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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

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