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1 Resumes, Cover Letters and Job Searching Career Prep 101:Resumes, Cover Letters andJob SearchingEmily Vees, MBAAssociate Director, Career Center
2 Opening the Door What is the purpose of a resume? Did you know…. Most recruiters only spend about 6-10 seconds looking at a resume?!Skimming to find an indication that you meet their needsStand out from the crowdRESUME1 page, clean format, easy to read, no typos
3 Resume Format Chronological v. Functional Organizing the Resume Chronological – job experience arranged listing most recent firstFunctional – work experience arranged according to skillsStudents and Recent grads = chronologicalOrganizing the ResumeObjective – optionalEducation - college only, GPARelevant CourseworkInternship ExperienceWork ExperienceCampus/Community InvolvementLeadership ExperienceAwards/RecognitionResearch – Senior honors thesis, work done with Faculty (not just a class)References – separate page; ask permission before listing
4 Education Section Examples Include:University, location, degree, graduation date, major/minor, GPAEDUCATION:Bachelor of Business Administration Expected: May 2015Major: Marketing Management GPA: 3.1The University of Akron, Akron, OhioEDUCATIONThe University of Akron, Akron, OhioBachelor of Science in Computer Science GPA: 3.5 Expected: May 2014Minor: Economics
6 Technical Resume Tips DID YOU KNOW? Most firms will do Boolean searches?A type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant resultsThis means they are scanning your resume for keywords!Keywords can be found in the job description.
7 Professional Summary Section Summary about your skills and experiences that would make you appealing to an employer.Should include keywords from job description.SAMPLE:Business and technology student with experience in IT project leadership including planning and implementation management, development and analysis. Product knowledge spans software, hardware, and related computer services. Completed internships in software and development, skilled at learning new tasks quickly with the ability to analyze and solve problems.
8 Technical Summary/Skills Section List all buzzwords, including platforms, languages, operating systems, frameworks, what are you familiar with?SAMPLE:Languages: HTML, Java, C#, Visual Basic, SQLPlatforms: Windows XP, Citrix, Mac OSSoftware: Microsoft Office Suite, Project, Visio, Adobe
9 Resume Reminders Avoid using fill in templates Use Action Verbs Administered, Created, Developed, Executed, Facilitated, Planned, Managed, etc.Avoid Wordiness – use phrases instead of sentences, eliminate the pronoun “I”Recruiters like numbers!Example “Supervised 6 staff members”Tailor to the job for which you are applyingUse the job description to your advantageaddress – is it professional?Do not include graphics or photographsPROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD
10 Cover LettersIntroduces you, establishes your interest in the position, explains why you are submitting your resumeTypically 3 brief paragraphs:The first explains why you are writing and the position you are seekingThe second explains how your skills relate to the specific job, why you are qualified for the position and how you can benefit the organizationThe third reiterates your interest and requests a follow up; either a reply or an interviewDo not discuss salary requirementsDo not repeat your resume, highlight the appropriate skillsShould be tailored for each job/internship you apply for
11 Job Searching Utilize your resources! Career Center jobs database and resume referralUpcoming Career Fairs:March 4th – Science and Engineering FairMarch 5th – All-Campus Career FairFaculty advisor/Computer Science jobs pageOnline job boards:
13 Interviewing Tips Do: Don’t: Turn off your cell phone Have a firm handshakeBe familiar with the organization and positionAsk questionsDress professionallySend a thank you noteAsk about next stepsBe LateFail to practice beforehandDress inappropriatelyOverlook body languageSpeak negatively about yourself or othersLieFail to ask questions
14 What to wear? Business Casual means: NO jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, flip-flops or tennis shoesNothing wrinkled, frayed or worn-outAcceptable attire includes:Khakis or dress pantsAny type of collared shirt: polo, long or short sleeve dress shirts such as oxfords or blousesSuit jackets are not necessaryWomen can wear skirts, but must be appropriate lengthAvoid anything sleeveless
18 What to wear? Business Professional means: A SUIT! For Men: For Women: A dark suit with a dress shirtA coordinating tieDark socks and dress shoesAvoid wearing bright colored shirts and loud tiesFor Women:Dark coordinated suits, properly fitted (not provocative), with matching dress blouse (no plunging neckline)Skirt length no more than one inch above the kneePolished matching dress shoes with moderate heel (no open toe/heeled shoes or platforms)Neutral colored hose (no runs)
21 Image Breakers Heavy cologne/perfume Visible tattoos or body piercings Noisy, clunky or distracting jewelryUnnatural hair color, messy hair style and/or unkempt facial hairLoose or missing buttonsClothing that is wrinkled, too tight, or too bigScuffed shoes; open-toe shoesPoor posture (stand and sit up straight)Lack of a firm handshakeOverstuffed briefcase, bag, or pocketsSweaty palmsChewing gumSmoking prior to the interviewSomething stuck in your teeth
22 Behavioral Based Interviewing Tell me about a time when….
23 Behavioral Based Interviewing What is a behavioral based interview?– An interviewing method that encourages you to talk about how you’ve dealt with past experiences– Allows for a conversation, not an interrogation– Looks for lessons learned from past experiences– Effectively probes beyond the facts to reveal abilities
24 Comparison of Questions Traditional Style:“Tell me about one of your group projects”Behavioral Style:“Describe a time when you tried to get a group of people to cooperate and work together as a team so that an objective could be accomplished”“Tell me about a challenge you have faced”Behavioral Style :“What types of problems have you had to identify and solve in your academic career? Describe in detail one of the most significant of these problems and the solution you developed”
26 S/T Situation/Task Describe the situation, task, or problem. Be as specific as possible and provide detailsBe concise, yet detailed.Assume the interviewer knows nothing about the situation – provide relevant background.S/T
27 ActionDescribe the specific action(s) you took that had an effect on the situation.Don't describe how you would behave or what the team did. Describe how you did actually behave.If you later decided you should have behaved differently, explain this. The employer will see that you learned something from experienceA
28 R Result Describe the positive result(s) or outcome(s) Be ready to articulate what you learned as a result of the situation (particularly if using a negative example). What happened? (grade, project, benefits, etc.)If possible, quantify your results and make sure to connect accomplishments to the position for which you are interviewing.R
29 The interviewer will probe further for more depth or detail if needed. Getting a STARThe interviewer will probe further for more depth or detail if needed.What were you thinking at that point?”“Tell me more about your meeting with that person.”“Lead me through your decision-making process.”Note: If the interviewer has to probe too often, this could be a sign that you aren’t listening well.
30 Derailers “What I would do…” “What I usually do…” Extensive need to probe for detailsRambling / TangentsLong-winded – be conciseFailure to listen - You can ask the interviewer to repeat the question, BUT not every time!Providing a negative example without telling what you learned from it: “I handled an angry customer. He was rude to me. He ended up dropping our insurance.”
31 You are allowed to think about your response. And remember…Silence is OK!!You are allowed to think about your response.
32 Practice Makes Perfect Applying what you have learned
33 Sources of Experience Group Projects Campus/Professional Organizations Leadership PositionsPrevious Work ExperienceSummer/ Part-time JobsInternshipsHobbies and InterestsAwards and RecognitionVolunteer Work
34 Think of some “stories” Times where you saved/made money for an employerA crisis or two and how you responded/recoveredA time where you were part of a team and what your contribution wasA time when you dealt with stressA time where you provided successful leadershipFailures you faced and how you overcame themEvents that caused you to change direction and how that worked out
35 What else does the Career Center offer? Individualized career advisingInternships/co-ops/full-time employmentResume/cover letter critiquesJob search strategiesInterviewing skills and mock interviewsBusiness etiquette and networking techniquesCareer FairsCareer workshops and programs
36 THE CAREER CENTER Visit us for more tips! Your One Stop Shop For Everything Career Related!DISCOVER MORE AT:Student Union, Room 211Monday-Friday 8am-5pm