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    RESUME WRITING - 08.11.2009 RESUME WRITING - 08.11.2009 Document Transcript

    • 8/24/2009 Resume Writing Tina Goulart August 11, 2009 Agenda Purpose Choosing a Format Building Your Resume Resume Tips Cover L tt C Letters Q&A 1
    • 8/24/2009 Purpose To find a new position either within your current company or with another company To generate a call from a recruiter or a hiring manager To illustrate the value that you can add to a new employer To showcase your experiences and achievements It’s the first impression that you make on a prospective employer Choosing a Format Chronological – Most common – This format illustrates career growth – Objective or professional summary is listed first – Work W k experience i li t d i reverse chronological i is listed in h l i l order (most recent job is listed first) – Sample resume 2
    • 8/24/2009 Choosing a Format Functional – Most useful when changing careers – Objective is listed first – Skills are listed by functions in a paragraph format – Example: M E l Management, Accounting, W iti and t A ti Writing d Editing – Sample resume 3
    • 8/24/2009 Choosing a Format Combination – Objective is listed first – Experience is listed by functions/skills – Contains an “Employment” section where you summarize and list your employers and dates – Sample Resume 4
    • 8/24/2009 Building Your Resume Choose the appropriate format for you (chronological format will be illustrated today) Name, address, email, phone number, and cell number – use a slightly larger font – Name and contact should be listed on every page Objective or professional summary – Should be concise – Custom to each position applying 5
    • 8/24/2009 Building Your Resume Work experience – most recent listed first – Employment dates – Job/position title – Company name and location – Describe key job responsibilities and accomplishments Use keywords Be concise Can be in bullet or paragraph form Building Your Resume Education – Degree and Discipline – University name and location – GPA and year degree conferred, if graduated within 5 years – Continuing education Other inclusions – Professional affiliations – Patents – Certifications – Recognitions 6
    • 8/24/2009 Building Your Resume Exclusions – Personal information; e.g. age, height, weight, marital status, religion – Salary References – Do not list your references – Add “References Available Upon Request” as your last line on your resume Resume Tips Length – One to two pages is ideal – Exception: Academia CVs – list publications – Remember: This is only a snapshot of your experience – Be concise Education Ed ti – If graduated more than 5 years, list at the end of resume – Recent grads or change in careers, list after objective 7
    • 8/24/2009 Resume Tips Layout and Appearance – Have consistent formatting (e.g. font, bullets, heading styles) – Headings should be spaced evenly – Verb tenses in present tense for current jobs and past tense for previous jobs – Do a spell check and a grammar check Resume Tips Content – Have 2-6 statements for each job – Your statements should contain “power” and “action” words e.g. accomplished, completed, developed, directed, managed, streamlined, upgraded – Convey the results of your accomplishments in your statements – Quantify your results wherever possible 8
    • 8/24/2009 Resume Tips Top Skills Employers Want – Technical – Analytical – Computer – Communication – Teamwork – Problem-solving – Interpersonal – Strong work ethic – Initiative – Flexibility/Adaptability Resume Tips Every expert will have a different opinion Your resume is a reflection of you and so you need to be comfortable with its format and content There’s no right or wrong resume Proofread your resume several times and have friends f i d review it i Customize your resume for different job opportunities 9
    • 8/24/2009 Cover Letters Be concise – It’s not intended to replace your resume Customize each letter for each employer or position Cater your accomplishments to the position you’re applying to Show passion Sh i – Speak to how you want to contribute to the company – Demonstrate how your interests and skills will help them Cover Letters Sell yourself – What can you do for them? – Show how you met or exceeded your previous job requirements – Highlight your successes Include a strong ending – Use “When can we meet?” instead of “I look forward to When I meeting you.” Proofread! Proofread! Proofread! – Carelessness can cost you a job 10
    • 8/24/2009 Q&A Questions Personalized assistance with resume 11