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1 WRITE A WINNING RESUME Facilitator’s Name Phone Number Email Address creating a resume with impact!

2 Job Search Success Pyramid The ICC offers several workshops to help you through the job search process. Don’t forget to take Self-Assessments or try Informational Interviews before starting the Job Search Success Pyramid. Ask an ICC advisor for more info.

3 Purpose Your resume is your Marketing Brochure Identifies what you have to offer Explains what contributions you can make Targeted directly to the specific needs of the employer Can be given to references Used in the interview as a guide by employer Main purpose: to get you an interview!

4 Resume Formats CHRONOLOGICAL FORMAT Easy to read, employer preferred Presents education and work experience in reverse chronological order TIP! TIP! Very effective if majority of education and work experience is related to objective

5 Resume Formats FUNCTIONAL FORMAT Focuses on skills and abilities you have used that relate to the objective Often used by career changers, graduate students and postdocs Groups experience (including volunteer work and extracurricular activities) under functional skill headings (e.g. research, writing, marketing)

6 Resume Formats COMBINATION FORMAT Uses elements of both Chronological and Functional Format Stresses skills and abilities Provides job/experience descriptions TIP! TIP! See Career Resource Manual for an example!

7 Resume Formats-Government Federal resumes have unique requirements –Check for information –See an ICC Coordinator for assistance

8 Resume Formats CURRICULUM VITAE (C.V.) Used by individuals seeking teaching and/or research positions in a post- secondary institution or high-level research industry Often two or three pages for master or doctoral candidates Workshops for C.V. writing are available by the Internship & Career Center.

9 Necessary Categories TITLE BLOCK/HEADING Your name Address (include local and permanent if applicable) Daytime telephone number - don’t forget area codes – more than one number is o.k.- make it easy for the employer to reach you Make sure your voice message is professional sounding – no music, jokes, etc. Email address – moniker should be professional, create a separate account exclusively for job search if needed through one of free ISPs

10 Necessary Categories OBJECTIVE Need only be the job title you are applying for Many career hubs will allow you to upload more than one version of your resume and designate which one to be “active” Statements such as, “A challenging position that will utilize my ___ skills” is not necessary – recruiters just want to know what position you are applying for

11 Necessary Categories SUMMARY OR SKILLS Can be bulleted or in columns For examples, see the Career Resource Manual List skills you can perform with little or no direction General skills, including communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, managerial, etc. Visit for Summary ideas

12 Necessary Categories SUMMARY/SKILLS continued Research - list research skills with which you are familiar Laboratory - list techniques, procedures and/or equipment Language - indicate fluency level, specify if you can read/write/speak the language Computer – list software applications can use “Proficient in” and “Familiar with” to qualify skill level IT resumes will list hardware, software, operating systems, etc.

13 Necessary Categories EDUCATION List highest degree first, followed by other degrees received; date to be conferred AA is optional unless it has relevance to the job objective High school diploma not necessary GPA if 3.0+ (check specific major for guidelines)

14 Necessary Categories EDUCATION List Relevant Coursework See Career Resource Manual for examples Put in columns or can list in bullet format with a brief description, for example: Research Methods in Psychology: Designed and conducted experimental and non-experimental studies, doing descriptive statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, results interpretation and report writing.

15 Necessary Categories EXPERIENCE List job title, employer, city, state, dates of employment List jobs in reverse chronological order Use accomplishment statements whenever possible to describe experience and add impact Start with an action verb to add interest

16 Necessary Categories EXPERIENCE continued Accomplishment statements examples: Reorganized pharmaceutical sample cabinet and developed inventory tracking system to ensure sample medications were consistently stocked and easy to locate by physicians and staff. Promoted to team lead as a result of consistently demonstrating excellent organizational skills and completing projects on or before deadlines.

17 Necessary Categories EXPERIENCE continued When not using an accomplishment statement, describe how well you performed job tasks Start bullet point with an adverb, for example: Accurately filed documents to ensure staff had easy and quick access to all critical information. Strictly adhered to all safety and infection prevention standards. Tactfully and courteously handled difficult customers at busy, high-volume retail outlet.

18 Necessary Categories EXPERIENCE continued Use the SAR approach to brainstorm accomplishments Situation, Action, Result Quantify results when possible Ran culture studies on 85 amoebas, daily, over a two- month time period contributing to three successful research projects

19 Necessary Categories EXPERIENCE continued Add impact to your resume by giving a sense of scope: Fast-paced office (store, restaurant) Seven person team Ten person office $80 million dollar company Upscale restaurant Popular eatery High volume store Highest volume store in the tri-county region Supervised 10 member team Promoted to team lead within 3 months

20 Necessary Categories EXPERIENCE continued Create special sections (e.g. Related Experience, Research Experience, Marketing Experience For examples, see Career Resource Manual May include significant academic assignments and relevant extra-curricular activities

21 Optional Categories Honors/Awards/Hobbies/Interests Avoid listing those which may be controversial Extra-Curricular Activities/Professional Affiliations List memberships and offices held Licenses, Certifications, Credentials, Training Related items only (CPR, First Aid, Hazardous Materials Training, Prof. Engr., MCSE, etc.) Place in Summary/Skills section if important to job requirements

22 Optional Categories Publications List articles published and those accepted for publication May include in experience section Computer Skills Unless critical for job then put in Summary/Skills section at top of resume Military Service May include in experience section

23 General Guidelines Length Generally 1 page (especially recent grads) Two pages with extensive related experience Layout – DO NOT use a template Must be easy to read – most resumes get a 20 second glance, initially Use white space, bullet points (non-bulleted o.k. as long as text is limited to one or two short sentences; avoid large paragraphs or big blocks of type). Choose standard font in 10-12 point size Name should be in larger font but 18pt max

24 General Guidelines Layout continued Paper color – white, beige, grey, ivory 24 lb. quality resume paper, one-sided only Proofread!! Have at least three other people read your resume. Don’t rely on Spell-check! Watch present/past tense No personal pronouns Tailor contents to each job No need to use line, “References furnished upon request” – recruiters know this already

25 The Cover Letter Should always accompany each resume you send out Establishes personal contact Introduces resume, highlights experience and promotes your eligibility Address it to a specific person Print on good quality paper (match resume) Use standard business format Stress how your skills, education, experience can benefit the employer Close by indicating your interest in the position and follow-up plans

26 Reference Page Take with you to an interview or include with resume only when requested Three to six names; your contact information at the top, with the title, “REFERENCES” Ask before listing – include name and all contact information with email address No relatives, friends, other students Send references a copy of your resume Notify references if you think they may be contacted; provide information about the job you are applying for Thank people who serve as a reference by sending thank you email/note

27 THANK YOU! Attend the Online Resumes Workshop for specifics about electronic resumes Any questions? Visit Call 530.752.2855 Visit the 2nd & 3rd floors of South Hall or the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center

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