OBJECTION: We’re not hiring.
- That’s okay. I’m not applying for a job. I am interested in your advice.
- That’s okay. I’m not in any hurry. I just wanted you to know what I have to offer in case something opens up later.
- That’s okay. I just wanted to know if you would take a look at my resume and give me any advice, ideas, leads, or referrals that come to mind.
- That’s okay. Perhaps you can think of someone else who might be interested right now in what I have to offer. Your referral would be appreciated by both of us.
OBJECTION: I’m too busy.
- This’ll only take a moment.
- Yeah. I heard you guys were pretty successful right now. (then, STOP, no matter how long the silence)
- I’d be happy to meet you early, late, during lunch, even after work. What’s best for you?
- What’s a better time for me to reach you?
OBJECTION: Send me your resume.
- Well let me tell you what’s on it. I’m the one who… (then go into your elevator speech).
- What’s your email or your fax number? I’ll send it and call you right back.
- I’ll bring it to the meeting. What’s a good time for you?
OBJECTION: I’m not the person you should be talking to.
- But I’m not applying for a job. I got your name from ———. She said you were quite knowledgeable about this field. I just want to know if you would have a moment to share with me any advice, ideas, leads, and referrals.
- Actually, I’m going to be applying through “official” channels, as well, but I wondered if you could give me a little inside information.
- Who should I be talking to? I appreciate the referral.
There are a number of parts that make up a resume, some are mandatory and some are interchangeable based on the type of resume you chose to use. The following section will list and explain the most common. For more information on how you lay out your resume, feel free to look at our resume templates page by clicking here!
Your name, address, phone/fax number and e-mail address should be the first items on your resume. You should use your full name and address without abbreviations and your phone/fax number should be given beginning with the area code. Your E-mail address should be a professional one. If your E-mail address is NOT professional, take the time to make yourself a new one. Believe it or not, something as simple as an unprofessional E-mail address can cause your resume to be immediately passed over. If you have a LinkedIn page, you can include a link to your page in this section as well.
This is a brief statement that both focuses on and emphasizes the type of position you desire. The tricky part is to keep it short, but not so short that you don’t fully describe the position you desire, or limit yourself from other similar opportunities. If you choose to use a Summary that contains your objective, you do not need to use an Objective.
Highlights of Qualifications
This section should immediately make your resume stand out. It consists of several brief statements highlighting your strong points and qualifications. It aligns directly with what is being identified in the job posting as a need/requirement. A typical group of highlights might include any of the following:
- A previous/current job title that speaks to the position you are applying for
- Years of relevant experience you have
- Summary of outstanding skills and abilities
- Foreign language proficiency including American Sign Language
- A significant accomplishment (briefly stated)
- A reference to yourself (Are you a team player? Goal oriented? etc.)
This section would include skills that are very specific to the job you’re applying for.
- Computer expertise (including specific software or processes)
- Industry specific skills (Welding, heavy machine operation, CAD, etc…)
All experience related to the field of your current objective should receive important treatment and be mentioned. Include the following information:
- Name and location of employer
- What the organization does (if it is not clear)
- Your functional title
- The dates that you worked there
- Your duties and responsibilities
- Your significant achievements and contributions to this position
The names, locations, attendance dates and degrees from colleges, university, trade school, etc. should be listed, starting from the most recent, in chronological order. Specific dates are not necessary unless you’ve achieved relevant accomplishments within the last 5 years. If you have worked in a position for a while, it is not necessary to emphasize education as much due to the fact that you’ve probably gained more education while actually working on the job than you would in a classroom.
Professional Affiliations and Special Honors/Awards
Volunteer and Community Service
May be used to identify skills that are required in the job description but not in your work history. Also provides a way to communicate continued use of skills while not actively employed.
Wait until requested before providing references. This will allow you to provide the most appropriate references for the specific job you are applying for. You may wish to let a potential employer know that you have contacts who will support your employment and have a separate document ready to hand over during an interview.
Larry Simonelli’s email signature says a lot about him. The signature says, “Your future will be better than your past.” That optimism was put to the test when he found himself not making ends meet.
“When you are not working, there is no purpose in life,” Simonelli said. “It felt absolutely hopeless.”
Simonelli, a Greece, New York native and father of two, tried everything. He had his own struggling business and aggressively sent out resumes to online job listing sites like Indeed.com. Despite a wealth of experience in sales and managing facilities, the phone stopped ringing. The weight of rejection hung on Larry and his family.
“Things became disastrous at home,” Simonelli said. “If your family is counting on you to supply their needs and you’re not doing so, what do you do?”
Like thousands of people every year, Larry was eager for a change. He found himself in a RochesterWorks! career center looking for hope and some options. He was referred to Finger Lakes Hired, a program funded by a federal grant to help the long term unemployed get training and work in Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Health Care sectors.
“I never heard of Finger Lakes Hired before,” Simonelli said. “So, I had no expectations.”
It didn’t take long for Simonelli to meet Finger Lakes Hired Employment and Educational Specialist Alexandria Vattimo. Larry credits Alex with showing him how to reshape his resume.
“Larry is highly motivated and a quick learner,” Vattimo said. “He’s diligent and was
actively seeking opportunities in his career.”
Alex sees 6 to 10 customers like Larry every week. One of the many hurdles that the long term unemployed face is dealing with the frustration and high stress that comes with any job search, let alone a prolonged one. High stress and frustration can cause simple mistakes that can keep a job seeker out of the workforce. One thing that Alex shared with Larry and other customers is that patience is key.
“Larry was so eager to land a job that it sometimes distracted him,” Vattimo said. “I reminded him that sometimes finding the right job takes time and that’s OK.”
Armed with a new modern resume, a fresh point of view, and the drive that lead him through a 20-plus year career he tried again. Before he knew it, the phone started to ring. He interviewed with companies in his target industry that Alex referred him. He also got responses on Career Builder. He landed a position with TruGreen as Sales Representative. He started on March 13, 2017.
“I was so impressed and blessed by Finger Lakes Hired,” Simonelli said. “I don’t know what I would have done without them.”
Michael is a current 11th grade student at East High School. Michael utilized the support provided through the Learn 2 Earn Program at the Center for Youth to gain job-readiness and interview skills.
Although Michael learned English as a second language, he exceeds in his communication skills. Immediately after attending the job readiness workshops, Michael successfully utilized his newly-gained skills and his fantastic communication skills at open interview events and secured employment. Michael received many calls back after attending interview events and even had to respectfully turn down some employers!
Michael is a current Honor Roll Student at East High School and participates on the Varsity Baseball Team, which just won the RCAC Championships. Michael has persevered through all of his obstacles to maintain his success in his academic and employment endeavors.
Great job, Michael! We are proud of you!
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