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LGBT Professionals: Job Hunt With a FABULOUS Resume (2020)

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Scott Vedder is an LGBT entrepreneur focusing as a professional career coach helping to craft resumes that stand out effectively communicating the skills and past success that align with a candidate’s ideal target jobs. Job search tips for writing a great resume for all including military veterans transitioning to civilian careers, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) professionals seeking a career change and new job. Maximize your resume to improve your job search chances.

  • 01:50 Introducing Scott Vedder
  • 02:50 Most resumes are awful so he wrote a book to help
  • 03:30 Special edition for US military veterans
  • 07:20 US Veterans are some of the best job candidates in the workforce
  • 08:15 Signs of a great resume to quantify what makes you a great fit for the job
  • 10:30 Your LinkedIn profile should not be a literal copy of your resume. Think of it as a marketing brochure. Make it POP.
  • 12:30 Tips to create an amazing resume that intrigues and WOW’s like a movie trailer.
  • 14:00 Networking and relationship building should be ongoing
  • 18:00 You will NEVER hear a recruiter say, “The candidate made it too easy to see why they are a great fit for this job”
  • 18:30 The biggest mistake you can make on a resume is writing it like a job description.
  • 20:45 Lose the jargon. Keep the language simple, concise and typically no acronyms unless super commonly known
  • 28:45 Should you be OUT as LGBTQ on your resume?
  • 33:00 Researching employers on their LGBTQ inclusiveness – it is darn difficult
  • 37:00 Join HTTP://WWW.OUTBURO.COM add your professional profile, rate/review your current and recent past employers so that your ratings provide feedback to employers and are available for future candidates
  • 42:00 Ways to further research a potential employer’s LGBTQA friendliness

Scott Vedder conducted over 5,000 interviews as a recruiter at a Fortune 100 company. He quickly discovered that a good résumé is truly hard to come by and that most applicants don’t have a clue what recruiters want to see. Scott’s book “Signs of a Great Résumé” is a #1 best-selling book on Amazon.com and has been endorsed as “Recommended Reading” by the Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) and the Central Florida Jobs Initiative. Scott is often quoted as an expert resource and is a regular contributor to a number of international blogs, magazines, syndicated newspaper columns, and web sites. Scott has also been interviewed on dozens of live television and radio news programs. While on speaking engagement’s Scott was often asked by military veterans how to best translate their military experience to a civilian job market. This led to the adapted version of his best selling book to focus on military veterans. His focus on and strong involvement with veteran groups led him to be personally invited to the White House twice under two administrations to be recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management, Women Unlimited and the Metropolitan Business Association, LGBT Chamber of Commerce for his contributions and for helping job seekers around the world.

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Signs of a Great Resume – Book

Scott Vedder Signs of a Great Resume LGBT Entrpreneir Resume Career Advisor Human Resources Professional Military Veteran to Cilian Work Employment Consultant

Scott’s #1 best-selling book, Signs of a Great Résumé, will teach you how to write a résumé that speaks for itself. This lighthearted book presents an effective approach to the serious business of writing résumés. Scott’s style is humorous, easy to understand and fun to read …if he does say so himself!

Scott has developed a simple way to make your résumé speak for itself, using !@#$%, the Signs of a Great Résumé. Each sign showcases your experience and skills and highlights your greatest achievements and contributions.

  • ! Any part of your experience that was “amazing!”
  • @ Defining points, places, dates, and things in your career
  • # Numbers that quantify and prove your past successes
  • $ The dollar value of your contributions
  • % Figures that easily show growth and results

Whether you’re a recent grad or a CEO, a garbage collector or an astrophysicist, you can use Signs of a Great Résumé to make your experience shine… and recruiters love to see some nice, shiny experience on a résumé!

This lighthearted book presents an effective approach to the serious business of writing résumés. Scott’s style is humorous, easy to understand and fun to read …if he does say so himself! In this book you’ll learn how to customize your résumé for each job using !@#$%, how to write a great cover letter and more.

Signs of a Great Resume – Veterans Edition

Scott Vedder Signs of a Great Resume Veterans Edition LGBT Entrpreneir Resume Career Advisor Human Resources Professional Military Veteran to Cilian Work Employment Consultant

Veterans, transitioning service members and military families can get great new jobs in the civilian sector with Signs of a Great Résumé: Veterans Edition. Tell civilian recruiters, “I am a P.A.T.R.I.O.T.” Learn to highlight the military values and characteristics that make you a great candidate for the civilian workplace. Taking the above principle and further applying the veteran-specific skills referenced as PATRIOT to stand out and land that new civilian job.

Scott Vedder LGBT Entrpreneir Resume Career Advisor Human Resources Professional Military Veteran to Cilian Work Employment Consultant at US White House

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Unknown Speaker 0:01
Hello, this is Dennis Velco with OutBüro that is oh you to be you are Oh, thank you so much for tuning in to OutBüro Voices, the new series where we are chatting with in a very casual and informative and hopefully a little bit entertaining way with LGBTQ leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals in all types of professions. Today we have a special guest named Scott Vetter. But before we get to him, make sure you take a few moments and hit the subscribe button down below if you are viewing on YouTube. If you are listening to this on one of the podcast apps such as Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, Google Apps and about 10 others also know that you are able to view this directly on the out bureau podcasts or episode pages I might be changing that now that we’re doing more videos and then taking that to podcasts but know that you’re able to watch the videos on directly the out bureau comm website as well as the new YouTube channel so now if you search YouTube for LGBT entrepreneur or and or LGBT professional, guess what? OutBüro Voices pops up on the first pages so awesome. So we’re going to be bringing the helping to bring the visibility of LGBT entrepreneurs and professionals around the world to you. So again today, welcome, welcome. We have Scott a. Scott Vetter is a human resources professional with years of experience in the fortune 500 levels space He has written a book and adapted it for military veterans. And I much appreciate that being a US Army veteran myself. So welcome so much to the show, Scott. Well, thanks

Unknown Speaker 2:12
for having me here, Dennis. That’s a real privilege and a pleasure.

Unknown Speaker 2:15
Awesome. Well, I do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to chat with us here. And as always, there is a little bit of format. I always like to start off with our guests, such as yourself, chatting a little bit about your history, a little bit of your career journey, and then we’ll move that into your your projects and so forth that’s been that you’ve been working on most recently.

Unknown Speaker 2:40
Sure, thanks. You know, I was like you said I worked in the fortune 500. I was a fortune 100 recruiter. And when I was recruiting, what I realized is, most people’s resumes are awful. And that wasn’t unique to military veterans or civilians. It was just most people didn’t know what I was looking for. How I use that information as a recruiter on a resume. So I wrote a book about it chiefly event, my own frustration there. Look at that. That’s a book. I’m on a book. That’s me.

Unknown Speaker 3:13
And I said, You know what, I think

Unknown Speaker 3:14
I can help people. And it really took off, you know, became a best seller. I went on the book tour, and wherever I’d go, I’d meet military veterans, they’d say, Hey, what about us? It’s different. And I’d say, Well, hey, what do I know I didn’t serve. But that my grandfather bill did. They were both army e6 is that’s a staff sergeant level when they got out, and nobody helped them. There were no transition programs, the Vietnam era or World War Two. And there’s a lot of great groups we have out there today. They’re helping in the transition.

Unknown Speaker 3:45
But we still haven’t quite found

Unknown Speaker 3:46
the magic recipe of how to translate and transfer all of the military experience to the civilian world. So that’s where I knew I had to help. So I became smarter about the military disability and career transition. It has become the really primary focus of my work with resumes. And I’ve become a passionate civilian advocate for veterans in the workforce. I actually was able to write a follow up version of the book just for veterans, the veterans edition of signs of a great resume. And I began networking and meeting people in the space actually earned myself a personal invitation to meet in the office of First Lady Michelle Obama at waco. Yeah, yeah, with the program they were doing at the time called Joining Forces. And then I also met with the warrior and family support group and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, to provide a fair and balanced viewpoint and how I support veterans. I was actually invited last night out two years ago to the current administration’s White House, where I delivered my resume and interview workshops at the White House military office. And for those of you who have not served that’s the people who drive the beast of the President’s car and they run Camp David Air Force One and carry around the very important suitcase. Near proximity to the president all the time. So I got to help, you know, give a little insight as to what the next chapter of their career may look like for those who are transitioning. And of course, the caveat is no government, or God. Sponsorship is implied of any story is just this is one of the many ways I found my real passion in life, which is that I help people, especially veterans find success in their career. And now I do one on one interview and resume coaching with transitioning service members from all branches and civilians to but I work with a number of really great nonprofit organizations who support the veteran transition program and help fund services that really enable them for success in the civilian workforce.

Unknown Speaker 5:44
Okay, wonderful. Well, you know, I, it, there there are, it’s not too many, but what I’m saying is there’s a lot of people who do focus to some degree on helping people with their resume. And they’re, you know, career coaches and so forth. There’s a plethora of that for, you know, the general market. So you know, one way as an entrepreneur, no matter what kind of business you happen to run, is to focus on a niche market, whatever that happens to be, and so let’s say you’re a dog groomer. So then just focusing on you know, a particular breed if you happen to have around obviously, but just to try to draw the analogy here is if you are the best German Shepherd dog groomer in the your state, and you get all of the champions, you’re going to attract a certain level of prestige and you know, folks coming to you knowing that you are the specialist and that again, is really within any kind of a business category because you know, that really is how you can differentiate yourself in any category is is new Focus. And so that’s very interesting that you, you have taken that from your career and resume advice and focusing on the underserved market of the veterans coming coming out of service and transitioning into the workforce. So yeah,

Unknown Speaker 7:18
I think, well, in part, it’s formed by my strong belief that veterans are some of the best employees we have in the civilian workforce. They’re just some of the worst job candidates, because the one thing the military does not make them really good at doing while they’re in is becoming a civilian job candidate. And while there are programs, there’s something called tap transition assistance programs that start to teach some philosophical things about the transition, they only really scratched the surface. So that’s why it’s wonderful to see that there are many veteran service organizations specializing in this and several programs that even the Department of Defense has started to fund to really enable their success where I come in is really Helping to tell the story of how what you have done in the military or in any prior career relates to what you’re going to do in the civilian workforce. And that’s what I described as using What you see behind me the signs of a great resume. They probably look like curse words in a comic strip, I promise I’m not teaching veterans to curse on a resume. What they are is specific moments that make you a particularly great candidate for a job. And this applies to any job seeker, not just veterans. But what I want to know as a recruiter is what you in particular bring to the future opportunity. So these signs of a great resume. The first one

Unknown Speaker 8:38
is the exclamation point.

Unknown Speaker 8:39
Wow, look at what I did. Nobody else could say that. At what point you gained the most relevant experience and some numbers dollars and percent they helped to quantify exactly what makes you a great fit for the job. If you ever need to remember what the signs of a great resume are, is look down at your keyboard. They’re above the above the numbers one through five, that’s where the signs of a great resume are. These are the key to standing out and differentiating yourself on any resume, civilian military or otherwise, federal resume or any kind, you can use the signs of a great resume.

Unknown Speaker 9:15
So write a resume that speaks for itself.

Unknown Speaker 9:18
Awesome, very much like that. And, you know, obviously, this did come up through your being a recruiter at a fortune 500 actually fortune 100 if not fortune 10. company. And so talk about you know, some of the, you know, you mentioned this came out of almost, well, you said a frustration there. So, you know, I to, you know, even in in looking and trying to reach out to people to come on to the show, you know, I’m going through and looking even at LinkedIn profiles and I’m say to myself, holy crap, we really think that this is going to get the attention. You know, like, There’s no use of this. For some people. They don’t use the taglines. Well, so looking in a summary of people, it’s very hard. They don’t stand out. And so that that tagline in your LinkedIn profile should, should, you know, people really need to understand that LinkedIn should not be used as a literal translation of your resume. If you’re using LinkedIn like that, folks, you’re using it wrong. Because it’s really a marketing tool. Right? It’s so that first tagline should be your, you know, three to 10 word. Bam. This is what’s important. This is why I stand out. This is why you should click right here on me. Like your exclamation point. Right, it should be that that tag should be the wow factor. And there’s so many people that I’m going through and I’m like, okay, I kind of get, and I’m, you know, trying to show, obviously diversity and inclusion with my desk. And you know, but it’s like, oh my gosh, I’m digging and digging and digging. So I could imagine, as a recruiter, going through even just thinking on LinkedIn, there’s only what how does this person stand out? Right? How does this How does this person translate or communicate what they’re doing? So and then I will be honest, I’m going through all right, if you’ve got my little bit of attention, based on that little bit of info in that little block right there. Now I click through, and it’s amazing how many people do not have a summary.

Unknown Speaker 11:54
Right and and the same holds true on a resume. So you know, I’ll agree that that the point is to capture Someone’s I quickly and that’s definitely a parallel between LinkedIn and the resume. The way you catch someone’s eye quickly on LinkedIn is with that header. And it should be compelling. And a lot of people don’t tell you anything interesting or new up there. It’s just like, project manager. Okay. Well, you and everybody else. Exactly. Let me tell you a quick secret about the civilian workforce, and maybe jobs in general, when it comes to job titles, we just make things up. And when we don’t know what to call it, we call it project manager. Everyone in their brother, including me twice, has held the title of Project Manager, and I absolutely am not like a PMP or anything like that, where that is my professional craft. But nonetheless, the more descriptive, you can be in that LinkedIn headline to really catch someone’s eye and say, hey, there’s something unique here. To keep them reading is the same principle on your resume. So on a resume, one of the very first things that I encourage you to do is write like a summary of qualifications. I call it that in Not an executive summary or professional profile? Because I want it to summarize what you can do for me. What are you qualified to do? I look at it like the movie trailer of your resume. So if you were writing a film preview, right, like in a world where this is my experience, you know what, what you would say, to entice me to see the film is what you would put in a summary of qualifications on a resume. And that block of text on the resume is something you can tailor like you’ll tailor the rest of your resume to each job opportunity, your LinkedIn profile, you only get one LinkedIn profile. So it should be the overall trailer about what is it that you bring in a nutshell to any opportunity that you’re pursuing.

Unknown Speaker 13:41
But yeah, I agree with you that there’s a lot of parallels. And

Unknown Speaker 13:44
really the distinction between LinkedIn and resumes is the way that you use LinkedIn to contribute to the conversation to things going on in the industry, whatever industry you’re in, and also to make connections because really The best way to apply for a job is not to ideally you want to be networking far in advance of your needing a job. So you’re starting to build relationships, relationships first, then results and jobs follow.

Unknown Speaker 14:16
Absolutely, I could not agree more. And you know, you bring up a point of the, the pound symbol, the dollar symbol and the percent, you know, one of the most viewed articles on out bureau.com is should I be out on my resume and we’ll talk about that one moment. Because I definitely want to get to that with you. One of the others, I have a few, a few articles on it. And by the way, if you’re listening, you are all of you may post articles on the website just like you post articles funneling in, as well as out Bureau has a professional profile. as well, so that diversity and inclusion directors and recruiters can find you and be very targeted in their diversity and inclusion. Searching. In addition, you’re able to indicate your military status veterans veteran, which branch in Singapore, but but some of the things that I really kind of occasionally I get people that that think I’m a recruiter or think that I’m a career coach or something, and they’ll reach out to me and say, oh, could you review my resume? Or could you review my LinkedIn profile? Oh, yes. Like I have nothing else to do. You know? What number one you’re not paying me to do this because I don’t even know what to charge for that. But you know, every now and then if I you know, have a 15 minute kind of time slot out sometimes do that. And then I look through and I go, okay, where’s again, where’s that wow factor. There were the numbers where where, you know, you say you project manager, well, what did you achieve? What did you say? What did you improve and quantify that?

Unknown Speaker 16:10
Right? Absolutely.

Unknown Speaker 16:12
recruiters and companies want to see, you know, people would say, Oh, I manage this I manage projects efficiently. Yeah, well, what the heck does that mean? Right? I manage projects efficiently. What what what quantify efficient for me? One, what was the size of the project? Was it a $5,000? project, a $50,000. Project, a $500,000 project? How many people were on the team? What were you trying to accomplish? I mean, just just give some some pure exam, give some real examples, and give some quantifiable numbers. Met project deliverables in 20% under time with only utilizing AI Were 80% of the budget. So something that gives the recruiters that knowledge that Oh, yes, they are an efficient project manager, you know the word

Unknown Speaker 17:09
read my book, Dennis, that’s really well done.

Unknown Speaker 17:13
Thank you. Now I’ve got articles myself as well. And that’s why, whenever I saw what you’re doing, I’m like, Oh my gosh, this is this is so pertinent. And it’s things that I’ve talked about in the past. And again, I occasionally get asked and building my, my own network of people. Now when I have someone, especially with military experience, I can say, hey, you should talk to this fella right here.

Unknown Speaker 17:37
I think you make an important point. And, you know, but but the fact that we agree on these points of quantifying your experience is critical. And while you can ask 100 recruiters our opinions about resumes, you will get 150 opinions or more about resumes. What you will never hear recruiters say is the candidate made it too easy. To see why he’s a great fit for this job. That’s not gonna happen. And when you use the signs of a great resume, you’re making the recruiters job easier, effectively as a recruiter. My function is to become your sales agent. I need to pitch you to the boss and say, Hey, you know that person you need me to hire for you? I think Dennis has what you’re looking for. Look at how we quantified this experience and gave specific results. The biggest mistake you can make on a resume is you write a resume that reads like a job description. So think about l

Unknown Speaker 18:34
ke a soldier who j

Unknown Speaker 18:35
st Yeah, right. If a teacher writes, taught English classes, graded papers, tract grades, prepares students for the next level. Well, great, that’s what teachers do. But that’s the job description of every English teacher. And so if I’m hiring teachers, and every one of them just says that, how do I know who to hire I don’t. And that is the reality that recruiters face is there’s tons of resumes in our system. On our desk, it all look and sound pretty much the same. Because people make that same mistake, a resume that reads like a job description is the deadliest mistake you can make on a resume. And it’s especially difficult if that job descriptions about a military job, because some 97% of Americans have never served. So we just don’t understand as directly what that job description means and how it helps us. The very simple way to assess your current resume to see Am I making that mistake is you take your resume and your cover your name at the top, then you reread what you have written. If it could be anybody else’s resume. It’s not good enough, because I don’t want to know what a project manager does, or what an infantry soldier does, or what a Navy Captain does. What I want to know is what did you do and how does that relate to what I need you to do in this j

Unknown Speaker 19:55
b? Absolutely. And so what are you know, gearing your your your time doing th

Unknown Speaker 20:03
s. Or there may be a few examples that you could give with clients that you’ve had in the past that, you know, either some tips or just examples of how you like how you took military lingo and translated that into job candidate language. Su

Unknown Speaker 20:23
e, yeah. I get this question all the time from veterans, and frankly, from civilians in very technical careers who are changing the kind of work they’re going to do. So this advice applies in both instances. But when it comes to explaining a prior career that does not directly align, especially when that’s a military career that’s changing your job function. What I want you to do and you can do this with me live if you’re watching at home or listening, just close your eyes for a moment. And I want you to picture somewhere in your life, an 11 year old ch

Unknown Speaker 20:55
ld whose parents are not in the military. Can you picture that

Unknown Speaker 21:00
id That kid knows about as much about the army as most civilian adults. You cannot trust civilians to know what the heck you’re talking about unless a fifth grader would understand you. So you got to pass what I call the smart fifth grader test with every word you write on your resume. And there are just three simple questions on the smarter fifth grader test. The first one is, are you using simple language, language so clear and 11 year old would get it? And the simple answer to that in most military resumes I get it is no, because there’s a certain language to the military. And that of course includes lots of capitalization and jargon and acronyms that just do not mean things to civilians. As a general rule, if you’re hitting the caps lock, you’re losing the civilians understanding of what it is you’re talking about. You know, some exceptions apply. You know, if you’re using a term, the average news watching American would know FBI, USA those are fine Don’t bother trying to explain to most civilians, that seal is actually an acronym for Sierra Atlantic, just stick with seal. But otherwise, avoid the acronyms and even words that you might use every day in a military career that mean different stuff to us. So for instance, if you say deploy, and you mean get sent somewhere, I might think you mean how parachutes work they deploy. If you say joint, and you mean, interagency, I might think you mean arthritis or marijuana. Just keep it very simple. And the good news is, if an 11 year old would understand it, so would another veteran, they’ll just know Oh, are you actually talking about a drink team? Are you remember, they’ll know all of that, but write it to the lowest common denominator of understanding is about the 11 year old level? That’s the first question. The second question for the smart fifth grader is are you focused on good news only? Now, I recognize the business of fighting war is not always good news. I get it. But I don’t need to hear about knocking down doors and find the bad guys or anything like it. What I want to know is how to make the world a better place. And this goes back to what Dennis was saying a minute ago, where you mentioned how like the specific accomplishments that a project manager might have had, how you make the world a better place is a better way to approach the types of examples with the signs of a great resume that makes you a great fit. I want to know what you did specifically, that’s good news for your past employer, in this case, the military and for your future employer, how it relates. And the third and final question for the smart fifth grader is are you getting to the point quick

Unknown Speaker 23:39
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Unknown Speaker 23:42
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n? I’m told there’s a military term that actually works nicely he

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Unknown Speaker 23:51
t, and it’s the way military leaders say you know, when you make your PowerPoint or something, make sure you make the point right away. So if general so and so loses focus or has to go Very gotten your point across. Well, the way I think about bluff as a civilian is, can you tell me a fairy tale backwards for every bullet that you write? they all lived happily ever after good news, because once upon a time, you some details if you made

Unknown Speaker 24:17
t. Yeah, God. And you know, that’s really good advice for everyone out there looking at their resume and LinkedIn profile because again, you know, yes, there’s aspects of your career and bullet points on your professional profile on LinkedIn and out there that you want to include. But that below that, that bluff analogy is, is really good. And that’s keeping it short, simple to the point and think of it as a as a marketing statement, every statement on your resume. You need to think of it with that marketing I how is going to Wow, the person viewing this How is it Going to make us stand o

Unknown Speaker 25:02
t. A lot of veterans say to me, Scott, I don’t like talking about myself. And you know, I think maybe that comes from service in the military is a selfless service, you know, you’re serving that greater mission. you’re called to serve for whatever reason that is, and to them, I say, and to everyone, I don’t want you to talk about yourself. The first filter I need you to put on your resume is that well, yes, your name is at the top. This resume is not about you. It’s about what you can do for me. Everything you write has to be filtered with that in mind first, and it means that there may be things in your career that were significant. You’re proud of them, they made a real difference in the world. Well, great, I’m glad you did them. But if they don’t relate to what you can do for me, you might not need to tell me about them. And that becomes a powerful first filter to use and the very simple way you use that filter on a resume, to read a statement or a line or a bullet. You’ve got to ask yourself so what What is this new company going to do with this information? And if you can’t answer the So what? And you know, you pretty darn well, you’ve lived with you your whole life. How am I supposed to answer the so what if I’m the new compa

Unknown Speaker 26:13
y? Gotcha, gotcha. So making sure that that everything on your resume is tailored towards that position, and especially the position and the company, the employer, because it may not be a company, right? Yes, it may be government, it may be a nonprofit and so forth are used that I’ll try to stick with employer. So you need to think about what that what your skill set and the wow factor that you can bring and how, how that translates for that employer and that particular role that you’re going aft

Unknown Speaker 26:51
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60 Awesome Resume-CV Tips for the Queer Professional

Whenever you haven’t upgraded your resume in a little while, it can be tough to know where to get started. You must consider the key accomplishments and experiences to include based on the career move you have got your eye on. Further, you must be aware of the new resume principles and trends you should be adjusting it to as well as considering if it should be 1 or 2 pages.

As a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer professional, you have additional considerations that others do not. If you have worked or volunteered for LGBT organizations you must decide if and how they’ll be represented on your resume when applying to non-LGBT focused companies/organizations. See our related article titled “Are You OUT as an LGBT Professional on Your Resume?

Revamping Your Resume/CV Can be Daunting. To help you on your new job search, we have compiled all of the information you need into one spot to jump-start your efforts. You’ll be on the right track to craft a winning resume to land a new job. When your resume is ready to send to recruiters, check out our article titled “Job Seeking as an LGBT Employee” for tips and advice.

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Getting Started

Creating or updating a resume is not a fun task but very necessary.

1. Do a little profile snooping

Search LinkedIn, OutBüro and other sites for profiles of people with similar job/career titles. Check out what they list and how they say it to spark some ideas for yourself. If you can find persons who work in the company you are targeting that’s awesome but be very careful not to mimic their information. Bad idea. It’s a source of ideas, not a copy and paste job.

2. Get other people’s perspective

If close to someone from work invite them over or out and ask their opinions. Be sure to write it, or pull out your phone and video the dialog. Maybe pretend you are a reporter and asking questions for a feature story. Lead them to detail how fabulous you are and why. You might gain some golden nuggets.

3. Lock up the liqueur

When it’s time to organize your thoughts – put the cocktail down. Well, maybe one or two, while working on your resume is OK. I’m guilty myself. But keep your head clear.

4. Do not prematurely press send

Most definitely do not send a freshly updated resume out right away – especially if completed under the influence. Wait and fully review it the next day. A fresh and refreshed review is a great idea. If you can, have another person with a sharp eye for detail review it as well.

5. Research the companies/organizations

Do your homework on organizations to size up how LGBT friendly they are. To learn more how to go about doing this check out our article titled “Job Seeking as an LGBT Employee”. Check out OutBüro – LGBTQ Employer Reviews/Ratings. Please add a review of your current and past employers up to 5 years for other LGBT people to learn about those organizations from your LGBT employee experience and views.

You Are Amazing – Now How to Convey That

6. Typically an objective statement is not necessary

The sole occasion when an objective section makes sense is if you are creating a massive career change and will need to spell out from the get-go your expertise does not match up with the place you are applying to. In each other instance consider if a summary statement will be right for you–or simply nix it entirely to conserve space and concentrate on making the remainder of your resume amazing.

7. Keep it focused

Your resume shouldn’t have every job experience you ever had recorded on it. Think about your resume not as a thorough collection of your career background, but as a marketing document promoting you as the ideal person for the job. For every resume you send out, you’re going to want to highlight just the achievements and skills which are most applicable to the job you are applying for – even if this means that you don’t detail all your expertise.  Yes, this is quite a bit of work but it will increase your chances of landing that job versus mass sending a generic resume. Check out our article titled “Say “Bye Bye Felicia” to Duties on Your Resume “.

8. Maintain a master list of jobs with accomplishments

As you will want to be swapping data in and out of your resume based on the job that you’re applying to, maintain a resume master document where you retain any info you have ever included on a resume: older jobs, bullet points tailored for various software, particular projects that just occasionally make sense to add. Then, once you’re crafting every update and job specific resume, it is then only a matter of cutting and pasting relevant information, review, save and send.

9. Put all your best stuff “above the fold”

Keep all your glorious shining examples, “above the fold”.  Above the fold describes everything you see in front of a folded newspaper (or, in the electronic era, until you have to scroll), but essentially it’s your initial impression of a record. On a resume talk, it means you ought to be certain your finest achievements are visible on the upper third of your resume. This top part is exactly what the hiring manager will see first–and what’s going to function as a hook for somebody to continue reading. So concentrate on placing your best, most applicable experiences first.

10. Most recent first and work to oldest

There are tons of unique ways to arrange the info in your resume, however the inverse chronological (your most recent experience is listed first) remains your very best choice. Unless it is absolutely necessary for your situation.

11. Short and sweet

Going beyond a single page is a hotly debated subject, however, the main point is that – you want the content on your resume to be succinct.  Adhering it to a single page is a fantastic way to force yourself to achieve this. If you really have significant expertise, achievements, training, and credentials to showcase that expands beyond 1 page of your resume, then proceed with caution.

12. Flaunt it online

If you can not work out how to tell your entire story on a single page or wish to have the ability to incorporate some visual examples of your job? Rather than attempting to cram everything onto your resume consider a dedicated web page for your career.  Purchasing a domain name is fairly cheap and if you are not savvy in HTML or WordPress there are many sites for the novice such as Squarespace and Wix


13. KISS – keep it simple silly

We are going to discuss becoming creative to be able to stick out in a moment. However, the most elementary principle of great resume formatting and layout. Keep it easy to skim and read. Make your resume easy by employing supervisors’ eyes using a font size between 10 and 12 and leaving a healthy amount of white space to the page and web page. It is possible to use another font or typeface on your title, your resume headers, as well as the company names, but keep it simple and keep it consistent. This is not the time to make your resume look like a unicorn pooped a rainbow all over it. I like to use black for text and ONE other color for things like job titles. Your primary focus here needs to be to readability for the diversity recruiter, general recruiter, and hiring manager.

14. Carefully stand out

You need your resume stand out of the ocean of boring. Leverage your creativity no matter the job type to stand out without going wacky. On your resume website, potentially include infographics, videos, and images related to your achievements and abilities. On the paper version consider minimal yet creative graphics or icons that may set you apart. It demonstrates that you’ve put above average thought into your presentation and likely will do the same on the job. Save the file as a PDF so that when you upload it, all the work will show. Naturally, when completing online resume/applications such as on the OutBüro Job Portal Resume, keep it clean and simple. In all cases, keep your profession and target companies in mind. If you are applying to some more conventional company versus as creative company, do not get too crazy, but also don’t hesitate to bring some elegant design components or a little color to make it pop. A little time and creativity can show you have imagination and style.

15. Your contact info should be prominent

You do not have to add your home street address in your resume, but you have to be certain that you include a contact number and personal email address – don’t use the email address at your current employer. Seem like a DUH!, but had to be state it. In addition to some other areas the hiring manager could locate you on the internet, such as your OutBüro, LinkedIn, Twitter and pertinent social media profiles.

16. Social media

This is not formatting but since I just suggested putting your social media profile links on your resume I have to right here state that you only want to list professional social media accounts. Obviously you won’t add that Grindr account you know you have, but even major social media sites often have not so professional content on them. It’s ok to have links to LGBT related stuff – helping LGBT Youth, Charity Events, etc, so long as the marketing and posted event images can be viewed in a Fortune 500 level office cubicle land environment. If there are posting you made or tagged by friends in photos of circuit party boys, naked drum circles, fetish gear, and you in your underwear (or none at all)… yeah… remove them.

On Facebook, you can edit your profile setting to be only visible to “Friends” for example if you cherish having the slightly racy images of hunks or hot babes on your feed. But LinkedIn, OutBüro and Twitter best be 100% professional office worthy. Go ahead and Google yourself and for why not search on Bing and Yahoo too. What you find is what the recruiter will find. AND THEY LOOK.

Clean up content – lock up account AND delete all questionable content.

Make it skim-able

You have your resume make it past the average 6 seconds a recruiter typically spends on their initial scan of resumes.

17. Do not center any text

This enhances readability since the eye naturally contributes to the left perimeter when it is ready to proceed to another line of text.

18. Align your dates and places to the right

To help separate your own information, create another column for dates and places that are right justified.

19. Do not justify your resume

This setting leaves irregular gaps between words which finally make the text more difficult to read. Set them to left justified.

20. Maintain the same size and font

Besides your title, which ought to be a bit larger, the font and size of your resume should be the exact same size to aid readability.

21. Be bold but limit bolding text

Bolding of choice words and phrases assists with scanning, but do not need to go overboard. Select what to bold sensibly, based on the message that you need to convey. In case your job titles efficiently illustrate your route into management-level functions, bolding those may make the most sense. On the flip side, if you are a new graduate and the majority of your career are internships, you could benefit more from highlighting the firms you have worked at. Your choices will depend on your experience and the target job you seek.

22. Utilize ALL-CAPS very sparingly


23. Maximize the Initial 5 words your bullets

When skimming a resume, a recruiter is quite likely going to be concentrating the first couple of words of the bullets. If their interest is piqued, they then will read more. This usually means that first couple of words of your bullets are more significant than the rest. Be sure to use action verbs in those first few words. For ideas on how to stand out with action verbs read our article title “Rainbow Bright Verbs To Create a Resume as Fabulous as You”.

24. Keep bullets under 2 lines

On each bullet provide short and sweet descriptions. The first two or three words should capture the attention and then keep each bullet point to just 1 and nor more than 2 short sentences.

25. Curate your bullet points

However long you have been at work, or just how much you have achieved there, you should not have over five or six bullets in a specific section. However great your bullets are, the simple fact is that if there are too many the recruiter is simply not going to get through them. Choose your top achievement to list on your resume and keep the rest to discuss during an interview.

26. Use numbers versus spelling them out

Using numbers on your bullet points quantifies figures and assists recruiters better comprehend the impact of your past accomplishments. Numbers are easier to scan and makes them pop out from the sea of text.  Additionally, it’ saves space. (i.e., 45% versus forty-five percent).

27. Be consistent

Job seekers can get quite creative when they are attempting to cram all their pertinent work experience to one single page. Creativity is fine, but be sure to you maintain your formatting exactly the same throughout the resume.

28. Whitespace

Finally, having whitespace is like a fresh of breath air. It aids in skimming and provides clues to section breaks and what’s important.

Work Experience

29. Keep it target job/career relevant

Generally, you should only reveal the latest 10-15 years of your career background and just incorporate the expertise applicable to the job roles to which you’re applying.  When there’s a choice between involving yet another internship or moving into more detail about your present role, always pick the latter – unless your former job was applicable to the one which you’re applying to.  Check out our article titled “Say “Bye Bye Felicia” to Duties on Your Resume “.

30. Not great at layout design

Know that design ability is not your strong suit but need your resume to look stupendous? This is potentially the most important thing in your job hunt, therefore it is well worth getting it exactly perfect! If you cannot afford to hire a professional resume writer to hone your document, then reach out to knowledgeable friends and trusted coworkers or advice and critique.  Search online for resume design and layout for ideas.

31. No appropriate expertise

Do not worry if you do not have some expertise that the job list as requirements.

Focus your resume in your applicable and transferable skills together with any related facet or instructional internship jobs or volunteering, be certain that you pair it with a solid cover letter telling the story of why you are best for the job.

32. Take the jargon down a notch

You could be tempted to throw in loads of business or technical jargon so that you seem as if you understand what you are referring to, but finally, you need your resume to be more clear to the ordinary individual. Bear in mind that the first person who sees your resume could be a recruiter or an assistant who typically has limited to no knowledge about the roles they are trying to fill. Or it may go straight to the hiring manager with great expertise. Sure you need buzz words but it need to be understood by the average person too. Find the balance to be certain it’s readable, relevant, and interesting to them all.

33. Quantify It

Utilize as many facts, statistics, and figures as possible on your bullet points. Just how many people were affected by your job? By what percent did you exceed your objectives? By measuring your achievements, you truly enable the hiring supervisor to envision the degree of responsibility or work you had to attain them. Even in the event that you don’t really work with numbers, here are a few keys to adding more to a resume. Remember, as mentioned above, to use the numerical value instead of spelling out numbers. (i.e., 45% versus forty-five percent).

34. What did you achieve

Companies and organization today like hire action oriented achievers. This means you would like to demonstrate that you did not just do things, but you have things done! As you look over your bullet points, think of ways to take every statement one step farther and include in what the advantage was to your boss or your organization. As a result, you definitely communicate not just what you’re capable of, but also the direct advantage the employer will get by hiring you. For a more in-depth review of this topic, review our article titled “Say “Bye Bye Felicia” to Duties on Your Resume”.

35. Demonstrate your soft skills

Describing soft skills on a resume frequently begins to seem like a laundry list of meaningless buzzwords, quickly. However, being a “powerful leader” or an “effective communicator” is significant abilities that you want to get across. Consider how you are able to demonstrate those skills in your bullet points without really saying them.

36. Consider non-traditional work

There is no law which says you may just put full-time or compensated work in your resume. Consequently, if you have engaged in a significant volunteer function, worked part-time, were hired as a temporary or contract employee, freelanced, or even blogged? Consider listing these items as their own “jobs” in your career chronology. If your work or volunteering included LGBT organizations, check out our article titled “Are You OUT as an LGBT Professional on Your Resume?”.

37. Mix up your word usage

Utilize our useful collection of action verbs to mix up it! Rainbow Bright Verbs To Create a Resume as Fabulous as You

38. Use keywords for human and automation

Use keywords in your resume: Scan the job description, and see what phrases are used most frequently, and be sure that you’ve included them in your bullet points. Not only is that a self-check that you are targeting your resume for the job, it is going to be certain that you get seen in applicant tracking systems. Remember that often the first human that sees your resume likely has no experience in your line of work. Spell it out so that your resume fits the job description. Additionally, Artificial Intelligence is on the rise in the land of recruiting. You need to ensure that the automation systems can identify words and phrases on your resume that is a match to the job description.

39. Prevent empty words

What words should not you include? We bet there is a much better way to explain just how amazing you are. Use our list of action verbs in the article titled “ Say “Bye Bye Felicia” to Duties on Your Resume”. Further, we love to switch it up and recommend using http://www.thesaurus.com/ to find awesome, amazing and stupendous and fabulous word alternatives. Also, double check work meanings at http://www.dictionary.com/ and while at it leverage https://app.grammarly.com/.


40. Experience 1st, education 2nd

Unless you are a recent grad, place your education after your job experience. Odds are, your last few jobs and accomplishments there are more significant and relevant to you obtaining the interview and job than just where you went to school. Keep in mind that many are very successful where their degrees have nothing to do careers now.

41. Put education in reverse order

Typically, you should list your educational background by order the latest or advanced level first, continuing in inverse chronological order.

42. Skip the dates

Do not list your graduation dates. The reviewer cares about more about that you have the education and less about when you acquired it. Further, it could “date” you. If asked in an interview you can answer that question, but leave it off your resume.

43. Honors but not GPA

If you graduated from school with high honors, certainly make the recruiter and hiring manager aware if it. But you do not need to list your GPA.

44. Online and Continuing Education

Recruiters and hiring manager love to see that you are continuing to improve your knowledge. So add continuing education, professional development coursework, or internet classes in your area of work. Online classes are a more-than-accepted standard today, and your involvement in them can really show your motivation and determination to develop skills to improve your career.

Skills, Awards, and Interests

45. List your skills

Make sure you put in a section that lists out all of the relevant skills you’ve got to get a position, such as technician abilities such as particular web/software programming languages, medical skills, and other related technical industry-related certifications. Just be certain that you skip including abilities which everybody is predicted to have, such as using email or Microsoft Word unless the job description spells those out as requirements.

46. Break up the skills

In case you have a lot of skills that support your career consider grouping and breaking them into subheadings to ease the reader skimming process. They might be titled, foreign language, areas of law, programming, applications, and leadership abilities.

47. Prove some character

Don’t hesitate to incorporate an “Interests” section in your resume, but just add the ones that are related to the occupation. Are you really a guitar player with your eye to a music business? Surely include it. But for example, your birdwatching hobby won’t help you to get a programming job at a financial institution. Do not even consider doing it. That’s cubical conversation once hired. As a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer person, is equal rights and volunteering at a local LGBT center for youth important to you? Only put on your resume/CV what is valid for your career. If your work or volunteering at those organization is part of your career qualifications, take a look at our article titled Are You OUT as an LGBT Professional on Your Resume?”.

48. Beware of interests which may be controversial

Yes, these experiences reveal a fantastic quantity of work ethic–however they might also be discriminated against by somebody who disagrees with the cause. Know that “LGBT Workers in over half of the United States lack full protection.” Do your homework on organizations to size up how LGBT friendly they are. To learn more how to go about doing this check out our article titled “Job Seeking as an LGBT Employee”. Check out OutBüro – LGBTQ Employer Reviews/Ratings. Please add a review of your current and past employers up to 5 years for other LGBT people to learn about those organizations from your LGBT employee experience and views.

Gaps and Other Tricky Resume Circumstances

49. Zap those short-term jobs

If you stayed at a (non-temporary) occupation for just a matter of weeks, then consider removing it from your own resume. Leaving a specially short-lived job or two off your job history should not hurt, so long as you are honest about your expertise.

50. Deal with all the gaps

Any gaps longer than a month or two will be asked about. Be ready for a response. You may consider adding a response right on your resume such as “Temporarily cared for an ill family member”. Keep it brief. Do not go into detail. Leave that for the interview if asked during the interview still respond with a short message of just enough information. For example, “I cared for my sister during her recovery from breast cancer.” Or maybe if it fits you say, “I had a medical issue that required me to step aside from my career for a short while and now ready to get back.” Don’t say, “I was in an alcohol rehab program.” Remember KISS – always.

51. Long breaks in employment

Re-entering the work after a long hiatus? This is the best chance for a summary statement on very top, outlining your very best abilities and achievements. After that, enter your profession chronology, without hesitating to add volunteer or part-time work.

52. Where you a job hopper?

If you have job-hopped often, including a motive for leaving alongside every entry, using a succinct explanation such as “company closed,” “layoff because of downsizing,” “contract lost,” or even “moved to new town” is a good idea. By annotating the gaps like this, you will proactively illustrate the main reason behind your irregular job moves and show in its best light to hopefully still be in the running for that great new job.

53. Time off to raise kids

Raising children is challenging, however, don’t try to fill gaps in your resume by elaborating on your fine skills of multi-tasking household chores while tending to the children. You may list an entry to give reason to your extended workforce absence, just don’t, repeat, DO NOT, try to be cute. What you can do is list any volunteer activities that demonstrate you attempted to keep up your professional skills or work at home jobs that kept you fresh.

Final Round

54. References upon request

If a hiring supervisor will be interested in you, he or she’ll request references. Don’t waste the space on your resume. It’s presumed you have them and will provide them.

55. Ensure you triple proofread

It should go without saying, but be sure that your resume is completely free and clear of typos. As mentioned we love using http://www.thesaurus.com/ to find new words for those that are repeated. Be sure to double check the word full meanings with tools such as http://www.dictionary.com/ and while at it leverage https://app.grammarly.com/. But don’t just rely on those. Ask trusted coworkers, family and friends to review your resume and provide constructive feedback including any and all spelling and grammar issues they might find.

56. Saving and emailing it

If emailing your resume to an in-house recruiter, be certain that you always send a PDF as opposed to a .doc. This way all your careful formatting will not inadvertently get messed up as soon as the hiring supervisor opens on her or his PC. To ensure it will not look wonky once you ship off it, look at it at both Google Docs and Word, attach it to an email and open it in the preview. When sending to a headhunter, they usually request your resume in a .doc format. The reason is they strip out your contact information before sending it to the actual hiring company so they can maintain themselves as the middle person. You have less control, but they have many job opportunities they can present you for.

57. Name your file

Save your resume file within the format of “Resume – [First name] [Last name] – [Year] [Month]” rather than just “Resume.” It is just one less measure the hiring manager must take. You may also consider adding the major job title to the end such as “Full Stack Developer” or “Pediatric Nurse”.

58. Keep it fresh

Add a task or meeting to whatever electronic calendar system you use each quarter or so to pull up your resume and create a few upgrades. Have you learned new skills? Have you accomplished new and noteworthy things on the job? Recruiters actively reach out to people even while they are currently employed. Be ready to send off a stellar resume. It may be your next amazing new opportunity.

59. Professional profiles and online resume repositories

After you update your resume each quarter or so, go out to all the professional social media sites and job portals and update your resume in each after completing the “Keep it fresh” steps each quarter or so. This will keep your resume as fresh and active in those systems ensuring recruiters who use them always have you on their radar. Include LinkedIn, OutBüro’s Job Portal/Resume, Indeed, Career Builder, Monster, and other industry related job portals.

60. Be open

Keep your options open and active. You never know when that next opportunity will arise.

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Say “Bye Bye Felicia” to Duties on Your Resume

You likely have heard many times from many sources that listing your past job duties on your resume is a big fat NO NO. Right? So it’s about time to revamp that resume that looks more like a job description into a killer testament of action and accomplishments. As a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer job seeker and professional you likely have slain your past work assignments and projects. It’s a known fact that LGBT employees tend to outperform LGBT-challenged folks with a high degree of skill, finesse, diligence, and dedication. Your resume is the company’s first glance into you as a potential awesome hire that they want and must have.

It’s all about ACTION. Achievement statements are the very best way to showcase the fabulous things you have accomplished in your previous jobs/roles. Use rainbow bright colorful action verbs to leap off the page and stand out from the mundane boring masses while remaining professional.

So, why do the vast majority of resumes out there still read like a job and project descriptions? Well, because turning job and project responsibilities into achievements is a challenging concept to grasp for most. But, you’re a smart cookie and in no time with the below, you will dancing your way out of interviews and celebrating with job offers.

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Duties and Accomplishments – Know the Difference

As an instance, “managed software inventory” could be thought of as a work obligation, whereas “improved company software installation and upgrade awareness that resulted in an annual saving of $850,000 and reduced risk of a negative audit”. Or it might be, “made coffee to order” versus “educated customers on the value benefits of premium roasts resulting in a sustained 20% increase in revenue within a 3 month period.”

You want to inform the recruiter and hiring manager reading your resume something that they cannot ascertain from your job title. With a job title of Project Manager, they can assume your tasks, duties and your bare minimum skill level. Listing out that you updated spreadsheets, called and moderated meetings and liaised with internal stakeholders IS BORING AND A GIVEN. Don’t waste precious resume space on things that should be apparent.

On the flip side, by adding achievements, you paint a picture of your skills, abilities, self-motivation, creativity, innovation, and drive.

So now that you know the difference, how can you create the shift?

Create a List

  • Start by compiling a listing of all of the things which sets your work and accomplishments apart where you were the primary diver, creator, and superhero. You may not have received a pat on the back from your past employer, but this is the time to pat yourself on your back.
  • Ask yourself and write down the answers to:
  • What did I do this has been over and beyond my usual job responsibilities?
  • What changes for the better was a result of the actions I took?
  • How do I stand out from my work peers?
  • What new procedures did I employ to improve matters?
  • What issues and problems did I solve?
  • How much money has been or will be saved because of what I did?
  • How much time (and thus money/productivity) has been and will be saved because of what I did?
  • How did I always meet or surpass targets or quotas? What set me apart and quantify the numbers.
  • How was I fabulous in my job?

Numbers Grab Attention

After you have a few items on your list from above and add as many details, statistics, and numbers as possible to fill it out and help others grasp it. Notice in the above example if you say, “While managing software I save the company money” – and end where the reader has no idea how to value that. When you show them the money/results/benefits – it becomes a reference point that they can understand and be blown away by.

“WOW – S/He saved the company $850,000 a year. How did s/he do that? We need to schedule an interview with this person because our annual cost for software is out of control!!”

  • How many people were affected by your fabulous work?
  • By what percent did you amazingly exceed your objectives – and how frequently/consistently did you do that?
  • Quantify the moo-laa, dough, greenbacks, coin – ya know – money you saved, avoided or reduced. MONEY is a key eye catcher.
  • Describe the amount of time you shaved off old processes/procedures.
  • By what percentage did your incredible accomplishments produce the results? Customer engagement, new clients, improved client/employee retention, quality increase, defects decrease, duration on site, sales on first interaction, etc.

By providing measurements for your achievements, you do not just make them simpler to understand, but you truly enable the hiring supervisor to envision the degree of job or obligation you had to attain this achievement.

Spell Out the Benefit

After that, take every statement one step farther and add what the advantage was to your management or the company/organization. Let us face it, everybody wants to know what is in it for them!

So, say you’ve “reduced software costs” or “produced 20 client new engagement insight reports on a monthly basis” in your listing. Reading this, a recruiter and hiring will automatically find out, if she hires you, then you are going to have the ability to do the same for them. When you add the advantage/benefit, you efficiently market the concrete things you can bring to the company/organization.

Flaunt Your Fabulous Self

A resume filled with achievements is the very best way to flaunt everything you could potentially do for your next employer and put you on your path to landing that fantastic new job.