2What is a Resume?A personal and professional summary of your background and qualificationsIt usually includes information about youreducation, career objectives, work experience,activities, awards or honors, and any other special skills you might haveEssentially, it is your passport to securing a great job
3Resume Essentials Try limiting resume to one page This is most important for people with less than tenyears experienceUse no less than 10 for letter sizeUse a readable and clear fontAvoid flashy fontsPrint resume on a laser jet printerUse Spell Check and triple check for typosOr you might end up saying:“Received a plague for salesperson of the year form Chevy”
4Top 10 Resume Pet Peeves From Monster.com 1. Spelling Errors, Typos and Poor Grammar2. Too Duty-Oriented3. Inaccurate Dates or None at all4. Inaccurate or Missing Contact Information5. Formatting6. Functional Resumes7. Long Resumes8. Long Paragraphs9. Unqualified Candidates10. Personal Information Unrelated to the Job
5Pre-Resume Business Research job information Desired qualifications, experience, skillsIf the company you’re interested in has awebsite be sure to check it our for theirphilosophy, values and any other pertinent information
6Time to Begin Resume Jonathon Ray Leeves 2120 Howe Avenue “Contact Information”Put your name, address, address, andphone number(s) at the very top of your resumeBold your nameJonathon Ray Leeves2120 Howe AvenueSacramento, CA 95828Home:Cell:
7What is your Objective? Statement…that is An objective statement is the first line on yourresume after personal informationA sentence fragment with descriptive phrasesand minimal punctuationInclude skills, qualifications and strengths which are related to the job you are applying for. Use a confident tone, but don’t be pompous or presumptuousThis is your chance to make a strong first impression!
8Objective Statements Avoid Being Too General: A position utilizing all of my skills,experience and knowledgeAvoid Being Stupid:My goal is to be a meteorologist. But sinceI possess no training in meteorology, Isuppose I should try stock brokerageBe clear and concise:A position as a copy editor for the Sacramento Bee allowing me to develop myjournalism skillsTo utilize my restaurant service trainingas a general manager of Red Lobster
9Education For recent college graduates and students applying for internships, this is an importantsectionOnly include high school if you have not received ahigher degree or taken any college coursesUntil your work experience is more impressive thanyour education, this category should be the secondsection in your resumeAcademic and scientific professionals typicallyplace education before experience on their CVs-Advice from Monster.com
10Education GPA -Not necessary but can be helpful -Only use if equal to or higher than 3.0-You can highlight your major GPAInclude any academic honorsRecent graduates or students still in school shouldinclude extracurricular activities, projects, or academicachievements
11Education Examples MA in Communications, May 2004. California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA.Deans List, GPA: 3.9/4.0BS in Business, Concentration: MarketingExpected Graduation: May 2005.California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA.Major GPA: 3.7/4.0 GPA: 3.2/4.0Recent graduates may make the Education section thecenterpiece of the resume by including ongoing projects,concentrations and relevant courses
12Relevant Courses This should follow your educational information List the courses you have taken in college thatrelate to the job you are applying forSince class names differ from school to school, referto the course by name rather than by numberExample:BA in Film Studies, May 2004.California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA.Relevant Courses: Classic American Films, The Philosophy of Literature and Film, Screenwriting, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
13Work Experience & Qualifications This section should either follow Education or comebefore, depending on which section features your strengthsmore prominentlyThe goal for this area is to stand out among the otherapplicants and to persuade the employer that you are the idealcandidate for the job
14Work Experience Include the positions you have held that are related to the job you are seekingThese positions may include paid positions, as wellas internships, volunteer jobs, or appointmentsBe creative with this part of the resume by describing andemphasizing your experiences in the most logical waypossible (We will look at different resume types later)
15Work Experience “What information do I include?” Include company name and location, job title, dates,and duties performedMake this section clear, concise, well-spaced,organized, and use bulletsUse action phrases to highlight the responsibilities youhave performed:-Managed -Initiated-Planned -Designed-Oversaw -Followed through with-Responsible for -Programmed-Coordinated -Created
16Examples PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 6/2002-8/2004 CSUS Sacramento, CA. Writing Center TutorAssisted students with their writing assignmentsHelped to formulate ideas through brainstorming, free writing andoutliningDesigned and created Powerpoint presentations for both students andfacultyQUALIFICATIONS:University Internships California State University Sacramento Sacramento, CA.Entertainment Coordinator 9/2003-Present-Contact and persuade local musicians to come play free weekly concerts atSacramento State University. Help design banners and flyers for advertisingupcoming events. In the process of coordinating a benefit concert to raise money forbreast cancer.
18Specialized Skills This is usually the final section of the resume, therefore it’s important to leave a lasting impression.Sometimes people place the Skills section beforeWork ExperienceSimilar to other sections of your resume, try and relateyour skills to the desired jobInclude skills such as computer knowledge, foreign languageexpertise, military service, musical abilities, or anything else thatseparates you from the crowd
19Additional Information This is another name for this section becauseyou may want to include more specific skillsHere are some suggestions from Monster.com:-Awards-Testimonials/Endorsements-Publishing Credits-Patents-Public Speaking-Willingness to Travel-Portfolio or Writing SamplesMention that these are available upon request
20References References may or may not be included in your resume. Keep in mind, some companies will notread more than one page. It’s acceptable to just write:References are Available Upon RequestIf you are asked to provide references by theemployer, it’s a good idea to include professionalreferences like a professor or previous employer
21Reference Sheet Include name, address, email address and phone number of each referenceMake sure you ask permission from your referencesbefore including their personal information onreference sheetConsider giving your references a copy of your resumeand/or a short bio so they will be prepared to talk to employersDr. James Mallard Former Physics InstructorShasta Hall, Room 5College of the SiskiyousWeed, CA., 96094
22Organizing Your Resume Organize your resume to highlight your uniqueskills and strengthsUse whatever combination of organizational stylesyou think best showcases your individual qualificationsThe most common resume styles are:reverse chronologicalfunctionalimaginative
23Reverse Chronological Present your education and work experience inchronological order, beginning with your most recentexperiencesThis style is best for people whose job experiencesclosely parallel the positions for which they are applyingor for those who have not had periods of unemploymentbetween jobsThis is the most acceptable form for your resume
24Functional Resume Style Organize experience by type of functionperformed. Under each function, give specificexamplesPlace things in order of importance rather thanchronological orderIgnore experiences that do not relate to the job you’reapplying forThis type of resume is appropriate for people with periods ofunemployment between jobs
25Imaginative Resume Style This style is ideal for people looking for a job thatdemands creativity such as graphic design,architecture or website designActs like a mini-portfolio because it demonstrates acombination of layout, graphics, text integration andaudience selectionMake sure the company will accept this type of resumebefore you submit it.
26Resources at CSUS Career Center If you’re looking for job listings, internships, andgeneral job advice, this is the place to go. They willalso advise you on your resume.Location: Lassen Hall 2000Phone #:The Writing CenterThis is a great resource for getting advice on writing aresume, or to have a writing tutor look over your resume.Location: Calveras Hall 128Phone #:Cooperation Education ProgramThey work with students on finding paid Co-op/Internships whichrelate to their academic majors.Location: Library, 4th Floor Suite 4028Phone #: