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Resume tips for getting a manager's attention
Episode 420th April 2021 • Careers & Coffee • Corridor Careers
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Resumes, always back to resumes? The team goes into resumes, keeping it short and snackable. Welcoming our developer, Josh Hlibichuck, Careers and Coffee talks about 'what should be in a resume that get's a manager's attention' talking keywords and objectives.

Show notes:

To use the free resume builder on Corridor Careers, simply create a user account and start building yours today: https://www.corridorcareers.com/users/new

All our blogs about resumes are here: https://www.corridorcareers.com/job-tips/topics/resumes

You can find resources about basic building blocks, keyword optimization and much more.

Career Week Ask the Expert went in depth on this- see that panel on this channel!

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All right, welcome. careers and coffee, a late afternoon version

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of careers and coffee. So I'm not drinking coffee anymore

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today. I don't know about you loser, Josh.

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I've had all my coffee for today. Yeah.

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Yeah, I got that done pretty early. So we are here we have

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Josh Hlibichuk with us today. He's our developer at corridor

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careers. Welcome, Josh to Careers in Coffee.

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It's good. It's good to be here.

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Good to have you.

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So today, I thought we would just talk about resume writing,

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and and dig a little deeper on that.

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So Liz, since you have been a manager for a while and have

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undoubtedly looked at quite a few resumes in your life, what

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would you say are some things that you look for in a strong

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resume?

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Well, I'm probably a little different than normal managers.

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But I try to have a really open mind when I look at resumes just

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because I work in a career space. So I might be a little

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bit more flexible and open minded than a typical manager,

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who's not aware of their own bias and things like that. And

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I'm not saying I'm perfect either, because I'm not. But

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when I look at a resume, organization is great if it's

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easy to find kind of what the skill set is of the person. And

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if they have an objective, you know that some what they're what

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kind of job or what kind of career path they're interested

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in, that is helpful to me to understand if they might be a

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good fit for the company.

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And where I'm trying to take the the team or whatever, to see if

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those two things align. part and parcel with a resume is the

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cover letter. And the cover letter, we went into a little

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bit of this on our Ask the Expert in career week with our

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panel, they talked about how the cover letter is an intro to your

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resume, and should be just a summary where you kind of talk

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about what you're trying to accomplish and how you might be

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a good fit for the company.

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So I look at those two things kind of hand in hand, a great

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cover letter might make up for maybe less than ideal resume.

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And vice versa, a great resume might make up for a less than

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ideal cover letter. Because somebody might be really good at

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documenting their work history and their kind of focus in a

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resume, but not so great at a cover letter.

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Right? Yeah. That's a really interesting point that you bring

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up. Josh, I want to ask you-was mentioned having an objective,

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is that something that you have seen on resumes or that you

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think is part of a nice looking resume,

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I think it can help especially when you're trying to customize

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a resume to an employer, it really gives them a perspective

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of who you are, and the kind of position that you currently hold

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and also are looking for, it's easy to be, it's, it's really

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easy to be very generic with this. So if I would do it, it

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would, it would have to be very targeted for the employer that I

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am applying to. And I'd keep it you know, simple, but get the

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message across. And there are some great examples to online of

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objectives and in different templates and, and it kind of

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resume blogs, I'm sure we have a resume blog post, somewhere on

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the corridorcareers.com/job-tips section. So definitely check

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that out.

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But I think in objective, you know, is a good a good section

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to have, especially as it allows you to maybe target some of

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those keywords to that you hear about the ACS systems, wanting

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to see if it's not something that fits in somewhere else

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neatly into your resume, that might be another section that

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you can take advantage of.

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Now, that's interesting. You mentioned the keywords. So we

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talked about this a little bit. And if there's a real specific,

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if you're applying for a specific job, and you want to

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tailor your resume to that specific job, it doesn't hurt to

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kind of, you know, I personally, I would maybe print off the job

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description and then take a physical highlighter and

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highlight keywords that kind of stand out to me, and then add

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those to my resume. If they're relevant. Like if I have that

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experience, I want to make sure that I'm not using a different

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term for the same experience that they're looking for. Before

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I turn my resume and that's what Josh is talking about. Is the

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code reading your resume, not a person right, Josh?

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Yeah, for sure. Exactly. And that's a really good points you

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because whatever they have set up in their system for the code

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to read is probably going to match very closely to what's in

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the job description too. So that's a really, really good

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Point.

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Cool. Well, just a few tips for resumes, we will link in the

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show notes to those resources Josh was mentioning, we have a

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whole topic page of blog posts about resumes. We also have a

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resume builder on corridor careers the Josh handbuilt.

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Yeah, it's it's not gonna have a lot of the bells and whistles

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you see on some of these custom templates, you can download

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online. But for somebody who's just you know, you don't have

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anything to start from, it's a really great resource to go in,

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enter your information, it guides you through the whole

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process, start to finish with your skills, your work,

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experience, education, if that's applicable, and helps you get

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some that you can at least start with to take to employers to

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say, here's what I here's what I've done, here's what I can do

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for you.

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Awesome, hope people do that it's free to use. All you have

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to do is create a user account on Corridor Careers, which is

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also free and then also signed you up for our newsletters,

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which we would hope that you want if you're looking for a

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job. But that's that's our careers and coffee tip for

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today.

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All right, well, thanks a lot guys. Appreciate it. And thanks

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for tuning in. As always, you know, leave leave comments and

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questions. You can reach us, email us at

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contact@corridorcareers.com And we'll see you next time. All

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right, have a good week, everyone. Take care.