||Kathryn Z. Meany
Phoenix Learning Solutions, LLC
A senior Learning & Development Specialist and Performance Consultant, Kathy has successfully managed and led Learning & Development departments within major global corporations. She offers a multi-disciplined background in the development and delivery of core business skills training, sales training, leadership and management training, multicultural training, customer service training, technical application training, with strong client relationship management, and project management.
Training deliveries have taken her around the globe to such locations as London, Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangalore, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, and more. Prior to her Learning & Development roles, Kathy began her career as a Financial Advisor for a major global financial institution, holding Series 7 and 63 registrations and Life, Health, and Variable Annuity licenses.
In 2009, Kathy Meany launched Phoenix Learning Solutions, LLC in order to provide visionary and blended solutions for global corporations' Learning & Development needs. Performance Consulting services include Analysis, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, Facilitation, and Evaluation for corporations in all industries. Clients comprise Publishing, Consumer Products, Financial Services, Technology, Employee Services, and Non-profit industries.
Since 2006, Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Training & Development, NY Metro Chapter, most recently as VP Membership 2010 and as a Past President. She is also a member of ASTD National, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Westchester Human Resource Management Association (WHRMA), and the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA).
With a strong belief in giving back to the community, Kathy volunteers and facilitates Workforce Readiness workshops for a several non-profit organizations in New York City and Yonkers, and the New York National Guard.
RESUME WRITING GUIDELINES
A resume is a compilation of your expertise,
accomplishments, employment history, honors/award, etc. It is the first piece of
your marketing that a recruiter or potential employer sees and reviews. In
today's economy, recruiters and employers have minimal time to read resumes, so
the Summary and Accomplishments must be dynamic and eye-catching, with an
immediate objective of presenting your value and solution to a company's need.
Generally, a resume should be no longer than two pages, and is as easy to read
as possible since most readers will only skim for the highlights. A resume is
the sales tool that will prompt recruiters and employers to want to meet you,
hence, schedule an interview.
Components of a Resume
1. Contact Information
3. Employment History/Accomplishments
6. Honors/Awards (optional)
8. Community Service (optional)
10. Licenses (optional)
11. Military History
Name, Address (City, State, Zip code is
acceptable), Telephone number, Cell phone number, Email address. NOTE: On page
two of the resume, only your name and a phone number are necessary, but it is
important to include.
Summary Statement (Value
The Summary Statement sets the tone for the resume and
organizes the information that the reader is about to review. The summary draws
key words, industry specific terms, and core skills from the body of the resume,
which is conveyed as a powerful display of credentials. Identify your marketable
skills or the core competencies of your professional identity. Also include two
or three accomplishments, in bulleted format, that you would like to highlight,
providing the reader of your “can do” abilities. Note that your Career Summary
Statement can also be presented in informal conversations and
Your Employment History section is a
compilation of jobs that you have held. It includes your title, the name of your
employer, the geographic location, and the dates of your employment. Employers
want to know what you can do for their organization, and listing your
accomplishments will provide the reader of you “can do” abilities.
Accomplishments should be listed directly under your Career Summary Statement,
in bulleted format as one-liners, beginning with action verbs. Expand your
one-liners to include results, the outcome, or the impact of your
employers are interested in learning how proficient you are in using computers,
or to the extent of which you are capable of learning new applications. If you
are skilled in using software programs, consider placing that information in
your Summary, or as part of an Accomplishment statement, especially if you are
seeking a position that requires specific
Education statement includes: Your
highest degree; your major area of study; the name of the school/college; the
location of the school/college.
List any Honors
or Awards that you have received, especially if relevant to the position
Professional Organizations and Community Service
any that are relevant to the job you seek.
List your Military History statement.
Example: Sergeant First
Class, U.S. Army, Honorably Discharged
Types of Resumes
The chronological is the most common resume format. This type is
indexed by date, and information is presented in reverse chronological order. It
lists your most recent job first after the Summary and
The functional format
indexes your background by your skills and functional areas of expertise. It
lists your achievements, with category headings, at the top of the page and
summarizes the positions you have held, your employers, and the dates of
employment at the bottom of the page. This type of resume format is effective
when you are changing careers and wish to promote skills used earlier in your
career or skills recently acquired.
combination resume uses a career summary, adds a description of your functional
skills, includes a selection of accomplishments or highlights of your career,
and follows with a chronological work history. Use this style when your most
significant accomplishments are not the most recent. This format is also
effective if you want to emphasize your diversity of accomplishments, functional
experience and career progression.
Visual Effect: wide
margins; full capitalization for heading and company names
Length: Maximum length is two full pages. A page for every
ten years is rule of thumb.
Writing Style: Write in the third
person; do not use “I”. Use strong action verbs such as “developed, evaluated,
managed, implemented, organized…”
Paper and printing: Use good
quality resume paper in white, gray, or ivory bond paper. Print your resume
copies on a high-quality photocopy machine or with a letter quality printer.
Take several copies of your resume when going to
- Be completely honest. False statements are grounds for dismissal.
- Do not include the phrase, “References available upon request”, on your
resume. It is assumed that if asked, you can provide references.
- Never include a picture on your resume.
- Do not include salary history and salary requirements.
- Do not include your reference list.
- Do not state any personal information such as race, marital status, sex,
country of origin, religious denomination or political affiliation.
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