4). How do I write my resume?

Preparing Your Search

1).The resumé: The first rule about resumé writing is that there is no absolute way to write a resumé. Should it be one page or two, should it have an objective listed or not, should I put in a summary of qualifications? At Harris Heery we suggest a somewhat simpler approach.

Remember that just as a bad resumé will make a statement about you, a resumé that is too slick and polished will convey the message that you are a professional job hunter. The goal is to develop a resumé that is somewhere in between.

The original goal of a resumé was to educate someone about your background but it is this fact which more often seems to be overlooked by most people. A good resumé is an educational tool. The overall tone should be that the person who is reading my resumé knows nothing about me or my company. My resumé will educate the uneducated. Too many resumé writers assume that the person interviewing them knows all about their company and we all know what happens when we assume.

Some suggested formats can be found at the back of this section, but first look closer at each section of the resumé:

A). The Objective: In general, we do not recommend an objective. A good resumé, like a good interview, should leave the reader with a sense of direction as to where your career is heading. It should be a building block process where a trained eye can almost predict where you will be down the road in your career. The only time we recommend an objective is when your career has gone from it’s original

B). Qualifications Summary: "Ambitious and energetic fourteen year professional with excellent general management skills including." This summary is quite simply a waste of line space not to mention that it almost never gets read. Let your credentials speak for themselves. They are, of course, what you are really selling.

C.) Education: Education should always follow your employment history. You are not getting hired based on where you went to school, but rather because of what you've done after school.

D). Employment History: This is the real meat and potatoes of your resume. The general rule to remember is that you are educating the reader. Assume that the reader knows nothing about you, your company or your position and, with that in mind, try and provide a foundation for the reader. Briefly clarify for the reader your company in terms of who they are, their size, types of products they make and any other information which is important. Now that the reader understands your company, explain your job. What should someone who works for your company and holds your title be doing on an on-going basis? The focus here is really in your daily responsibilities such as reporting relationships, budgets, interaction with other corporate functions and external suppliers. Finally, now that the reader understands your company AND your function, explain what you have done. Where have you left your fingerprints on the organization? Why is the company better now than before you joined? What will be your legacy at the company? Don't forget that you are writing this resume with a goal in mind. That goal or target is based on your marketing plan so try and select examples throughout your resume which support your marketing plan and its direction.

E). Personal: While not essential, we recommend including whatever personal information you feel comfortable sharing with your reader. This kind of information, if presented properly, provides the reader more about your than just credentials and therefore gives your candidacy greater depth.

Your Harris Heery contact would be happy to provide you with a sample resume format that you may want to consider.

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