Master eRésumé Tutorial

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This tutorial consists of the following 11 steps:

STEP 1: Clarify your career goal

STEP 2: List each of your job/position titles in chronological order

STEP 3: List your responsibilities for each job held

STEP 4: List the skills you used for each job

STEP 5: List your accomplishments that illustrate each skill used

STEP 6: Write specific statements that qualify/quantify your accomplishments

STEP 7: List your specialized training and education

STEP 8: Choose the appropriate résumé style format

STEP 9: Create your keyword summary

STEP 10: Summarize your qualifications relevant to your career goal

Step 11: The master résumé

Each of the following steps provide you with a brief description, an example taken from the sample Master eRésumé, and a summary of the "steps so far" to illustrate your progression in relationship to each completed step.


Step 1: Clarify your career goal

FOCUS ON YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME

In your final keyword résumé may or may not contain a goal statement. However, it’s important to develop your résumé with a clear goal in mind, so that you know how to organize and prioritize your résumé's content.

The term "objective" implies action steps used to achieve goals; résumés do not list action steps. You want to focus your resume on a single goal, or desired outcome, that is broad enough to be flexible in a dynamic job market, but focused enough to give your résumé some direction.

An easy way to get a grip on this is to apply a systematic "brainstorming" approach as follows:

First, make a list of all of the job titles you can think of that describe the kinds of work you want to do in your next job (e.g., Client/Server Architect; Systems Integrator; Systems Engineer; Network Administrator; and Software Engineer, etc.)

Second, make a list of all of the workplaces you can think of that might hire people for those kinds of jobs. For example, list specific employers (e.g., Microsoft Corporation; Sun Microsystems; Oracle; etc.) or general descriptions of work places (e.g., major high technology firm; small start-up company; etc.)

Third, organize your job title list and workplaces list into three groups each: 1) first priority now; 2) second priority later; and 3) third priority maybe later.

Finally, match up the first priority job titles with the first priority workplaces, and you have the beginning of an objective statement. For example, let’s say Client/Server Architect and Systems Integrator are your first priority job titles, and a major high technology firm is your first priority workplace. Your objective statement would then read three ways:

Career Goal 1:
"Position as a Client/Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm"

Career Goal  2:
"Position as a Client/Server Architect for a major high technology firm that specializes in systems integration"

Career Goal  3:
"Position as a Client/Server Architect for Sun Microsystems"

With these objective statements, you can prioritize/organize the information you need to include in your résumé that supports this objective: e.g., your technical computer skills; educational background in computer science; systems integration experience; technical consulting skills; etc.

EXAMPLE

1. Career Goal:

"Position as a Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm"

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Step 2: List each of your job/position titles in chronological order


Make a list of each position or job title you have had, whether it was paid or non-paid. For each listed item, include the following information:

  • Company/Organization Name
  • Department/Division
  • Location (City and State)
  • Dates Employed
  • Position or Job Title

EXAMPLE

Current Job Title: Systems Engineer

Employment Data:

  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

STEPS 1-2 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

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Step 3: List your responsibilities for each job held


Your job responsibilities are synonymous with a job description. A good source of example job descriptions are from the jobs advertised online by individual employers. They are unique identifiers that define the nature of your work relative your accountability to accomplish specific work tasks.

EXAMPLE

"Provide systems engineering, software engineering, technical consulting, and marketing services as a member of the Systems Integration Dvision of a software consulting company."

STEPS 1-3 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

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Step 4: List the skills your used for each job


Skills highlight your abilities, expertise, proficiency, and understanding of key areas that you develop as a result of your work experience and education.

 List the specific skills that are unique to your work experience, profession, and career goals. Review the section of this tutorial How To Recognize the Keyword Elements in Your Résumé for Examples of Skill Keywords by Job Category. This list of skills will serve two purposes: to generate a list of accomplishments from in using these skills, and to develop your keyword summary.

EXAMPLE

Job Skills Used as a Systems Engineer:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

STEPS 1-4 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

4. Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

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Step 5: List your accomplishments that illustrate each skill used


Accomplishments are tasks that you successfully completed as a result of using a particular set of skills that were required for a particular job. A better way to think of this is something you completed that you did for the benefit of your employer that answer's the question "so what?" These accomplishments should support the skills that you identified in STEP 3 above.

Describe an accomplishment for each responsibility.

EXAMPLE

Successfully completed tasks as a Systems Engineer:

  • Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application
  • Prepared and presented preliminary designs to corporate project managers
  • Conducted trade studies of leading-edge technologies consistent with internal performance standards

STEPS 1-5 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

4. Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

5. Job Accomplishments:

  • Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application
  • Prepared and presented preliminary designs to corporate project managers
  • Conducted trade studies of leading-edge technologies consistent with internal performance standards

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Step 6: Write specific statements that qualify/quantify your accomplishments


Qualifying or quantifying your accomplishments indicates to WHAT DEGREE a task was completed successfully that you identified in STEP 4 above. These statements should address: how much, how efficiently, etc.

EXAMPLE

Specific statements that qualify/quantify accomplishments as a Systems Engineer:

  • Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system
  • Recommended specific steps to implement client/server systems to clients new to the technology
  • Identified and recommended proven low-risk implementation of SMP and RDBMS systems

STEPS 1-6 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

4. Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

5. Job Accomplishments:

  • Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application
  • Prepared and presented preliminary designs to corporate project managers
  • Conducted trade studies of leading-edge technologies consistent with internal performance standards

6. Job Accomplishments Qualified/Quantified:

  • Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system
  • Recommended specific steps to implement client/server systems to clients new to the technology
  • Identified and recommended proven low-risk implementation of SMP and RDBMS systems

(SEE NOTE 4 BELOW FOR ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS)

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Step 7: List your specialized training and education


Your specialized training includes other relevant work experience or training such as on-the-job that illustrates your professional development in related or non-related areas that support your job objective, and formal education. When listing your formal education, you should include the following information in your list:

  • Degree or Certificate earned
  • Name of institution
  • Location of institution (city and state)
  • Major area of study; credits earned if incomplete
  • Date of completion

When listing your specialized training, you should include the following information in your list:

  • Name of training received
  • Name of organization or department that provided the training
  • Date of completion

EXAMPLE

Formal Education:

  • BS, Mathematics/Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles; GPA: 3.57

Specialized Training:

  • Database Administration, Performance Tuning, and Benchmarking with Oracle7; Oracle Corporation
  • Software Requirements Engineering and Management Course; Computer Applications International Corporation

STEPS 1-7 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

4. Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

5. Job Accomplishments:

  • Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application
  • Prepared and presented preliminary designs to corporate project managers
  • Conducted trade studies of leading-edge technologies consistent with internal performance standards

6. Job Accomplishments Qualified/Quantified:

  • Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system
  • Recommended specific steps to implement client/server systems to clients new to the technology
  • Identified and recommended proven low-risk implementation of SMP and RDBMS systems

7. Education & Specialized Training:

  • BS, Mathematics/Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles; GPA: 3.57
  • Database Administration, Performance Tuning, and Benchmarking with Oracle7; Oracle Corporation
  • Software Requirements Engineering and Management Course; Computer Applications International Corporation

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Step 8: Choose the appropriate résumé style format


Remember, there are three basic categories of traditional résumé styles: 1) chronological; 2) functional; and 3) combination.

The CHRONOLOGICAL résumé style organizes information by job titles presented in chronological order, usually listing the most current job first. The emphasis is on positions held and the companies where you worked.

  • CAREER GOAL
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • WORK EXPERIENCE
  • EDUCATION

The FUNCTIONAL résumé style organizes information by skills or job functions, usually highlighting those skills and functions of the job being sought.

  • CAREER GOAL
  • QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY
  • RELEVANT SKILLS
  • EDUCATION

The COMBINATION résumé style where work history and job functions are interwoven with a list of career achievements.

  • CAREER GOAL
  • QUALIFICATION SUMMARY
  • RELEVANT SKILLS
  • EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
  • EDUCATION

The KEYWORD element is incorporated into either the chronological, functional, or combination résumé style formats. For the purpose of this tutorial, the combination style was chosen. (Refer to A Quick Refresher About Résumé Style Formats for the advantages and disadvantages of each.)

EXAMPLE

Content organization for Thomas B. Seeker's keyword résumé:

  • CAREER GOAL
  • KEYWORD SUMMARY
  • QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • SPECIALIZED TRAINING
  • SPECIAL HONORS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

STEPS 1-8 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

4. Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

5. Job Accomplishments:

  • Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application
  • Prepared and presented preliminary designs to corporate project managers
  • Conducted trade studies of leading-edge technologies consistent with internal performance standards

6. Job Accomplishments Qualified/Quantified:

  • Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system
  • Recommended specific steps to implement client/server systems to clients new to the technology
  • Identified and recommended proven low-risk implementation of SMP and RDBMS systems

7. Education & Specialized Training:

  • BS, Mathematics/Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles; GPA: 3.57
  • Database Administration, Performance Tuning, and Benchmarking with Oracle7; Oracle Corporation
  • Software Requirements Engineering and Management Course; Computer Applications International Corporation

8. Keyword Combination Résumé Style:

  • CAREER GOAL
  • KEYWORD SUMMARY
  • QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • SPECIALIZED TRAINING
  • SPECIAL HONORS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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Step 9: Create your keyword summary


Take a look at the keywords generated so far in STEPS 1-6, and highlight those nouns you think the computer might use as keywords in a search.

Ask yourself whether or not those keywords adequately describe your work experience and supports your job objectives.

Keyword summaries are also useful when developing an HTML and traditional paper résumé. They not only attract search engines that index by keywords, but also provide a human viewer the opportunity to assess your skills and qualifications at a glance.

EXAMPLE

Keyword Summary:

  • Job title: Systems Engineer.
  • Job responsibilities: Systems Analysis. Systems Integration. Technical Consulting. Marketing.
  • Job accomplishments: Enterprise-level client/server applications. Preliminary design. Trade studies. Mainframe to client/server system migration. New technology integration.
  • Job skills: Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology; Project Management and Development skills; Software and Systems Planning and Design skills; Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills; Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.
  • Industry-related jargon, buzzwords, acronyms, etc.: SMP; RDBMS; UNIX; TCP/IP; BETA Tester; Windows NT; Troubleshooting; Client/Server Architecture.
  • Keyword summary: Systems Engineer. Systems Analysis. Systems Integration. Enterprise-level Client/Server Applications. Preliminary Design. Trade Studies. Mainframe to Client/Server System Migration. New Technology Integration. Windows for Workgroups Windows NT Advanced Server; Project Management and Development skills; Software and Systems Planning and Design skills; Technology Analysis and Integration skills; Business Management and Marketing skills.

STEPS 1-9 SUMMARY SO FAR 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

4. Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

5. Job Accomplishments:

  • Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application
  • Prepared and presented preliminary designs to corporate project managers
  • Conducted trade studies of leading-edge technologies consistent with internal performance standards

6. Job Accomplishments Qualified/Quantified:

  • Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system
  • Recommended specific steps to implement client/server systems to clients new to the technology
  • Identified and recommended proven low-risk implementation of SMP and RDBMS systems

7. Education & Specialized Training:

  • BS, Mathematics/Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles; GPA: 3.57
  • Database Administration, Performance Tuning, and Benchmarking with Oracle7; Oracle Corporation
  • Software Requirements Engineering and Management Course; Computer Applications International Corporation

8. Keyword Combination Résumé Style:

  • CAREER GOAL
  • KEYWORD SUMMARY
  • QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • SPECIALIZED TRAINING
  • SPECIAL HONORS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

9. Keyword Summary for a Systems Engineer:

Systems Engineer. Systems Analysis. Systems Integration. Enterprise-level Client/Server Applications. Preliminary Design. Trade Studies. Mainframe to Client/Server System Migration. New Technology Integration. Windows for Workgroups Windows NT Advanced Server; Project Management and Development skills; Software and Systems Planning and Design skills; Technology Analysis and Integration skills; Business Management and Marketing skills.

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Step 10: Summarize your qualifications relevant to your career goal


This summary should be a short, concise statement highlighting three to five of your achievements regarding your work experience, areas of expertise, qualifications, technical or professional skills, and any other distinctive qualifications. It is best completed after outlining your skills profile, employment history and education. It is designed to grab the reader’s attention within the first 30 seconds of reading your résumé.

EXAMPLE

Summary of qualifications as an experienced Systems Engineer:

  • Number of years in this position: Three years.
  • Relevant credentials, training, and/or education: B.S. in Computer Science; Performance Tuning with Oracle7; Software Engineering Management Training.
  • A specific accomplishment that relates to your objective: Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application.
  • A quality or personal trait that supports your objective: Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system
  • Another accomplishment or trait that supports your objective: Technical consulting, business management, and marketing skills.

SUMMARY (STEPS 1-10) 

1. Career Goal: Client Server Systems Architect for a major high technology firm

2. Current Job Title and Employment Data:

  • Position or Job Title: Systems Engineer
  • Company/Organization Name: Computer Engineering Corporation
  • Department/Division: Systems Integration Division
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Dates Employed: 1993 - Present

3. Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide systems and software engineering
  • Provide technical consulting
  • Provide marketing services

4. Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of client/server architecture, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7 and UNIX; knowledge of SMP, RDBMS, and RAID technology;
  • Project Management and Development skills;
  • Software and Systems Planning and Design skills;
  • Technical specification and presentation skills; interpersonal skills, troubleshooting skills; consulting skills;
  • Technology analysis and integration skills; business management skills; marketing skills.

5. Job Accomplishments:

  • Developed an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application
  • Prepared and presented preliminary designs to corporate project managers
  • Conducted trade studies of leading-edge technologies consistent with internal performance standards

6. Job Accomplishments Qualified/Quantified:

  • Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system
  • Recommended specific steps to implement client/server systems to clients new to the technology
  • Identified and recommended proven low-risk implementation of SMP and RDBMS systems

7. Education & Specialized Training:

  • BS, Mathematics/Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles; GPA: 3.57
  • Database Administration, Performance Tuning, and Benchmarking with Oracle7; Oracle Corporation
  • Software Requirements Engineering and Management Course; Computer Applications International Corporation

8. Keyword Combination Résumé Style:

  • CAREER GOAL
  • KEYWORD SUMMARY
  • QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY
  • TECHNICAL SKILLS
  • PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • SPECIALIZED TRAINING
  • SPECIAL HONORS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

9. Keyword Summary for a Systems Engineer:

Systems Engineer. Systems Analysis. Systems Integration. Enterprise-level Client/Server Applications. Preliminary Design. Trade Studies. Mainframe to Client/Server System Migration. New Technology Integration. Windows for Workgroups Windows NT Advanced Server; Project Management and Development skills; Software and Systems Planning and Design skills; Technology Analysis and Integration skills; Business Management and Marketing skills.

10. Qualifications Summary as a Systems Engineer:

Three years of experience in developing and implementing enterprise-level client/server applications; a proven track record in successful migration from mainframe systems to client/server systems.

See closing NOTES below.

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STEP 11: The Master eRésumé

NOTE 1: Combining the information obtained from Steps 1-10, the actual written résumé text for the Systems Engineer position would looks as follows:

Systems Engineer (job title)

Computer Engineering Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, 1994-present (employment data for that job)

Provide systems engineering, software engineering, technical consulting, and marketing services as a member of the Systems Integration Division of a software engineering consulting company. (primary job responsibilities)

  • Designed and managed the development of an enterprise-level client/server automated auditing application for a major financial management company migrating from mainframe computers, db2, and FOCUS to a workgroup oriented, client/server architecture involving Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT Advanced Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle7, and UNIX. (key job skills and supporting accomplishments)
  • Designed an enterprise level, high performance, mission-critical, client/server database system incorporating symmetric multiprocessing computers (SMP), Oracle7’s Parallel Server, Tuxedo’s on-line transaction processing (OLTP) monitor, and redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) technology. (key job skills and supporting accomplishments)
  • Conducted extensive trade studies of a large number of vendors that offer leading-edge technologies; these studies identified proven (low-risk) implementations of SMP and RDBMS systems that met stringent performance and availability criteria. (key job skills and supporting accomplishments)

NOTE 2: The "master" keyword summary will consolidate those keywords that overlap for each of your jobs, and prioritize those keywords that are applicable to the job that you are applying for. It is the master keyword summary that will ultimately be placed at the beginning of your résumé, and will include relevant education, specialized training, and personal data relating to the position you are applying for. After completing steps 1-10 for each job position you have held, the master keyword summary would appear as follows:

Systems Engineer. Client Server System Architect. Systems Analysis. Systems Integration. Network Administration. Database Administration. Systems Administration. Software Engineering. Troubleshooting Computing Systems. C++. Visual Basic. SQL. UNIX Shell Script. Windows. MS DOS. Windows NT. TCP/IP. OSI. Microsoft LAN Manager. Novell Netware. Project Management. Trade Studies. Consulting. BETA Tester. Technical Presentations. Sales Presentations. Instructor. BS Degree. Mathematics and Computer Science. UCLA. MS Degree. Computer Engineering.

NOTE 3: The Keyword Summary can be integrated into the Qualifications Summary; they were separated in this tutorial for illustration purposes in identifying key blocks of information that can be later manipulated to suit a specific need. You can even substitute your traditional Objective statement with the Qualifications Summary.

NOTE 4: A representative from PursuitNet, an online resource specializing  in recruiting professionals in the $30,000 to $300,000 salary range, offers these comments when qualifying/quantifying your accomplishments:

"Most of those with whom I interact are quite interested in seeing the ultimate results such as:

  • Successfully migrated a financial management company from a mainframe computer system to a client/server system on time and under budget.
  • Recommended specific steps to implement client/server systems to clients new to the technology, nearly all of which were implemented with significantly improved results.
  • Identified and recommended proven low-risk implementation of SMP and RDBMS systems which reduced implementation time by 20% and cost by 25%.

Now that's what a hiring manager really likes to see! Thanks again.


 
 

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