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009: 8 Strategies for Boosting Your Resume and Handling Career Change

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

009: 8 Strategies for Boosting Your Resume and Handling Career Change



On this episode of the Digital Enterprise Society podcast Thom Singer welcome Liz Handlin, CEO of Ultimate Resumes and professional resume writer.  Liz has helped countless working professionals update and perfect their resumes so that they stand out and get noticed in today’s competitive workplace.  She shares several valuable insights that you will want to hear, including key elements you need to include in your resume, overused catch phrases you should avoid, and the best way to organize your resume so it is easy for anyone to understand.  Technology has changed the job search over the last five years, and Liz offers an easy to follow guide for starting the search for your next job even before you’re ready to make a career change.  

On today’s podcast you will learn:

Key elements you need to include in your resume

  • Structure your resume in a sensible way

  • Avoid acronyms and industry slang

  • Present your education, talents and credentials in a positive light

  • Make your resume an interesting read for potential employers

How the job search has changed in the last five years

  • The effect of lower unemployment rates

  • Avoid false reliance on the internet

  • The importance of networking and using the right keywords

Effective job search strategies

  • Start your job search before you’re ready to make a switch

  • Create a target list of companies that you’re interested in working for

  • Make contact with employees within those companies

  • Initiate a meet up and pay for the coffee

  • Follow up with a hand-written thank you note

Tips for organizing your resume

  • Strategy — highlight your specialties and the tools that you have

  • Structure — list your experiences in chronological order

  • Transitions — explain not just why you left a job but why you were hired on at your next position


Ultimate Resumes

Navigating Successful Job Transitions by Scott Uhring

Digital Enterprise Society Career Center



Liz Handlin, CEO of Ultimate Resumes, has an MBA from the University of Chicago, more than 20 years of experience writing resumes, and a career that includes a variety of high profile roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Director of Human Resources for APV’s offices in the U.S. and Latin America, and Director of Recruiting for Deloitte & Touche’s Illinois Practice. Liz specializes in writing high quality resumes for senior executives in companies that range from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 publicly traded companies. After years helping colleagues to write powerful resumes as a hobby, Ms Handlin launched Ultimate Resumes in June 2004. 

In Chicago, Handlin is known for creating and managing Money Smart Week (MSW) in 2002 while at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She was honored by Microsoft Corporation and featured in Smart Money Magazine (June 2004) MSW. She is the author of numerous articles on access to banking issues including: Chicago Fed Letter, Remittances and the Unbanked, March 2002, Chicago Fed Letter, Tapping the Potential of the Unbanked – Private Sector Interest Increases, January 2003. Her book, "The Ultimate Book of Thank You and Sympathy Notes" is available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook.

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