Presentation on theme: "Building a High-Impact Resume"— Presentation transcript:
1 Building a High-Impact Resume Presented by Pam Gibellino, B.S., M.Ed. Coordinator of Career Services Edison Community College
2 First Things First Who you are, in 15 seconds or less
3 Key Points Begin early; resumes are a work in progress Keep an on-going skills analysisPromote your strengthsCreate strong, positive imagesTarget your audience’s needs – what you have to offerUse action verbs and key wordsEmploy these C’s of effective communication:ClarityConcisenessConcretenessCorrectness
5 Excellent Appearance Meaningful Content Audience Appeal Information Displayed Effectively
6 Appearance Attractiveness Appropriate Sections Effective Ordering Proper BalanceParallelismEnhancementsQuality paper
7 Content What is the best way to market YOU? Do I need an objective statement?What about a profile statement?Where should you put emphasis?What are your achievements?Any other EXTRAS?How else can you “shine”?
8 Audience Appeal Is your resume “EMPLOYER” centered? Do your skills match their needs?What makes you “stand out”?What’s makes you an “ideal” candidate?
9 Display Determine resume “type” Chronological Functional Combination Optimize use of “sections”Apply enhancements and formattingEmphasize key information through page placementCheck for readability
11 Step 1 – A BASIC Resume Uses Word or other template Reflects the basic “nuts and bolts”Contains basic sections, such asEducationExperienceReference StatementMay not fill the pageContains basic font and point sizeLacks enhancements, such as bold or italicize
16 Step 3 – A GREAT Resume with High Impact! Exceptional appearanceOptimal display of key information“Stand out” information such as achievements, application of skills, leadership, community involvement, etc.
17 EXAMPLES OF HIGH-IMPACT RESUMES See the sample resumes on the Career Services web pageAlso visit for additional samplesand career advice!
18 Career PortfolioA collection of files and documents that showcase your strengths, market your individuality, and improve your chances of being hired.Provides a more in-depth picture of who you are and what you’ve accomplishedSupports what you claim in your cover letter and resumeCan be hard copy or digital
19 May include but is not limited to: Educational transcripts, diplomas, certificatesHonors, citations, letters of recommendationScholarships and awardsInternships and co-op experiencesWorkshops and seminars attendedVolunteer and community servicePublished or printed worksSports and co-curricular leadership positionsTravel, languages, relevant hobbiesPhotos and videos; music and audio samples
20 Skills/Qualities Employers Want (in order of importance) 1. Communication skills2. Strong work ethic3. Teamwork skills (works well with others)4. Initiative5. Analytical skills6. Computer skills7. Flexibility/adaptability8. Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)9. Problem-solving skills10. Technical skills
21 7 of the 10 Skills are “Soft” Skills with Technical Skills listed last How can you convey these skills in your resume, cover letter, portfolio, and, ultimately, an interview?
22 Your resume is a reflection of YOU! Strive for the BEST!