First of all, if you are that obsessed with going to college, go! Second of all, if you have made contributions to help your employers or clients meet their goals, calm down – it’s highly likely that you may have what it takes to attract a human resource screener to invite you to an interview. Third of all, if you’ve attended trainings, coaching sessions, or learned software, enhanced your customer service abilities, trained on best sales techniques or teamed with colleagues to satisfy your company’s targeted mission, you are in luck. There just may be significant appeal for you to portray your qualifications in an adequate manner to catch the attention of a hiring official who can offer you an invitation to discuss ways that you may be able to help their company by filling a position from an unadvertised hidden job. So here are 8 ways to deal with your resume since you did not go to college:
1. Assess who you are and the skills achievements, strengths, awards, supervision experience or growth from your last ten years of work experiences. If you are not able to do this – stop – go get some help~! You have services available from the one stop career centers (http://www.careeronestop.org) available to you. Goodwill Career Solutions Centers are also available to help (http://www.goodwillcareersolutions.org ), Urban League’s Job Network (http://iamempowered.com/departments/jobsnetwork ) is available to help, The YMCA (http://www.ymca.net/) is available to help and professional career coaches and resume writers are available to help (www.careerdirectors.com ).
2. Once you understand and can verbalize who you are as a professional, research and compile your top 3 job categories that you’d like to focus on for your job search. Hence, these will be the areas that will be used to develop your resume. Now think of 3 headings that you can draw attention on your resume representing yourself as a powerful maven in your career. Here are some examples:
Branded title | Affiliations/Designations | Experience and Achievements
Branded title, for instance: Marketing & Fashion Merchandising |Professional Experience | International Experience
IT Sales | Entrepreneurial Experience | Training & Certifications
Education | Work Experience | Skills & Activities
Senior Management Professional | Career History | Education
Chief Financial Officer | Career Progression | Contributions
Business Development Leader | Performance Highlights | Interests
3. Next, begin to write out your job descriptions by highlighting the top 4 to 5 competencies you really do well. Hopefully, these will be the things that your future employers will be most interested in (these should be targeted competencies that you learned from your network via LinkedIn, company research and your targeted job search). You can also note some pertinent information that includes reasons that you were recruited or hired (your subject matter expert category) and other capabilities that have led to your greatest business achievements. Be certain to format your previous job descriptors as action verbs phrases. For instance:
Greeted up to 20 patients daily
Entered patient payments totally up to $15,000 daily
Utilized expert customer service for 75 clients weekly, resulting in 15% repeat business
Confidentially managed patient information
4. Make certain that you are highlighting industry specific keywords for your 3 targeted job categories that you selected earlier in the process.
5. Review your job posts and review your job categories in the occupational outlook handbook to really grasp a clear understanding of how the hiring officials will be looking for specific details that really differentiate you as candidate. What makes you a unique candidate? Did you take a conversational Spanish, French or German class online so that you can have a better relationship with your clients? How did you go beyond your job duties to get your enhance your job?
6. Add endorsements on your resume. Go back to your annual performance reviews, reference letters or think about things that have been said about your work ethic, the way you do your job at the water cooler by your colleagues and supervisors. How have they bragged about your impact to the team? Here’s an example:
Her passion for accounting is unmatched. She inspires and challenges our thinking. Jane was selected for Leadership Clarksville as a result of her passion for the work that she does. Name, Title
7. Add your social media savvy to your resume. Companies want professionals who are on the edge of what’s happening in the work world. Add a hyper-linked LinkedIn and email address. Add a one page web resume address (about.me). It may be even permissible to add your professional twitter or Facebook address as well.
8. Splash your resume with color, graphic QR codes or the “Google me via visibility.com invitation”.
What so ever you do on your resume, keep in mind that it must aid in helping the human resources screener understand that you are unique and understand how to help the company achieve, but it save money, make money, save resources, incorporate best practices for the industry, meet federal, local and national criteria or save money disposing of hazardous chemicals. If you have learned anything in your world of work, hopefully is it that your hands on training, work experience, love of your career field and passion to focus on results is the epitome of qualifications that managers and hiring officials are seeking. Develop your resume for each position that you are applying for and showcase your significant appeal!