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Resume Success for the Mom Re-entering the Job Market

I read on Twitter @DanielLakstins was hosting a show titled Job Search for Moms on DreamJobRadio last Saturday,  .  So, I decided to write this week’s blog on Resume Tips for the Mom Re-entering the Job Market.  I love DreamJobRadio and I was out of town all last weekend attending classes and I missed the live show. 

 

Here is a great success story from one of my clients.  I wrote this story for housewives and moms re-entering the job market in one of my books titled “Just Resumes, 200 Powerful and Proven Successful Resume to Get that Job” by Kim Marino. It is available through Amazon.com. To see the actual resume sample we’ll be discussing, check out the resume section at your local library for the book mentioned above.

 

This is a true story from a housewife/mom who got credit where credit is due as experienced husband’s helper and volunteer at her children’s elementary school!

 

Dayna is a typical example of the housewife/mom who asked for help to write her resume.  The first thing she said was “I’d like to do something in the Human Resources Department but I don’t have any experience.”  The last thing she said was “Wow, I can’t believe this is me. I look so focused and accomplished.” Well, she was so busy accomplishing all the tasks of a mom she hadn’t had time to think about what a great match her skills were, i.e., time management, organizing, interviewing and public speaking.  These were great skills which fit so well into a resume. Sound familiar?  Read on …

 

 

When I met with Dayna, she had been married to a doctor for 25 years. She had recently gotten divorced.  After speaking to this very talented woman, I quickly realized, not only did she have 25 years experience raising three children, she also had 25 years experience helping her husband recruit, interview and hire all the employees at his medical clinic.

 

Here is a summary of how we highlighted her strengths by creating three skills focused on her career goals in a functional resume format.

 

Related Experience

1. Human Resources: We highlighted the Human Resources experience Dayna gained while helping her husband hire new employees for his office on an on-call basis.

 

2. Project Coordination: Next, we highlighted her organization experience we discovered she accomplished from coordinating projects for three committees at her children’s elementary school.

 

3. Public Speaking: Then, we highlighted the public speaking experience she gained as a volunteer.

 

4. Then, we added a Community Service section and listed her leadership titles, organization name, city and state where she had experience helping out at the elementary school her children attended.

 

5. Next, we added her Employment History. It’s very important not to leave time gaps in order to land an interview.  So, we filled in Dayna’s time gaps with Home Management and Volunteer. This answered any questions the resume reviewer would have for what she was doing and where she was during these years.  We gave Dayna appropriate descriptive job titles relating to her job objective when she was helping her husband with his office needs.

 

Below is an example demonstrating how we wrote the accomplishments under each category we created in the Related Experience section of her resume:

1. Human Resources Experience: Interviewed, screened and hired qualified, talented professional and administrative personnel for a prominent physician as a Human Resources Assistant.

 

2. Project Coordination Experience: Developed a detailed job description for an elementary school principal position as the Chairperson for the Principal Selection Committee.

 

3. Public Speaking Experience: Conducted tours for the local art museum demonstrating poise and dignity while speaking to large and small groups of people as docent-art tour guide.

 

4. Community Service In Dayna’s mind, she was just a mom, giving the school principal a suggestion for her kids. She accepted the leadership roles given to her immediately after she simply made a suggestion to the principal.  Here's another example: One day her kids complained the library was too dark. As a mom advocating for her children, she told this to the school principal. He said “Okay, you can be the Library Improvement Committee Chairperson.”  And she was.

 

5. Again, we added a section titled Employment History.  In reverse chronological order, we added Home Management and Volunteer, Anytown, USA, 2003 – 2011. We continued to added descriptive job titles, company name, city, state and years worked.  For example in Dayna’s situation we gave her the appropriate job title of On-Call Human Resources Assistant, Smith and Jones Medical Clinic, Anytown, USA 2005-2011

 

If you are or have been a mom or housewife and you're ready to re-enter the job market, I hope this story has inspired you to move forward and help you think out-of-the-box as you recognize your many talents and put it together in a resume to get that job you really want. 

When you land that job, please send me your success stories. I’d love to hear about them.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help.  To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

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2011 Top 5 Resume Do’s & Don’ts

Welcome to my Blog.  As many of you know I write success stories and valuable tips on how to write the resume, prepare for the interview, informational interviewing, social networking, salary negotiating, positive thinking, managing change and mastering success, volunteering and public speaking. 

 

FYI! Next Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10am Mtn, I will be one of the guests on Dream Job Radio, hosted by Daniel Lakskins.  The topic is "Resume Makeovers."  We will be discussing how to make your resume "Pop" to  land quality interviews for the jobs you really want.

 

After reading today's blog, I'd like to invite you to call Dream Job Radio next Saturday, May 21, 2011, 10am Mtn. I will be happy to answer further questions to help you with your resume. 

 

The call in phone number is 760-888-5718.  Today we will be discussing the resume do's and don'ts.  Interested? Read on …

 

Resume Do's 

1. Do choose a job and career that you love.

2. Do create a list of key words on your resume.

3. Do identify a specific objective for your resume.

4. Do write accomplishments that fit the needs of the employer.

5. Do begin each accomplishment with an action verb; end with a specific result.

 

Resume Don'ts

1. Don’t prepare your resume so general, it lacks focus.

2. Don’t replace a job description with a job title.

3. Don’t write accomplishments, unrelated to the jobs you are applying for.

4. Don’t forget to include the result for each accomplishment.

5. Don’t be afraid to show off your skills. 

 

Resume Do's

1. Do choose a job and career that you love.  This is an opportunity to reposition yourself.  Your resume is your marketing document.  You are the product you are marketing.  This is your opportunity to shine and show you’re the world your accomplishments focused on your future job.  If you need help, hire a professional resume writer.

 

2. Do create a list of key words on your resume.  Your key word list will be seen within a 15 second glance, allowing your resume through the initial screening process quickly.  Make the Human Resource Assistant’s job easy to put you in the “Yes pile," to be read by the hiring manager.

 

3. Do identify a specific objective for your resume.  The objective can be a specific job title or a list of 3 skills creating the job(s) you’re applying for now.  It gives the employer a focus.  You’re entire resume should be focused on this objective.

 

4. Do write accomplishments that fit the needs of the employer.  Remember, the purpose of the resume is to land the interview, not the job.  Your accomplishment is an opportunity to briefly tell the employer they need YOU.  You can tell your stories in the interview.

 

5. Do begin each accomplishment with an action verb and end with a specific quantifiable result.  The action verb is the most direct way of stating your role.  Begin each accomplishment with a different action verb.  For example, if your first bullet point is created, your second can begin with developed or established.  End each accomplishment with a result, quantify if possible.  For example, saved the company $50M in 5 years by ….

  

Resumes Don'ts

1. Don’t prepare your resume so general, it lacks focus.  Lack of focus is the #1 reason resumes fail to land the interview.  Focus is the key to landing the interview.

 

2. Don’t replace a job description with a job title.   Your job title does not tell the employer what you did on the job.

 

3. Don’t write accomplishments, unrelated to the jobs you are applying for.  Be selective with the accomplishments you choose for your resume.  Make sure they add value to the employer reading it.  And, if you’re changing industries, search for job descriptions to ensure you’re speaking the same language as the industry you’re applying.  Speaking the same language will tell the employer you are a good fit and ready to make this career change.

 

4. Don’t forget to include the result for each accomplishment.  The #1 mistake I see when I receive resumes, is the result is missing from the accomplishment statement.  The result is what makes you stand out.  The result is what tells the employer they NEED YOU.

 

5. Don’t be afraid to show off your skills.  This is not the time to be humble.  Sound familiar?  Health Care professionals are typically the most humble professionals I’ve coached.  Remember, the resume is where you get credit where credit is due.

  

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

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