Resume question

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  1. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Senior member

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    I only have one measurable entry under the "Skills and Certifications" section of my resume (proficiency with microsoft office suite). Should I leave it with just the one item or provide immeasurables like "analytical" etc?

    What's some stuff I could put that's not BS?
     
  2. Matt

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    what else can you do?
     
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    well let see have you ever used a mac thats a diff operating system, any awards, how fast you can type can be relevant, licenses achievements all can go under "relevant skills"
     
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    alliswell Senior member

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    what else can you do?

    What are you applying for?
     
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    *#.. Senior member

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    When you send in a resume, understand that a lot of the time, it's a machine scanning a pile of them. It looks for key words, and the employers will look at ones that have the most hits. Aim to include a lot of words that pertain to whatever job you're applying for and tailor your resume to fit each one.
     
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    I've had something similar to that, my solution was to slip it in as part of a relevant accomplishment. eg - created XYZ document using PROGRAM NAME (XYZ certified), which did zyx result. or - created XYZ document, which did zyx result. . - completed XYZ training course and received ZYX qualification/designation
     
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    When you send in a resume, understand that a lot of the time, it's a machine scanning a pile of them. It looks for key words, and the employers will look at ones that have the most hits. Aim to include a lot of words that pertain to whatever job you're applying for and tailor your resume to fit each one.

    Didn't know that a machine scans the resume initially.
     
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    If that's all you have in there I'd probably just take out that section all together. What does "proficiency with microsoft office suite" mean? I'd only put something like that if I were an excel guru or knew access really well.
     
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    If that's all you have in there I'd probably just take out that section all together. What does "proficiency with microsoft office suite" mean? I'd only put something like that if I were an excel guru or knew access really well.

    Agreed. "Proficient" in any software is filler copy.
     
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    What are you applying for?

    I agree that the resume really should be targeted towards the position. So what is the job
    all about?
     
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    ^You should keep a full curriculum vitae that has absolutely everything you've done (you'd be surprized how easily you can forget some of that stuff) and then pare down the CV to a one page resume that is specifically tailored to the company and position you are applying for. Its always easy to trim and abbreviate than to try to come up with stuff to add.
     
  12. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Agree with the people saying to remove it. Also, avoid lists like this:

    *team oriented
    *problem solver
    *goal seeking
    *ability to meet deadlines

    You don't want to know how that all translates in my head but I'll tell you it isn't pretty.
     
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    I only have one measurable entry under the "Skills and Certifications" section of my resume (proficiency with microsoft office suite). Should I leave it with just the one item or provide immeasurables like "analytical" etc?

    What's some stuff I could put that's not BS?


    I'd say leave it blank if there is nothing particularly special you can do beyond run of the mill tasks on MS Office products. However, if you're particularly good with building models with Excel I'd make it clear that you are advanced or name the types of charts/models you can build. If you know programming languages, database programs I would list those.
     
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    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    I'd say leave it blank if there is nothing particularly special you can do beyond run of the mill tasks on MS Office products. However, if you're particularly good with building models with Excel I'd make it clear that you are advanced or name the types of charts/models you can build. If you know programming languages, database programs I would list those.

    This is excellent advice.
     

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