Allows descriptive information as well as specific skills
Blueprint: resume elements
– E-mail address
List current and permanent address
Brief, clearly stated
Can replace with skills, profile or qualifications
See “Writing Career Objectives Ready Reference.” (E5)
Sample objective An entry-level position in the hospitality industry where a background in advertising and public relations would be needed.
Sample profile Highly motivated, strong work ethic; available as needed for training, travel and overtime.
Sample skills SPECIAL TRAINING • Specialized training in public relations, advertising, marketing, HTML and website design. • PC/Macintosh experience includes QuarkXPress, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, GoLive, InDesign and Pagemaker.
Sample qualifications • Fluent in Spanish • Oklahoma Elementary Education Certification • Available to relocate
Forget high school!
Last institution attended
Date of graduation
Sample education EDUCATION Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Expected: May 2012 Majors: Animal Science and Agricultural Communications Emphasis: Livestock Merchandising GPA: 3.70 • Financing 50% of education through part-time employment
Volunteer, internships, work experiences
Relevant vs. other experience
Put in numbers
Describe fully but briefly
See “Verbs, Modifiers, Qualities & Skills Ready Reference.” (E7)
Sample experience PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Managing Editor, American Hereford Association, Kansas City, MO – Oct. 1996 to present • Direct, author and edit all magazine and commercial newspaper editorial content. • Assist in layout. • Write association news releases. • Edit and design association newsletters. • As of April 1, 1998, expanded and administered association communications. Associate Editor, American Hereford Association, Kansas City, MO – July to Oct. 1996 • Developed magazine editorial content, wrote feature stories and association news releases. Executive Secretary, Arkansas Beef Council, Little Rock, AR – May 1995 to June 1996 • Managed $1 million+ budget. • Oversaw and carried out beef council programs including the National Beef Cook-off. Director of Beef Promotion, Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, Little Rock, AR • Implemented beef promotional activities. • Organized ACA events. • Created publicity for the nation’s largest state cattlemen’s association. COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS: State Fair of Texas Livestock Media Department and American Salers Association
Don’t emphasize dates
Volunteer, freelance and consulting
Use years only
Be open and honest (and positive) in cover letter
List skills and involvement
Don’t include non-relevant hobbies
Sample activities OSU ACTIVITIES AND HONORS: • Outstanding Animal Science Senior • Top Ten Senior, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources • Livestock Judging Team, “Team of the Year” Member • Meat Judging Team, Reserve National Champion Team Member • Block and Bridle (4 years), Livestock Workshop Chairman • Ag Communicators of Tomorrow National Advertising Winner • Ag Communicators of Tomorrow National Feature Story — Fifth Place • OSU Ag Communicators of Tomorrow Feature Story Winner • President’s Leadership Council • OSU Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award Nominee • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges • Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Alpha Zeta, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies
Sample activities INDUSTRY ACTIVITIES AND HONORS: • Chicago Mercantile Exchange Beef Industry Scholarship Winner • State 4-H Vice President • American Junior Hereford Association National Director (3 years), Second Vice President, Reporter • American Junior Hereford Association National Public Speaking Champion • Oklahoma Junior Hereford Association State Director and Officer (8 years)
Special computer knowledge
Be the best on the market
Professional development workshops
All hands on deck
Spell check AND proofread
Get other eyes on it
Use career services staff
You will have conflicts
Stand out with keywords.
Use your name
Anita Job resume.pdf
Always ask beforehand
Provide with copy of resume
Visit about career path and job description
Same heading as resume
One employer, one faculty, one personal
List should include:
The certified letter trick
Should I use AP style?
To do before graduation
Think about chosen career
90% of jobs are filled by referral.
Budget your time
Finding a job is a 40-hour/week job
Average job search: 6-9 months
Move that bus!
You are the HR manager
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Director of Marketing/Communications
Director of marketing is assigned responsibilities involving the planning, promotion and monitoring of marketing programs that will benefit the sale of Oklahoma wheat. The director of marketing will perform activities related to opening and expanding markets for the wheat producers of Oklahoma and perform other related educational functions which will enhance the wheat industry in the state.