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A good resume is like a good Advertisement - it's often the only chance you get to make a good impression. However, unlike the 30 seconds the advertiser get on T.V.; your resume might earn you 7 seconds before your future employer decides to move on the next resume in her stack.

The Lakewood Group offers professional resume services designed to make sure our resume is working for you, not against you.

Resume Formatting Service .................$89.50

Submit your existing resume for a professional formatting “tune-up”. (Includes up to 2 revisions)

Tips to Consider When Writing Your Resume

Having trouble getting your resume written? Here are some helpful tips to consider when writing your resume:

+ Purpose of a Resume

A good resume is important to your campaign for a number of reasons.

  • In this age of electronic submissions - An organization will choose to stay anonymous during the search process. In this case; a resume is your personal advertisement. Often times the only way to an interview opportunity.
  • It organizes your own understanding of your objective. This will enable you to express yourself more effectively when interviewing.
  • It is something tangible that can be left behind after meetings. Used in this manner, the resume reinforces the impression you made during your personal meeting, and can be shown to others in the company.
  • It provides executive recruiters or employment agencies or other third parties with a document that can be forwarded to prospective employers for review.

Note, however, that a resume is not always appropriate for gaining interviews with prospective employers, executive recruiters, or employment agencies. A resume can sometimes give a person the illusion that he or she has evaluated you without having met you. WHENEVER possible – make sure you make the effort to pick up the phone and make contact with the hiring authority.

+ Designing a Resume

Think of a resume as an action document that defines your objective and provides evidence of action that supports the objective. Keep the resume short and to the point, never using more than two pages. Keep the resume simple, clear, neat and attractive.

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For ease of identification and follow-up, your name, address, home and cell phone and e-mail address should always be first on your resume – Making sure the information is clear and distinctive.

The Objective

The objective comprises three ideas:

  • The first is to identify the general career area of experience or interest without giving a specific title.
    Titles vary from company to company, as do the duties encompassed by a particular title. Thus, instead of stating "Controller" or "Chief Financial Officer" one can state "Senior Financial Executive." Other examples of general terms are: "Investigative Research," "Marketing" and "Personnel Development."
  • The second point deals with your major strength areas.
    Remember, a strength is an ability motivated by an interest. Generally, it is good to cite three areas of strength that fit you and the objective. A senior financial executive might cite strengths in systems development, negotiation, and cost reduction.
  • The third point presents what you can do for the employer.
    Remember: the only reason employers will want to hire you is because you can do something for them. You should indicate your intended contribution, such as "increasing profitability" or "developing effective marketing organizations."
    • Use action verbs that define what you did and what resulted.
    • Illustrate the significance of the accomplishment in quantifiable terms, e.g. dollars, people, percentages.
  • These three points need not be in the sequence stated above, but all three points must are conveyed.

    Note, an objective paragraph should only be 3-4 sentences maximum.

    Qualifications Summary

    The next section of the "action resume" is the "Qualifications Summary" (which may also be entitled "Background Summary"). This paragraph validates and supports your objective by highlighting the main points of your background and experience.

    Example: "18 years managerial and P & L responsibility, including finance, sales and marketing."

    Or

    Example:

    Cash Flow Management

    Strategic and Profit Planning

    Team Building

    Human Resources Management

    Contract Negotiations

    Risk Management

    Professional Work Experience and Accomplishments

    There are two (2) sections to this part of your resume – The “experience” section and the “accomplishments” section.

    Experience

    This is the section that deals with employment history, but using the term "experience" makes it a more positive statement.

    The experience section should first state the highest title in your most recent position, followed by the name of the company, location by city and state only, and years employed: for instance 1978 - 1981. Then give a brief job description, emphasizing the strengths mentioned in your objective.

    Note: Do not give total number of months or years, or provide month-specific dates. As in all things, at no time should you falsify any information on a resume - it just doesn't work, and seriously jeopardizes others' perception of your integrity.

    Accomplishments

    This section of the resume deals with “professional accomplishments," The purpose of this section is to present results to further support the strengths cited in the objective. A common mistake made by people writing their resume is to use this section for “listing” their work history. That is what you do on a job application – on a resume you want to use this section to communicate your strengths. Be sure to support each strength with 1-2 accomplishments. (Results)

    The accomplishments should:

    Example: Developed and implemented an internal marketing campaign to increase customer satisfaction. Campaign successfully increased overall customer satisfaction by 20% in its first year and subsequently revenues increased by 10% or $1MM.

    Note: Always make sure that the accomplishments strongly and directly support the objective.

    Education

    Educational background should be stated simply: highest degree first, followed by major, name of school, and year date of graduation. Then list prior degrees, if any.

    Note: High school should be shown only if there is no college-level training indicated, and only if it is relevant to the objective. Other training, certificates, or educational attainments should also be shown if they provide significant support to the objective.

    Other Relevant Data

    The sixth portion is optional, and can include memberships, language skills, and personal data that support the objective. One should usually leave out explicit indications of religious affiliation or political orientation, or controversial activities. These can be covered in the verbal presentation should you decide they can be used to your advantage and are not likely to be interpreted negatively. Age may also fall into this category.

    Notice that this resume, commonly referred to as a “functional resume”, focuses attention on your objective and qualifications for that objective, and only secondarily refers to the dates and places where you have been in the past. Note: If you have had several job changes, or a few short tenures this might be a desirable format to choose.

    In contrast a “chronological resume” focuses on the dates-and-places where you have been in the past as well as your other pertinent information. This style is used if you have had good tenure in all positions and want that highlighted to a future employer. Both styles are effective means of communicating your experience and achievements. Use the style that works best with your work history!