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1 Resume Workshop

2 What is a Resume? Definition: A description of who you are: your competencies accomplishments future capabilities A marketing tool Purpose: Applicants perspective- Get the attention of a prospective employer Get an interview Reviewers perspective: Communicate value Applicant screening

3 Quick Question An interviewer will spend, on average, ___________, screening any one individual resume. A. 1 minute B. 3 minutes C. 5 minutes D. none of the above

4 Do Your Research! Know yourself… Experiences Skills Strengths Interests Future goals Desired type of job Know the employer Mission or Vision Distinctive services or features Applicant fit Culture Target your resume.

5 A GOOD RESUME = CONTENT The type of information you choose to put on your resume. FORMAT The way you arrange this information. APPEARANCE How this information is presented aesthetically.

6 CONTENT

7 Content: Guidelines Think about the qualities, skills and experiences you want your audience to know about. Relevant experiences can be both paid and unpaid. You can make custom categories and headings to suit your needs.

8 One address A phone number with professional voice- mail Your current address Example: Amanda Smith Main St. Hometown, VA (540) Contact specifics:

9 Writing Objective Statements: Focus on how you would benefit employer or grad school- not how they can help you. Dont be vague. Be concise and direct. Target your objective to each specific employer. Key ingredients to a successful objective statement: Name the job/position for which you are applying. Note how your skill set is a match. Objective Statements – Yes or No?:

10 Whats wrong with this picture? Lets look at the samples.

11 JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY, Harrisonburg, VA Bachelor of Business Administration, May 2008 Hospitality & Tourism Management Major Overall GPA – 3.1; Major GPA – 3.6 (Usually dont need to list High School at all.) Relevant Coursework Bulleted list of 6-8 courses OR Description of 2-3 major projects Academic honors, special certifications, endorsements, etc. Educational Background:

12 Start with your title, the organization, location, and time frame. Each relevant position should have a list of your accomplishments. Start with a verb in the past tense. Avoid duties include or responsible for. Quantify, be descriptive, and identify strengths. Example: Edited a monthly newsletter for the department, streamlining office communication." Experience:

13 Technical Skills: Computer programs/software/languages. Familiar or proficient? Foreign Language Skills: Basic understanding, conversant or fluent? Lab/Scientific Skills: Equipment you can use, processes you can perform. Skills:

14 References available upon request at the bottom? When to provide references What to include for each reference References:

15 FORMAT

16 Chronological Format Organizes information around dates, stating what you did and when. Work history is typically related to the job objective. Jobs/experiences are listed in reverse chronological order. Titles and organizations are emphasized. Accomplishments are highlighted.

17 Chronological Resume

18 Functional Format Organizes information around functional headings, highlighting major areas of accomplishments and strength. Allows you to organize content in an order that most supports the objective; not bound by dates. Titles and work history are secondary. Draws on all sources of experience- volunteer, activities, courses, work and signifies each as equally important.

19 Functional Resume

20 Combination Format Combines the best aspects of both the chronological and functional. Emphasizes skills, accomplishments, interests, and work experience relative to the objective. When to use the Combination Format? Use when you want to emphasize previous activities and or experience while also highlighting transferable skills.

21 Combination Resume

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23 APPEARANCE

24 Appearance Dont use a template. Print on a laser printer. Be consistent with heading style and margins. Font: no smaller than 10 point. Margins: no smaller than 0.5 inches. Paper choice matters. Check for spelling and grammatical errors. Use one font style and size (except for your name). Fill the page. Try to stick to 1 page in most cases. Paragraphs vs. bullets. Use bullets, not dashes.

25 A Few Final Guidelines… Dos Revise your resume often. Have a variety of people give you feedback. If a position is still in progress, indicate so: Fall 2006-present. Vary your verbs. Talk about the big picture, i.e. what impact your action had on the organization. Proofread beyond spell check.

26 A Few Final Guidelines…… Dont include hobbies. Dont use I. Dont describe duties in paragraph form - use bullets.

27 COVER LETTERS

28 Key Elements: Contact Information Content Purpose of Letter Special Skills Follow-up Intent


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