? In whose mind? The mind of the hiring manager. Okay, so think about that. If you have relevant hobbies and interests that that do you meet this requirement right here, right him down type of mountain word. Just get organized a little bit and finish this section. Think about those hobbies and interests. Make sure they're valuable to our mission here and type amount, and then we're gonna move on to the next section. 8. 08 Education: now, the next individual section that we're going to discuss is your education. So when I'm talking about education, I'm referring to your high school, your college university, graduate school trade schools and even significant industry or workplace training. Often larger companies or industry associations offer training programs and educational opportunities that are significant in your career and offer some value on your resume. So you've probably gather all these in your the gathering information step. So in addition to the program or the society or the university that that offered the program, you're gonna also want to include the official name of the degree or diploma or program at Make sure you have that certificate out. So it's easily verifiable with the exact name, any sort of major minor. The year that you completed. It is generally important. Maybe it's not 100% essential, but it's often considered important and possibly any specific coursework that you took in the pursuit of the particular degree. So when you're completing your educational section, it's probably easiest to think about completed degrees. If you attended university and finished your program that this pretty much the easiest section here to fill out So let's just look at a couple of these. This person attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They I thought it was important to include the city and state where that is. You might include it or might not include it. That's up to you. It's a little bit extra, especially since the name is Massachusetts. If you live in the United States, you know that's a state so massive M A becomes a little redundant. But it's it's up to you if if you think it's important, it's OK. It doesn't take up much space. They have the exact name of their degree, the bachelors of science that's very important. The major MK mechanical engineering and their minor minor biomedical engineering. And then they include the year 2009. Some people say I don't want to include the year because it gives away too much about my age. That's up to you. Let's take a look This sec one. This person earned their masters of business administration from West Coast University in 2012. That's really the essential information that you need. This person also included their GP A Why? Because it's a 4.0, in the United States and North America. That means they got straight A's. They did perfectly, so that's important to include If you if you got a 4.0, that's really need to include that. And then you're the same thing. Bachelor's of science, their degree. Mechanical engineering technology, University of Nebraska. This is the essential information. If you want to add relevant coursework here, it's fine. It's a good place to do it. But, um, keep it brief would be my general advice here. So the basic, uh, at its very basic, it could just say the degree name the university, the year it could be that simple. If you want to add stuff like miners specific court coursework, G P A. If it helps explain more about what you did or what you accomplished and go ahead and do it . Okay, so let's look at completed, not degrees. But let's calm certificate programs, not full college degrees. That didn't take a years. They're shorter. I call them certificate. They could go under a lot of different names now if you're here. Ah, familiar with what is now being referred to as massively open online courses or MOOCs you if you're not. You should familiarize yourself with them. But if you're But if you are these terms, like a specialization or a micro masters thes air terms that indicate a very focused program of study in a particular discipline offered by a university, these programs are online, and again they give you this focused area of study. So here's one they called a specialization, and this is it may not be familiar to everybody that What is that? A specialization? What is the micro masters? A lot of people may not understand what that means. This is where it's nice to add a description. So here, specialization Who offered at the University of Pennsylvania? OK, that's a that's, ah, prominent university. That's really good. Wharton School of Business. What was your topic of study Business Analytics 2014. Now again, someone made. A lot of people may not understand what is a specialization. Here's your opportunity. Four month online program focused on data literacy, dot, dot, dot How long it was online in person, and what did you learn? You learned about? Inform this business decisions? Marketing Human resource is etcetera. Here's Here's another example. Micro masters. That's a trademark name from FedEx dot org's. It's a trademark name. It's roughly about one semester of of university graduate studies, approximately offered by Rochester Institute of Technology. What was your major? What was the the focus of the program? Designed thinking 2018. But again, what? What's a micro masters? If you don't know if it's not a widely understood term like bachelors of Science, then this is where you got to offer an explanation. A six month online programs centered on building design thinking skill. Set dot, dot dot You offer an explanation. These little lob descriptions are often available in the literature on the website of the program itself. It's offered their offered by prominent universities on relevant topics. So if these air relevant and their significant accomplishments four months, six months, that's important to include that. So here's just a good way to format that and then the last this will just call it a certificate. Fred Prior I'm not endorsing any of these companies, but they offer seminars, short courses on all sorts of things, from law to accounting, business, personal skills, all sorts of stuff. So here's something certificate. Fred Prior seminars, Bankruptcy law for collection professionals. If you're working at a bank or a financial institution, it's This is probably something you would have taken as a continuing education course. T keep your skills sharp to keep building that up. That's fantastic. There probably wasn't a grade. You didn't get a four point. Oh, it probably is a short course. Maybe a one day or one week long Course. Fantastic. This is something that you may very much want to include in your resume under the education section. Let's keep thinking here. What if you didn't complete the program? You know you started college, you didn't finish it. You went to grad school, but you just ran out of money something. Okay, well, you got the answer. The question is, is it relevant? The answer may be, in fact, yes. Okay, so let's take a look at this and how it's format it. This person graduate studies Ball, State University. It's just some university in Indiana. What did they study? Managerial accounting, Economic analysis, financial counting, etcetera. G P. A. Four point. Oh, Okay, so they didn't get a degree, but they studied some pretty interesting stuff. And if their career is heading toward business management or working at a law firm or working in some sort of financial group. This is very relevant. So not only is relevant coursework, but they did very well. They got a 4.0 yes, include that on your resume. It's very good to include this person again. Different resume. Youngstown State University. So where did you study? What did you study? Forensic Science 2010 to 2011. Completed coursework includes three different classes, and you got a 3.8. Is it relevant? Are you going into a field like the justice system or the police system of the sheriff's Department? Somehow, if it's relevant even though you didn't finish it, it's still valuable. Okay, so let's take a look at what the education section of your resume might look like. So this is the resume I showed you early on. Probably a younger person. They list out the name of the institution. They want to include where it's at. That's up to you. What's the degree? Name? Masters of science. Mechanical engineering with some specialisation. They want to include some coursework and again, especially if you're younger and you don't have a lot of relevant work experience. This is kind of good stuff to include coursework included systems, engineering, control, engineering, numerical methods, etcetera. This person also chose to put their grade point average on there, so 3.6 out of 43.85 out of four. That's really good. They're getting a lot of A's. If you're great, point averages below, and this is on the American system. So if I know there's a lot of listeners in Europe and Asia and South America, so I can't help you there. But But if your grade point average in the American system is below about 3.5, just don't included don't don't included OK, it doesn't it doesn't add value. If you did very well in school, will then yes, include that on there, especially if it's route. If it's a recent coursework last 10 years or so, so do you want to add coursework? Maybe if you're a younger. If you took some unusual course worker relevant coursework, yes, consider including that on there so similar we see down here. This person included the coursework for the degree that they completed. So here's another one. This is a completely different one. This person's education includes a master's degree. Includes some graduate studies, a bachelor's degree, Ah, micro masters and a certificate. Here's the general rule. You rank your you order your educational credentials from most significant toe. Least significant Master's degree is very difficult to achieve. Here's some graduate studies relevant, but you didn't finish bachelors. Micro masters. Good stuff. But it's a shorter course. And then, of course, a certificate which is, you know, maybe a week long or three or four days long, so you include them by difficulty. To achieve that is the general rule. You might be in a situation where you're you're changing careers. Maybe you got your master's degree in business a long time ago, but more recently completed a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Because you're changing careers, you're going from the corporate world. Teoh the government type work. Maybe you want us flip flop. Those okay, relevance is king. What's most important? What are you trying to highlight? That stuff always goes near the top. Next, here's some questions I get pretty commonly when it's taught. We're talking about education. What if you never finished your basic schooling in the United States and Canada and a lot of countries that's called high school. What if you never finish high school? Just don't mention it. Take it off. When I was talking about partially completed degrees that's at the university level. If you didn't finish your basic schooling. Don't include the partial schooling that you did complete. Just leave it off altogether. What if you change careers and your completed education is no longer relevant again? You studied business management as a young adult. Now you're in your forties and you've switched to something completely different the trades or service industry or government non profit organization. If it's completed, you earned your bachelor's degree. I would say Consider including it, even if it's not relevant anymore. Why? Because one it shows your ability to learn. It shows your perseverance, and you never know what the hiring manager might see. They may see. Yes, your primary role is, um, well, say nonprofit organization fundraising. But there could be like a side part, and a completed education might be relevant, you know, so consider including it, especially if it's completed. Third, what if your certificates and your non completed education is no longer relevant. The end. This happens especially as you get older. You're the things you studied in your twenties and maybe even early thirties. They're just not relevant anymore. You've changed careers or you've surpassed it. Maybe you got a certificate in criminal justice. Now you have your bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Well, that lower level certificate, the training seminars, things that aren't really used in the workplace, many more. Maybe they're obsolete standards or skills. That's where you really want to consider removing it from your education section. So few points to keep in mind. Generally your listing your educational achievements in order from the highest level to the lowest level. If you were in a bachelor's degree, that was your highest level that goes first. Then maybe a certificate program or a micro masters that comes second. And then thirdly, you list maybe a training seminar so it goes in order from most difficult to lease difficult. That is not a hard and fast rule. You might prefer putting it from newest to oldest. It just really depends on what you're trying to achieve. But just remember, this relevance is king. Whatever is most important goes toward the top. If it no longer serves a purpose in accomplishing your career goals than really consider removing it. Your resume is in a legal document. It's a marketing piece. It's It's to showcase the relevant skills to the hiring manager. If it doesn't have relevance, just take it off. It's It's not a problem. Okay, so now pause. Go ahead. You've gathered all your information. Consider some of those formats I showed you and start building this education portion of your resume. 9. 09 Work Experience, Part 1: Now we're gonna take a look at probably the most difficult section of your resume for most people to build and fine tune and assemble. And that's the experience section. We're talking about your job, your career, your professional work experience. So in this section we're going to generate a list of all relevant work experience in chronological order. From Newest oldest. A lot of people you see other resumes that are organized by the your job function of your skill or in different ways. Trust me, the standard method for organizing a resume is from newest on top two. Oldest closer to the bottom chronological order is the way to do it. The key word here is really relevant to, and that's what a lot of people struggle with. I'm going to show you the end, some mistakes that people made where they didn't really think about what was relevant, what was not relevant. The word relevant means having significant bearing on the matter at hand. It's applicable ity. Remember again, your resume is a marketing piece, and you only have a certain amount of real estate to to get your message across. If something's not relevant in other words, it doesn't carry the weight of, Ah that it should that a marketing piece really would think of it like that. McDonald's Billboard There wasn't a lot of extra ver bage extra pictures on there. They got to the point. So if it's not relevant, you got to get it off the resume. If it's less relevant, then you have to minimize it. Maybe it has some bearing on the matter at hand will then just give it some space. Not a lot of space, Okay? And we're going to dig into that Ah, lot more. The second step would be then to describe each relevant work position in this kind of bullet point format. Bullet points that little arrows or little dots or little dashes. They just make it so much easier to read than some ah, big paragraph. So organize it, using these quote bullet points. I'll show you these in a minute, and it just the reader. It's not about you. It's about who's reading your resume. That human resource manager, that hiring manager. They want to be able to read this and just it's easy to read. It's comfortable to read. Bullet points are gonna help that a lot. And then how many bullet points are we talking about? The most relevant positions? The big probably the more current jobs or the the highest up the change, so to speak, get the most amount of attention, maybe 5 to 7 bullet points. I would say on the high end, you probably don't want to go much more than that. Less relevant positions. Maybe they're older. They're relevant right there, applicable to the job you're applying to. But they were 10 12 years ago. You've just done bigger and better things since then. That's fine There. They're good to include on there, just kind of shortened the space. Just pick out the one or two or three big things that are most important to you, the hiring manager you're trying to attract. So what is not relevant? Work experience? Okay, it's it's experienced entirely unrelated to your current or desired position, and you have to answer that question. What is relevant? Not so much in your eyes, but to the eyes of the person reading your resume. What is gonna catch their attention? What's going to be important in painting a picture about your potential success in this coming position that you're applying for. So if it's not related and and against summer jobs and early in your career and you know the paper routes when you were a kid and you know, maybe you change careers and you now you're on your second. You know, early in your life you were a plumber, and now you're a school teacher. Well, you know that plumbing experience. While it's good and it's true, it's part of who you are, it just becomes way less relevant to a high school principal that's looking for an English teacher. Okay, so keep that in mind what is related to your current position and to the position that you're applying for. Secondly, I can already cover this. Maybe it's relevant, but it's it's old. Or you know what the other thing I see all the time to is you. You know, if you worked there for two months and the company closed and they fired everybody well, you know, after a couple years, that two months becomes smaller and smaller small, it's that this isn't a legal document. This isn't your autobiography. This is a chance to market. Okay, so something you did eight years ago for six weeks is not probably relevant for today. If it is, then go ahead, included. But if it's not, then this. Let it go. Let it go. So, lastly, any experience that can't be justified with a reason for including any resume. Bottom line, you get one sheet of paper, two sheets of paper, that's it. And if you've had a lot of jobs or or each individual job, you've done a lot of different things. You gotta make some choices here. You gotta prioritize. So I want to talk about something that I call transferability, and this is such an important concept. Consider the transferability of your work skills. If you're applying to a job, um, as a against schoolteacher will say, Well, what skills? What experiences, What software packages, What personal attributes. What are the things in your history, your life, your personality, that transfer, that that would indicate that you would make a good school teacher. Those are the things that you want to bring forward. So maybe you were the plumber and, you know, again it's plumbing. Putting pipes together is going to help you be proud. It's probably not gonna be seen as relevant, however, working with people solving problems. Um, you know, maybe, um uh, e I don't know. Just the administrative portions of running your own business. Those skills might that you that you learned and developed as a plumber they may transfer to being a school teacher. So again, think about transferability. So let me give you a couple case studies here, So Case number one and we're just gonna work through this problem together. You're 21 years old, recent graduate from a trade school, and you're looking for your first real job. Okay, Professional job. Okay. You've had other jobs. I just mean you're really looking for that of big career job. 1st 1 Okay. Case number 2 30 years old, A little bit older. Six years professional work experience. Now you're looking for that big move up. Maybe Maybe you've been a supervisor or a labour or whatever. Now you're looking to move into a management role, your first big promotion. OK, so the question is, should these job hunters include their high school summer work experience? Case number one? Well, the guy or the girl just graduated from grad school, so they don't have a lot of work experience, period to share. So, you know, I'm going to say yes. Case number one, they probably should. Why? Because it shows that one there hard working. They carry responsibility. Maybe they can pull some references. Their old boss or something from their summer job, you know? And yeah, Sally was a really hard worker. You know, it shows that you're interested in working. You carry responsibility, value earning money. And it's good that that those things transfer Now, maybe in your summer job was, you know, working at an ice cream stand, it is scooping ice cream. Is that hard technical skill gonna transfer? No, it isn't. But your diligence, your willingness to work your good work attitude, work ethic, that stuff transfers forward. What about case number two? This person this girl worked in high school. Summer works. She has the same work ethic and values earning money and carries responsibility. And she demonstrated that during high school. But But maybe it's not so relevant. Maybe it's not so transferrable. Why? Because in her six years of professional work experience, she's already hopefully demonstrated that. And more so it. Yes, it's It's relevant, but it's being diminished by her moral recent and relevant work experience. These air judgment calls you're gonna have to make these on your own, But let's consider that the transferability Let's look at another one here. So these air kind of tricky here. So we have a 40 year old 20 years their whole career, working in retail experience. The most 12 most recent years was in management. Now they're seeking the regional management. Another big move up. OK, so that's case number one. Case number two's awfully similar, but let's watch us. 40 years old, 20 years retail experience. 12 years. Retail management. These are very, very similar, right, but they're seeking a career change to a university admissions counselor. It's a completely different thing than retail experience. Same exact thes air. Identical people, except for they're looking for different things. How much detail should these job hunters include about the beginning of their career? Stocking shelves and running the cash register? Well, for person one who's seeking a regional management experience in retail, that's actually valuable. Why? Because if I if I'm applying for this position, I could say, Hey, I've been a cashier. I have stock shelves. I can relate to these people. I know what their needs are. I know what they're challenges are. I know what inspires them. I was there. I was that person. I can connect and relate to them. Wow, that's pretty neat. And it's eight years too. It's not like a summer. It's eight years. So you're on the same case number three year one continuum forward into ah career. Okay, now, case number. I'm sorry. I meant to say Case number four, I forgot to change the number. But this new case here now, what is this person? Who are they on A one continuum. One straight line all the way through. No, There's an abrupt shift. So what does stocking shelves and running a cash register have to do with being a university admissions counselor? Not much, but does that mean we ignore it? No customer service experience, working with people working with, you know, the administrative part of running, uh, operating in ah, grocery store. Those intangible things do transfer forward. So anyway, you have to be really careful how you worded how you pick the experiences and what you consider relevant and transferrable from your experience. So this is what we're gonna do? We gonna stop here next video, I'm going to show you some specific examples of how toe build these little sections. These experience sections. 10. 10 Experience, Part 2: now that we've built a foundation for what the experience section of our resume needs a look like. Let's get really practical here and build a few of these ourself. So we're looking at thes bullet points again. Bullet points make the resume a little more readable. It's a It's a little more enjoyable for the person who's looking at it. So these bullet points for each position. They describe the major responsibilities and accomplishments, major responsibilities and accomplishments there. The highlights okay, and you describe those highlights using action verbs managed, established, lead reported, tracked these air actions verbs like walking and climbing. You know, What did you do? You did things that are described with verbs, so we use verbs to build these various bullet points in our experience section of a resume numbers numbers. It's a kind of a psychological thing when you're reading something, a lot of people numbers will just catch their attention, and their eyeballs will zip over to a number because it's interesting, like what does that mean? And people it will catch people's attention. So it's a It's a moment where you can catch the attention of the person reading your resume and share in a very important fact with them to using numbers. And then, naturally, again, this is a marketing piece. So we're trying to connect your past experience. What, you know how to do where you've worked, what you've learned along the way. We're trying to connect that to the requirements now in the future, the requirements of the job that you're seeking. So let's take a look at some real life examples here, and I'm gonna show you more or less what a person reading a resume, what they see, what they're looking for and how you can build your experience section to meet that person's needs. So let's start with. Here is an excerpt out of a person's resume, and this person worked at General Motors. Ah, very well known company worldwide. Lordstown. That's the name of the city that it's in. And what was their position? They were a lead quality engineer, and when did they work there? From 2010 to the present? And I'm pointing this word out. It's interesting. It's their current job, so I just I'm doing that for a particular reason. So what did we talk about? We talk about major responsibilities, action, verbs and numbers. So let's look at these major responsibilities first. Again, I'm I'm a human resource manager. I'm a plant manager. I'm, um I'm the head of, ah department, and I'm looking at your resume, and I want to know what were your major responsibilities. And these are the things that jump out to me. And again, most people don't read resumes like they read a book. They're looking for key words and phrases. Electrical system, communication vehicle testing tools. Bang. That's what jumps out to me. Action Verbs, lead, coordinate plan. This is how you describe the functions of your job. There's other ones maintain, exceed thes air the things that you did. So you start each of these bullet points with a verb. Now, notice I said 2010 to present. So I'm working there now. So I coordinate communication. I plan present tense. Prepare these air things I'm doing today. I lied. I don't coordinated. I coordinate. So it's present tense verbs because it's my current job. And then, lastly, the numbers again might my eyeballs boom. They just slide right over here to this 99.5% and then the readers will say, OK, what what is going on here? Exceed a testing quality metric of 99.5% pass rate, but the number 99.5 grabbed my attention and my eyeballs went there. Let's look at another example here. This is a little bit bigger, more bullet points, mawr stuff going on. I would say this was a MAWR relevant position, So let's look at it. It's a title manager of quality. Here's the company in the location. Now. This is not a major company like General Motors or Apple or Google. Most people, especially outside the region, are probably gonna know what this is. So it's nice to add a little descriptor if it's not this massively well known company. What are they leading supplier of extruded an injection molded thermoplastic components? Dot, dot dot It tells you. What does this company do? Plastics. Gosh, it could be anything. You know. There's so many different subsets within the plastics industry. You got to be a little more specific for these smaller companies. And then when did you do it? July of 2002 October of 2011. Notice past tense. So What are we looking for? Major responsibilities. Quality. This is where my eyeballs go. Quality training, continual improvement. Cost of quality. These air the things. I'm the human resource manager. I'm looking at your resume. These are the things that are jumping out at me. How about action Verbs? Supervise, developed, interviewed. Trained these air action verbs. What did you do? You developed you used. This is what you did and notice. Past tense, supervised past tense developed past tense. Why? Because this isn't my current job. It's a pass job. Lastly, numbers 10 person. The 10 catches your attention. Three manufacturing facilities reduced, scrapped by 38%. These numbers catch your attention, and they're a great way of quantifying your responsibilities and accomplishments. There are many. This person was a manager quality. A manager of quality could have ah two person team or a 10 person or a 50 person team or a 200 person team. That makes a big difference in in my understanding of this candidates range of responsibility that the amount of resource is they're responsible for three manufacturer facility. That's interesting to write. Not just one, not 50 but three. These air the things or hear reducing scrap. That's an accomplishment you reduce. Scrapped by 38%. That's a magnitude. So these things are best described using numbers, and when you throw the number out there, they catch people's attention. So just remember you're describing your major responsibilities and accomplishments. Action, verbs, numbers. These were great things, and you're always marketing here. You're trying to connect your past experience. Training job responsible is you're trying to connect those to the future requirements, the job or the position you're seeking. So just remember relevance. Transferability, those air, the keys, those air, the principles that are going to drive you to writing and editing your experience section. So go ahead, get started. You've made a lot of notes about your job. You've collected a lot of material. Now here's it. Now it's your turn. So shut off the video. Start typing building thes experience sections and getting those blocks. You know, three or 45 bullet points, depending on how relevant the position is for each position. Major responsibilities, major accomplishments and start building your experience sexual next section where we're going to refine and edit and tune it in. You need this part first. So build your experience sections with all your bullet points. Make it match some of the examples I showed you. And then you'll be ready for the next section, the fourth section of this where we're actually gonna do the editing and refining. 11. 11 Experience, Part 3: since we've spent so much time talking about these action words, these verbs to use to describe the types of work that you did here in your experience section, I decided to put this little helpful aid together for you. This is a word document and I've attached to this lecture. So just look it in you to me at this section right here. I've attached this four year use in reference. You can keep this yourself. What I've done here is I've put together over 300 verbs action words. Let me zoom in a little bit here, action words that you can use to help build those bullet points and and notice all these air past tense, devised and displayed and concluded thes air all past tense words assembled and and I just put them in alphabetical order. This is just toe read over. Think about sometimes when you're trying to come up with right word word, it's kind of difficult. If you can see a big sheet of words, it really helps. And I just want to add one little warning here, too, above all else, creativity or use of words or experience. It's so important to be honest to be accurate. So sometimes when you're looking at these words and you see a word like spearheaded, that's a great, exciting action verb. You can picture leading a charge or, you know, driving something home. It's a great word use. But if you didn't spearhead a cost savings project or spearhead the development of a new product, don't use the word spearhead. It's a great word, but don't use it unless you actually spearheaded something. So sometimes you can get wrapped up in all these great words. Accuracy, honesty. That's number one. So this is a gift to you for your reference. While you're building your resume, use it. Pick through it. Hopefully, there's something here that will click for you, and it will be a great help to you. 12. 12 Professional Summary: Now we're gonna look at what we call your profile, sometimes called your professional profile or summary. And I've saved this the construction of this section to the very end because truthfully, it's probably one of the most difficult areas to build, and it is really based as, ah summary of all the other areas that you've already put together. So I've saved this toe last, and let's just step through a couple of the key concepts as I mentioned, it's also referred to as a summary or professional summary, and it's positioned at the top of your resume right below the header information. So it's front and center your name, and then you obviously your contact information. Usually it's pretty small fund, but the big thing that you see right after a person's name is the profile or the summary. And it's probably the most important part or certainly one of the most important parts of your resume. And from my experience, it's one of the most neglected parts as well. Here is an opportunity to shine that a lot of people miss. Okay, so your profiles to three concise sentences that focus on really the big stuff, your areas of expertise, your major achievements, who you are, what you've done. Just if you could explain yourself in 2 to 3 sentences, that is what a summary or profile is all about. And it should somewhat match the requirements of the job you're applying to. So on one hand you contain taylor. It somewhat if you see certain skills or certain industry terms called out, it's okay to flex the section a little bit toe. Better match the job that you're applying for, but also you should consider that if it's not a match, you know you want to send your resumes to companies and for job positions that are more or less a match for who you are. So that this in summary, it answers the questions. Who are you? Why should I keep reading your resume? What are you good at? What makes you special? What are your areas of expertise? If I'm a hiring manager and I've probably said this before, I've heard studies typical resume. Get six seconds before it's rejected, or before that hiring manager human resource manager makes the decision to keep reading six seconds before that decision is made. This is your area that the hiring managers eyeballs are going to be looking at for keywords , phrases, numbers, accomplishments, things that tell him or her. Should I keep reading? So let's just take a look at some that I think are pretty good examples and just step through it. Think about your own accomplishments. Think about your own career. Maybe one of these match fairly closely to you. So here is the summary of person I found here, and it reads Accomplished Events coordinator and sales director has contributed greatly to the increased success of multiple growth oriented businesses focused on wedding and corporate events, commended and rewarded for driving, sales growing client base, sourcing international manufacturers, developing new lines of business and managing a major event startup that exceeded financial expectations. No, if I'm reading a book or reading something that maybe a college textbook or something, or a magazine article, that's a that is a finally written paragraph. But that's not how a human resource manager or hiring manager reads it. They want they got this question in their head. Who are you and what is the answer? This is an events coordinator and sales director who focuses on wedding corporate events. Then generally, they don't read all that stuff. They're just looking for keywords. Key phrases. That's what they're looking for. What are your areas of expertise? Boom. I'm looking for them right here. Growing client base, developing new lines of business, managing major events. So this person has done a very good job of of formulating some concise senses. Notice there's only two sentences that answer the big questions the hiring manager is going after. Let's try another one. Okay, So I'm not gonna read this whole one, because again, did you be really honest with you? You have six seconds to make it or break it. It takes longer than six seconds to read this. People are looking for key words. Who are you? The answer. Customer service representative with 15 years experience. Okay, I've answered that question. What are you good at? What? What do you do? OK, resolve problems, communicate administrative support. These air the things. Now I'm gonna make a decision if I'm looking for a customer service representative. Mid career, decent amount of experience. Good problem solver. Good. Coordinate. Communicator. Okay, great. I'm gonna keep reading, but I'm looking for something different or maybe I'm looking for you, but you've done a poor job of conveying it. Fling that resume goes in the trash can. Let's try another one. Okay, here's one. And again, I'm not gonna read this. I'm gonna I'm gonna point it out. As if we were a hiring manager. Who are you now? This person Seems like I looked at their whole resume. They seem like they have a lot of great skills there. A warehouse manager, project supervisor. That's fantastic. Noticed? 12 years. Progressive experience. Okay, good. That's that's good. What do you good at? Ah, storage and distribution figure there. A warehouse manager? That makes sense. Continuous improvement. OSHA compliance. That's really interesting to in a good thing to put into your professional summary. Now, remember what I said previously. Relevance eyes King Making the most of the space you have and this summary being front and center. This is prime real estate. If this was a monopoly board, this would be boardwalk and park place. This is very important territory here, so I want to point something out to you here. I'm going to read this sentence here in the middle. Excellent managerial and organizational skills strong leadership and motivational skills with effective team building capability. What does that mean? It's actually really difficult. There's a lot of buzz words, a lot of cliches. Strong leadership, effective team building. To be honest with you, that's a little bit soft and fuzzy to make a really effective profile. I'd much rather see, for instance, how many people have you manage? How many projects have you supervised? How much money have you saved in the in the projects that you supervised? Give me some data. Give me something that I can actually get my hands around. A lot of times I've read resumes and I see stuff. Organizational skills, communication skills, those air. I trust me. If you have them and you're strong, that's fine. But you'll probably find a better way to put that in your resume, to be very careful with buzzwords and cliches, overused statements, things like detail oriented and team building, and that it doesn't say anything. People are numb to those words, so make the most of your whole resume, but especially this top level section. So again, 2 to 3 sentences that focus on your major achievements, major areas of expertise and it's flexible. Match the the job requirements to the to this summary of your resume. It's a great place to kind of flex your resume. Remember when I was talking about transfer ability? This is a great area to show how your past experience and accomplishments have are connecting are transferring into this job that you're applying for? What do you good at? What your areas of expertise and bottom line right here. Why should I keep reading? I gave you six seconds. That's free. Why should I give you more time than that? The summary answers that question and last, I just want to say this. Don't rush this. Take your time on this section, especially make it count. If you imagine newspaper has a headline. This is the headline three resume. It's the thing that people are gonna read and focus on and make a decision whether you laying in the trash can or I keep reading. So make account 13. 13 Wrap up of Sections: I just want to take a pause here in the U Timmy class here so far, just kind of review where you've come so far. And in the first portions class, you gather all that information together, the certifications and your work experiencing You gather all that together. And now we've just gone over developing those individual sections the header, the profile, your experience, your education, hobbies, interests, skills, achievements. So you have all of these airs. And maybe you've just been watching on Haven't like paused Teoh actually build those individual sections Now would be a really good time to do that. Spend some time get inside. Probably Microsoft Word. If you're using another word processing program like Google Docks, that's fine, too. But do the work now to build those individual sections and then kind of just stick them all together in the same word of documents, Same document, and then what we're gonna do now moving forward is looking at ways to edit and refine and make it a really polished marketing tool. That's what really counts. I'll tell you what. As I mentioned in the introductory video, I've looked at so many thousands of resumes and and they're certain things that just jump out at you. So there's some easy editing, refining, like spelling and grammar that are pretty easy to take care of. But then there's other issues, like the effective use of white space and readability, and a lot of people talk about this one Page two page. How long should five page? How long should my resume? B. These are the issues that I want to address moving forward and use real examples of resumes that I've seen and receive for positions I've been hiring for. And so I want to show you some of the pitfalls some of the good things that I've seen and give you the very best suggestions for the adding and refining moving forward. But but in order to do that, you have to have, ah, Lisa rough model. So go ahead and take the time. Build your best resume that you could do and then we'll run it through our editing and refining tools, ways of looking at things, and we'll have this done in no time. So thank you for sticking around with me and very soon following this process, you will have your best resume 14. 14 Edit and Refine: Well, welcome to this fourth and final section of the U to me class, your best resume. Now, this is the editing and refining process. At this point in the class, you've done a lot of heavy lifting so far you're at, like the five yard line, your abs about to get into the end zone here. But there's some work that we still have to do. And even though you've done a lot of writing and typing and organizing, it's this last 5% that really makes your resume shine and missing steps in this last process of editing refining will almost certainly cost you on opportunity to get an interview. So as I mentioned in the beginning of this class, we're gonna try toe, look at some various tools and ways of looking at things toe edit and refine our resume into the very best looking resume possible. We're gonna look at spelling and grammar. We've already talked about some things like the action words and verb tense will do a little review on that use of numbers. Talk about the best order. This this gets people a lot, and I did talk about that a little bit earlier in the class. We're talking about four manning and just overall use of white space visual appeal. Some of these things matter more than others. Every hiring manager, every director looking for a candidate is different. So different things matter. Different people, however, the basics like spelling and grammar. Oh, boy, visual appeal, I mean and ugly resume will land in the trashcan quick misspelled words, something that just doesn't make any sense. It's hard to read hugely long. It just it's not going to land you a resume. So the goal of a resume is to get you an interview. That's what we want. We want the interview. So this last stage is really what? What allows you to shine your resume to shine, rise to the top and get to that interview that you're looking for? 15. 15 Spelling and Grammar, Part 1: okay, on the quest to develop your best resume, we're going to start our editing and refining process by taking a look at spelling and grammar. This is one of those areas some people do well at. Some people don't do well at and actually some people think they do well at when in reality , they're leaving a bunch of mistakes in the resume, and they're not even aware of it. So what I want to do in this section is to point out some common problems common tips and use actual resumes I've received. I've gotten to show you some of the problems that show up in resumes. So first I want to be clear. Bad spelling and grammar can absolutely ruin and otherwise good resume. Why? Because you don't know what the person who's reading your resume is looking at. Maybe their former English major. Maybe they're a writer. Ah, perforate er and spelling airs. Grammars might jump out at him and just even subconsciously leave this thought in their head. This is a bad applicant. On the positive side, a well written resume, its sharp it's clear the grammar and spelling is spot on even again. Even subconsciously, it leaves the impression this person's a professional. This person pays attention to details. This person is oriented toward excellence, and that's a really good message that you wanna pass on next. Spelling and grammar errors They look sloppy. They look unprofessional. It's hard. Thio, Thio, Communicate. Hey, I'm detail oriented. When you have 10 or 12 spelling errors on your resume, it just it contradicts itself. So you want to look professional? You want to look neat. You got to get the spelling and grammar in line spell checkers in your word processing program. They just don't catch all the mistakes. It's a great place to start, but it's not a great place to finish. Let me show an example here. And lastly, small things really do make a big difference whenever you're sending a resume and you got to remember that you're in competition with every other person who sent a resume in. And what's the goal to get from that resume pile to the interview list. That's the goal, and small things genuinely make a big difference, and you're in competition. It often isn't some big thing that separates the top to top three candidates, so Here's an easy things of fixed to give you an edge up on the competition. So thinking about that spelling and your spellchecker in your word processing program, I've just they're throwing this back up on the screen. Remember, we talked about this profile of this warehouse manager and managerial skills in the Ocean Guy and all that stuff? Well, this piece right here has run through my spellchecker, and there are no spelling errors in this paragraph right here. But take a look at this. These aren't misspelled words. In other words, wit and kills and lied those air riel words that are spelled correctly. But are you a project supervisor wit over 12 years or with over 12 years? And actually this one I see all the time. It's supposed to be supervising, directing and planning, and I'll see that drops the D you know resumes in the and there's no d on it. They dropped the d. It just a typo. It's an honest mistake, but your spell checkers not going to get it, and then did you Are you lied or lead company? Wide lied is a word. It's spelled correctly, but it's the wrong word. same with this is supposed to give motivational skills, not kills. So you can see Yes, a spell checkers. A great place to start, but it will leave these errors in your resume. And you don't want to send a resume. You don't want to send a profile for sure that looks like this. So let's step into some actual resumes that I've gotten. I've done some excerpts here, and I want to show you some real live resumes that have gotten. And this is what I do when I'm working with clients and friends that need help with their resume. I do an editing process much like I'm gonna do for you right now. So here's an excerpt out of this person's experience section. Actual resume. I've received the name of the company. Here's the city. They've worked there since January of 16 to the present, and their title was an inspector. So that part is pretty good. And it looks like they have two bullet points here, so it looks like they have inspected automotive parts and then they did these yard sweep. So I'm fine with all that. But let's start digging in here so firstly, they start with a You know, it's a lower. This should be a capital F. You're starting a sentence. You got to start with a capital F. So what did they do following verifying, Inspect. Rework. So if this is their current job, they follow. Verify, Inspect, rework, etcetera. It's very important to keep those verb tenses correct and consistent. Um, so as I keep reading here Ah, using a digital torque wrench, Dremel. Now, this might not sound like a big deal, but Dremel is a trademark name That is the brand name of a tool. This should be a capital D, Not a small deal. Look at this sentence here. In addition, Banded Skids used an automatic bander. You know, there's a couple issues here. At least this is one of the sentences that just could use a lot of work. You know, In addition, comma bandits kids used automatic bander also shrink wrapped again consistency and verbs goes a really long way away. That's just something you're gonna This one needs a lot of help here. I noticed another sentence here they wrote. In addition, this time they did put the comma, so that's parts good preformed some mechanic duties on cars, and this is one of those where the spell check didn't get it. Because this is performed. You didn't preformed. You performed. So the spell checker, I'm sure, was on and just didn't catch that. But that is a correctly spelled wrong word. And then again, here's something with the adjectives. In addition, performed some mechanical duties. I'm OK with mechanical duties but not mechanic duties. So here's an example of a resume. I'm I'm not trying to disparage this person. Maybe they're a little more hands on. Maybe you're more hands on and English and grammar wasn't your thing. It's There's nothing wrong with that. It's not to put anybody down. It's just the question is, what is the person who's reading your resume? Going to see? And what I just told you is what they're going to see. They're going to see these mistakes, and it's gonna it's gonna leave him with a with a certain feeling. If you're applying to more of a hands on job more of a wrenching trades job and there is there's nothing wrong with that. You know, you might get away with this, but to be honest with you if you're if you're trying to move up or move into a lateral, maybe inspector quality job looks like that's what this person is doing. These things are gonna work against you badly. And in fact this person didn't even get an interview. So let's move on to something. It looks a little bit better. Here's another actual excerpt from a resume that I received. This person was a supplier, quality engineer and consultant. That's great. Here's the name of the company. Warren, Ohio, for these years. Looks pretty good. Has a professional. I like the bullet pointing. It's all nice and consistent. I like that. Um, when did they work here? 2013. 2014. So this is again I got a note. Sounds small, but it's past tense. This person manage and developed, so that's good. That's wrong. It's supposed to be developed. Requested, reviewed. Audit Right, so reviewed is right. But this should be audited external suppliers. So and here's another thing. Audited external suppliers. External is not a proper noun. So why is it capitalized? It's not the name of something. This should be a small e right here. Participated, provided. But then Sometimes you do it right like interacted. So it's inconsistent and and wrong. So so here we go. We have some wrong things. You've got to get those verb tense is correct, and you have to get them consistent. Okay, so reviewed external supplier quality performance. I'm not sure why That's all capitalized. Let's talk about ABBREVIATION. So this person used an abbreviation and I want to point out they probably did something well here, participated in innovation and continuous improvement methodology. And then they put in Prince sees. I see I am. Now. That's a good way to handle abbreviations, especially if this is an industry known term. I don't know it, but that's fine. It maybe everybody that works. Adelphi knows this. I see I am is a common term. That's great. So it's nice to draw people's attention to it, and especially if you're gonna use that same abbreviation later in the resume. That's a This is exactly how you want to do it. So that part's really good. But let me ask this question here. Innovation and continuous improvement methodology. Is it really necessary to put this ampersand here? This is going to sign sound minor to a lot of people. But why wouldn't you just write out the word? And this is one character that's three. It's not like you're really saving space here. And, to be honest with you, an ampersand, certain abbreviations that it looks informal. Does everybody know what that means? And yes, but it looks informal and you're not saving space And readers that are professionals that that edit documents that read documents a lot. This is the type of thing. It it looks a little informal. Then my last comment here would be It's not really the spelling grammar but component and tool print reading. That's not really consistent. We'll talk about this maybe later, but these probably should be all the action verbs. I'm not saying you can't put it in here, but this sounds more like a skill that spying. You could put that in there, but still, it's just a little inconsistent, so this is better than the 1st 1 But there's still some issues here. This this type of thing shows up in resume piles all the time. Okay, let's look at another one 16. 16 Spelling and Grammar, Part 2: this one looks even better. This looks really good. So I'm gonna point out some things I like first. Now this is on the formatting side, but it is just an excerpt. So she puts her titles of her positions here. And I like that they're consistently formatted their bold all caps, that's good. And then the name of the company company company. And she uses these little dots. That's really nice. And then the years. So these are all past tense, looks good. And then she has three bullet points. One and some verb is this The basic formatting looks good. Past tense she planned. She managed. She contributed and supported and served past tense. That's fantastic. Let me show you something else. And this is a subtle thing. But in the spirit of consistency and we're talking about punctuation whenever you have a ah Siris of things like finished successfully address, canvassing, group quarter validation and update leave operations, those air standard functions. I I think inside the Census Bureau and she has them capitalized. That's because I think that's common terms, common functions, but there's three of them. So you have a B and C now notice here she puts the comma before the end. This is called the Kama before the and in a Siris of three or more things is called. And maybe you're familiar with this term. And Oxford Comma, the Oxford comma is the comma before the and in a series of three or more items that you're separating with Commons, it's not right or wrong. Some people like it. Some people don't. That's fine that she did it. I just want to point out that there's some other areas I think I noticed down here, where she served as a technical writer. Reports for validation, media fills, engineering studies, clinical studies, Oxford comma and technology transfer. So she did that. Well, consistency. Use it or don't use it, but do it the same every time. So this this is actually pretty good. I like what I'm seeing here. Now I'm gonna sound nit picky, By the way, Just saw that's oversaw labor management, comma and training. So she's consistent. Great job. Good job for this lady. Okay, what don't I like? And I'm going to sound like I'm nit picking. But excellence counts. Details matter. So she monitored. She oversaw. I already said how much I like this. But so what did she do here? She monitored quality operations and ensured procedures were followed. Establish relationship. This should say established. This is past tense. So why isn't it consistent? Wise in the past ends an established relationship or ships plural with community poc s. There's an example of an abbreviation. I'm in a gas. It means point of contacts. I don't really know. I'm not really sure. Was she trying to save space? Maybe, But why not just spell it out? Point of contacts. If it leaves a question, maybe that's important. But if it leaves the question in my mind, it probably will in someone else's to same way here. Q. A. Does that mean quality assurance? Yeah, probably. But why not just say, assistant manager of quality assurance? Because it's just you have plenty of room. It's right here. Just spell it out. Q A. POC s. It feels a little informal here. So anyway, watch for abbreviations. Direct supervision of six supervised again, directly supervised. Not sure why. She wouldn't have just been consistent again. Sounds kind of minor, but spacing. So some people like right here this right here that space between dates and able. That's probably too spaces on the space bar where this is one and where else this is to. This is to so again consistency. Just do it the same way every time. Another thing I noticed. Now this lady did it right. If you end your thing like oversaw staffing allocations, labor management and training period, period, period, then just end them all in periods, that's that's the proper way to do it. In fact, I think on this one here, I actually forgot to point that out. I noticed this reviewed external supplier quality performance period packages, period, but then corrective actions. Where is the period component to port rating? Maybe they didn't want one there. Consistency matters. Just do it the same way every time on all these little details. So a few tips worth remembering your spell checkers? A good start, but it's not good enough. Have a knowledgeable friend, someone who does a lot of reading a lot of writing, especially a lot of reading. There's plenty of those people having proof. Read your resume, asked them specifically, Make sure my word selection is right. My grammar. Make sure I'm consistent. That's exactly what I'm saying right here. Consistency is very important. Punctuation, verb, tense spacing, abusive, bold characters and underlining and all that stuff. Pick a method and stick with it and just do it that way every time. Use those abbreviations. Onley when necessary. I get it. There's some industry terminology. There's common abbreviations like state abbreviations. Everybody knows what those are, but but just pick it and do it every time I try not to write and proof, read your resume on the same day. It's a weird psychological phenomenon here, but basically, if you write something and then you read it, you're almost like reading what you remember it said. Or what you thought. It said. If you wait a day, you have to read it fresh cause you can't remember it. So your proof reading tends to be better. And then, lastly, attention to very small details. It shows your commitment to excellence. You're in competition. Every little bit counts that the little things are the big things. So get your spelling and grammar right, and you're gonna be on your road to it. Your very best resume. Now it's gonna communicate excellence. It's gonna communicate attention to detail 17. 17 How Long: Now I want to address one of the most common questions I hear about resumes. And that is how long should my resume B and truthfully, there is no one right answer that it depends on your total job experience. It depends on what you're trying to convey, but we want to use those guiding principles here first. Guiding principle. This is a marketing piece so that maybe the question is, how long should my resume B two capture most effectively the attention of the person reading it? That's a good question. And then let's use another guiding principle we've talked about already, Which is relevance. Are you including irrelevant information or not, you know, and sometimes people think, Gosh, I need a long resume. Look how much stuff I've done, but my question would be, Is all that stuff relevant? Third guiding principle. What's the goal of your resume? Is it to tell your whole life story? Is it to explain everything you've ever done in your life? Or is it to get an interview? So sometimes you want it? You know, we've talked about these bullet point formats, keeping it concise, keeping a consistent Why are we doing that we're trying to get an interview. Uh, there's time to tell stories later. There's time to answer questions about specific projects you've worked on. It doesn't all have to go in the resume. So here's my guideline here. If you have been a working professional for 10 years or less, you're probably gonna have a one page resume. If you've been working up to 25 years or even a whole career, two pages is probably going to capture everything you need. There are some exceptions, and even more recently I've seen other professionals like myself say that even three pages is okay. Three pages would be for that senior executive level, someone that's been working for 25 plus years, progressively responsible roles, maybe leading organizations three pages might be necessary for that type of person, but I'll be honest with you anything longer than that or longer than those guidelines. It may just indicate that you're not good. It editing, or you're not effectively using the real estate that you have one of the the screens. I put resumes through his effective use of white space. I've seen resumes, and I'm going to show you some in the next video that just have these huge patches of white space. Maybe just crunch this up a little bit. You want to have relevant information, but there's But what is their goal? Get an interview. I was talking to a young lady recently. She was in her first semester of college and she had a two page resume and she had worked at the Ice Cream place. She did take a couple night school classes while she was in high school. I think she worked for, like, a family business for one or two summers. Two pages. I was like, Oh my gosh, it's way too long. It's just not necessary to have two pages And then I'm going to show you some resumes that are honestly six and seven pages long. It's not going to capture the attention of the person reading it. It's going to be frustrating. Nobody's gonna read that detail, get rid of it. One of the most common mistakes I see is the resume is too long, captured the person's attention and get him to want more. Naturally, there's gonna be questions and details you can't cover on your resume. That's what interviews for If they want to know, they'll ask you in the interview. So make it relevant. Get to that interview and don't include a bunch extra stuff. So go with those guidelines. 10 years or less. Probably one page 25 years or less. Probably two pages more than that. Maybe two, maybe three. That's it. I can't justify a resume longer than that. There is a document that kind of looks like a ransom. A. It's called a curriculum V tie. It's used a lot in certain countries. I've seen it used over in Europe. It's used in academic circles, and it's also used in the government circles. Curriculum V ties do tend to be somewhat longer, and it's for applying to certain types of jobs again, government jobs or university jobs. Maybe you're going to be a professor, and those people want to see all the details, and they do a lot more screaming and selection based on the curriculum. V time in for most people. 98% of people 90 probably 99% of people that are going to be applying to your will just say regular jobs, service trades, manufacturing hospitals, things like that. The resumes the document you're gonna use. So some people say, Well, jeez, I have this, You know, I'm a college professor. That's fine. That's going to be an exception to the rule. But unless you are in that category government job, medical, professional, things like this, you're going to use a resume, stick to the 12 or maybe maybe three page format, never longer than that. So in the next video, I'm gonna give you some examples. Real life resumes. I've got these things and they violate the rules, and it costs. Um, it cost him the chance to get an interview. So stay tuned. We'll look at some real examples here in a minute. 18. 18 Use of White Space, Formatting: okay, This video, I'm just shooting in Microsoft Word here. And I'm doing this to show you some actual resumes that I've gotten and more or less to show you what not to do. And I've blacked out the names and pertinent details so as not to embarrass this person if they ever actually see this video, so here would be I actually called this a terribly long resume. So this is an actual resume I received blacked out their names. So if you see a black bar, they had something written there. But this person is working as a maintenance supervisor for a very short time. I'm shooting this video in March of 2019 so October 18 to present. And there's a lot of information there for five months or six months. I'm sorry. So and then it just goes on these different jobs. This job they had for looks like 13 14 months. Here's a job. Five months and look at all this detail continues on the next page. What's that? Page 3 to 3. Here's a job for 78 months, August of 16 to January 17. You know it. Believe me that it's this is way too much detail. Not only is it way too much detail, it's just so painful to look at. There's no bullet points, no formatting. It's just some giant paragraph. No one is going to read this, and I'm not trying to say this to embarrass the person. It's just not what is the goal? What's our guiding principle? It's a marketing piece. This is not a marketing piece. It's designed to get an interview. This will never get an interview and, you know, effective use of white space whitespace. It works both directions. You actually need some white space. Help me out here on my eyes. Air getting tired. So there's all sorts of issues here from Here's that. Here's a job. They had a little over two years, right in the middle. Assistant football coach. Okay, Gotcha. I noticed something up here, too. I don't even know why this was just stuck in your company name. There's no detail here at all. Just like apparently maybe it's a side job or side business or something. So just way too long. Terrible formatting doesn't make any sense at all. Please do not do this. This will not get you an interview will not get you a job. And then look at here. So then this person was also the varsity. A sit in this. I can't even understand this varsity assistant football coach and I black this out. But this is the name of a high school. This is the same high school. So 2000 12 4010 to 2010. What? Why wouldn't you just put 2010 in 2012? This is to actually all of these are varsity assistant football. Coach. Why wouldn't you just say 2000 2012? It doesn't even make a sense. So all this football coaching and I said early on is a good to put coaching. Yeah, coaching, teaching, community work. That's good stuff. But my gosh, five lines. And then what about this? A big piece of real estate. So I'm not gonna go on and on. But there are so many problems with this, it's hard to actually I wouldn't even know where to start. I would tell this person Throw this away start from scratch. So this person has been working. It looks like since 2005 maybe they graduate in 2006 and they have a six page resume. Do not do this period, obviously, a lot of spelling, punctuation, spacing issues. There's all sorts of little things that you know that are. There's a lot of little things, but it's the major things that would never even bring this guy in in the garbage can is it sounds cold. I'm sorry. Six seconds. Remember, it's not. I didn't make that up. That's what the experts, the people that studied this they're saying you're gonna get six seconds for a yes or no. And I'm telling you, this is gonna be a no. So let's take a look at another one here, and I don't want to belabor the point. I've blacked out this person's details as well. This person actually seemed to have a very long resume. They did some things right. Okay, they have a career summary. That's kind of cool. I like that. But then they go into skills. That's not bad. OK, but a lot of look at all this white space did probably too much, but let's just keep going for a second work Experience spelling errors, spacing errors, all sorts of things wrong here. Abbreviations, spelling errors, just problems of all sorts. Words that don't even aren't even words. Whatever. Oh, PNS is it probably means operations, but it's a bad abbreviation. Let's keep going. That was Page three, some sort of organisational superintendent operations, lot of abbreviations, lot of spacing, spelling errors, good numbers. I like your numbers. 100% 100%. 32 million. That's good, but it just keeps going and going. Lots of white space. Inconsistent spacing between jobs. This one has a little space that has a gigantic space. This is just It's really rough. Okay, keep going. Keep going. I was only page five. Please, let's just keep going. Our education, This person smart N b a. Ohio State University. Other engineering. This is a very intelligent person with a lot of great experience, But are we going to be able to translate that that knowledge and experience into an interview? No military. This person, if they want to be considered a professional and treated a professional, which it's sort of appears that they are, then they need to get some help from ah, resume expert. They need to take this class and figure out what they're doing wrong. White space. Huge. I mean, if you just cut down the giant white space, you probably take a page or two out of this just by using your delete key and in on the white spaces. So anyway, I'm not trying to make fun of this person. Clearly, they have a ton of amazing experience and education. This is probably someone that would serve your company well, but if you don't know how to edit and you don't know how to prioritize and your don't know how to communicate and writing, you're just it's gonna have you're gonna have a hard time bridging that gap. And and more importantly, the HR professional is gonna have a hard time saying yes, let's bring this person in because there's so many issues here. Okay, great experience. Great resume. I'm sorry. Great. Uh, education. But you gotta get that into a resume that someone can stand looking at. Okay, let me show you a little something different. Now here's another resume. I've received all these air resumes I've actually gotten I blacked out their name again. So this person, I might even zoom in just a little bit here. This is a one and 1/3 page resume. Okay. So blacked out their name. That looks fine. There's a few issues here. So this thing career objective. What does it say? Highly trained. Six Sigma train quality engineer with diverse background. Dot, dot dot. That sounds kind of like our summary. That sounds okay. The word objective. That's a throwback to the past. I wouldn't use objective. Everybody knows your objective. You're sending me your resume. Your objective is to get a job, get an interview, Right. The cruise summary career profile, professional profile, Those air better terms here. Okay, Nothing I noticed here is that this person has been working. 2000 10 4 2096 90 to disperse. Has been working professionally since 1992. And then you look here at their education. They graduated in 1988 and then they got their master's degree in 2000. Just thinking about the order of resumes. What's most important? This is fantastic. Excellent educational experience, But should it be right on top? When you've been working for 25 years, education goes on the bottom because I would hope to think that in the 25 years since you graduated from college that you have mawr relevant mawr important things you've done with your life and career. That stuff belongs up on top. So in the order of things, I would put education down in the bottom. So as I'm looking at this resume, this is a rule of thumb. It's not a hard pressed rule, but we've been talking about length of resume. If you're going to use one page, use one page if you're going to use two pages used to pages again. This is my opinion. I think this could easily be crunched into one page. This is a lot of space up here. You know, you could stretch this out a little bit, save some space, put these side by side, save all this space. And I think this is when we're looking at before with Excel and word. Maybe cut that Anyway, you could squeeze this down to a one page. Now, my only problem with that is the one page resume. I just would hope after working for 25 years, that you maybe have more to share more toe explain. But maybe, maybe not. I don't have a problem with this being a one page resume. I just have a little bit of a problem with it being a one and 1/3 page. Make it two pages. Make it one page. That would be my opinion. Okay, so let's take a look. One last resume, and this is one of our example resumes that have attached. This is a one page resume. We have our profile experience, our job titles here. We're using the same formatting. I think it has nice use of white space. We're not killing you with just print. There's some good bullet points. Action verbs. It fills up the whole page. Now, I think this is This is nice. And this is why I'm sharing with this with you. For one of your models, we have professional achievements. Educations on the bottom. This person's been working since 99. So their work experience, I think a little more important than their education. This is a really good resume and something you want to use is a model for yours. Now, I've said to two pages, three pages, maybe three pages. But what would you do if if you had more jobs, orm or professional achievements. Well, what you just do is is you. You draw the line somewhere that makes sense. So maybe if you had two or three more jobs here, maybe you put your break right here, and then this becomes your second page. So don't break up in the middle of a section. You know, you don't want your page break to be like right here. That would look really silly. Okay, So make your page break of somewhere That makes sense at a natural section break of your resume. So hopefully that makes sense. So this is one of your models. I think this is a good one to follow. You can use it as a one page use. It is a two page, but let the principles guide you. It's a marketing tool. Relevancy is king the effective use of white space. You want to get someone's attention to get you an interview? It's not to tell your whole life story. It's to get an interview. So use the effect of white space used bullet ing formatting, um, page breaks in the right spot and you'll end up with a nice looking resume of the proper length 19. 19 Readability and Visual Appeal: one of the last screenings we're gonna put your resume through is what I call the readability test. And really, the question we're asking here is is simply how easy is this for me to read? And they're really two facets to this, and both can be accomplished by taking that draft. You've done a lot of editing. You've done the bullet points. You've done your formatting. You you've got your two pages or one page or whatever. You have your very near completion printed up on a piece of paper. That's probably how someone's gonna look at it. A hiring manager, president of a company. It's probably going to be on paper, maybe a male it. But even if he email, you're probably emailing a PdF for word document. Usually those get often they get printed up and given to the boss or the hiring manager so printed up on a piece of paper. That's probably how someone else is going to read that and then literally read it aloud. Read it out loud. So where you have your job descriptions and your responsibilities and your skills read those out loud and at a point along the way. If you stumble on your words or you might find a little Gosh, I messed up. Maybe a spelling or ah, forgot to put an s at the end of this or something like that. It's pause. Circle that and then just keep reading. So the reason I recommend people do that is because when you read it aloud, you're forced to articulate to genuinely read every single word. When you read quietly in your mind are just looking at a computer screen and you're not vocalizing those words. Your mind takes some little shortcuts, and it sort of knows what you meant to say and kind of fills in the blanks. Well, someone reading that that you mala to they don't know you. They've never read this before. They're just reading what's on the paper. They don't have that bias of of what's in your mind. That kind of, you know, covers the gaps with shortcuts. All they know is what's on that piece of paper. So when you force yourself to read that aloud, you're it's a little closer to how the hiring manager you're sending this to is going to experience that resume so anywhere along the way, if you if there's a little But, gosh, that doesn't sound right or oh darn, there's a spelling error or something. Circle it and then that that'll be a nice, um, final screening or near final screening for your resume. Now the other aspect of readability is that so much how it sounds when read aloud. But it's really more of, ah, mechanical issues, so to speak. How easy is it to read if you have a really small font? If, um, some of those resumes a Trojan, where they're all that verb edges is jammed together. Effective use of white space. You know, sometimes white space is helpful. You know a little space between your maybe have three or four jobs and you have white space between each one and then at each company maybe had two different positions and a little white space there. What you're doing is providing, even though it it's not like an outline, it's kind of like an outline. People look at it. It's organized in a way that makes it mechanically easy to read. They look at and say, Oh, here's the three companies here's there to job positions. Here's their education. It makes sense. It's ordered correctly. It has a large enough font. You don't know who is reading this. I mean, maybe somebody has. By focus, I'm right at the edge where I think I need reading glasses, but I'm not sure yet. And, um, some people are older or different environments, you know you want to have a nice large find a nice 11 or 12 point fund. Use your discretion there. But don't. If you're trying to squeeze it into two pages, don't do it by making a small fund. Because then then it's hard to read. You're reducing the readability just through mechanical means. So the layout, the font size that white space kind of dividing up the major sections. It helps a lot for the person that's looking at your resume. We want this to be just such a seamless experience. It's a marketing piece, right? You want it to be easy and enjoyable and easy to read you want. You know you don't want the format and the white space and the bond sized to trip up the person reading it. Make it easy on him. You only get six seconds right, remember, So if they spend six seconds getting their glasses out and trying to fiddle around with this thing. Don't waste their time. Don't waste your time. The goal. Get to that interview. So simple tricks like this printing up, reading it out loud, looking at the visual appeal. How good does it look? Asking yourself those questions and then making those small tweaks and edits goes a long way. And again, if you don't have, maybe you read something doesn't sound right to you, but you're not sure how to fix it. That's re asked for some help. Get a resume specialist, get your cousin who was an English major or, ah, you know, find somebody to help you. You're maybe someone at your local library can provide some assistance for you. But get some how do the work yourself and then maybe get some help polishing that? So anyway, this final screening of readability, it will go a long way to producing that fine polished work. And I'm telling if you find one thing that in this printing and reading and reading aloud process, it makes a difference worth your effort. Okay, So we want like, the title is class. Your best resume. Now this final step sounds simple. Don't let it fool you into thinking that it's not. Ah, helpful and useful step in achieving our goals. So go ahead, test your resume out for readability, and then we're gonna take a look at one final thing and do a couple wrap ups. 20. 20 Outdated Resume Elements: now, one thing a resume class wouldn't be complete without is a conversation about outdated resume elements like anything resumes a revolving. And if you've been a working for 15 2030 years, obviously you've made resumes in the past. Well, here's the thing. Some of the elements some of the sections that you put on your resume back in the nineties are very outdated today and will just make you look like you're out of sync with the modern workplace. And and they could even send some subconscious messages that you're not staying up with technology with the industry etcetera. Whether that's true or not, it doesn't matter. But it can sometimes send that message to hiring managers. So what I want to do right now is just talk about some outdated resume elements. These are things that you do not want to have on your resume. Let's start with the 1st 1 which is called the objective, and if you're not familiar with this, this back in the eighties and the nineties, probably the seventies, it was very common right at the top. Your resume, it would say objective, and it always read something corny like this to obtain a position with the fast growing organization that utilizes my skills and experience to block blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, that is way out of date. Do not do that. This is the formerly. The objective was right, center of top, you know. And obviously you want to obtain a position. That's why you're sending a resume. Everybody knows that you want a good company. You want the right pay. That's why you're sending a resume. People that don't send resumes aren't interested in obtaining a position. Okay, so it goes without saying, Get rid of that. Do not put the word objective. This section up top today. I've talked a lot about the career summary, Um, or the professional profile or something like that that tells who you are. That's important. This objective thing. It's old stuff. Do not put it on your resume. Next. Used to be a the bottom of your resumes. References available upon request. Do you think any serious job seeker, if asked by a potential employer four references would provide them? Of course they would write. If somebody is serious about a job they're going to provide them. This is a total waste of real estate. Of course, you would provide references. That's that's part of the process. But do not waste that on your resume resumes or marketing tools. Every square in should count for something, and this is a total zero, and it's probably a negative. It makes you look like you're stuck in the 19 eighties. Okay, next, cell phone, home phone, work, phone, phone, phone, whatever. You know, back in the probably the early nineties or whatever, when cell phones were coming online and the reception wasn't always so good and this and that, you know, they would put cell phone home phone. Stop it, phone the phone. That's it. It doesn't matter a lot. Ton of people. Almost everybody has a cell phone. That's the phone. The answer. So, you know, we have a home phone. What differences make It doesn't matter where the phone is. It matters. How do I get a hold of you? Okay, so just phone. Don't worry about mobile phone. Secondary bone. Who cares? Okay, Bone under where you have your contact information. Just the phone. Don't worry about what type of phoniness next, and I sort of addresses already, but I want to make sure I get this in proficient in Microsoft Word. Am I putting that down? Of course not. But what I'm saying is Bo for a bunch of jobs. If you're working anywhere near in office, it is fully expected that you know how to use Microsoft Word that you know how to use email that you know how to use a Web browser. These air fully expected that. You know how to do this. There isn't any advantage. Two stating that you know how to use Microsoft Word. It is only a negative if for some reason you don't. Okay, so common office tools like telephones, fax machines. I still see this on resumes. You know, know how to use a fax machine proficient in Microsoft office. All it does is shows that you're stuck in 25 years ago or something like that where, you know, back in the I remember in this certainly in the eighties and the nineties, you know, if you know how to use the windows and you knew how to use Microsoft Word, you know, that was interesting. You know, it was it was a competitive advantage. Not today. Okay. Today it's fully expected. Don't put it on there because it makes you look antiquated. It makes you look old fashioned and out of touch with today's work place. To keep this in mind. This is mostly directed at your mid and late career professionals. If you're younger, this stuff you probably wouldn't do it anyway, so that's fine. I'm just addressing this to, say, the mid career Laker professionals and what I've done is attached to this video an article that I had published in a major national trade journal where I talk about these outdated elements in a little more detail. It fits in. It's kind of a humorous article. It fits in nicely with the rest of this video, and it was actually served as the foundation for this class in its entirety. Anyway, If any of these air on here, get him off 21. 21 The Final (and Most Important) Screening: okay, one last screen that you're gonna want to put your resume through before finalizing it. But before I get to that, I want to say that I've put together a resume editing checklist and it's a word, Doc, and I've attached it to this video right here. So download that printed up or save it on your hard drive and these air all the big items you're gonna wanna look for from formatting to white space to relevancy all the stuff that we've talked about. Just that some memory joggers. Maybe when you print up that resume and you're reading aloud, maybe have that checklist right next door and these air all the points that I've talked to up to this point. Okay, last screen. And this is gonna sound maybe a little obvious, but I wanna make sure that you understand my experience as an interviewer. The goal. Get from resume to interview. Okay, so now you've been called for an interview and you're sitting in front of a panel and all those people have a copy of your resume. Here's the point that I'm trying to make is every detail Your resume has to be true. It has to be accurate. You have to be able to defend it or add to it or explain it with some story with some details, with some numbers that are not on the resume. Many times I've gotten resumes and some person will, you know, maybe claim that they're an expert at this or have you know, a superior knowledge or some sort of this, you know. And it's so important. Teoh really examine your resume and ask yourself, Is this completely true? And can I explain it and defend it? Before a panel of experts? I remember one time I was interviewing a person. I'd gotten their resume and this was for a technical job and there was a section of skills section and said areas of expertise and one of the areas of expertise was statistical analysis. Now, if you've worked in mathematics or statistics and somebody says that statistical analysis is one of their areas of expertise, that means something to you. So I started probing a little bit, and I'm not a statistician. I've used them a lot. I've studied engineering and I've studied some mostly quality engineering statistics, So I have some knowledge I am not. That is not an area of my expertise, but I started poking a little bit, asking them some some basic questions like standard deviations and capability analysis and things like that that you use an industry he didn't know right? So what do you think that did in my mind is an interview. Well, this whole thing is junk, you know. It has to be true. He was not an expert or it's an area of expertise. He was not. That was not. Statistical analysis was not an area of expertise. I remember years ago I was interviewing, Ah, young man and yet for an intern engineering internship. And he was a college student. And when students were younger, I think there's a little more room. I mean professionals or younger. There's a little more room for the hobbies and interests and things like that because it paints a bigger picture for a younger professional. And it said, I can't Mervat said hobbies or interest or something like that. But he stated on his resume, he said that he was a sushi chef, a sushi said this Japanese style of cooking with fish and rice and and I thought Wow, that's Ah, bold stay. Usually think of a chef is like an expert, right, a chef. And anyway, so So we're reading this resume, and somebody else brought it up in this This fellow, I I didn't ask this question, but he's on the panel, he says. I see that you, um, your sushi stuff. He's like, Oh, yeah, I love I love sushi. And he says Now, do you prefer Shashi me or nigari? Or are you more into Maki? And this guy's eyes were glazed over, and I'm not even suggesting I know a lot about sushi. I go to Japanese restaurants and things, and I've eaten a lot of Japanese food. But if your sushi chef, you know a lot about sushi, so do not say that you're an expert at this or a she chef or, ah, you know, don't make claims that are 100% true. Here's why. Because you might have a beautiful interview. And the moment that guy didn't know the difference between a Maki roll and no Geary, the interview was over. It didn't matter that he was how good his engineer was. He how much it's done because you can't trust the person because they exaggerate their skills because they've lost credibility. So we've talked a lot about formatting and use of white space and punctuation, and that is also important. But at the end of the day, it has to be true. So please screen your resume. The worst thing that could happen, I think, is you show up with a great looking resume. You followed all my advice and and you've done everything right. But you can't substantiate the content on your resume. Make sure you've got a story or a detail, or you can explain with numbers somehow or another. You can add to those bullet points on your resume. Make sure you can back it up, because if you can't, you're gonna be in truck. You're gonna lose the job. That's what's gonna happen. At that point, you won't ever get an offer because you will be viewed as someone who's not credible. So anyway, let that be your final screen for your very best resume 22. 22 Conclusion: Well, I hate to say it, but this is the end of the skill share class titled Your Best Resume. Now, I've sure hope you've enjoyed it. Thank you for joining me for this. Ah, lecture. Siri's. I have very much enjoyed making it. I love the opportunity to share with you the knowledge I've gained over my career, hiring people and reading the resumes and interviewing them. And it's been a great privilege for me not only to interface with so many working professionals over the years, but then to bring this all together under one roof and share with you the very best information I have. I can't tell you how many times and, you know, from watching this class so many times I see resume. And it's just there's problems, okay? And maybe this candidate hiding under that chaos and and, uh, just the mess of a resume they turn. Maybe they're a great candidate. I don't know. But when you're in an interview process, it sounds critical that there's a whole bunch of resumes and there's only one winner, and you're in competition with all those other people and would be ashamed to think that you're the best candidate, but you have failed to convey that message through your resume. Getting a job. It's not just having a good resume, but it's in this culture. In this society, it tends to be a very important element, certainly a very important element to getting to that interview. So make your best resume. My job in this class is done. I've shared with you all this information. Your job starts right now. Right after this lecture. You're going to see the class project in that section. I have attached all those things I was telling you about during the class. The to resume formance. They're both excellent. Pick one of them. I've attached the checklist for gathering information, which I think will be a good resource for you. And I've also attached the checklist for your resume kind of a final editing final screening before you have mail it off to that potential employer. And then, of course, I've added that two page list of all those action verbs that I was telling you about. Download imprint him up, use those resource is, and then start the the system that I laid out for you building those individual modules, the header, the education, the work experience, skills and hobbies and all that stuff. Just start building section by section by section gloom altogether. Do all your final editing and, ah, let this be a key to get to that next place in your career. There's few things I've enjoyed more than to work with people coaching, counseling, Kirk counseling and helping them to get to that next place in their career to fulfill their potential, fulfill their calling, do that thing that they dreamed about, get that job that's gonna really help them take care of their family. These are the things that I enjoy seeing in other people, and so I count it as a privilege of sharing this information with you. But now you got to do it. So after you assemble your resume and you do all your screenings and all your edits, you are welcome to post that in the class Project section. I would love toe, look it over and give you some comments and feedback on it. I'd be glad to, and then once it's open to these skills share community, you may get other comments too, so that would be fantastic. to share your work, share your examples and maybe make it a little bit better. Or maybe provided as an example for somebody else watching this class. So it's a great community of learners and we can learn from each other. So please take advantage of the class project next. And as always, if you know me from teaching, I love hearing from people. You can always message me through skill share. I would love to hear from me if I can be of any help to I would be glad to. So my best wishes to you on your next step in your career. God bless you. Thank you again for watching this class and stay in touch. If I could be of any help to you, I would be glad to Thank you so much.