Resume Seminar Fall 2009

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Resume Seminar Fall 2009

  1. 1. Build A Strong Resume Brought to you by Career Services
  2. 2. MICHIGAN TECH CAREER SERVICES PARTNERS
  3. 3. MICHIGAN TECH CAREER SERVICES PARTNERS
  4. 4. Prizes, Prizes and more Prizes <ul><li>University and corporate gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Gift certificates from local merchants </li></ul><ul><li>A month parking pass for the President’s Lot. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Resume Writing Tips Make your resume stand out! My Resume!
  6. 6. WHAT IS A RESUME? <ul><li>A Summary </li></ul><ul><li>A set of accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Your “ticket” to an interview </li></ul><ul><li>A resource for filling out applications </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of what you have done </li></ul><ul><li>A conversation starter </li></ul><ul><li>Different for the college grad vs. someone with years of experience </li></ul>
  7. 7. Submitting Resumes <ul><li>NACElink </li></ul><ul><li>At Job Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Company Websites </li></ul><ul><li> “ The way the employer wants it” </li></ul><ul><li>Job Posting Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Electronically (e-mail) </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Mail </li></ul><ul><li>With Cover Letters </li></ul>
  8. 8. Employers look for SKILLS and EXPERIENCES <ul><li>Co-op / Internships </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Computer/Technical Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation/Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Projects/Accomplishments </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul>Write your resume to show EVIDENCE of these!!
  9. 9. How do I create a resume? <ul><li>Consider the following categories </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Objective (what you want to do) </li></ul><ul><li>Education (schools, locations, degree, dates, GPA, relevant courses) </li></ul><ul><li>Project Experiences (Enterprise, Senior Design, coursework, hobbies) </li></ul><ul><li>Work Experiences (paid, unpaid, volunteer) </li></ul><ul><li>Skills (Computer, Technical, Language) </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments (don’t be shy) </li></ul>
  10. 10. CONTACT INFORMATION <ul><li>Include name, permanent and/or school address, telephone number, e-mail address </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail address should be business-like </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid information that will soon expire </li></ul><ul><li>URL of personal webpage may be included, if only professional information and images </li></ul>
  11. 11. OBJECTIVE <ul><li>For job fairs: </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain a full time position in the field of electrical engineering </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain an internship or a co-op to further my experience and utilize my knowledge in the field of biological sciences. </li></ul><ul><li>For specific position: </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain the structural engineer position at HireMe Inc. </li></ul>
  12. 12. EDUCATION <ul><li>Michigan Technological University (MTU) Houghton, MI </li></ul><ul><li>B.S. Electrical Engineering May 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Minor: Business </li></ul><ul><li>GPA 3.1 </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Departmental GPA 3.3 Overall GPA 2.8 </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Operations Management, Photonics, Global Finance, Power Systems, Distribution Engineering </li></ul>
  13. 13. PROJECT EXPERIENCES <ul><li>MTU Senior Design Project: Impact Sound Transmission S ponsored by The Noble Co. , Sept ‘05 – Present </li></ul><ul><li>Project Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Test ed different materials to determine sound insulation properties while following ASTM standards </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce d impact sound transmission through proper material selection </li></ul>
  14. 14. PROJECT EXPERIENCES <ul><li>MTU Winter Carnival 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Lambda Chi Alpha 2004 Snow Statue Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Oversaw the design and construction of a 25 ft tall snow statue of the Eiffel Tower </li></ul><ul><li>Performed stress tests and structural truss analysis for individual ice beams </li></ul><ul><li>Created gantt charts and logistical timelines for building of the statue </li></ul><ul><li>Managed multiple design teams of 4 to 5 people </li></ul>
  15. 15. WORK EXPERIENCES <ul><li>Kimberly Clark Corporation/Tax Department </li></ul><ul><li>Internship, Summer 2007 Menasha, WI </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzed NOL’s and credit’s affect on reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Filed amended and state returns </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzed Kimberly Clark’s financial impact in the Fox Cities </li></ul><ul><li>Provided reports to supervisor that were presented to Tax Director </li></ul>
  16. 16. Listing Your Experience <ul><li>Topics To Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs while you are in school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both volunteer and paid experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-ops/internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervising or training people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family-owned businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember to list most recent experience first </li></ul>
  17. 17. COMPUTER SKILLS <ul><li>Operating systems: Windows (XP,Vista) UNIX </li></ul><ul><li>Programming: Java, C++, C, Fortran, Assembly </li></ul><ul><li>Software: Mathematica, CADKEY, DATACAD, Matlab, MathCAD, Verilog, UGNX, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Labview, Star Office </li></ul>
  18. 18. ACCOMPLISHMENTS <ul><li>Personally funding 100% of education </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted father with electrical work for 13 years </li></ul><ul><li>Designed and built driveway at family’s cottage </li></ul><ul><li>Built 15 computers from components </li></ul><ul><li>Independently restoring a 1976 CJ5 Jeep </li></ul>
  19. 19. TEN RESUME DO’S <ul><li>Make sure it looks professional </li></ul><ul><li>Use standard sized, white/light tint paper </li></ul><ul><li>Print on only one side </li></ul><ul><li>Try to keep it to one page (undergrad) </li></ul><ul><li>Format well and have white space </li></ul><ul><li>Use bullets and powerful verbs </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it positive </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest, but don’t undersell yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Use the vocabulary (keywords) of your field </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your contact information current </li></ul>
  20. 20. TEN RESUME DON’TS <ul><li>Exaggerate </li></ul><ul><li>Have misspelled words or names </li></ul><ul><li>Include photograph, marital status, sex, age </li></ul><ul><li>Handwrite changes or additions </li></ul><ul><li>Make it too crowded with no white space </li></ul><ul><li>Send it without a cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Have unexplained abbreviations </li></ul><ul><li>Use personal pronouns </li></ul><ul><li>Use fonts smaller than 10 pt. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a template-they’re tougher to alter </li></ul>
  21. 21. OTHER RESOURCES <ul><li>career.mtu.edu </li></ul><ul><li>quintcareers.com </li></ul><ul><li>jobweb.com </li></ul><ul><li>GOOGLE: How to write a resume and </li></ul><ul><li>cover letter </li></ul>
  22. 22. Fall 2009 Seminar Series –Develop your future <ul><li>September 9,10, 15,16…………………….. Resume Blitz </li></ul><ul><li>September 16………………………………..Interview Idol </li></ul><ul><li>September 21-25………………….Interview Skills Week </li></ul><ul><li>September 22…………...Benefits of a Co-op/Internship </li></ul><ul><li>September 23………………………………Career Fair Prep </li></ul><ul><li>September 29………………………..2009 Fall Career Fair </li></ul><ul><li>October 7……………………………On-site Company Visit </li></ul><ul><li>October 14…………Business & Dining Etiquette Dinner </li></ul><ul><li>October 21……………Job Search and Networking Skills </li></ul>

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