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Plenty of people have already said and written (books, articles, blogs) plenty about any and every career advancement / job search topic imaginable. Instead of repeating all of this, I’ve written about what I haven’t found written about and/or where I differ from conventional wisdom.

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  • DONE WRITE RSUM I help you put it all on paper rsum writing / job search handbook
  • Page 2 CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Page 3 RSUM WRITING Page 4 STICK TO ONE PAGE page 5 PARTS of a RSUM page 6 SUMMARY / INTRODUCTION pages 8-9 BULLET POINTS pages 11-15 RECENT COLLEGE GRADS page 18 JOB SEARCH NEWSLETTERS Page 20 INTERNSHIPS page 22-23 INTERVIEWING page 23-25 VETERANS pages 26-27 RSUM TEMPLATE Page 28 STILL NEED HELP? Page 29 Done Write Rsum
  • Page 3 INTRODUCTION During a Google+ media event (Jan 2012), President Obama offered to circulate the rsum of an out of work engineer. If you were that engineer, would you be ready to hand over your rsum? Would you be ready for whats next? Or are you ready to create your own opportunities? Although my focus is writing exceptional rsums, I also field general job search questions and answer them the best I can. As questions increased, I began to engage job seekers and job fillers to increase my understanding and exposure to both sides of the job search process. I also have some unique experiences as a result of being unemployed for much of 2009. While I am no expert, Im finding I have just enough expertise to do a lot of good for a lot of people. Plenty has been written (books, articles, blogs) about any and every career advancement / job search topic imaginable. Instead of repeating all of this, Ive focused only on those topics I havent seen significantly addressed and where I differ from conventional wisdom. Use this handbook to either write your rsum or make an educated decision regarding partnering with me. ABOUT ME I studied rsum writing as a Communication major, have written and improved rsums for professionals in numerous fields for almost 20 years, and network with those who review rsums. Done Write Rsum
  • Page 4 RSUM BASICS ONE PAGE (IF POSSIBLE) - THINK OF A BUSINESS CARD - MAKE IT EASY ON THE READER - MOST WONT READ A 2nd PAGE, LET ALONE A 1st KEEP IT SIMPLE - USE SAME FONT SIZE and STYLE THROUGHOUT - DONT OVERUSE BOLD, UNDERLINE, and ITALIC TEXT JUST THE FACTS - DONT BE SUBJECTIVE or use words anyone else can (stay away from: hard-working, motivated, team-player) Done Write Rsum
  • THE RSUM, STICK TO ONE PAGE I'm a big believer in the one-page rsum. Business cards and rsums serve different purposes but theres a common thread both should contain just enough information to generate further interest and/or discussion. Yes, a rsum should be thorough and descriptive but not be a novel. Think about important aspects of your career and document them with short bursts of detail and leave the reader wanting to know more. And readers (term used loosely) likely wont make it through one page, let alone a two or three page rsum. Of course, taking a two or three page rsum and producing a one-pager is a challenge but not impossible. I have and continue to do this for clients and each received very positive feedback. HOW exactly do I accomplish this? In addition to retaining only the more important highlights, I look for ways to better communicate the message. Begin all bullet points with verbs and get to the point, don't start with "Responsible for." Reveal what you do and why / for who / when and end it. Your first bullet point can take up two lines to give the reader an overall understanding of the role but most other bullets should be one line or occasionally two. You should never require three lines to communicate anything, except your intro and only three lines. Again, bullets should be short bursts of detail, not run-on or multiple sentences. Also, consider adjusting your margins (.4 or .5 all around), font size (nothing smaller than 10.5), and font type (Times New Roman or Calibri, Arial is larger and will take up more space). Done Write Rsum Page 5
  • Page 6 PARTS of a RSUM HEADLINE SUMMARY / INTRODUCTION WORK / PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE BULLET POINTS EDUCATION SKILLS / HONORS, etc Done Write Rsum
  • Page 7 HEADLINE First M Last (or) F I R S T M. L A S T your-name@gmail.com 1 Street Name City, State 10001 212-555-xxxx Name can be one font size larger than rest of document E-mail address is a hyperlink (should appear in blue text) No abbreviations throughout (Apt for apartment is fine) No need to label the phone number (i.e. Cell) Done Write Rsum
  • Page 8 SUMMARY / INTRODUCTION Capital Markets professional with a broad appreciation of Middle Office obligations and protocol. I have a thorough understanding of the client onboarding process and requirements, confidence utilizing trade and settlement applications, an ability to develop and implement process improvements, and capable of communicating effectively with international markets. (this is mine, for my day job) Never an Objective Introduce yourself here Highlight and/or summarize your skills Done Write Rsum
  • SUMMARY / INTRODUCTION Think about what a rsum is: a summary of ones education, knowledge, skill, experience, and accomplishments. While hiring entities do help you meet your objective (to get a job), they have their own interests to hire the right candidate. Write a summary (brand yourself), not an objective. On average, your rsum might only receive a 45 second glance, if that. In addition to a quick scan of the left margin (previous employers, job titles), a reader might (logically) start at the top. Devote a little space at the top, under your name / address / contact info, and introduce yourself. First, what you should NOT do. (1) Dont write an objective. The reader isnt interested in helping you secure a middle management position in a Fortune 500 company. (2) Dont bullet your intro. Reserve bullet points for the body of the document. Utilizing bullet points in too many areas might overwhelm the reader. (3) Dont label your intro. This wastes valuable space, especially if youre trying to keep everything on one page. (4) Dont be subjective, dont be like everyone else. Stay away from things like hard-working, team-player, focused, etc. Instead, think about what sets you apart and/or makes you unique. (5) Dont write a book. Keep it to two or three sentences, no more than three lines. Anything longer than that is hard to digest for some and might not be read. If I introduced you to someone who was responsible for hiring, what would you say? This is basically what you want your intro to be. Would you say youre hard-working or detail-oriented? Or would you say you've held a number of positions in the ----- industry, have experience dealing with -----, etc. Your task is to brand yourself, create a formal and concise summary of yourself. Done Write Rsum Page 9
  • Page 10 EXPERIENCE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: JOB ONE, New York, New York Senior Manager Oct 2009 Present Bullet points JOB TWO, New York, New York Sep 2002 Dec 2008 Business Analyst (Feb 2006 Dec 2008) Bullet points Lead Manager (Nov 2004 Feb 2006) Bullet points Assistant Manager (Sep 2002 Nov 2004) Bullet point(s) or just your title as this experience is from 12+ years ago Keep roles at the same firm grouped together Done Write Rsum
  • Page 11 BULLET POINTS Most BULLETS are task-based: - I file - I type SO WHAT? According to a popular Project Management theory, ask Why? five times to uncover the root cause of a problem. Lets adapt a slightly different strategy for each bullet point: - WHAT did you file? - WHEN do you file? - WHO did you file for? - Did you improve filing? - S-T-A-R / C-A-R Method (Action / Result) Begin your bullet points with a verb to show action / ownership * Use a THESAURUS (Shift + F7) to find the most suitable verb Done Write Rsum
  • BULLET POINTS Here are some concrete examples, randomly chosen bullet points from rsums I've written. While you're not going to answer every question in your bullet point(s), you do want to give the reader more than just the basics show ownership / authority, reveal some knowledge of a process, or answer the why and/or how. Develop and implement policies for 71 regional offices to meet mandates and generate cost savings Maintain the calendars of four executives, organize weekly meetings, and coordinate conferences Research, interview, and select travel management providers and establish and communicate new procedures to account executives Act as the groups subject matter expert and counsel sales professionals on documentation requirements and approval prerequisites Coordinate all office relocations and establish protocols for assigning offices for visiting attorneys Manage and process all employee outlays and vendor expenses within the firm Identify areas requiring development, recognize inefficient processes and practices, and implement changes and improvements PROCESS MAPPING and BULLET POINTS Process mapping is a workflow diagram, a visual representation of a process. Basically, once a process is "mapped," the visual can be used as a training tool or to analyze a process and then Done Write Rsum Page 12
  • PROCESS MAPPING and BULLET POINTS (continued) identify process improvements. In its most basic form, a map can capture a process in five steps: - receive order / obtain product / package product / ship product / process payment - order materials / over