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Resume Tips from Experts at the NYPL

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These slides are based on several free seminars given by 4-5 experts on resume writing & job hunting at the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) branch at the NYPL.
Presented at UX Camp NYC 2019.

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Resume Tips from Experts at the NYPL

  1. 1. Resume Tips from Experts at the NYPL Allison Walker
  2. 2. To borrow from Lauryn Hill: I wrote these tips for everyone who struggles with their resume….
  3. 3. Background For Tips Based on several free seminars given by 4-5 experts on resume writing & job hunting at the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL) branch at the NYPL. ➔ Pro-tip: SIBL has many resources for job seekers, small business entrepreneurs, or anyone looking for career-related support. Get a library card!
  4. 4. 12 Tips for Resumes Remember: Do what works for you.
  5. 5. 1. Put job title up top and match to the job posting. Your resume says: Senior UX Product DesignerJob posting says... “Senior UX Product Designer”
  6. 6. 2. Keep your resume to one page, but don’t sell yourself short. Don’t cut off your accomplishments for a one-page resume.
  7. 7. 3. You can include unpaid work. Work is work. Pro-bono counts.
  8. 8. 4. You don’t need that many resumes. Don’t drive yourself crazy.
  9. 9. 5. Use a keywords section. Ex: “Sketch”, “iOS design”, etc. The key is differentiation.
  10. 10. 6. Summarize your accomplishments at the top. “Reduced costs by 5%...” Include 4-5 accomplishments / descriptors right up front.
  11. 11. 7. Target your resume for the industry you want. How to end up with 2 resumes. Tailor your accomplishments from your job in banking so the fashion people will understand.
  12. 12. 8. Include your Name, Email, Phone, Zip + State, and LinkedIn. What if your resume is online?
  13. 13. Q: Should you put your resume online? No, but do what works for you.
  14. 14. 9. Modify the presentation or order of job titles/workplace, if necessary. HealthTechInc – Consultant, (2017-Present) vs Acting Head of Design / Consultant – HealthTech Inc, (2017-Present)
  15. 15. INFORMATION ARCHITECT / FT CONSULTANT Wonder Group, LLC, New York, NY LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, LEXINGTON, KY Human Factors Engineer / FT Contractor vs
  16. 16. 10. Tell a story and be specific. What, How, Result... Don’t let them imagine the worst.
  17. 17. 11. Don’t let headhunters get you to rewrite your resume! Don’t undo all your good work!
  18. 18. 12. Get a friend to review. Find someone you trust.
  19. 19. Summarized ● Match job title to job post ● Can be more than 1 page ● You can include unpaid work ● You don’t need that many resumes ● Use a keywords section ● Use an accomplishments section ● Target your resume for your industry ● Include contact info at the top ● Modify structure as needed ● Tell a story and be specific ● Watch out for headhunters/recruiters! ● Get a friend to review
  20. 20. How have these tips helped me? ● Stopped fighting for that 1-page resume. ● Reused accomplishments across different communications ○ Portfolio ○ LinkedIn ○ Cover letter
  21. 21. Resources: Google search for Seven Stories accomplishments. Action verbs for resumes: https://www.livecareer.com/car eer/advice/jobs/action-skills
  22. 22. Do what works for you.
  23. 23. Thank You! linkedin.com/in/alliwalk @alliwalk