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1 Resume Writing & Interviewing Sam Houston State University Career Services

2 The Resume

3 Your Resume Marketing piece Tool for communication Emphasis on things done well Stress aspects that make you the better candidate Not an autobiography

4 Items to Include in Your Resume Name, address, phone number, & Education Licenses & certificates Skills & accomplishments Work history Job objective

5 What Not to Include in Your Resume Age Marital status Height, weight, etc. Race Religion Reasons for termination Photos High school information

6 Resume Components Objective Education Experience Internships Skills Honors Affiliations References

7 Objective Focus your objective Be specific Do NOT mention “opportunities for advancement” Target particular positions

8 JAMES DAVIS 919 Bearkat Blvd. Huntsville, TX (936) OBJECTIVESeeking an entry level position in the field of finance

9 Education List degrees in reverse order GPA Associate Degrees Relevant coursework Honors Certifications

10 JAMES DAVIS 919 Bearkat Blvd. Huntsville, TX (936) OBJECTIVESeeking an entry level position in the field of finance EDUCATIONSam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, 3.60 Minor in Management Coursework:   Strategic Management   Business Communications   Business Finance   Labor Economics   Business Law   Operations Management

11 Experience Include volunteer or unpaid experience List company, location, dates of employment, job title & relevant duties Use action verbs List duties in phrases Use past tense for past experiences Be clear Bullet job duties

12 JAMES DAVIS 919 Bearkat Blvd. Huntsville, TX (936) OBJECTIVESeeking an entry level position in the field of finance EDUCATIONSam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, 3.60 Minor in Management Coursework:   Strategic Management   Business Communications   Business Finance   Labor Economics   Business Law   Operations Management EXPERIENCEThe Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI Finance Intern, Summer 2000   Reviewed current Cash Flow reporting process and prepared 2Q99 Cash Flow statement using current process   Designed, tested, and implemented new process for Cash Flow reporting   Researched Securities and Exchange Commission’s “Plain English” rule, and rewrote large portion of Dow’s K in “Plain English”

13 References Use 3-5 professional references List the reference’s BUSINESS address and professional title List references on a separate page Include a reference category heading on resume –“References available upon request.” Notify the references that you would like to use

14 Optional Categories Honors and Activities Professional Organizations Computer skills & other skills relevant to the job Publications Research

15 JAMES DAVIS 919 Bearkat Blvd. Huntsville, TX (936) OBJECTIVESeeking an entry level position in the field of finance EDUCATIONSam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, 3.60 Minor in Management Coursework:   Strategic Management   Business Communications   Business Finance   Labor Economics   Business Law   Operations Management EXPERIENCEThe Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI Finance Intern, Summer 2000   Reviewed current Cash Flow reporting process and prepared 2Q99 Cash Flow statement using current process   Designed, tested, and implemented new process for Cash Flow reporting   Researched Securities and Exchange Commission’s “Plain English” rule, and rewrote large portion of Dow’s K in “Plain English” HONORS &   Dean’s List: Spring & Fall 2000 ACTIVITIES   President’s Honor Roll: Spring 2001   The Dow Chemical SHSU Alumni Scholarship recipient   Habitat for Humanity   National Collegiate Scholar REFERENCESAvailable upon request

16 The Resume Length –1 page for recent graduates –1-2 pages for advanced degrees –2-3 pages for senior executives Paper Guidelines –White or neutral, 24 lb. Paper –Standard: 8 ½ x 11 inches –Matching cover letter and envelope One Page Resume

17 The Interview

18 The Purpose of the Interview Objective Compatibility Motivation Enthusiasm Intelligence Adaptability Maturity Commitment Communication Assertiveness Follow-though Employers need to assess:

19 Types of Interviews Face to Face – Traditional Structured On-Campus * On-Site Panel-group interaction Behavioral *

20 The On-Campus Interview Opportunity for you to begin the formal interview process Employers seeking SHSU graduates for entry-level positions Types of On-Campus Interviews –Open Interview Schedule –Pre-Select Interview Schedule

21 The On-Campus Interview JOBS 4 KATS System –Create your own account –Upload your resume Eligible for: –On-Campus Interviewing Open and Pre-Select schedules –Resume Referral Service –View Job and Internship Listings

22 The Behavioral Interview Based on the idea: “The best way to predict future behavior is to determine past behavior.” Focuses on actions & behaviors rather than subjective impressions For more information on Behavioral Interviewing, read handout

23 How to Prepare for an Interview Review the companies requirements Prepare yourself –Be prepared to provide examples of your skills, abilities, interests, etc. Research the company Formulate questions

24 First Impressions Handshake Smile Good posture Eye contact Appearance

25 Suits – navy, gray, black Skirts – below knee Classic leather pump shoes Leather handbag Small, simple jewelry Pull hair away from face Subtle fragrance Business Dress for Women

26 Business Dress for Men Suits –Classic, conservative style –Navy or dark gray –White shirt –Tie Shined black shoes Good quality watch No jewelry Subtle cologne

27 Interviewing Etiquette Timing Secretaries Seating Privacy Names Habits The money issue Farewells Thank-you notes

28 Career Services Sam Houston State University 919 Bearkat – Box 2238 Huntsville, Texas Telephone: (936) Fax: (936)


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