Career Center 
Resume 
Wri*ng
Purpose 
• Type 
of 
Posi-on 
• Audience 
• What 
They 
Need 
to 
Know 
– Relevancy 
– Contribu-ons 
– Fit
Agenda 
• Tailoring 
a 
Resume 
• Resume 
Structure 
& 
Format 
• Accomplishment 
Statements 
• Differences 
Between 
Resu...
Tailor 
• A 
Targeted, 
Focused 
Document 
• Research 
the 
Organiza-on 
• Network 
for 
Informa-on
Resume 
Structure 
• Contact 
Informa-on 
• Educa-on 
• Relevant 
Experience 
• Campus 
& 
Community 
Involvement 
• Relev...
Resume 
Structure: 
Skills 
• Communica-on 
WriUen, 
presenta-on, 
oral, 
listening 
• Cri-cal 
Thinking 
Iden-fying 
prob...
Resume 
Format: 
Ac-ve 
Verbs 
Tailor 
Your 
Ac-ve 
Verbs 
• Research 
– 
Analyzed, 
Built, 
Conducted, 
Designed, 
Enhanc...
Accomplishment 
Statements 
A 
strong 
accomplishment 
statement 
should 
include: 
• Your 
Story 
– Your 
Skills 
– Resul...
Accomplishment 
Statements 
Components of a Strong Bullet Point/Accomplishment Statement 
Action Verb “Coordinated” 
+Proj...
Differences 
Between 
a 
Resume 
& 
a 
CV 
• CV 
is 
a 
comprehensive 
document 
that 
tells 
your 
story 
• Resume 
is 
a...
Differences 
Between 
Resume 
& 
CV
Career Center 
Contact 
Us 
(919) 
660-­‐1050 
hUp://studentaffairs.duke.edu/career 
Facebook.com/DukeCareers 
TwiUer.com/...
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Resume Writing for Undergraduates

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This presentation is from our Resume Writing for Undergraduates workshop. Use this as advice to help you with any resume questions you may have.

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Resume Writing for Undergraduates

  1. 1. Career Center Resume Wri*ng
  2. 2. Purpose • Type of Posi-on • Audience • What They Need to Know – Relevancy – Contribu-ons – Fit
  3. 3. Agenda • Tailoring a Resume • Resume Structure & Format • Accomplishment Statements • Differences Between Resume & CV
  4. 4. Tailor • A Targeted, Focused Document • Research the Organiza-on • Network for Informa-on
  5. 5. Resume Structure • Contact Informa-on • Educa-on • Relevant Experience • Campus & Community Involvement • Relevant Coursework/ Projects • Research Experience • Entrepreneurial Ac-vi-es • Skills Sec-on (Computer, Language, Lab) • Honors & Awards
  6. 6. Resume Structure: Skills • Communica-on WriUen, presenta-on, oral, listening • Cri-cal Thinking Iden-fying problems, research, evaluate op-ons • Interpersonal Rela-onship development, coopera-on, nego-a-on, respec-ng other cultures • Leadership Planning, organizing, coaching and training others, seVng objec-ves • Technical Computer skills, data manipula-on, quan-ta-ve skills, set design or ligh-ng experience • Self Management Ethical behavior, ci-zenship, -me management, detail oriented
  7. 7. Resume Format: Ac-ve Verbs Tailor Your Ac-ve Verbs • Research – Analyzed, Built, Conducted, Designed, Enhanced, Examined • Marke*ng – Collaborated, Created, Facilitated, Performed, Promoted • Business – Assessed, Collected, Consolidated, Directed, Implemented • NonProfit – Administered, Coordinated, Demonstrated, Developed, Organized
  8. 8. Accomplishment Statements A strong accomplishment statement should include: • Your Story – Your Skills – Results and Impact – Your Par-cular Role
  9. 9. Accomplishment Statements Components of a Strong Bullet Point/Accomplishment Statement Action Verb “Coordinated” +Project/Activity “3 fundraising events for local shelters” +Result “raised more than $8000, 20% over goal, greatly improving community awareness” =Accomplishment Coordinated 3 fundraising events for local shelters, raising more than $8,000, 20% over goal, greatly improving community awareness. Ac*on Verb + Project or Ac*vity + Result= Accomplishment Statement
  10. 10. Differences Between a Resume & a CV • CV is a comprehensive document that tells your story • Resume is a succinct & concise document tailored to a par-cular posi-on
  11. 11. Differences Between Resume & CV
  12. 12. Career Center Contact Us (919) 660-­‐1050 hUp://studentaffairs.duke.edu/career Facebook.com/DukeCareers TwiUer.com/DukeCareers
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