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1 Kevin Allan, MS, LPC, NCC Director of Career Services University of Mary

2  A resume is a SUMMARY of one’s education, work history, volunteer experience, organizations, activities, honors/awards  First impression of you for employer  Commercial and not documentary

3  Employers spend less than 2 minutes reviewing resume (some less than 30 secs)  Search for key words or information to show fit with the position  More is not always better  Content needs to be relevant

4  Immediate needs of employers  Future considerations (internships, full-time jobs, or graduate/professional schools)  Fresh in our minds

5  Focus  Readability  Skills/accomplishments  Relevance

6  Objective statement  Customizable to employer or position  Allows you flexibility in crafting your resume to demonstrate how you meet qualifications

7  Is resume pleasing to the eye?  Is resume easy to scan over?  Is information consistent?  Are details and information concise and succint?

8  Employers are looking to see how you can better their company or increase their bottom line  Show skills or accomplishments as they relate to the position  Be specific and concrete- provide examples  Quantify wherever possible

9  Does information provide pertain to position you are applying ?  Is your writing clear to reader and not overly flowery or verbose?

10 Grammatical and spelling errors Resume templates Unprofessional looking resume Too much info (overly wordy) Irrelevant information No objective statement Lengthy paragraphs Personal information Leave a large amount of white space

11 Keep your resume to 1-2 pages List education and work experience in reverse chronological order Put your resume, cover letter, and references on professional style resume paper Proofread Have your resume critiqued by a Career Service professional or employer Make it relevant and focus on skills/accomplishments

12 CONTENTSEXAMPLES  Name  Address  Phone  Email Albert Einstein_____________ 12 Smart Way * Boston, MA 32475 OR Albert Einstein 12 Smart Way Boston, MA 32475

13  Should be short  Helps to focus resume  Lets employer know where you fit into organization  Focus on the type of position you are seeking  May include information on your skills

14 GOODBAD  To obtain a position as an accountant  To obtain a position as an accountant in the automotive industry utilizing my strong analytical and problem solving skills To find a challenging position with a growing company that will provide me with relevant experience in an exciting field

15  Degree  Graduation date  College or University  Location  Minors  GPA

16  Job title  Dates of employment  Employer  Location  Do put jobs in Reverse Chronological Order  Don’t list employer address or supervisor

17  Be sure to include duties, skills learned, and accomplishments  No set number of bullets to use  Avoid “I” statements  Begin with action verb

18 Certifications/Licenses Computer or technical skills Honors/Awards Volunteer Experience Extra-curricular activities Professional organizations Professional development Presentations Military Service

19 Font sizes and styles Margins Leave spaces between headings on resume Most important to least important Scannable resumes (no bolding or italics) Quantify where possible Accomplishments and skills PROOFREAD

20  Separate page  Include full contact information  Ask first  Three to five  Contact info at top  Put on high quality professional paper

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