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Resume Writing Workshop



Resume Writing Workshop guide for engineering students at the Jacobs School of Engineering

Resume Writing Workshop guide for engineering students at the Jacobs School of Engineering



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  • Resume Writing Workshop Presented by: Erica Kosa, Team Internship Program Manager
  • Objectives• Understand the resources available to you through the Jacobs School• Learn resume writing fundamentals• Identify the soft skills & technical skills recruiters want• Be able to write killer resume statements using the STAR Method
  • Agenda• CAP & TIP – The Staff• Resume Writing Overview• Group Analysis Activity – Looking at our own resumes what can we improve?• Questions & Answers – FAQ plus whatever else you would like answered
  • The Staff• Who are we? – Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP) – Team Internship Program (TIP)• Why do we do this? – Recruiter feedback – Student feedback• How can you get involved? – Company events – Professional development workshops – Team Internship Program Summer 2012 – Jacobs School Resume Database CAP & TIP
  • The Jacobs School Resume Database• Do you have a resume in our Jacobs Database?• Great place to start writing your resume! Resume Writing Overview
  • The Jacobs School Resume Database• Used by 50+ corporate partners seeking to hire students or new grads – Great passive way to keep your resume in front of recruiters• Necessary part of the application to the Team Internship Program (TIP) – Easy application process for summer internships at multiple companies• Your resume stays in our database for 6 months after you graduate – Working on adding an alumni resume Resume Writing Overview
  • Foundation• The main purpose of a resume is to help you get an interview• Present your accomplishments and qualifications in an interesting and efficient manner• Your resume is a marketing tool! – Know your product (you!) – Know your customer (the employer)• Your resume must sell you to the employer! Resume Writing Overview
  • The Basics• What do you want to do?• What skills, abilities, and qualities are employers looking for candidates? – Search for job postings – Highlight keywords and include them in your resume• Educational achievements – Class work, projects, etc. – Show off the fact that you attend a top ranked engineering school Resume Writing Overview
  • The Basics• Internships and work experience – Focus on achievements versus just listing your duties• Paid or unpaid related experience• Unrelated experience – Community Service – Focus on transferable skills Resume Writing Overview
  • Organization• Bullets• Indentation• Clear titles• Separation of dates• All dates in same format• Separate sheet for references• Order/Layout – Header with contact info – Objective – Education – Relevant Coursework – Skills (optional) – Work Experience – Academic Experience – Leadership Experience – Publications and Awards Resume Writing Overview
  • Soft Skills• Communication • Work Ethic• Interpersonal Skills • Teamwork/People skills• Technical Skills • Promptness• Intelligence • Customer Focus• Enthusiasm/Positive Attitude• Flexibility• Leadership• High Energy Level• Maturity• Dependability/Reliability• Honesty/Integrity Resume Writing Overview
  • Technical Skills Resume Writing Overview
  • Common Pitfalls• Relevance of: – Extra-curricular activities – Non-engineering jobs – Classroom projects • Don’t use course code/number alone • Spell out class title – GPA • 3.0+ include it• Cater resume to the job – Key words – Skill sets – Objective Resume Writing Overview
  • Polish & Perfect• STAR Method – Situation – Task – Action – Result• Making your resume work for you! – Action verbs – Quantify – Accomplishment driven statements vs. job duties – Show me, don’t just tell me! Resume Writing Overview
  • Group Analysis Activity• Who brought their resume?• Volunteers share a section of your resume – Objective – Education – Work Experience • Engineering • Non-engineering – Academic Experience • Classroom projects – Leadership Experience • Student organizations • Community Service – Publications and Awards• How would you polish it?
  • Frequently Asked Questions• What if I don’t have any engineering experience?• How long can my resume be?• Do I need a cover letter?• What other questions do you have?
  • Thank you! Presented by: Erica Kosa, Team Internship Program Manager