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  • 1. How to Create a Strong & Winning Resume Dept. of Pharmacy Gono Bishwabidyalay Courtesy GBPAA Trainer: Masum Chowdhury Manager, Strategic Brand Management Asiatic
  • 2. What is Resume ? A resume is a written document that is used to highlight the skills, contributions, and experiences that represent the personal brand you want to portray to potential employers.
  • 3. • A resume is a brief, informative summary of your abilities, education, and experiences. It should highlight your strongest assets and skills, and differentiate you from other candidates seeking similar positions.
  • 4. • A good resume is an important element toward obtaining an interview. What is Resume ?
  • 5. Tailor your resume to the type of position you are seeking
  • 6. Your resume should reflect the kind of skills the employer would value
  • 7. Types of Resume • There are several types of resumes, used to apply for job openings. 1. Chronological Resume 2. Functional Resume 3. Combination or Targeted Resume.
  • 8. Chronological Resume • A chronological resume starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current, or most recent job, first. • Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it's easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. • This type of resume works well for job seekers with a strong, solid work history.
  • 9. Functional Resume • A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history. It is used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.
  • 10. Targeted Resume • A targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • 11. Purpose of Resume • The purpose of Resume, is to obtain an interview with a prospective employer, mostly within industry.
  • 12. Heading of Resume
  • 13. Personal Contact Information The beginning of your resume should always contain your contact information. This includes your name, street address, city, state and zip code. A phone number and email address should also be included in the heading. A home or cell phone number may be used.
  • 14. Personal Contact Information • Only Name should be bold and in larger print (14-20 font size) • Permanent and/or Current addresses • One reliable telephone number • One professional email address
  • 15. Objective of Resume The purpose of an Objective/Career Summary is to state your job objective or career goals and qualifications. An Objective should be specific, concise, and 1 to 2 lines in length.
  • 16. Objective of Resume The objective should focus on your desired job title, if you choose to have one: For example – • To build a long term career in healthcare with opportunity for career growth • To use my skills in the best possible way for achieving company’s goals • To enhance my professional skills in a dynamic and fast paced workplace • Seeking a responsible job with an opportunity for professional challenge
  • 17. Objective of Resume • Do not highlight your skills or what you want to get out of the experience in the objective
  • 18. Education For recent graduates, the education section usually follows the “Objective” or “Career Summary” section. Job seekers who have more extensive work experience often place their “Education” section below their “Work Experience” section.
  • 19. Education Include the following information: • Name of institution where obtained or working toward a degree • Month and year of graduation (future and past) • Official name of degree and/or certification obtained or currently working toward • Major and minor(s) • Overall or major GPA (optional information) • Omit high school information
  • 20. Format Keep the following rule of thumb in mind when preparing the resume: • Margin – Top: 0.8” - 1”; • Sides and Bottom: 0.5” - 1” • Order – Heading, Objective (if included), and Education are listed first in that order • Length – Undergraduate student - 1 page; – Masters student 1- 2 pages
  • 21. Format Keep the following rule of thumb in mind when preparing the resume: • Font size and style – 10-12; less fancy fonts (i.e., Calibri, Georgia, Arial, Cambria, Times New Roman) • Balance: White space and text space
  • 22. Content The makeup of your document should be planned and powerful: • Prioritize – Top two-thirds of the page receive priority when highlighting key categories • Own the Order – Don’t feel pressured to always highlight Experience right after Education, especially if it is not the most significant category in relation to your background
  • 23. Content • Core Four – Company name, position held, month/year of start and finish, and city and state or country • Formula for bullets = power verb + skill demonstrated + linking verb + result and/or contribution Example: Implemented new service- oriented procedure in order to decrease wait time for customers
  • 24. Experience Highlight paid, unpaid, and/or School / extracurricular experiences that relate to your desired objective.
  • 25. Experience • Additional titles for this section are: Experience, Professional Experience or Related Experience • Under the core four, emphasize relevant skills used, contributions made, and/or accomplishments
  • 26. Experience • Use important keywords and hot topics relevant to your field • Do not mention names of previous supervisors or advisors (Reference Page Only)
  • 27. Related Courses List official name of relevant courses: • Consider giving a brief description of relevant coursework, independent studies, or research • Relevant Courses may not be as necessary for graduate students to list coursework
  • 28. Skills • Highlight skills relevant to the job you want: • Additional titles for this section: _____________ Skills or Competencies • Technical, language, and/or unique skills • Categorize or list together if they are all in the same category
  • 29. Computer Skills • A computer skills section is essential on a resume. Every employer requires a certain level of computer knowledge. Even if it is a short list, it is important to list those skills on a resume. • List the programs individually instead of as a package (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access instead of Microsoft Office)
  • 30. Additional Sections Depending on your background, you may want to add additional sections to your resume: • Leadership • Activities or Extracurricular Efforts • Honors or Awards • Community Service or Volunteer • Professional Affiliations • Class Projects • Research and Publications
  • 31. Review of Resume
  • 32. Resume Headings Objective Career Goal Career Objective Career Summary Employment Objective Professional Objective Professional Summary Summary of Qualifications
  • 33. Resume Headings Education Academic Background Academic Training Educational Background Educational Preparation Educational Qualifications Educational Training Education and Training
  • 34. Resume Headings Experience Additional Experience Career Related Experience Course Project Experience Employment History “Functional” Experience (e.g. Finance Experience) Internship Experience Professional Background Related Course Projects Related Experience Work Experience
  • 35. Resume Headings Activities Activities and Honors Affiliations Associations College Activities Community Involvement Extra-Curricular Activities Professional Activities Professional Affiliations Professional Memberships Volunteer Work
  • 36. Resume Headings Special Skills and Training Areas of Experience Areas of Expertise Areas of Knowledge Career Related Skills Computer Skills Language Competencies and Skills Professional Skills Qualifications Special Training
  • 37. Resume Headings Publications Conference Presentations Current Research Interests Papers Presentations Professional Publications Research Grants Research Projects Thesis
  • 38. Resume Headings Honors Academic Honors Achievements Awards Fellowships Scholarships
  • 39. Resume Headings Additional Sections Interests Portfolio References Related Courses Web Portfolio Writing Samples
  • 40. Resume Tips
  • 41. Resume Tips Resume Language Should Be: • Specific rather than general • Active rather than passive • Written to express not impress • Articulate rather than “elaborate” • Fact-based (quantify and qualify) • Written for people who scan quickly
  • 42. Resume Do’s Be consistent in format and content Use spacing, underlining, italics, bold, and capitalization for emphasis Make it easy to read and follow List headings (such as Experience) in order of importance
  • 43. Resume Do’s Within headings, list information in reverse chronological order (Most recent first) Avoid information gaps such as a missing summer Be sure that your formatting translated properly if converted to a .pdf
  • 44. • Use personal pronouns (such as I) Resume Don’t • Abbreviate • Use a narrative style • Number or letter categories • Use slang • Include a picture • Include age or sex • List of references on Resume
  • 45. Top 5 Resume Mistakes • Spelling and Grammar errors • Missing email • Using passive language instead of ‘action’ words • Not well organized, concise or easy to skim • Too long
  • 46. Effective Cover Letter
  • 47. • A cover letter is a type of job search correspondence that is sent along with your resume to a perspective employer to indicate your interest in a job or position. What is Cover Letter ?
  • 48. What is Cover Letter ? • A good way to create a response-producing cover letter is to highlight your skills or experiences that are most applicable to the job or industry and to tailor the letter to the specific organization you are applying to.
  • 49. Purpose of Cover Letter • Identifies the position for which you are applying • Indicates your interest in the position and employer • States your main qualifications, with supporting examples • Refers the reader to your enclosed resume • Specifies the action(s) that you will take in pursuit of this employment opportunity
  • 50. Rules of Cover Letter Use resume paper, preferably white (8.5” x 11”) with a matching envelope (email is also appropriate) Ensure that there are no grammatical errors in the letter Make sure the letter is typed Keep the letter brief and to the point - define an objective Avoid negative approaches - boastfulness, exaggeration, inconsistency, etc. Use specific relatable examples
  • 51. Format of Cover Letter Opening paragraph: Attract the interest of the employer. 1) State why you are writing and give information to show your interest in this specific organization. 2) Name the position for which you are applying and how you heard about it.
  • 52. Middle Paragraphs of Cover Letter Create a desire on the part of the employer to know more about you. 1) Explain why you are interested in working for this employer. 2) Point out your achievements or qualifications in this field, especially those that meet the job description or requirements.
  • 53. Middle Paragraphs of Cover Letter 3) Refer the reader to your general qualifications on your enclosed resume. Highlight important points from your resume. 4) Highlight points that will be of particular interest to this specific organization.
  • 54. Pave the way for the interview. 1) Ask for an appointment. 2) State that you will contact the employer in the near future. 3) Thank the employer for the consideration of future employment. Closing Paragraphs of Cover Letter
  • 55. Top 10 Etiquette Rules
  • 56. 1 • Be on time, a little early is fine. Arriving too early shows bad time management skills and puts your interviewer at a disadvantage. Be on Time
  • 57. 2 • Be courteous to EVERYONE. You never know who they might turn out to be. Be courteous to EVERYONE
  • 58. 3 • Take as little ‘baggage’ with you as possible. Carry a few essentials and an easy to hold portfolio or briefcase. Take as little ‘baggage’
  • 59. 4 • Be open, friendly and, polite. Use active listening and speaking techniques, have a few good conversation starters prepared, and smile! Be open, friendly and, polite
  • 60. 5 • When offered hospitality, accept a minimum. Avoid making heavy demands on support staff. Accept a minimum
  • 61. 6 • At a meal, choose wisely. Pick easy to eat familiar foods. Accept a minimum
  • 62. 7 • Err on the side of caution when it comes to alcohol. If your host offers a glass of wine and you are comfortable, accept. Never feel pressured. Err on the side of caution
  • 63. Generic Resume 15 reasons Why you may not get Job Interview Call ? Resumes that do not inspire Clichéd Resumes Your Resume does not use Key Words Your Resume is formatted incorrectly Your Resume is not targeted You do not use a cover letter You cover letter is boring/ Clichéd /generic You Job Search is restricted to the internet You are only seeking out the perfect job
  • 64. Sell Yourself  Take time writing your resume, and tailor your resume specifically to each job you are applying. Do not send out the same resume to every job advert you see. Remember if you are sending out generic Resumes then you will get same generic responses.
  • 65. Dept. of Pharmacy Gono Bishwabidyalay Courtesy GBPAA How to Create a Strong & Winning Resume Masum Chowdhury B.Pharm, MBA, PGDSCM,ACMC Manager, Strategic Brand Management Asiatic masum.pha@gmail.com, 01717642874 (Personal)/ 0193 7990014 (Official) Thanks