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  1. Writing A Winning Résumé Tips for Success Ashley Miller Director of Career Services
  2. What is a Résumé?  A Résumé is a brief history of your accomplishments that you prepare for potential employers.  Your résumé should be designed with ONE thing in mind. To get you job interviews
  3. What a good Résumé does:  A resume introduces you to potential employers. It tells them: That you are a well qualified candidate for employment That you deserve an interview  Once you’re introduced, your résumé serves as: A guide for you and the interviewer to discuss your background. A reminder to the interviewer about who you are after the interview is done.
  4. A Good Résumé is:  Clear:  It presents the facts in a clear and easy to read style.  Dynamic:  Use action verbs to highlight your past experience.  Neat:  Don’t forget! Appearance counts. Your résumé should show that you are proud of yourself and what you’ve done.
  5. Headers  A Heading.  This should include:  Your full name  Your complete address  (permanent and present if you are a college student)  Phone number where you can be reached.  Be sure this number corresponds to a PROFESSIONAL sounding voicemail.  Personal e-mail address  This should be a professional email. For example  Good:  Not Good:
  6. Header Examples
  7. Objective  Simple and to the point  A Job Objective  An objective:  Allows employers to determine what type of position you are looking for. If you do include a job objective, avoid being vague but also don’t be so specific that you eliminate yourself from other related positions.  Good objective: A sales position in a growing retail organization.  Poor objective: A challenging position that uses my education and creativity.
  8. Education and Training  Education and Training  This section may include:  Names and locations of schools or programs  Dates of attendance  Degrees, certificates or licenses awarded  Major  GPA (grade point average)  if 3.0 or above.  Coursework related to the job you want  Honors, awards, scholarships or elective offices
  9. Education and Training
  10. Certifications  CPR & First Aid Certifications  Board Certifications  List month, year and board certificate number, if known  Include national boards and their parts if you have them  Professional Licensure  Indicate state and license number only  Date is not necessary
  11. Relevant Experience  Use Action Verbs  Start off with an action verb whenever possible.  Verbs such as supervised, planned, developed, and created tell precisely what you’ve accomplished.  Avoid using the same set of words multiple times however, if needed consult a thesaurus to add variety to your resume.
  12. Relevant Experience  What is a “Relevant Experience”  This can include full or part time, seasonal or volunteer work, your practicum sites & work study  Be sure to provide:  Names and locations of current/former employers  Dates of employment  Job titles  Duties and major accomplishments using action verbs
  13. Relevant Experience  Formatting Sample
  14. What if I don’t have any relevant experience?  Sell your “Relevant Coursework”  Writing  Math  Any Major Courses  Foreign Languages
  15. Activities and Special Skills  Activities and Special Skills  You might also want to mention:  Interests and activities that showcase job related skills  ex: leadership and organization.  Special abilities  ex: specific computer skills or knowledge of a foreign language.
  16. Activities and Special Skills  Athletics  Treat your athletic team just as you would a full- time job on your resume
  17. Additional Sections  Professional Organizations  Even student memberships  Military Service  Branch, Discharge Status, Honors and Awards  Bibliography  Any publications  Professional Development  CEU Credits  List Name of the Course, Year & # of Hours
  18. Additional Sections  Examples
  19. Résumé Format  Chronological Form Job experience is arranged listing most recent job first.  Advantage:  This form gives a clear picture of where you’ve worked and what you’ve accomplished. It’s logical and easy to follow.
  20. Setting the Right Tone  Use Familiar Terms  Use appropriate language in regard to the job for which you are applying.  Be sure your resume descriptions are clear and easily understood.
  21. Setting the Right Tone  Avoid Wordiness  Use keywords and phrases instead of complete sentences.  Eliminate the pronoun “I” from your résumé.  Be direct.  Poor: I staged an extensive campaign to cut costs and increase overall profits from fund-raisers by 10% in the course of one year’s time.  Good: Increased profits from fund-raisers by 10% in one year.
  22. Other Tips for Writing Résumés  Do’s  Be honest.  A skillful interviewer will be able to spot any exaggeration or false information. Also, employers often verify information in résumés and applications.  Keep it brief.  Most job-seekers should be able to limit their résumé to one page.  Write your own résumé.  You know yourself better than anyone else does.
  23. Other Tips for Writing Résumés  DON’Ts  Don’t use gimmicks.  Photographs, unusual formats, loud-colored paper, etc. This may attract the wrong kind of attention.  Don’t include salary requirements.  If you’re asked for this information, put it in your cover letter.  Don’t include unnecessary personal information such as race, religion, age, political affiliation, etc…
  24. Putting on the Finishing Touches  Design an Attractive Layout.  Leave a 1’’ margin on all sides.  Use capital letters, boldface, bullets, and indenting to emphasize important information  Don’t use smaller than a size 10 font in the body  Don’t go over a size 16 font for your name in the header
  25. Putting on the Finishing Touches  Proofread Carefully  Check spelling, punctuation, grammar and word usage.  Have someone with good proofreading skills look over your résumé, too.  Make High Quality Copies  Go to a professional printer to have the résumé printed or copied on a high-quality photocopier.
  26. How can I have my Resume Reviewed?  Create an initial draft  Call 270.384.8065 and make an appointment  Email, or  Electronic Review
  27. Electronic Resume Review
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