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  • The good news about the different types of resumes is that all the resumes will contain the same content – just formatted in different ways.If you are emailing your resume as an attachment, make certain that you send it as a PDF attachment – what you see when you send it is what the receiver gets. However, you should also cut and paste it into the body of the email – some people will not open attachments.
  • The intent is to make your resume compatible with an employer’s applicant-tracking system and record a high keyword “hit” rate. We’ll go into more detail about keywords later in this presentation.


  • 1. Resume Basics
  • 2. Goals • • • • What is a resume? The Three Cs Types of resumes Preparing your resume • Content Appeal • Visual Appeal • E-resumes • Final Tips
  • 3. What is a resume? A resume is . . . • • • • • A marketing piece. Your advertisement. A tool to open doors. A point of discussion. An on-going, working document. A resume is NOT . . . • A dull re-statement of your work and education history. • A 5-page document that illustrates everything about you. • The clinching item that gets you the job offer!
  • 4. Remember . . . •The goal of your resume is to get the interview!
  • 5. 20 Seconds • That’s the average time an employer spends reading a resume • That’s why your resume must conform to the three “Cs”: • CLEAR • CONCISE • CORRESPONDING
  • 6. Clear • Neatly outline your work experience, education, skills, interests, and objectives. • Make certain that the language is easily understood.
  • 7. Concise • Highlight critical aspects about you • Elevate the reader’s interest • Do NOT tell the entire story
  • 8. Corresponding • Focus your resume to the job you want • Illustrate relevant skills and accomplishments that are of most interest to the reader
  • 9. Format • Chronological • Functional
  • 10. Chronological Resume PROS CONS • Easier to follow • Emphasizes work and education accomplishments • Highlights other important activities and interests • Excellent for a new college graduate • May emphasize time gaps if you have little or no work experience • May emphasize “job hopping” • Limiting to someone changing careers
  • 11. Functional Resume PROS CONS • Organizes and summarizes experiences • Clearly focuses on accomplishments • Good if you are changing careers or returning to workforce • Does not tell employers how recently skills were used • Does not tell the context of the skills and which jobs are linked to them • Not for a recent graduate
  • 12. When creating a resume, there are 2 major areas of focus . . . Content Appeal • What your resume says Visual Appeal • What it looks like
  • 13. Content of the Resume • • • • • Heading Objective Summary of Qualifications Education Experience • Related • Internships • Volunteer work • • • • Skills Activities Professional Associations References
  • 14. Heading • Name • Permanent address • Phone • Email
  • 15. Objective • Optional • Can be specific • Ex: Assistant Director of Marketing • General • Ex: Entry-level accounting position that requires strong technical skills
  • 16. Summary of Qualifications • The “Keyword” Game • Use terminology related to the job • Emphasize nouns for industry-specific terms (ex. Accountant instead of accounting) • Just highlights • EXAMPLE: • Leader and contributing member • Ability to propose new and creative ideas and solutions • Social networking and blogging skills for product visibility
  • 17. The “Keyword” Game • Use key action words & skill words that fit the job • Use key terminology related to the job • Highlight relevant accomplishments that are closely related to the job • Emphasize nouns for industry-specific terms (ex. accountant instead of accounting)
  • 18. Education • Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ • Degree: BS – Show date of graduation or expected date • Major: Business Administration; concentration in Management • GPA – only if above a 3.0 • Honors • *If on track for 150 credits, can be listed here • Study Abroad • Relevant Coursework - should only be listed if you are seeking an internship
  • 19. Experience • List the company name, city, state, your title, and dates • Bold either the organization’s name or your title • Use action words • Current activities in present tense • Past activities in past tense • Use terms that reflect skills needed in the job you are seeking • Quantify your accomplishments • Use reverse chronological order
  • 20. Action-oriented Statements • Examples: • Increased sales by 15% annually by providing excellent product knowledge and post-sales service. • Implemented a reduced-cost recruiting program by focusing on local schools. • Organized an awareness campaign that increased membership by 50%.
  • 21. Skills • Computer skills • Foreign language skills
  • 22. According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) . . . • Top 5 skills employers want: • Communication (written and verbal) • Strong Work Ethic • Teamwork Skills (works well with others) • Initiative • Interpersonal Skills
  • 23. Activities • Campus Organizations • Community Organizations • Volunteer Work • Intramural Sports • Varsity Sports
  • 24. Professional Associations • Research the associations for your specific career • Benefits include: • Professional contacts • Job postings • Networking events
  • 25. References • Optional • If used, it should be listed as “References available upon request.” • Do not include your references here
  • 26. Visual appeal • Bullets vs. Paragraphs • Printing • Paper • Stylistic Tips
  • 27. Bullets vs. Paragraphs Bullets • Can outline individual skills, accomplishments, and activities • Less wordy • Most employers prefer this style because it is easier to read Paragraphs • More information • Can be difficult to read
  • 28. Printing & Paper • Laser-printed • Heavier weight than regular copy paper • Conservative paper color • Select matching envelopes & stationery for cover letters and mailing
  • 29. Stylistic Tips • Use at least .5 margins all around • Font size should not be smaller than point 10 • Keep sentences to the point • Edit unnecessary words • Optimal Resume
  • 30. What is Optimal Resume? • Web-based resume builder program • Available to ALL MSU students and alumni • Fee based • Establish your account using your MSU email address •
  • 31. Benefits • It is a tool you can use to: • Create high-impact, interactive career materials based on your career goals • Present your materials online — with the website builder — and in print, as you can download your materials in a number of formats • Manage an unlimited number of career documents from one central location • Share your credentials with your network on your own professional website and across social networking sites
  • 32. Services Provided through Optimal • Resume Builder • Cover Letter Builder • Interview Preparation • Website Builder • Informational Webinars • Portfolio Builder • Skills Assessments • ResumeGPS • Resume & Cover Letter Samples
  • 33. Enter your Montclair State e-mail address here to create a new account.
  • 34. This is where you can create a new document or manage your existing documents. Click on this to create a new resume or cover letter
  • 35. •Name your resume and click start to continue •You have an option to upload your resume if you already have one created
  • 36. Once you name your resume, then you can select which format you want to use to create your resume. For the purpose of this presentation, we will select “Browse Samples.”
  • 37. Next Step •Select a resume sample that you would like to use. •Each resume sample is separated by an area of interest. •We recommend selecting the Business and Finance category.
  • 38. Pick an experience level.
  • 39. Once you select an experience level, you can choose a resume sample to use.
  • 40. •Each section provides a list of action verbs that can be used on your resume. •Action verbs should be used on your resume
  • 41. E-resumes • Used when an employer requires that you submit your resume through their web site, independent job posting web site, or in the body of an email (not as an attachment)
  • 42. Typical formats for e-resumes • Text • Rich Text • ASCII Please refer to the E-Resume Handout for specific instructions.
  • 43. Some final pointers • Write your resume to your job objective and the job description • Be clear, concise, & corresponding • Emphasize accomplishments, results, and skills • Use relevant keywords and terminology from the field • Be honest – do not exaggerate your abilities but do promote yourself • No spelling and/or grammatical errors • Do not include personal information: health, marital status, gender, race, age, etc.
  • 44. Viewing Verification • To earn the point for this Power Point, please email your response to the following questions: • What are the three “Cs” of resumes? • What is the preferred format of a resume for a college student? • What should your resume correspond to? • Email your response to: and indicate “BUGN-Resume Basics” in the subject line. • Due: December 4, 2013 • Questions: Please call 973-655-6965
  • 45. BONUS • To earn an additional point for BUGN-310, please submit your resume for a critique. • Email your resume to: • and indicate BUGN Critique in the subject line • Due: December 4, 2013
  • 46. References • Dahlstrom, Harry (2010). The Job Hunting Handbook. Holliston, MA: Dahlstrom & Company, Inc. • Stebleton, Michael & Henle, Michael (2011). Hired! The Job Hunting and Career Planning Guide. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.