Resume Worksheets Exercise 3.5

How to Build Your Resume

GENERAL BIO INFO
Full Name:
Address #1:
Address #2:
PO Box:
City:
Phone Number:
State:
Fax Number:
Zip:
Email Address:

Do you wish to travel?  
Do you have a military security clearance?  
        Describe  

Where you be willing to relocate?  

Languages:  


CAREER GOALS
Current Job Title:
Current Job Title:

List at least two job titles you seek:

What qualifies you for this line of work?


Describe your career up to now: Below are some examples to follow.


Where would you like to be in 5-10 years?


What is the main purpose of this resume?


IDEAL JOBS
Spend a few minutes and search major job boards such as Career-Builder, Dic.com and Monster and find three jobs that you would consider your dream job. Print the ads out and put on separate pieces of paper.

Take a careful look and see what things these jobs have in common. How are they different? What do you really like about each? How many things they are looking for are a match? If you are match

CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES
Certification Name:
Certifying Organization:
Month/Year Obtained:

OTHER EDUCATION / TRAINING
List any other training you have received relevant to your career choice, such as certification courses, classes, or workshops.

Training Type:
Description:
Training Type:
Description:

MILITARY SERVICE
Branch of Service:
Locations Served:
Final Rank:
Month/Year Entered
Month/Year Left:
Medals or Acknowledgements:
Discharge Status:

AFFILIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS
Name of Organization:
Membership Status (Officer?)

PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER WRITINGS
Type of Work:
Title of work:
Date Presented or Published:
Publisher, Periodical or Location:

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT
On a separate piece of paper for each job held in the past 10-15 years relevant to the career you are looking for now, develop the following information for each job. If you held multiple positions within a single company, don't repeat company data. The data here will also be used in applications, interviews, etc. Take your time. Don't hurry through this.

Company Name:
City, State:
Your Title:
Salary:
Additional Bonuses:
Start Month/Year:
End Month/Year:
Reason for leaving:
Brief description of the firm: no more than 4-5 lines AT MOST.
Main product/service/dept you were part of:
Description of your work there:
Number of direct/indirect reports who/what you were responsible for:

S. H. A. R. E. STORIES
As I stated in the book in Chapter 7, S.H.A.R.E. stories are absolutely critical for resume development and enabling you to control the interview process. They provide solid, quantifiable evidence of your skills and accomplishments. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to develop short, powerful, hard-hitting, informative stories that can be told conversationally in 45 seconds or LESS.

Initially, they will be long when you first write them. You MUST edit them down or have your search partner do it for you. In either case, they cannot exceed 9 lines when all is said and done. They are used in your interviews, in your reference letters, letters of follow-up and a dozen other places.

The first list below are memory triggers for you to use in remembering things you've done that warrant S.H.A.R.E. story development:


Example Share Story #1:


Example Share Story #2


Example Share Story #3


Example SHARE Story #4




ACHIEVEMENTS
Please enter 3 to 5 of your greatest achievements in your career that you do NOT have share stories for. Please quantify by using hard numbers or results. See the examples for ideas and suggestions. Specify the position and job title you were in when you completed this achievement so you won't get confused later. Also, if you decide to redo the resume, these might be put at the top of the resume in your career achievements section.


Soft Skills
   Soft skills are the personality traits that cannot be measured, but rather observed. These help clarify who you are and what type of person you are to the writer and potential employers.

Please list 10 attributes that you feel make up your personality. We've listed a few for you to use. Also, in Chapter 3, exercises 3.2 and 3.3, you developed your transferable skills and traits. Use these as well.

Achievement Oriented
Strong Interpersonal Skills
Ambitious / Energetic
Results-Driven
Strong Provable Achievements
Goal-Focused
Trainer of Others
Resourceful
Motivated / Motivator
Commitment to Excellence
Leadership through example
   Results-Oriented
Honesty / Integrity
Dedicated / Diligent
Analytically-Oriented
Persistent actions
Problem Solver
Multi-Tasked Assignments
Respected by Others
Strong follow-up/follow-through
Resolving client concerns
Creative
Responsible - can be counted on
Patience in dealing with people
Adaptability / Flexibility
Desire to lead projects or people
Planning / Thinking Ahead
Conceptual Skills
Loyalty
Entrepreneurally Minded
Innovative
Clear Communications Skills
Committed to Excellence
   Precise / Detailed
Aggressive in completing work
Positive attitude towards life
Meeting Aggressive Schedules
Works well under stress
Education/learning driven
Relationship building
Clearly explaining concepts
Delegating authority
Inventory / Office management
Verbal/written skills
Efficient
Reliable - the "go to" person
Experienced / Seasoned
Organizational Ability
Facilitator of ideas
Project-Oriented
Dynamic - energizes the group
Team Player
Clear / Rapid Reactions


TOP SKILLS
Think about your top skills. List at least 10-20 of your top skills relating to your career choice. Some skills you might enter are specific hardware/software technologies, sales and marketing techniques, management, etc. These skills are going to help the writer build some of the main highlights of your resume and cover letter and should be your most valuable skills.

Examples of Top Skills:
   Strategic Business
Planning/Modeling
Consolidations/Restructurings
Debt/Equity management
IT/HR/Facilities Management
   Contract Negotiation/Maintenance
Customer Relationship
Management
System Design/Conversion
   Business Development Support
Accounting/Administration
Client/Server Applications
Software Development
Quality Assurance/Testing
Computer Hardware/Maintenance

DETAILED SKILLS
This section is where you enter everything you know that you think would be valuable to an employer. For technical and engineering individuals, this section can be as long as an entire page of your resume; for some it may be only a short paragraph. This section is also an excellent source of keywords when posting your resume on job boards and sending to recruiters.

If you have more than 20 skills, sort your skills into groups. Choose a heading for the group and enter a comma-separated list of words, phrases, or products that you know under that heading. If your skills are brief, you may use "Skill Summary" for the heading. Non high-tech individuals should include an entry for computer and software skills.

SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Operating Systems
Linux (Slackware, RedHat, Debian), other Unix (OpenBSD, Solaris 7/8), MacOS 9/10, Microsoft Windows (9x, NT, 2kpro/server)

Network Protocols
TCP/IP v4, IPX, NetBEUI

Service Protocols
ftp, telnet, ssh, http, ssl, nis, syslog, smb, imap, smtp, pop3, dns, traceroute and others.

Connectivity
Analog Modem, ISDN, xDSL, Cable modem, Frame Relay, T1/T3, DS0/DS3, ethernet, token ring, FDDI/CDDI, RS232

Security
Network and host IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems), Proxy/cache services, host and network firewalls, anti-spam practices, Win2k and UNIX host hardening, auditing, security policy development, system and log monitoring.

Desktop Software
MS Office 97, FrontPage98, Outlook, IE 5.x, Netscape 4.x/6.x, PhotoShop 6.x, StarOffice, and most Linux distributions and software apps.

Server Software
Q-mail, Apache 1.3.x, Perl5x, MySQL, PgSql, Bind, djbdns Radius, Freeswan IPSec, Vpopmail/SQWebmail/CourierIMAP, OpenSSL, wuftpd/NcFTPd, radius, dhcp, ntpd, NetSaint monitoring. Linux Virtual Server clustering, Linux QoS, MS SQL Server 2000, IIS5, Active Directory, MS network services in 2k Server.

Development
Perl 5.x programming for SQL database and web driven administration and E-Commerce applications, ASP, SQL database/query design and normalization, bash/sh shell scripting.

Hardware
Design, installation, and repair of workstations and servers. Extensive knowledge of matching server hardware to task specifications. RAID array configuration and management, SAN implementation, clustered and high-end services. Certified for repair of most HP printers/computers/monitors with broad knowledge of all PC and server hardware.

Networking
Skilled with network equipment including routers (Cisco/3Com), switches (Cisco/3Com/Foundry), hubs, and LIU/CSU/DSU. Well versed in category 3/5/6 cabling for Ethernet and telephone, RJ11/12/45 crimp, 66- & 110-block cross-connect and phone closet cabling. Extensive knowledge of network topology and design for ISP and enterprise networks. Skilled at troubleshooting and monitoring all network traffic.

NON-TECHNICAL




OTHER KEY WORDS AND JARGON
List other few keywords, key phrases, and industry jargon that you would like the reader to understand about your core competencies. These words should be the words you want used to find your resume on job board searches and recruiter database