The purpose of a resume is to get you an invitation to discuss how your skills fit the needs of your future employer. You are encouraged to focus. F is for Find. O is or optimize. C is for choose. U is for utilize. S is for skills.
F – Find and make note of the things that you have been doing in your job, volunteer, community and extra-curricular activities. Keep in mind those things that you have done that make you feel proud. Think of the accolades provided by clients, customers, co-workers and supervisors. Did your department receive quarterly updates on the company’s progress as a result of your teams’ efforts? All of these wonderful bits of information can be placed strategically on your resume to give it more power. Now leading edge resumes consist of testimonies, relevant quotes, and graphics that demonstrate metrics of proven leadership and value to the company. Get help with Google’s keyword tool at bit dot ly slash external dash keyword tool.
O – Optimize your relevant target jobs using keywords and industry specific terminology on your resume to inform the key decision makers that you are experienced in your chosen career field.
C - Choose career choices based on your aptitude, values and skills. You really do not have to take any ole job as a permanent means to survival. As you assess your strengths and the talents that you enjoy using the most, even if you accept a temporary job, you can focus your resume on obtaining the job or career that fuels your talent and values. Check out Richard Knowdell’s motivated skills cards assessment: A fun and informative way to highlight your key skills.
U - Utilize your passion. When you are involved in any activity that is your passion, you shine while doing it. Do not be afraid to target jobs that make you feel passionate about your work. Display your passion for your chosen career field by noting a specific explanation on your resume about how you have helped your company or department in such a way that makes your passion for your job evident. Leverage your contributions by noting on your resume the ways in which you made a difference in your job.
S – Skills. Seek advanced skills so that you can strategically leverage them on your job-winning resume. Take a training class on YouTube. Sign up for free or low cost educational classes at the chamber of commerce (http://www.nashvillechamber.com/Homepage/NewsEvents.aspx), an area vocational institution or the small business administration http://www.sba.gov/.
Once you have focused your resume to become a power pack demonstration of your skills and achievements, be sure to upload it in some of the savviest social media available such as www.resumebook.tv or www.workblast.com. Be sure to utilize the services of the one stop centers via www.jobs4tn.gov and the Goodwill Career Solutions Centers www.goodwillcareersolutions.org for employment assistance.