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1 Build a Winning Resume Neal Robinson Assistant Director, Employer Relations Career Services, University of Central Florida

2 Advice & Questions ADVICEQUESTIONS

3 Consider the Benefits It’s not ALL about the money! Health, Dental, Life, & Disability Insurance Paid Vacation, Holidays, Sick Time Bonuses Child Care Services Continuing Education & Training Services Flexible Work Schedule Stock Options Relocation Expenses Retirement Plans What will you get to add to your professional toolbox?

4 Formatting & Appearance Length – Generally one page Margins – 0.5 to 1 inch on all sides Fonts – Standard fonts (ex. Times New Roman or Arial) Type Size – Point Paper – White, beige, or light gray resume paper

5 Contact Information First M Last Current Address: 501 Russell Hall Storrs, CT Permanent Address: 1234 Long Hill Road Mansfield, CT Full Nam ing Addresses Phone Number Address

6 VICTOR A. TRINGER 345 Alcorn Lane Ocean City, MD (555) _____________________________________________________________________________

7 Objective Statement Purpose: – What position are you applying to? – What skills/experiences would you contribute? Creating an Objective: – Highlight the industry, field, or company of interest – Emphasize 2-3 of your strong and/or related skills

8 VICTOR A. TRINGER 345 Alcorn Lane Ocean City, MD (555) _____________________________________________________________________________ OBJECTIVE: To obtain a legal assistant position at xyz law firm utilizing strong research, organizational, and written communication skills.

9 Objective Statement Objective: Seeking a ________ utilizing ________, __________, and ________ skills Type of Position Your Skills, Relevant to the Position

10 Education Section Educational institutions or specialized training programs you have attended GPA (optional) Certifications and/or licensure related to employment goal Relevant coursework and/or thesis topic

11 Education Section University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Bachelor of ________ in __________, Month, Year Minor: ________ GPA: #.## / 4.00, Dean’s List Education: Institution Degree Graduation Date Minor GPA and Academic Awards

12 VICTOR A. TRINGER 345 Alcorn Lane Ocean City, MD (555) _____________________________________________________________________________ OBJECTIVE: To obtain a legal assistant position at xyz law firm utilizing strong research, organizational, and written communication skills. EDUCATION: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Storrs, CT Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, May 2015 Minor: Psychology; GPA: 3.87/4.00; Dean’s List RELAVANT COURSEWORK: Legal WritingThe Law of Contracts Legal ResearchHonors Moot Court

13 Skills/Certifications Summary Avoid ‘soft skills’ Focus on ‘hard skills’ Use keywords listed in the position description Revisit syllabi

14 Skills/Certifications Section Skills: Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Language: Fluent in _____, Conversational in _______ Certifications: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Date Categories Skills

15 VICTOR A. TRINGER 345 Alcorn Lane Ocean City, MD (555) _____________________________________________________________________________ OBJECTIVE: To obtain a legal assistant position at xyz law firm utilizing strong research, organizational, and written communication skills. EDUCATION: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Storrs, CT Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, May 2015 Minor: Psychology; GPA: 3.87/4.00; Dean’s List RELAVANT COURSEWORK: Legal WritingThe Law of Contracts Legal ResearchHonors Moot Court Skills: Research: LexisNexis, American LegalNet Computer: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) Language: Conversational Spanish

16 Experience Section Relevant Experience Employment (full-time or part-time) Internships or Co-op (paid or unpaid) Job Shadowing Experiences Volunteer Experience Academic Projects Study Abroad Experience Major Academic Experience

17 Highlighting Your Experiences Relevant Experience: Company Name, Location Position Title, Date – Date / Present Relevant Experience: Position Title, Date – Date / Present Company Name, Location Organization is More Prestigious Title is More Prestigious

18 RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Swartz & Swartz, Orlando, FL Legal Intern, June-August 20XX Outlined depositions and maintained files Conducted medical research to assist with malpractice suits Observed witness depositions Office of Senator Kennedy, Washington D.C. Press Intern, June-August 20XX Wrote press releases and media advisories Researched current issues for staff members and compiled findings into memos to brief the Senator Mock Trial Team, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Vice President, September-May 20XX Coordinated debate schedule and travel arrangements for six competitions Planed monthly meetings and recruited new members

19 JOB SHADDOWING EXPERIENCE: Baker & Hostetler LLP, Orlando, FL, September 2014 Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, FL, July 2014 Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed PA, Orlando, FL, July 2012 ACTIVITIES/HONORS: Active Minds, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Vice President, August 2013-Present; Member, September 2011-Present Conduct presentations regarding mental health issues and ways to reach out to students on campus Legal Society, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL Member, January 2011-Present Participate in professional development site visits to local law firms Tutor five undergraduate students in legal studies courses at the University’s academic center ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE: CVS, Cashier, Orlando, FL, September 2012-Present Grand Enchiladas Restaurant, Host, Orlando, FL, May 2010-August 2012 (Summers)

20 Bullet Points Skills focused So what? Action Verb + What/How/Why STAR (Quantify Results) Example: Collaborated with legal assistants to research case law related malpractice suits in order to brief a team of three lawyers.

21 Bullet Points Skills focused So what? Action Verb + What/How/Why STAR (Quantify Results) BeforeAfter

22 Electronic Resumes PDF is the preferred format for saving and submitting resumes – Always include your name when saving your resume (i.e. Victor Tringer resume.pdf)

23 Do Not Include Your Picture References Available Personal Information (marital status, age, weight, height, etc.) Unrelated Hobbies Personal Pronouns Grammatical Mistakes

24 References Separate from your resume Lists academic and professional contacts who have direct knowledge of your skills and qualifications Obtain permission from references in advance and provide resume and position description

25 REFERENCES: Dr. Robert Jones (Current Professor) Chair, Biology Department University of Central Florida 4000 Central Florida Blvd Orlando, FL (407) Ms. Louise Parker (Former Supervisor) Research Coordinator Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 101 Peachtree Center Atlanta, GA (404) Dr. Jonathan Hopkins (Professional Mentor) National President American Society for Microbiology 1000 Dupont Circle Washington, DC (202) VICTOR A. TRINGER 345 Alcorn Lane Ocean City, MD (555) _____________________________________________________________________________

26 Resume Critiques Monday-Friday 10 am – 3 pm


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