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Montville Township Library Hosts Résumé Workshop

Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Library hosted a résumé workshop on October 22, led by career coach Linda Trignano.

“Résumé writing is ‘creative.’ You’re not lying. But you need to write in a way that makes people interested in what you’ve written. You are selling a product: yourself! Once you understand that, writing your résumé will be easier,” she said. “You need basic communication and sales experience to sell yourself. You need to know, understand and promote yourself in the best possible way.”

The job search process is more complicated than before, and the internet has made it more complicated, according to Trignano.

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“Your goal is to make your résumé as clear as possible so it can be read quickly,” she said. “You need to communicate your skills in the best possible way. Your words have to be impactful.”

Trignano instructed attendees to put important information “above the fold,” meaning, towards the top of the résumé so that it can be seen right away without scrolling if it’s being viewed on a computer screen.” Many companies read candidates’ résumés online, according to Trignano.

“The top part should be powerful,” she said.

She advised obtaining a special email address just for your job search, so your résumé won’t have a silly, personal email address.

“Gmail and Yahoo offer free email addresses,” she said. “Don’t use an email address that contains hobbies, like ‘MikeLikesGolfing’; just use a version of your name. The phone number  listed should be your cell phone number.”

She further advised writing résumés using the “PARS” system.

“PAR stands for Problem, Action, and Result,” she said. “There was a problem, and every company works off of problems like, ‘We need this by 5:00.’ Describe the problem in one sentence, the action you took, and the result.”

She also instructed attendees to tell their work history as a story.

“Tell how you accomplished something and why you have a certain expertise. Remove negatives and doubts. Don’t say, ‘I don’t like my current job,’ say, ‘I am ready for something new,’” she said. “Say it with confidence, using positive phrases. There’s nothing wrong with staying home with the kids for several years. Don’t apologize. Whatever your story is, own it.”

She advised against putting an objective on a résumé because “it’s not about what you want. Just put your skills.” She also told participants to go to job search websites such as indeed.com to get the key words that apply to the desired position. Many companies use résumé reading software that search for key words and skills on candidates’ résumés.

“Weave together the skills that are you have with the skills that are required,” she advised. “Taylor your résumé to highlight the specific skills to the job you’re applying for. Represent your own skills in the best possibly way.”

She also told attendees to look at graphic websites like Prezi and Canva, because “résumés are going through some changes. Ninety-percent are the paper kind. But some people make their résumés more progressive, with video, graphics and photos, and these sites help you do that. The web is going more visual. So make sure that your résumé is graphically appealing.”

Trignano has over 25 years experience in providing strategic communications consulting, training, and coaching to improve communications, motivation and increase productivity.

For more information, click here: Trignano Consulting

The Montville Township Public Library hosts many activities on many topics for all ages. For more information about their programs, please click here: Montville Library

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