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  • 1. Resume Writing Amy O’Donnell Career Development Lecturer [email_address] ST 2012 419-530-2422
  • 2. Components
    • Identifying information
    • Objective
    • Education
    • Relevant coursework/projects/research
    • Experience/Employment
    • Activities/leadership
    • Honors
    • Other good stuff
  • 3. Identifying Information
    • Full name
    • Current/permanent address
    • Current/permanent phone
    • Email address
    • Website
    • Now’s the time to clean up your act—you never get a second chance to make
    • a first impression
  • 4. Objective (Career/Job/Internship)
    • It’s not all about you (remember this is
    • em ployment , not me ployment )
    • Specificity is a plus
      • Job function (position)
      • Organization type
      • Experience/skills offered
    • No objective is an option
  • 5. How do I Know What to Put in My Objective
    • Visit company websites and select their career opportunities tabs
    • Review internet job boards
    • Select newspaper classified ads
    • Speak with people “in the know”
    • This Spring, check out the Job Fair List of Employer Participants online https://stmain.st.utoledo.edu/BCPJobFair/Students/JobFairStuInfoCtr.asp
  • 6. Objective: Key Words
    • America’s Career InfoNet http://www.careerinfonet.org/acinet/default.asp
    • The Occupational Outlook Handbook ( http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ )
    • Occupational Information Network (O*NET) http://online.onetcenter.org/
  • 7. Objective Samples
    • Seeking an accounting internship. Wish to apply mathematic, analytical and evaluative skills in a business environment.
    • Desire a sales internship with an organization that promotes application of communication, relationship building and persuasive skills.
  • 8. Education
    • Leave high school off (except in rare circumstances)
    • Degree and major
    • Date--assume you’ll graduate, most recent degree first
    • Overall and major GPA
    • Special areas of emphasis, relevant course work, research
    • Percentage of education self-financed
  • 9. Employment/Experience
    • This section can have a variety of headings
      • Related or Relevant - Field-specific
      • Paid/Volunteer - Other
    • Most related to position of interest goes first
    • List employer, position, location, dates
    • Use key words, action words, qualifiers, quantifiers, examples of progressive responsibility
    • Ask yourself “why” an employer needs to
    • know this
  • 10. Experience Sample Format
    • Name of the Organization , City, State
    • Position Title , Dates of Employment
    • DO NOT WRITE “RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE OR DUTIES INCLUDE”
    • List responsibilities using action words
    • Focus on accomplishments, achievements—why would an employer want to know this
  • 11. Experience Example
    • The Gap , Toledo, OH
    • Sales Associate , May 2005 - Present
    • Greet customers and ascertain customer wants or needs.
    • Ticket, arrange and display merchandise to promote sales.
    • Consistently achieve daily sales goals by 15%.
    • Recognized as Employee of the Month twice in a five month period
  • 12. Experience: Key Words
    • America’s Career InfoNet http://www.careerinfonet.org/acinet/default.asp
    • The Occupational Outlook Handbook ( http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ )
    • Occupational Information Network (O*NET) http://online.onetcenter.org/
  • 13. Other Sections
    • Honors-especially those related to the position/field
    • Activities-leadership is great
    • Proficiencies-platforms, languages, programs
    • Information that will be eye-catching or thought-provoking
    • References/Portfolio availability
  • 14. “ Kick it up a notch” with crisp, action verbs, adjectives, nouns and results
    • Managed
    • Influenced
    • Negotiated
    • Competence
    • Success
    • Inquisitive
    • Responsive
    “ Your Guide to Resume Writing: Action Words,” http://www.jobweb.com/Resumes_Interviews/resume_guide/action.htm
  • 15. Reference Page
    • Use the same “style” as your resume
    • Have 4-6 you can list—3 for any given application is standard
    • Center the references on the page
    • Include all contact information your reference is willing to release (address, phone, email etc.)
  • 16. Reference Page Entry
    • Ms. Amy O’Donnell
    • Career Development Lecturer
    • College of Business Administration
    • The University of Toledo
    • 2801 West Bancroft St.
    • Toledo, OH 43606-3390
    • 419-530-2422
    • [email_address]
  • 17. Your “Look”
    • Paper should be cotton or linen
    • Conservative colors are best--can’t go wrong with white
    • Parchment paper does not re-produce well
    • Recycled papers are ok, as long as they’re not too fuzzy
    • Matching envelopes are nice
    • Type addresses or use labels
  • 18. Helpful Resources
    • VAULT Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews, Chapters 1-4 on Resumes , as well as relevant articles under the Career Advice tab (Job Search)
    • “ Your Guide to Resume Writing: How to prepare and effective resume,” http://www.jobweb.com/Resumes_Interviews/resume_guide/how_to.htm
    • www.rileyguide.com
    • www.CareerJournal.com (Resume Gallery)
    • www.monster.com
    • Department or Student Organization resume books