Creating an Effective Resume: A conversation with the author

Published by | Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Today we’re pleased to announce the release of a new course designed to help our members market their job skills, Creating an Effective Resume. In the course, lynda.com author Mariann Siegert shares insider recommendations—based on her experience with her own resume service and her interviews with numerous recruiters and hiring managers—for creating a resume that stands out from the crowd. The course covers how to target your resume toward specific employers; how to write your resume so that employers will want to read it; how to choose from the different ways to organize your resume and format each section; how to write titles for online searches and upload to resume banks and job sites like Monster.com; how to write cover letters and thank-you notes; and much more.

In the following video, Mariann answers resume questions that blog readers sent in or posted as comments. As you’ll see, Mariann is passionate about helping people, a passion that is reflected in all the useful tips and techniques in this course. Please let us know what you think!

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6 Responses to “Creating an Effective Resume: A conversation with the author”

  1. Jack Levinson says:

    Is there supposed to be a video in this blogpost?

  2. @Jack. Yes, there is, and it’s there now. Thanks!

  3. Pat says:

    I’ve always struggled trying to write my resume or CV because 1. I’m not a writer and 2. it’s difficult to describe yourself without under-selling or overselling. It has been about 8 years since I had to submit a resume and as usual came to grips with my lack of articulation in my writing. While at my last job our management team took a series of Myers-Briggs testing and we were sent an analysis of each of our 4 components (I’m a INTJ). What I found in the analysis led me to write a screaming resume by pulling quotes, terms or descriptions about me, how I worked, how I perceived the world, what environment do I excel at, what are my down sides. When I finished and submitted it to a SVP PR exec he was impressed with ‘who ever wrote this really knows you’….so as a tip I say spend the money and take a Myers-Briggs (for what it’s worth to the skeptics as well) and read between the lines….and BTW. I got the job!

  4. @Pat, that is great tip! Thanks for sharing it. I have struggled mightily with figuring out how to write about myself for a resume or a self-review. This is one of the things I think is so useful about Mariann’s course: In working through her techniques for identifying your passions and strengths, you come to see yourself from a more objective perspective, and then it becomes easier to write about yourself.

  5. Congratulations, Pat, on getting the job! Yes, you are absolutely right – great advice. It’s just as important to do research on yourself as it is to research the employer while writing your resume. Out of all of the people that I have written resumes for, I believe most fall into the category of not writing enough about their accomplishments and achievements and simply typing a boring laundry list of job duties and responsibilities.

    For those of you still looking, another strategy is asking family, friends and past coworkers for their input. This can be very helpful and will often reveal “hidden” positive personality traits you may not even realize you have and skills you may be able to transfer to your new position. Also, looking at past evaluations from your employers can assist in pin-pointing your most exceptional and outstanding accomplishments and achievements.

    Because of the problem most folks have of not knowing how or what to write about themselves, this course covers in detail how to make your resume your “Marketing Campaign,” how to best sell yourself by using PAR statements (Problem-Action-Result), how to find and use action verbs and keywords, and of course, much more throughout the course. There is also worksheet that comes free with the course that will help you to uncover this important information about yourself that will help you to “get the job!” I hope this course will be beneficial and instrumental in assisting folks in finding the job of their dreams and again, congratulations, Pat, on “getting the job!”

    Mariann Siegert

  6. Maggie "SEO Girl" Harrington says:

    Awesome post!…

    Love this site. Answered a lot of questions i had….

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