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1 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Resumes and Cover Letters

2 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Seminar Overview Resume basics Resume strategy Hardcopy resume guidelines & structure Electronic resumes Cover letters References Last comments Source materials

3 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Resume Basics The main purpose is to get you an interview The first look at a resume averages 20 seconds A resume should not exceed two pages in length Spelling must be absolutely correct. Things not to include on your resume –Personal data of any kind –The words References available on request –The words Willing to relocate

4 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Resume Strategy Tailor the resume to fit each employer The chronological format The functional format Other formats

5 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Hardcopy Guidelines Black ink on white paper Standard fonts Font size should range from 10 to 14 points Minimum use of italics, underlining, etc. Use white space to enhance readability Sentence fragments are acceptable Use numerals, rather than spelling number

6 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume Objective Qualifications or career summary Education Work experience

7 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume OBJECTIVE A position designing CPU circuits, where experience with superscalar architectures will enhance the final value of the product

8 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume Objective Qualifications or career summary Education Work experience

9 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume QUALIFICATIONS Electrical engineer with 12 years of printed circuit board (PCB) layout experience. Has been successful as an individual contributor and as the manager of a 10 person PCB layout group.

10 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume Objective Qualifications or career summary Education Work experience

11 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume EDUCATION B.S. Electrical Engineering University of California San Diego, CA

12 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume Objective Qualifications or career summary Education Work experience

13 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume Work Experience –This is the main part of a chronological resume –List each item in reverse chronological order –Different job at the same company count as separate items –Keep it short

14 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Chronological Resume Example – One Short Item 1995 – 1997 Varian Associations, Palo Alto, CA- Senior Engineer Designed microwave tubes using computer codes. Wrote codes to improve the tube design process. Swept up after everyone else left the building. –Assisted design of framistat, now a major product. –Wrote design code decreasing design time by 90%

15 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Functional Resume The emphasis shifts to skills, and away from specific jobs Shrink the work experience section to just the headers Put all duties and accomplishments into skill categories

16 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee ASCII & HTML Resume Space is not as tight Use only alphanumeric characters, spaces and the Enter key. Use lots of keywords and buzzwords

17 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Cover Letters No more than one page in length First paragraph Body Final paragraph

18 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee References Collected on the job Collected from your network Perishable! Always notify your reference before you use them

19 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Last Comments Focus, rather than shotgun Stay in control of your job search

20 ________________ Employment & Career Services Committee Sources To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists American Geophysical Union. ISBN # Engineers Guide to Lifelong Employability IEEE Press. ISBN#


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