What experience should I highlight in my resume/cover letter?
I am looking to get into instructional design/content development. While I have several years of training/teaching experience in an academic setting and working for small companies, I have never worked for large companies before. I feel I am at a disadvantage next to folks that have started in a corporate setting. What sort of knowledges/skills are the most valuable to obtain? What experience should I highlight in my resume/cover letter?
A resume, of course, is not the main thing when applying for a job if you are a good specialist, but sometimes it plays a key role. It is imperative to indicate all work experience, even if this is a short time. Here's a good article on how to write a CV correctly: https://ivypanda.com/blog/how-to-write-an-outstanding-cv-10-useful-tips/
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As a former corporate banking, HR Hiring Specialist, I can tell you from experience that each position/company you apply for should have your resume tweaked to align as closely as possible to the needs/wants/desires of the employer for that role they're seeking to fill. A one-pager resume is still a great rule of thumb because if it's written well (fewer words are always better), concise, clear in your career objects, goals, talents, strengths and what you'd expect to glean from learning/growing in the role you're applying for, you're not only saying, "Here's all my awesomeness" but you're also showing them you understand you're a work in progress like the rest of us and expect to (and are excited for) the idea of learning, changing, shifting with their company.
It's a shoe-in for an interview. You did your homework on yourself but also on the company and how it mingles with you on a more intimate level. It shows serious intent, dedication, and desire for both the role and employer. You're not just looking for a higher paycheck or role, you make it clear this way it is a well thought-out career move on your part, for the better. "Dress to impress" on paper. Your platform is everything but so is how you're perceived by others.
Follow the same structure for the cover letter and you've got yourself a quantum leap ahead on the competition already.
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All these answers are great. My only addition would be to learn as much about the company that you are applying. Find out their pain points and what they are looking for in regards to expansion and company growth. Then align your cover letter to highlight your experience and talents to their needs. The company is in the business to make money. What can you bring to the table to increase their revenue, reduce their costs or increase their client satisfaction/retention/referrals?
if you have worked on any projects during your teaching and working with small level corporate firm. then highlight it. and if possible then describe all things which you have done in brief i mean work profile complete. it can help you a lot in selecting yourself in big firm.
Don't feel yourself in disadvantage because in the paragraph you shared you already told me interesting things that prepared interviewers will catch up quickly. Your years of experience and the type of organizations you were in allowed you to improve skills, prepare programs to specified clients, and target content in a way they could get the message clearly. You are able to work on a different settings and were so flexible to be cautious on how provided content could have moved people to do what their organizations wanted them to, or what they expected to get from your instruction. Which tools do you applied? how did you measure results? how did you get feedback and communicate main topics in a way all people felt involved and interested? how do learn certain technique would work best over another? can it be improved? how do you know you did great at those works? how adjustable are your skills? When you answer those questions you are ready to write an engaging and effective resume in your unique style that would get in the eyes of those who are looking for specific applicants. You shortly tell them why they should hire you. What would you offer and how open, negotiable and eager are you to work hard to help made their companies best.
Highlight your most marketable niche within your skills sets that your want to target in your career. When starting out it is better to be defined and focused than too broad. Once you are in the door you can diversify further.
being at x-roads in the working world can be difficult and stressful. By asking the question here shows already that you can cope easily with any other larger company or institution. If in doubt, take this hint from me: "Whoever is in front of you, talking to you, etc - went through the same process. You are most likely more qualified and knowledgeable in your field than most working (wherever)...Always tell yourself: "If they know everything, why are they asking for expertise like mine?" - That should get you on the right side of the negotiation table..
Have you considered searching for resume writers (cv writers)? Obviously not somebody who comes of fiverr or freelancer. It might cost $100+ to get the right resume together, but in the long run - you will see the benefits. Good resume writers will do the complete job for you and will spend enough time with you to ensure your points are covered in you introduction.
Pay particular attention to your intro letter - your resume is really only back up/confirmation. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to date. Get as many recommendations or testimonials together (you should that anyway).
Hope that helps.
If you've made and carried out lesson plans(which I'm sure you have), then you have insight into instructional design that non-educators don't have. Don't focus on your disadvantages, and realize that you might have to accept a lower-paying position for a while until you acquire the experience you need to get ahead.
I believe that it would be interesting if you were to show your ability to deal with a variety of teaching technologies through the creation of a PowerPoint with simple animations and voice narration. This "communications" project would be submitted in addition to the resume, and it would show that you are sensitive to visuals and sounds in addition to words on the page.