Your résumé is your friend It reminds you of what you’ve done, when, where, and documents your various skills It is often a REQUIRED part of your application
So what is a résumé? Personal summary of your professional history and qualifications A résumé (also spelled “resume”) includes anything a person wants to express about: Career goals Education Experience Activities Honors
It is your chance to impress a potential employer in 15 seconds or less
General Guidelines: KISS One page in length Simple font: Arial or Times New Roman (10- 12 pt) Simple, clean paper: – Use 8 1/2” x 11” (letter) paper – White, light cream, or gray
Basic Sections Objective Contact Information Education (most recent first) Experience (most recent first)- you might include educational, work, volunteer Honors and Activities KEY: Keep it positive and to the point. There is flexibility in the structure Key: header, description, location, dates Source: http://owl.english.purdue.edu
Contact Information Include: Name Address Phone numbers Email address Robert Wilcox 839 King St Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 home: (808) 538-1000 cel: (808) 227-3000 email@example.com
Contact Information Include: Name Address Phone numbers Email address firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Wilcox 839 King St Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 home: (808) 538-1000 cel: (808) 227-3000 email@example.com
Objective Statement (optional) Brief and to the point Write this first for yourself, so that you know your own career objective. Then for your resume, modify it to be a concise statement of what you’re looking to do. Objective Gain experience toward a degree in electrical engineering
Education: reverse chronological = most recent first Include: University attended Major/Minors GPA (if 3.0 or above) Date of program completion Education Kapiolani Community CollegeFall 2011-present ASNS Life Science Degree, GPA 3.5 June 2013 projected graduation date
Experience: reverse chronological Include: Educational – summer bridge, etc Work – peer mentor, etc Volunteer – Lyon Arboretum unpaid internship Be creative with this section by describing and emphasizing your experiences in the most relevant way possible. Highlight TRANSFERABLE skills.
Experience: use ACTION verbs! Action verbs help highlight your transferable skills and experiences. Example: – Before: worked at Papa John’s – After: coordinated pizza orders and delivery; responsible for timely service See action verb handout
Try it out! Write down the description for one experience: Company or organization Location Dates Job title Description Experience Kapiolani Community College STEM Program (Honolulu, HI)August 2011- Present Peer Mentor Assisted students ages 16-40 with one-on-one help on assignments in math from algebra to calculus III, physics, and summer research experience (REU) applications.
Activities: KCC Ecology Club member Holy Trinity Church choir member Honolulu Marathon 2013 volunteer Activities, Honors, Skills Skills: Technical: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), familiar with Matlab, ArcGIS, proficient in C++ Lab: PCR, good sterile technique Field: ecological surveying experience, plant identification skills Honors: KCC Math and Science Achievement Award (Fall 2012) KCC STEM START-UP Scholarship (Spring 2012)
Reminders Ultimate goal is to get an interview Utilize white space (don’t cram) Employer will only take 15 seconds to glance at a résumé
For More Information Look at samples and websites online http://owl.english.purdue.edu Ask teachers and staff for help Find professional mentors in your field and ask them for feedback KCC STEM Center Kokio 202 Aurora Kagawa (firstname.lastname@example.org)