Recruiters Karen Proctor (Kreative Recruiting) and Ken Nice (the YOH Company) illustrated key points in streamlining to compose the best possible resume, using bullet points and concise job descriptions.  Objectives are not necessary but highlighting your key skills is essential. One resume Proctor presented had a tidy text box at the top that listed key skills. Proctor said frankly that she scans a resume in seconds — and she is scanning for the skills her client needs – so make those skills pop out if you have them!

Ken Nice made note of the importance of VERBS in describing work experience.  Provide a cover letter if requested, be brief and to the point, and keep in mind that the employer will use that letter to assess your writing skills.  Production and Strategic Partnership Consultant Elizabeth Ventura provided some tips on crafting a skills-based resume, one good approach for job seekers with lots of work experience who are transitioning from one field to another.

Photographer Katarina Price created a compelling case for the good headshot to go with your LinkedIn profile, saying,  “today, first impressions are made on-line.”  Some Headshot DON’Ts – blurry picture, bad lighting, looking away from the camera … selfies. Some Headshot DO’s  – have a confident and approachable expression, use a color picture, dress the part, smile with your eyes, breathe out and have fun! Headshot on your resume? General consensus among the panelists was that this is a DON’T, unless you are a hair stylist or makeup artist.

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