Resume Basics
Goals
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What is a resume?
The Three Cs
Types of resumes
Preparing your resume
• Content Appeal
• Visual Appeal

• E...
What is a resume?
A resume is . . .

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A marketing piece.
Your advertisement.
A tool to open doors.
A point of di...
Remember . . .

•The goal of your resume is
to get the interview!
20 Seconds
• That’s the average time an employer
spends reading a resume
• That’s why your resume must conform to
the thre...
Clear
• Neatly outline your work experience,
education, skills, interests, and objectives.
• Make certain that the languag...
Concise
• Highlight critical aspects about you
• Elevate the reader’s interest
• Do NOT tell the entire story
Corresponding
• Focus your resume to the job you want
• Illustrate relevant skills and
accomplishments that are of most
in...
Format
• Chronological
• Functional
Chronological Resume
PROS

CONS

• Easier to follow
• Emphasizes work and
education
accomplishments
• Highlights other
imp...
Functional Resume
PROS

CONS

• Organizes and
summarizes experiences
• Clearly focuses on
accomplishments
• Good if you ar...
When creating a resume, there are 2 major areas of focus . . .

Content Appeal
• What your resume says

Visual Appeal
• Wh...
Content of the Resume
•
•
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Heading
Objective
Summary of Qualifications
Education
Experience
• Related
• Internships
...
Heading
• Name
• Permanent address
• Phone
• Email
Objective
• Optional
• Can be specific
• Ex: Assistant Director of Marketing
• General
• Ex: Entry-level accounting positi...
Summary of Qualifications
• The “Keyword” Game
• Use terminology related to the job
• Emphasize nouns for industry-specifi...
The “Keyword” Game
• Use key action words & skill words that fit the job
• Use key terminology related to the job
• Highli...
Education
• Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
• Degree: BS
– Show date of graduation or expected date
• Major: Bus...
Experience
• List the company name, city, state, your title, and dates
• Bold either the organization’s name or your title...
Action-oriented Statements
• Examples:
• Increased sales by 15% annually by providing excellent
product knowledge and post...
Skills
• Computer skills
• Foreign language skills
According to the National Association of
Colleges & Employers (NACE) . . .
• Top 5 skills employers want:
• Communication ...
Activities
• Campus Organizations
• Community Organizations
• Volunteer Work

• Intramural Sports
• Varsity Sports
Professional Associations
• Research the associations for your specific
career
• Benefits include:
• Professional contacts...
References
• Optional
• If used, it should be listed as “References
available upon request.”
• Do not include your referen...
Visual appeal
• Bullets vs. Paragraphs
• Printing
• Paper
• Stylistic Tips
Bullets vs. Paragraphs
Bullets

• Can outline individual
skills, accomplishments,
and activities
• Less wordy
• Most emplo...
Printing & Paper
• Laser-printed
• Heavier weight than regular copy paper
• Conservative paper color
• Select matching env...
Stylistic Tips
• Use at least .5 margins all around
• Font size should not be smaller than point 10
• Keep sentences to th...
What is Optimal Resume?
• Web-based resume builder program
• Available to ALL MSU students and alumni
• Fee based
• Establ...
Benefits
• It is a tool you can use to:
• Create high-impact, interactive career materials based on your
career goals
• Pr...
Services Provided through Optimal
• Resume Builder
• Cover Letter Builder
• Interview
Preparation
• Website Builder
• Info...
Enter your Montclair State e-mail
address here to create a new
account.
This is where you can create a
new document or manage your
existing documents.

Click on this to create a new resume or co...
•Name your resume and
click start to continue
•You have an option to
upload your resume if
you already have one
created
Once you name your resume, then
you can select which format you
want to use to create your resume.

For the purpose of thi...
Next Step
•Select a resume sample that you
would like to use.
•Each resume sample is separated by
an area of interest.
•We...
Pick an experience level.
Once you select an experience level, you can choose a resume sample to use.
•Each section
provides a list
of action verbs
that can be
used on your
resume.
•Action verbs
should be used
on your resume
E-resumes
• Used when an employer requires that you
submit your resume through their web site,
independent job posting web...
Typical formats for e-resumes
• Text
• Rich Text
• ASCII
Please refer to the E-Resume
Handout for specific instructions.
Some final pointers
• Write your resume to your job objective and the job
description
• Be clear, concise, & corresponding...
Viewing Verification
• To earn the point for this Power Point, please email your
response to the following questions:
• Wh...
BONUS
• To earn an additional point for BUGN-310, please submit your
resume for a critique.
• Email your resume to:
• sbus...
References
• Dahlstrom, Harry (2010). The Job Hunting Handbook.
Holliston, MA: Dahlstrom & Company, Inc.
• Stebleton, Mich...
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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.
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    1. 1. Resume Basics
    2. 2. Goals • • • • What is a resume? The Three Cs Types of resumes Preparing your resume • Content Appeal • Visual Appeal • E-resumes • Final Tips
    3. 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. 4. Remember . . . •The goal of your resume is to get the interview!
    5. 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. 6. Clear • Neatly outline your work experience, education, skills, interests, and objectives. • Make certain that the language is easily understood.
    7. 7. Concise • Highlight critical aspects about you • Elevate the reader’s interest • Do NOT tell the entire story
    8. 8. Corresponding • Focus your resume to the job you want • Illustrate relevant skills and accomplishments that are of most interest to the reader
    9. 9. Format • Chronological • Functional
    10. 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. 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. 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. 13. Content of the Resume • • • • • Heading Objective Summary of Qualifications Education Experience • Related • Internships • Volunteer work • • • • Skills Activities Professional Associations References
    14. 14. Heading • Name • Permanent address • Phone • Email
    15. 15. Objective • Optional • Can be specific • Ex: Assistant Director of Marketing • General • Ex: Entry-level accounting position that requires strong technical skills
    16. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 21. Skills • Computer skills • Foreign language skills
    22. 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. 23. Activities • Campus Organizations • Community Organizations • Volunteer Work • Intramural Sports • Varsity Sports
    24. 24. Professional Associations • Research the associations for your specific career • Benefits include: • Professional contacts • Job postings • Networking events
    25. 25. References • Optional • If used, it should be listed as “References available upon request.” • Do not include your references here
    26. 26. Visual appeal • Bullets vs. Paragraphs • Printing • Paper • Stylistic Tips
    27. 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. 28. Printing & Paper • Laser-printed • Heavier weight than regular copy paper • Conservative paper color • Select matching envelopes & stationery for cover letters and mailing
    29. 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. 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 • http://business.montclair.edu/career
    31. 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. 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. 33. Enter your Montclair State e-mail address here to create a new account.
    34. 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. 35. •Name your resume and click start to continue •You have an option to upload your resume if you already have one created
    36. 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. 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. 38. Pick an experience level.
    39. 39. Once you select an experience level, you can choose a resume sample to use.
    40. 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. 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. 42. Typical formats for e-resumes • Text • Rich Text • ASCII Please refer to the E-Resume Handout for specific instructions.
    43. 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. 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: freedmand@mail.montclair.edu and indicate “BUGN-Resume Basics” in the subject line. • Due: December 4, 2013 • Questions: Please call 973-655-6965
    45. 45. BONUS • To earn an additional point for BUGN-310, please submit your resume for a critique. • Email your resume to: • sbusresumes@mail.montclair.edu and indicate BUGN Critique in the subject line • Due: December 4, 2013
    46. 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.
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