Your Top 3 Recommendations for Resume Preparation

resumeRecently, I admitted to dreading and avoiding the topic of resumes and asked for help – advice and suggestions from you.  Thanks for the help.

Here are the top three strategies you think work best.  Stay tuned for more posts about resumes based on your input.

1.  Utilize Volunteers

Every client’s experience is different.  The work of developing a resume requires the same process and basic level of detail.  That makes it easier for you to provide clear guidelines so a volunteer can contribute while developing expertise through practice.  lHere’s what Higher Peer Advisors Network member Stephen Johnson says,

Resume preparation is engaging for both sides (volunteer often request this).  It allows the refugee to tell their story on their own terms (staff often don’t have time to sit and listen).  It also makes for a variation in general style and tone (if I make them all, they end up looking the same).

2.  Access Workforce Center Resources

They have different names and different resources, but they offer resources you can tap into, especially for clients with a working level of English and/or computer skill.   Many centers have computer access labs, classes, formats and tip sheets that can help clients and you.  Here’s what Erin Vorhees with Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington recommends.

 If my client doesn’t even have a resume yet, I use our Skillsource Centers.  They have a lot of resume writing classes, so I try to send my clients to a class. (Click here to check out how it looks in Virginia.) 

3.  See if an Online Tool is Helpful

There are tons of online tools designed to help you tailor job descriptions, maximize your use of keywords and generate formatted resumes.  Some find them more burdensome than helpful.  It’s an individual preference.  Here’s my description of how to use a tool that I’ve witnessed getting very strong results.

A former colleague of mine made the best resumes ever.  He used the Department of Labor Wage and Hours Division standardized job descriptions and selected the bullet points that described what clients actually did in U.S. workplace language.  Click here for the website.  You have to spend a bit of time learning how it’s organized and searching for the right job title.



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