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1 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. City Year Resume Workshop

2 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Agenda Why do I need a resume now? What makes a resume ‘good’? How do I create a great resume? What is a cover letter?

3 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation College An effective resume is necessary whether you are applying to college or for a job next year Job Colleges / scholarships may ask you to submit your resume Brainstorming tool that can help in completion of applications -Organizes your activities and achievements At college, you may end up applying for a job Serves as your introduction to a potential employer Showcases your accomplishments and skills Does not guarantee you a interview, but a poorly constructed resume can guarantee that you don’t get a job Resumes often serve as a guide for interview Start building your resume now, regardless of your plans for next year

4 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation To stand out against other resumes, yours must be organized and written for maximum impact Spend less than 60 seconds on average, so you need to make a good impression quickly -Some estimates claim time spent is as low seconds! Look for mistakes as frequently as they look for great achievements Give less attention to, or stop reading, resumes when information is not well-organized When reading resumes, employers often: Source:

5 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Agenda Why do I need a resume now? What makes a resume ‘good’? How do I create a great resume? What is a cover letter?

6 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation What makes a resume ‘good’? What makes a resume great can be subjective, but below are some common characteristics associated with the ‘great’ resumes: Honest Organized -Not a one-page block of text Concise and appropriate language -Sufficient detail to convey experiences -Eliminate ‘fluff’ language or unnecessary words, and replace with more powerful action words -Example: “The team’s project was centered around increasing the revenue of Business unit A” “Collaborated with team to increase revenue of business unit by 20%” Experiences are well-communicated and convey that you have the skills for the job -Explicitly explains what you did and what the results were -Calls out instances of leadership, initiative, teamwork, etc. There are no holes Interests A+

7 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation More detailed tips to ensuring your resume is fabulous! Contact information Include all relevant contact info at top of resume ( , phone number, address) Work-appropriate address Potential employer needs to be able to contact you Employer may judge you by a weird address Formatting Use one normal font throughout resume Use a font between 10 and 12 Organize resume into sections to provide structure and flow Stick to one page (reduce margins if necessary) They have a lot of resumes to read – don’t make it even more difficult on their eyes! If resume is difficult to read or follow, employers won’t bother Some people will not read beyond first page Honors Include honors and awards you have received, but make sure that they are significant and timely enough to include Although they are not work experiences, they do speak to your achievements and abilities Proofreading Proofread, proofread, PROOFREAD! Look for spelling and grammar errors, ensure vocabulary is at appropriate level Resume mistakes can immediately decrease your credibility and give the wrong first impression of your abilities Key pointRationale

8 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Agenda Why do I need a resume now? What makes a resume ‘good’? How do I create a great resume? What is a cover letter?

9 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation So what are the steps to developing this great resume? Gather information Brainstorm Determine format and organize information Revise Obtain feedback from others Revise (and repeat previous step)

10 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Start off easy, gathering some of your education info first 1 GPA from various educational experiences -If you had a concentration or major, and your grades were higher in those courses, include that GPA as well List of relevant courses -May provide additional credibility and show you have experience in subject matter -Example: If applying for a business position, you may want to call out that you have taken courses in Economics, Math, Communications or Marketing -Ensure these courses are actually relevant to position, and keep this section updated for the various types of jobs you apply for Example:

11 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Awards, honors, extra-curricular activities, clubs / organizations, volunteer work, your own business, major academic projects, student govt, certifications, publications Within these activities and organizations, brainstorm projects you have been involved in, or positions you have held, that demonstrate your capabilities What was your role / what did you do? E.g. led team, performed analysis What capabilities did you exhibit? E.g. leadership, initiative, analytic abilities What was accomplished / the outcome? E.g. raised $X for charity Brainstorm around, and write down, your experiences and activities… 2 High level: Detailed:

12 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Leadership opportunities / initiatives E.g. CYFK, Recruitment A team, participating in roundtables, Love and Joy Crew, etc. Community projects oWhat activities have you participated in, planned or lead? Curriculum at local schools oHave you planned and / or led student exercises and activities? oHow many students do you mentor or teach each week? After school programs at the schools oHave you planned and / or led after school activities? oHow many students do you mentor / tutor each week? Consider City Year training you have received and / or led Awards or honors received at City Year “What if I don’t have experience?” You have GREAT experience – City Year! 2 As before, consider what your role was in these activities, what capabilities you exhibited and what was accomplished

13 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Heading -Name, address, phone, work-appropriate -Multiple addresses: pick one or put one on each side of the page -Include area code on phone number and ensure voic is appropriate Objective -Brief, detailed statement of your career goal as related to position you are applying for -Often a source of mistakes on resume and I do NOT recommend using it -E.g. “To obtain a position as X where I can contribute my X and Y skills” Education -School, location, major, expected or actual graduation date -List all schools attended, including high school, even if you did not earn a degree Skills and abilities -Organization of this category will vary, but is the ‘meat’ of the resume -Overviews your leadership and teamwork experiences, and highlights your communication, computer, language and other relevant skills General structure of resume is comprised of 3 (to 4) parts 3a A B C A B C Eh

14 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Based on your experiences, determine which resume format type is best for you 3b Chronological CombinationFunctional Organize achievements by date -Include company name, your position, location, date -Below, describe duties & responsibilities, skills gained, and elaborate on experience in concise way Organized into 2 sections: “Summary of Experience” -Lists 3 – 6 skills relevant to job sought (e.g. leader-ship, communication skills) “Work History” -Lists employer information, positions held and dates Mix of chronological and functional elements -E.g. Work experience section organized chrono- logically, and a leadership section highlighting leadership roles not captured under work experience Overview: Good for: Emphasizes employment, extra-curricular activities and academic-related experiences More emphasis on skills acquired than where or when experience was gained Emphasizing experience and key skills acquired Source:

15 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation After you organize your activities and skills into a first draft, revise it again! 4/5  Does resume contain the key pieces of information? -Name and contact information -Education (including any honors/awards received) -Experiences / skills -Interests (optional)  Is it free of spelling and grammatical errors?  Is it formatted so that resume structure is easily understood (i.e. reader can easily differentiate employment versus education sections, or employer name versus position held)  Is word choice powerful, with each line beginning with an action verb?  Are phrases concise and to the point? Once you have checked off these items, seek input of teacher, advisor, mentor or parent for a new perspective

16 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Review of successful resume characteristics: What helps a resume stand out!(1 of 2) Word Choice Sufficient Detail Short, powerful sentences beginning with action verb Variety of word choice (don’t start with the same word more than twice) Avoid personal pronouns (I, me, my) – write in third person Use appropriate tense (if something happened in past, use the past tense) Avoid acronyms, contractions (e.g. don’t, can’t), abbreviations or slang Sell yourself because applicants you are competing against are doing the same! Explain what you have done clearly enough, so that someone who has no idea what your job entailed can understand it -Having others read your resume is a good test Quantify and note results wherever possible -Can significantly increases your credibility -Example: “Increased membership and led fundraiser” “Increased membership by 30% and led 10 peers in bake sale fundraiser to raise $4,000 for our organization” (then elaborate a bit more on what you did to achieve this If organization is not well-known, it can be helpful to describe in a few words what your employer did to acquaint reader with industry / market

17 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Review of successful resume characteristics: What helps a resume stand out! (2 of 2) Prioritization Formatting Focus on your achievements and do not be shy to call out what you have accomplished or recognition you have received List most important experiences / skills first (even if doing a chronological resume, there are times you may want to deviate from structure) -E.g. If you are applying for a position at a bank and you interned at a loan office in the summer of 2005 and served as waitress in 2006, list the loan office experience first Poor formatting will almost guarantee your resume does not get the attention it deserves! Use bolding, italics, underlining and spacing appropriately to provide structure and organization – but do not go overboard Look at other resumes for examples and ideas Example:

18 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Participating in one-on-one review is another step toward making your resume stand out! Description:Discuss importance and key characteristics of resume, and how to make it stand out Provide step-by-step process for resume creation, with examples Draft of resume is due to Program Manager if you would like to participate in one-on-one workshop One-on-one resume reviews with a Bainie Potential for follow-up meetings and assistance Timing:TodayFriday, March 20 th Friday, March 27 st Stress “dos and don’ts” of resumes Initiate brainstorming of your activities and achievements Get you started! Encourage you to draft and refine your resume! Resume is a graduation requirement Detailed, personalized feedback discussion Opportunity to ask questions and get an objective set of eyes on your resume Resume Workshop Resume draft deadline One-on-one resume review

19 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Agenda Why do I need a resume now? What makes a resume ‘good’? How do I create a great resume? What is a cover letter?

20 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation What is the purpose of a cover letter? We won’t be reviewing cover letters in the one-on-one workshop, but here is a quick primer to get you started A cover letter is your sales pitch to the employer Gives you the opportunity to highlight the skills and experiences from your resume Tailors your application to a specific position and/or company Establishes a personal connection with the reader Tells the company why they should hire YOU!

21 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation What makes a cover letter ‘good’? Tailor each cover letter to the specific company -Address the letter to specific company and individual -Show that you know something about the company and the industry -Explain why you are qualified for this position Highlight your most relevant accomplishments -Pick out the most relevant qualifications listed in your resume and discuss them in detail -Do not just list everything from your resume! Reflects your personality -Write it in your own words No spelling or typing errors. Not even one.

22 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation What do I write about in my cover letter? Introduction Body Conclusion States job you are applying for and how you learned about it Mentions any personal contacts you have with the company Briefly explains your general qualifications for the job Expands upon your qualifications and interest in the position Highlights your most relevant accomplishments Demonstrates how your background and experience qualifies you for the job Requests an interview States how, when, and where you can be reached Thanks reader for his/her time

23 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Q&A

24 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Resume Basics & Examples: Contact info Key advice: Ensure address and voic message are work-appropriate, and be sure to include all pieces of contact info (address, phone number, etc) One address: 1 2 Two addresses: 3 4

25 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Resume Basics & Examples: Education Key advice: Be sure to include any honors / achievements, GPA, concentration / major, and relevant coursework (optional) 1 2 3

26 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Resume Basics & Examples: Experience / Activities Key advice: Use actions words to concisely summarize your experience. Quantify results whenever possible to increase credibility

27 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Resume Basics & Examples: Other info Key advice: Include other capabilities, such as computer or language skills. Listing a few of your interests (nothing too crazy or inappropriate) can be helpful in rounding out your resume and providing an ice breaker during interview

28 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Cover Letter Basics & Examples: Introduction Key advice: Address cover letter to specific company and individual. State who you are, what job you are applying for, and how you learned about the position.

29 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Cover Letter Basics & Examples: Body Key advice: Expand on your qualifications and interest in the positions. Highlight your most relevant accomplishments Explain how you are qualified: Show that you are interested: Tell the reader who you are:

30 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Cover Letter Basics & Examples: Conclusion Key advice: Ask for an interview and thank reader for his/her time.

31 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Helpful action words to incorporate into your resume accomplished achieved analyzed assessed attained completed concluded conducted coordinated designed determined developed devised directed eliminated established evaluated forecasted formulated founded headed identified implemented improved initiated launched managed mediated operated organized presented proposed recommended solved strengthened supervised

32 This information is confidential and was prepared by Bain & Company solely for the use of our client; it is not to be relied on by any 3rd party without Bain's prior written consent. BOS City Year resume & cover letter presentation Some web resources as you get started on your resumes! -More detail and tips on completing your resume -Lists of useful action words to increase impact of your resume -Variety of sample resume formats that can be helpful if you are looking for different ways to present your information. Be aware that not all of these formats are spectacular and use your judgment! -Look at some of the ‘After’ resumes for ideas on how to organize and convey your experiences -Some humorous examples of what NOT to do


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