Hire Ground Chat: Preparing Your Resume
• Resume` examples from Department Of Labor

Newsteam: Good morning! Our live chat with Karen Quesnel, a professional resume writer with the Connecticut Department Of Labor, will begin shortly before 9 a.m.

Have questions about preparing your resume? Send them in at any time.

[Comment From Candi:] I have a "new" resume that has gotten me some interviews but not as many as I hoped. Is it better to have more than one resume? Monday February 7, 2011 8:51

Karen Quesnel: Hi Candi -- yes, it's very important to customize your resume each time you apply for something... especially if you can qualify for more than one type of job target. You should tailor your resume to the employer you are applying to - if you're responding to a job posting, make sure you match your qualifications to their requirements. Monday February 7, 2011 8:53

[Comment From Bruce: ] Are paid services like Ladders, Career builder, etc worth it? Monday February 7, 2011 8:54

Karen Quesnel: Hi Bruce --- well, perhaps - but have you tried the no-cost resume services at the Department of Labor/CTWorks office? CTWorks offers resume workshops, free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer... we have Career Worksheets to help you develop your resume (identify those all-important key words!) - also, you might want to take advantage of free resume critique assistance at one of the Department of Labor job fairs - you can find the list of job fairs on our website www.ct.gov/dol. Monday February 7, 2011 8:57

[Comment From Beth: ] After several years in a specialized area of healthcare, I am looking to make a career change. How might I best approach writing my resume. Monday February 7, 2011 8:57

Karen Quesnel: Hi Beth - your question isn't an easy one to answer without specifics... you may want to visit one of the CTWorks offices and ask for a critique. In short, you will need to showcase your transferable skills - make sure your target is specific and do a good job of matching your qualifications to their requirements. I'm not sure what change you're thinking of making, but I would suggest doing a national job search - use a national site like indeed.com or monster - and read through many, many postings from all over to get a sense of what skills that position is requiring --- and then make sure that you have matched your skills to those requirements in the top 1/3 of your resume. Also - you'll want to use a specific objective too - but I would definitely see if you can meet with someone to discuss the specifics of your situation. Good luck! Monday February 7, 2011 9:02

[Comment From mary banks: ] why is it so hard to get a job when you are older I am 53 graduated with an A.S. in human services and will continue with B.S. degree but cannot find a job in my field is it because of my age I also type 60-65 wpm what is the deal? Monday February 7, 2011 9:03

Karen Quesnel: Oh Mary, I wish I had an answer for you. As you know, you are hardly alone! You might want to check our website www.ct.gov/dol under "jobseeker services" for our Free Workshops --- a number of our CTWorks offices offer a workshop called "Over 40 & Looking for Work." - You'll learn some strategies on how to effectively market your experience, among other great tips. This is really a tough job market - so you will need to make sure you have the best resume you can have to pique an employers interest, and terrific interviewing skills! Good luck... Monday February 7, 2011 9:07

Karen Quesnel: Hi Natasha - yes, Fox61 will be making them available online very soon... Monday February 7, 2011 9:07

[Comment From Natasha: ] Hi Karen, I liked the templates that were used today. Is there anyway we could view them online? Monday February 7, 2011 9:08

[Comment From jenny and the bets: ] should i put a 'mission statement' on my resume? isn't the mission to, you know, get a job? Monday February 7, 2011 9:08

Karen Quesnel: Well, not a mission statement... the employer knows you're seeking a position. You want to have an objective, or a profile, a summary of qualifications - something that tells the reader what you have to offer - NOT what you are seeking for yourself. You want that objective to speak to your skills, and not be self-focused (i.e. "Seeking a position in customer service that offers opportunity for growth and advancement" - that's self-focused). Check out the Fox61 website - they will be posting the examples I discussed this morning. Monday February 7, 2011 9:11

[Comment From Ted: ] When encountering a variety of employers for instance at a job fair, it seem a resume should be vague so as not to focus on one job position the employer(s) might have, but rather on character strengths, accomplishments, etc. Are there other highlights that should be included to get the emplyers attention? Thank you for your response. Monday February 7, 2011 9:12

Karen Quesnel: Hi Ted - well, honestly, vague is never a good strategy, even at a job fair... although I completely understand why it might be tempting to make that "one size fits all" resume. First, if you can find out what employers will be at the job fair and decide who you will visit and what you will be applying for. Then, make sure you have different resumes for different job targets. A pain, I know... but it will be worth it. You don't have much time to capture the employer's attention - they'll decide if your resume is worth reading in 10 - 30 seconds. So if you need 4 different resumes, then get them ready! You'll be glad you did... Monday February 7, 2011 9:14

[Comment From MJ: ] Hi Karen, Do you need to be on unemployment to use the services of CTWorks? Monday February 7, 2011 9:14

Karen Quesnel: Hi MJ - NO! No, not at all -- we have customers come in all the time for different reasons. Some are employed but looking for a different job - some are unemployed, some are new graduates... but no, you don't have to be on unemployment. Please stop into the CTWorks office and register - it's a quick registration process, and you'll get an on-the-spot orientation on all the services and resources available to you. Good luck! Monday February 7, 2011 9:16