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1Resume Strategies Career Connection Younkin Success Center 2nd Floor 1640 Neil Avenue
2Career Connection Services Individual Career Counseling (appointments and walk-ins)Career AssessmentsCareer Planning & Decision-MakingResumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing SkillsApplying to Graduate School
3What should you think about before beginning? Why are you using this resume? What do you hope to communicate?Try to think like the person who will be receiving your resume—be aware of your audienceWhat are they looking for? What skills? What experience?How can you best communicate your skills and abilities to the employer?
4Resumes and Cover Letters Focus on tailored contentTargeted & RelevantResume: Will shape entire documentJob Objective/Skills SummaryOverall structure/LanguageCover Letter
5Steps for Resume Writing Determine job target/Grad SchoolWhat is needed for this target position? What the employers are looking forSpecific (Job Posting)(Previous addmitted/classes)General (What everyone is looking for)
6Specific—usually technical Of the requirements….what do you have?Example: Target job: Health CoachRelevant Skills:Provides education on wellness topicsEncourages adoption of positive habitsCoordinates the distribution of health education materialsWorks collaboratively with participants and other team membersYour Relevant Skills:Education on wellnessWorking collaboratively
7General—usually broad/transferable What general skills fit?Can you do the job? (qualified skills, knowledge & experience)Will you do the job? (motivation & interest)Do you fit with our organization? (personality & work style)What skills have you developed from your experiences with SURI that might be transferable?
8Transferable Skills Leadership Teamwork Initiative Time Management Communication SkillsOrganizationAttention to Detail
9Resumes What the Employers are Looking For Can you do the job? (qualified skills, knowledge & experience)Time ManagementOrganizationCommunicationWill you do the job? (motivation & interest)LeadershipDo you fit with our organization? (personality and work style)TeamworkLoyalty-investment
10Resumes Targeted & Relevant Make a list of the specific and general Keep this list on your mind as you move forward
11Identifying information Name (should be prominent)Present address + Alternate or permanent address (if you’re moving within the next 6 months)Phone number(s)address (use your OSU account or other professional looking address)1 line***Do not include age, marital status, religion, or other personal information. - spell out everything
12Job Objective/Summary State1) The type of position you are seeking or the actual job title and the employer-be specific if possible2) Include how you will benefit the employer – not what you are seeking from the employer…2-3 thingsAn exciting position within any clinical research company doing interesting things that will allow me to get a promotion quickly.To obtain a Clinical Research Associate position with Cardinal Health, utilizing my previous lab experience and strong organizational skills developed as the vice president of the Ohio State Student Research Society
13EducationName and location of institution(s) attended in reverse chronological orderDegree(s) awarded/ Majors and minorsAnticipated or actual dates of graduationOptionalGPARelated CourseworkStudy abroad experiencesAwards and Honors/Thesis
14Education - Samples The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Bachelor of Science in Biology May 2014G.P.A. 3.5EDUCATIONThe Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio(August 2013)Bachelor of Science in BiochemistryMinor: SpanishRelated Course Work: Health Care Management and HR, Health Promotion, Health Care Delivery
15Experience LayoutName and location of employer, (internship, volunteer experience) dates of employment (involvement) and titleUniform layout * Clustered ExperiencesRULE OF RELEVANCEThe more that a past experience is related to the work you are seeking the more space you should allot to its description.Any experience that is particularly relevant to the job for which you are applying should be closer to the top of the resume.
16Explaining your experiences In draft form, write down everything you did -- answer the question: “If I did not show up, what would not have gotten done?”Think about all of the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed on the job.Accomplishments. Problem-Action-Result.Now think back to the job posting.NOTE: Use present tense for current job responsibilities and past tense for previous responsibilities
17Specific—usually technical Of the requirements….what do you have?Example: Target job: Health CoachRelevant Skills:Provides education on wellness topicsEncourages adoption of positive habitsCoordinates the distribution of health education materialsWorks collaboratively with participants and other team membersYour Relevant Skills:Education on wellnessWorking collaboratively
18General—usually broad/transferable What the Employers are Looking ForCan you do the job? (qualified skills, knowledge & experience)Time ManagementOrganizationCommunicationWill you do the job? (motivation & interest)LeadershipDo you fit with our organization? (personality and work style)TeamworkLoyalty-investment
19Skills and TasksThink of several accomplishment statements for each specific and general skillMake it concise and filled with action verbs (specific to skills)Winning Formula = Action verb + subject + outcomeOutcome: Connecting words (to, for, resulting in, improving)Be descriptive and quantify as much as possible -- the reader should be able to “see” you doing the jobUse their words
20Experience Example Work Experience Java Cup, Columbus, Ohio Customer Service Representive, June 2011-PresentDirect store closing operations, including the auditing of cash registers and completion of security checklistDemonstrate leadership through training and monitoring new employees to establish an efficient and productive work environmentCollaborate as a member of a team to provide high quality customer service in a fast paced environmentExplain menu items and responded efficiently to customer requestsExhibit time management and organizational skills while balancing school and work commitments
21Additional SkillsComputer hardware and software with which you are familiarForeign languagesWork-related training, conferences or workshops attendedAcademic skills that are related to the job (research, leadership, etc.)Additional SkillsForeign Language skills, Fluency in SpanishComputer skills, proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Front pageResearch skills, collect and analyze data utilizing SPSS for various Departmental child development research projects
22Optional Sections Relevant Coursework Honors/Awards Community Service/Volunteer ExperienceLeadership ExperienceProfessional Memberships/OrganizationsPublications/PresentationsLicenses/Certifications
23References List on a separate page Copy your identifying information at the top of your reference pageUse the same format for each referenceBalance of academic and professionalConsider supervisors from volunteer experiences and internshipsNo family members
24Characteristics of a successful resume Consistent (verb tense, format, etc.)FactualVisual appealOne page (in most cases)Write your own resume – avoid templatesZero typographical errorsThe ultimate purpose of a resume is to get you an interview
25Cover letters: general guidelines Tells a prospective employer what you can do for them and why you are qualified to meet their needsConnector-Not a rehashing of the resumeIt is an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills and it opens a window to your personalityTailor to EACH positionAddress to specific person when possibleOne page - keep at 3 to 4 paragraphs
26Elements of a cover letter Your return address and today’s dateEmployer’s contact informationGreetingIntroductory paragraphMain paragraphClosing paragraphSignature
27Cover letter format Your Street Address City, State Zip Code Date Name of PersonJob TitleCompany/OrganizationStreet AddressDear Mr./Dr./Ms../Mrs. XXXXXXXXX (an actual name vs. “To Whom It May Concern”):FIRST PARAGRAPH:SECOND PARAGRAPH:CLOSING PARAGRAPH:Sincerely ,Your NameCover letter format
28Introductory paragraph Tell why you are writing (e.g., name the specific position or type of work for which you are applying)Mention the resource used in finding out about the opening or company/organization *optionalInclude when you’re graduating from The Ohio State University and with what degree (+ highlight of job history)A highlight of how you match the posting: I believe that my leadership skills combined with my experience in structural design and analysis as well as electrical design make me an ideal candidate for the ME position.
29Introductory paragraph It is with great interest that I am applying for the position of Mechanical Engineer at Nissan. I learned about this opportunity from Kristen Hall, an Engineer in your office who highly encouraged me to apply. I am currently a Mechanical Engineering Major at Ohio State and expect to graduate in Spring of I believe that my leadership skills combined with my experience in structural design and analysis as well as electrical design make me an ideal candidate for the Mechanical Engineer position.
30Middle paragraph What you did, What you learned and how it Matches Include certain skills you want to highlight that are mentioned in the job postingWhere and how you developed those skills (academic background/training, work experience, personality traits)Achievements that relate to the field in which you are applying.How you would make a good fit in the company based on its mission, goals, and current projects
31Main ParagraphMy Bachelor‘s degree in Mechanical Engineering from OSU has taught me the importance of collaboration and teamwork in completing tasks efficiently and on deadline. While at OSU, I was a member of the Women in Engineering Society. These experiences advanced my leadership and communication skills through volunteer programs with the greater Columbus community. In addition, I gained considerable experience in structural design and analysis as well as electrical design through my engineering internship at Honda. What appeals to me most about Nissan is your commitment to research and development and your aspiration to be on the forefront of new technology.
32Closing Paragraph Your resume is included You’d like to further discuss the job opportunityHow you can be reached (phone number and ) to answer any questionsThank them for his/her time and consideration***If the employer is far away and you plan to visit the area soon, consider writing that you will be in the geographic vicinity on a certain day and will call to see if an interview can arranged at this person’s convenience on that day
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