Focus Career: Finishing The Resume

We blogged previously about how to use the Wizard to build your Work History. With that blog we wanted to focus on how to build the bulk of your resume, your employment experience.  But that’s just the start of the customizable options in the Focus Career screens, so let’s talk about the other tabs in our Focus Career Resume Builder to create a complete resume in about an hour!

So we’re starting off by logging into an account on IowaJobs.org and clicking “Update Resume”.  If you’ve already zoomed through a resume to get to the job searching, you’ll need to click on View/Update in the top corner.  The first page after your Work Experience is detailing Contact Information. Ordinarily this information is going to already be in our system in CAPITAL LETTERS. This doesn’t look professional so change it to lower-case. List one phone number that works and a professional email address. If you don’t have a professional email address, use one you have but make sure not to send out a resume with an email address that is unprofessional.

The next page will detail your Education.  This one can cause some troubles because of the required information.  You’ll notice there are six questions that have to be answered: School Status and Education Level are pretty self-explanatory after you click on the arrow and get some suggestions.  The Degree you’ll want to list will be your most recently earned degree.  This may be a High School Diploma, an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, or any other subject.  Major goes in the second box, for High School grads I suggest “General Studies”, but use whatever.  I’d recommend deleting this on the finished resume, because high school grads don’t have majors.  Then type in the name of your school you got this degree from.  If you’re partially through a program, don’t include that in this section, as you only want completed programs.  Then answer the country and state you received this.  You also must list if you have a Driver’s License and what type of license it is.  On this page you can also list additional Licenses/Certifications if you know the name, month/year they were given, and the licensing organization.  For instance an NCRC Certificate could be one listed; any additional languages you speak with English, and any extra job skills you want to add.

 

The next section asks you for a Resume Summary. I’m going to refer you back to our post on Resume Summaries as the standard method. Do not use the resume summary the computer generates for you, because despite being an excellent program for building out a resume, the system lacks the ability to create an exceptional summary.

The next section is Options. I usually recommend people pass through this section without additional information because the system will ask you to put in all information, which runs the risk of making things inconsistent between the way you write and the way the computer writes.

After Options comes Profile. In this section you can answer the questions with a red star to the best of your ability. This information is not for employers.

One more tab to cover before our resume is ready for review and that’s the Preferences tab. You should want to make your resume searchable so that you can get information about jobs that best fit you. Write in any number for preferred wage, though keep in mind that you won’t get information about jobs that you price yourself out of. You have to answer the work week and shift availability question, remember that the more open your options the more information you’re going to get in your search. Finally check the Search By Zip Code button and pick “Choice 1”, then select the distance you’re willing to travel for work. Lastly enter the zip code for the city you live in, answer if you’re willing to relocate for a job, and click Save and Continue.

That’ll take you to the completed Focus Career Resume, which will also need some changes, but we’ll get to that soon.

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