Rescue My Resume

This Rescue My Resume segment comes from a Jacksonville, Florida job seeker named TJ. He is looking for an Academic Dean Campus president, student affairs or regional president position at a college or university. TJ’s résumé will be different than most job seekers who may be looking for work outside of a college or university.

Would you like your résumé critiqued? If so, all you have to do is send a request by email. In the Subject Line, type: “Rescue My Résumé,” and your name, then attachment the resume in a Word document so I can critique your it on Rescue My Résumé Segment of this show.

Here are 5 tips that you need to consider when creating your résumé.

  1. One is to make sure that you tailor your résumé to a specific position. Looking at TJ’s résumé, he has tailored it to a specific position that he’s interested in. You don’t want to make it difficult for the recruiter or the hiring manager to decide what type of job that you’re looking for and, in TJ’s case, what type of teaching position is he looking for. It’s important to tailor your resume.
  2. Target colleges and universities where you would like to work. The reason why you’re going to do that is because you’re going to do some research. Take a look at past and present faculty member’s LinkedIn profile where you would like to work. Research where they worked previously before they started working at the college or university. Where did they teach, write it down, because you could try to get a position at that college or university where they used to work.
  3. Research past and present LinkedIn profiles of faculty member’s skills. This helps you to understand that most likely you need to add those skills to your résumé. The college or university is looking for those particular skills, so definitely use LinkedIn to your advantage. It’s a free resource, so take advantage of it.
  4. Schedule informational interviews, they’re so important. You want to try to get an informational interview with the Head of the Department where you would like to teach, or you can also get an informational interview set up with the recruiter if that’s possible. Targeted faculty members that used to work there in the past or currently working there because they are such a great resource. You can get so much information from the past and present faculty members like what they look for when hiring someone at that college or university. Faculty can give you information about their previous colleges and universities where they used to work. Faculty members can advise TJ what to do or what would help him get the position. TJ’s résumé is for a teaching position at a college or university, so it’s going to be a lot different and I would strongly suggest that all job seekers set up an informational interview. Talk to current and past employees, faculty members; ask if they can critique your résumé.
  5. Create a resume checklist. You can’t go wrong with a checklist to help create your resume. On the checklist put all the steps above, it will help to make sure that you don’t miss important components on your resume. Make sure your contact information is located at the top of the resume, aligned correctly and in your summary, there’s no fluff. Focus on your experience, self-management skills, and accomplishments.

Your resume should be easy to read within 30 seconds. Let’s just face it recruiters are not going to stay on your résumé very long. Recruiter’s responsibility is to fill the job quickly with the best person qualified.

Make sure that you have core components such as your strengths, general skills, computer skills, and of course industry-specific skills. I would also suggest, those job seekers have testimonials on their resume. I’m not saying a whole book or like seven people, but at least one strong testimonial from someone in an upper management or higher-level position. Maybe the Dean of one of TJ’s previous college or university where he used to work or something like that. Have a quote that’s one to three sentences long of skills that a co-worker said about you would be great. The testimonial needs to be specifically about your accomplishments. I think a testimonial would be very impressive to have on a job seeker’s résumé. Have quantitative accomplishments on your resume. Make sure that you are using action words. If you no longer work with the company, college or university, make sure you use past tense, because you no longer work there.

Of course have your education on your resume. What I noticed on TJ’s résumé, is that he had his education at the top. Now, this is just my opinion and that’s how a résumé is. Everybody’s opinion as to what they think is best, so there really is no right or wrong way to write a resume. There’s just some ways that are better than others. I would strongly suggest because TJ’s have experience, he really doesn’t need to have his education at the top, because it’s going to be the assumption that TJ’s have the education piece; that’s why TJ’s want to teach. So, I would suggest TJ put his education at the bottom. A lot of times, when recruiters see education at the top, they’re making the assumption that you don’t have that much experience. I would consider making that change.

I notice TJ has quantitative measures on his résumé, which is great. TJ doesn’t have italics on his resume, so it’s very neat and easy to read on the eyes. There are some spacing issues that I see, so I would correct those, but otherwise I think TJ’s résumé is great, outstanding and I’m impressed. I’m not an expert in writing résumés for faculty, so I would definitely say contact someone in your network and have them take a look at your resume. In my opinion, TJ’s résumé looks very good; it’s nice and neat not overwhelming or too long. TJ has a lot of information that is necessary for him to indicate on his resume. So, I think TJ did an awesome job, and I just want to thank him for sending his résumé to me to be critiqued.

Would you like your résumé critiqued? If so, all you have to do is send a request by email. In the Subject Line, type: “Rescue My Résumé,” and your name, then attachment the resume in a Word document so I can critique your it on Rescue My Résumé Segment of this show.

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