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How to write a resume

  1. 1. Purpose of a Resume: To briefly describe your current and past activities and achievements in a way that motivates a future employer to want to hire you. How To Write A Resume
  2. 2. Basic Format <ul><li>Heading </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include study abroad & LEDA Summer Institute </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Include “Dean’s List” (if applicable) under your college heading </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you are in the sciences or interested in business/finance jobs but do not have relevant work experience include under your college heading “relevant course work” and list any relevant course work useful to position(s) you are applying for. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>unpaid volunteer experience can be included in this section if you do not have paid work experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Extracurricular Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focus primarily on college activities. High School activities should be omitted unless you are freshman not active on campus. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Awards/Honors </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Divide this section into “Computer” and “Languages” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Heading <ul><li>Name, contact information, and a school email address or [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>You can include both a permanent address and a school address in this section </li></ul><ul><li>Should be at the top of the resume and your name should stand out (can be a larger size, bolded, and centered) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sample Headings LEDA Scholar Dartmouth College, HB 2346 Hanover, NH 03755 (212) 867-7718 [email_address] <ul><li>LEDA Scholar </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Address: Permanent Address: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 14121 345 Montgomery St. Apt# 3A, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stanford, CA, 94309 Brooklyn, NY 11225 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cell Phone: 212.867.7718 </li></ul></ul></ul>LEDA Scholar Dartmouth College, HB 2346 • Hanover, NH 03755 • (212) 867-7718 • [email_address] Example 1: Example 2: Example 3:
  5. 5. Education <ul><li>College, College Location, Anticipated Graduation Year, Major, Overall GPA, Major GPA, relevant coursework, honors achieved while in college </li></ul><ul><li>High School, High School Location, GPA, years of attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Scholars Program, Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute (Summer 2009) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Description: Completed seven-week intensive academic curriculum with singular attention to ethical leadership and training in analytical thinking about philosophy, democracy, and activist citizenship at Princeton University. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Sample Education & Awards/Honors <ul><li>Education_______________________________________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH June 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Major: History (Special focus on Religion and African and African American Studies) </li></ul><ul><li>GPA: 3.54/4.0 Major GPA: 4.0/4.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Dean’s List Award for Academic Excellence, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Université Paris IV La Sorbonne and Paris VIII Vincennes à Saint-Denis, Paris, France Spring 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Springfield High School, Springfield, Oregon Graduated June 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), Princeton University, NJ Summer 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Completed seven-week intensive academic curriculum, Aspects of Leadership , with singular attention to ethical leadership and training in analytical thinking about philosophy, democracy, and activist citizenship at Princeton University. </li></ul>This is the anticipated graduation year. Example 1: Example 2: <ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, May 2008-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science in Finance Anticipated Graduation: May 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Major GPA: 4.0/4.0; Cumulative GPA: 3.8/4/0 </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant Coursework: Business Information Systems, Business Law, Money and Banking, Statistical Methods, Economics. </li></ul><ul><li>Honors : Dean’s List, Lehigh Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar, LEDA Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics (MCSM) , New York, NY, 2004-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), Princeton University, NJ, Summer 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Completed seven-week intensive academic curriculum, Aspects of Leadership , with singular attention to ethical leadership and training in analytical thinking about philosophy, democracy, and activist citizenship at Princeton University. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Experience <ul><li>All paid and unpaid (research, internships, summer jobs, volunteer work, leadership opportunities) </li></ul><ul><li>Job title, name of organization/company, location, dates of employment </li></ul><ul><li>Include a brief description of relevant roles, or specific contributions, and recognitions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sample Experience <ul><li>Relevant Experience__________________________________________ ____________ _ </li></ul><ul><li>Middle School Teaching Internship , New York, NY June 2009 – Aug 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Created and implemented course designed to increase knowledge of the Harlem Renaissance. </li></ul><ul><li>Independently taught two 8th grade humanities classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Tutored 8th grade students who struggled with effective writing. </li></ul><ul><li>America Reads , Hanover, NH Sept. 2006 – Dec. 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assisted elementary school students with homework. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitated reading and math improvement sessions. </li></ul></ul>Experience UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW REVIEW Philadelphia, PA Office Assistant September 2008-Present Process article submissions and expedite requests, assist in the organization Law Review event, manage incoming and outgoing correspondences and support Law Review editors with various special tasks. <ul><li>EXPERIENCE </li></ul><ul><li>04/09-06/09 Student Researcher for Professor John Rickford, Stanford University </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selected as a research assistant to transcribe interviews of native Barbadians as a means of aiding Professor Rickford with his research on language variance in the Caribbean. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>07/08-08/08 Student Researcher, Beyond the Window – NYU’s Women of Color Policy Network, NYU </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selected as a student researcher from the LEDA Scholar Program to study policies which affect youth within the NYC community negatively and develop solutions to these problems. Presented findings and recommendations to the NYC Council. </li></ul></ul></ul>Example 1: Example 2: Example 3:
  9. 9. Sample Skills <ul><li>The skills section should any relevant skills that may be useful for an employer to know. Such skills include computer, language, and other skills particular to the position. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proficient in Microsoft Office Works: Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 year of college level Spanish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 years of Technical Drawing and Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 years of Model Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 year of AutoCAD </li></ul></ul>Skills Computer: Microsoft Office Suite, HTML, Proficient in Social Media, Adobe products, Data Entry, Typing: 50 WMP Languages: English (fluent), Cantonese (conversant), French (advanced) Music: Advanced in music on Alto, Baritone, and Soprano Saxophones Example 1: Example 2: Included because they may be applying for a position where music skills may be an asset .
  10. 10. Extracurricular Activities <ul><li>Campus Involvement/Volunteer Experience _________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator, Learning to Serve [Undergraduate Government of Boston College], BC September 2009 – Present </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate and facilitate group of 45 selected freshman students </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring Program + Volunteer Work (Placement with 5 freshman at Boston Rescue Mission, Boston, MA) </li></ul><ul><li>Asociación Bendición de Dios Alotenango, Guatemala April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteered for Guatemalan NGO Asociación Bendición de Dios </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraised and built a small house for a low-income family in the town of Alotenango </li></ul><ul><li>Translator for group </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Vice President Education , Alpha Chi Omega, Brown University, Providence, RI Jan 2009–Jan 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Led female empowering group of 50 members and presided over general body meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Created and organized educational and social events to facilitate sisterhood bonds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delegated responsibilities to officers, and collaborated with other VP chairs and organizations </li></ul></ul>Example 1: Example 2: Extracurricular/ Leadership Activities PITSTOP, Executive board member and tutor which includes tutoring once a week for three hours. Working with underprivileged students from Trenton and other than just serving as a tutor, we also serve as mentors . (February 2009-Present) Princeton Women in Business , publicity committee; in charge of publicizing for various club events on campus which include designing posters, printing them, and postering them around campus and making sure that everyone in the committee is doing their job ( February 2009-Present) Accion Latina , member (August 2008-Present) Princeton Disabilities Awareness, volunteer (April 2008) Example 3:
  11. 11. Sample Honors/Awards <ul><li>If you have honors/awards that are not relevant to your time in college and want to include them in your resume you should include this section. </li></ul>Honors/Awards: University of Pennsylvania Leadership Scholarship, Juanita James Memorial Scholarship and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Scholar Example 1: Relevant to the college so should be included in education section. See the “Education” slide for other examples. <ul><li>AWARDS & HONORS </li></ul><ul><li>MERCK Research Grant – Recipient </li></ul><ul><li>GE Greatest Generation Scholarship - Recipient </li></ul><ul><li>New York City Urban League Scholarship – Top Award Recipient </li></ul><ul><li>International Baccalaureate Diploma – Recipient </li></ul><ul><li>Gates Millennium Scholar- Recipient of scholarship and program participant </li></ul><ul><li>LEDA Scholar- one of 60 students selected nationwide </li></ul>Example 2:
  12. 12. Review, Edit, Personalize <ul><li>Keep a uniform format in each section, use white space to your advantage, use no more than 3 fonts/font styles and font sizes , try not to exceed 1 page </li></ul><ul><li>Check the resume in print preview to make sure dates and/or locations are aligned down the page. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a generic resume which you will edit to suit each job application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use action words from the job description given by the company ( a list of action words is included at end of presentation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add or subtract relevant information based on the job description </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When you are ready to send your resume to employers make sure to make your resume into a PDF. This will preserve your formatting and makes sure the employer sees your resume the way you intended. (see end of presentation on how to create a PDF) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Action Verbs <ul><li>Administrative Skills: Communication Skills: Creative Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 approved 􀂈inspected 􀂈addressed 􀂈influenced 􀂈acted 􀂈initiated </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 arranged 􀂈modeled 􀂈advertised 􀂈interpreted 􀂈conceptualized 􀂈instituted </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 catalogued 􀂈operated 􀂈authored 􀂈introduced 􀂈customized 􀂈integrated </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 classified 􀂈organized 􀂈collaborated 􀂈lectured 􀂈designed 􀂈invented </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 collected 􀂈prepared 􀂈clarified 􀂈marketed 􀂈developed 􀂈performed </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 compiled 􀂈recorded 􀂈composed 􀂈moderated 􀂈directed 􀂈pioneered </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 dispatched 􀂈reduced 􀂈corresponded 􀂈negotiated 􀂈exhibited 􀂈planned </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 executed 􀂈retrieved 􀂈drafted 􀂈persuaded 􀂈fashioned 􀂈revitalized </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 expedited 􀂈screened 􀂈edited 􀂈promoted 􀂈founded 􀂈shaped </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 generated 􀂈systematized 􀂈explained 􀂈translated 􀂈illustrated 􀂈transformed </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 implemented 􀂈verified 􀂈wrote 􀂈revised 􀂈constructed </li></ul><ul><li>Educating Skills: Financial Skills: Helping Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 advised 􀂈familiarized 􀂈administered 􀂈distributed 􀂈assessed 􀂈led </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 adapted 􀂈facilitated 􀂈allocated 􀂈estimated 􀂈assisted 􀂈mediated </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 corrected 􀂈guided 􀂈analyzed 􀂈forecasted 􀂈fostered 􀂈referred </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 coached 􀂈informed 􀂈appraised 􀂈projected 􀂈counseled 􀂈rehabilitated </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 communicated 􀂈instructed 􀂈audited 􀂈purchased 􀂈delivered 􀂈represented </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 demonstrated 􀂈persuaded 􀂈balanced 􀂈quantified 􀂈educated 􀂈transformed </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 enabled 􀂈taught 􀂈budgeted 􀂈reconciled 􀂈facilitated 􀂈validated </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 encouraged 􀂈trained 􀂈calculated 􀂈tabulated 􀂈guided 􀂈volunteered </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 evaluated 􀂈tutored 􀂈computed 􀂈tracked 􀂈sponsored 􀂈mediated </li></ul><ul><li>Management Skills: Research Skills: Technical Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 administered 􀂈improved 􀂈developed 􀂈classified 􀂈researched 􀂈interviewed 􀂈appraised 􀂈remodeled 􀂈overhauled </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 assessed 􀂈increased 􀂈scheduled 􀂈collected 􀂈reviewed 􀂈investigated 􀂈assembled 􀂈repaired 􀂈programmed </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 assigned 􀂈monitored 􀂈directed 􀂈critiqued 􀂈standardized 􀂈interpreted 􀂈built 􀂈restored 􀂈recorded </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 chaired 􀂈organized 􀂈strengthened 􀂈diagnosed 􀂈summarized 􀂈conduct 􀂈engineered 􀂈solved 􀂈streamlined </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 consolidated 􀂈prioritized 􀂈expanded 􀂈evaluated 􀂈surveyed 􀂈extracted 􀂈troubleshoot </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 contracted 􀂈produced 􀂈supervised 􀂈examined 􀂈synthesized 􀂈fabricated 􀂈upgraded </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 coordinated 􀂈recommended 􀂈structured 􀂈identified 􀂈tallied 􀂈maintained 􀂈installed </li></ul><ul><li>􀂈 delegated 􀂈reviewed 􀂈planned 􀂈inspected 􀂈compared 􀂈operated 􀂈launched </li></ul><ul><li>From Darthmouth College “Resume Writing” handout: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/pdfs/writing_resumes.pdf </li></ul>Avoid words that don’t reveal skills: Eg. worked, handled, responsible for…………..
  14. 14. Additional Resources <ul><li>GREAT! Resume Writing handout: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/pdfs/writing_resumes.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Templates of College Student Resumes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.career.vt.edu/jobsearc/resumes/formats.htm#samples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Listen to a Dartmouth Resume presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/workshops/resume/player.html </li></ul>
  15. 15. How to Create a PDF <ul><li>Save a PDF: </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office 2007 allows you to save as a PDF using this add on . In Office 2010 this function is built in check the “file menu” and click “save as” and change the format to “pdf.” </li></ul><ul><li>Print to PDF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select “print” from the “file” menu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the “print” screen in the “name” drop down menu, the menu at the very top of the “print” screen” select “PDF” (this will be an option if the computer has Abobe or other PDF software), click “OK” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A “save as” box should appear asking you what you would like to call your document and where would you would like to save the document. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need PDF software? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cute PDF is a free software that allows you to make PDF. Click here for download. </li></ul></ul>

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