Tips for writing a top notch resume
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  • To market yourself to employers, you must have a strong resume. Morehead State University Career Services is hear to help you! I’m Megan Boone, one of the career counselors, in the office. Today you will learn some tips for building a strong resume.
  • You must understand the purpose of a resume as a resume should highlight your most relevant skills not list every job that you’ve ever had. You need to show that you can impact the employer’s bottomline or mission in a positive manner.
  • This is a list of just some of the sections that you might want to have on your resume. Pick and choose and include what will sell you the best to a potential employer. You may have strong extracurricular involvement so you’ll want a section dedicated to that but your friend might have great work experience in the field and list that as the first section in his/her resume.
  • Contact information can speak volumes about you. You must have a professional email address and a professional voicemail on your phone.
  • Objectives are a way to indicate your career goals as they related to the employer or the industry. Most employers prefer specific objectives.
  • Education is what you have to sell now that you are earning a degree from MSU. This is some of the information that you may want to include in this section.
  • When writing a resume, it is important that it is easy to read. Employers will quickly scan it to determine if you will be given an interview. This is one way to format your education.
  • Including a skills section is a nice way to highlight some of the most relevant experience that you bring to the job or internship. You can include skills gained in your classes as well as on the job.
  • Think broadly when building your experience section. It does not have to be paid work. Typically your most recent experience will be listed first with the details.
  • Be sure to use action words to describe what you did – managed, lead, trained, designed are all great action words.
  • Activities can be a great way to showcase additional skills especially if you don’t yet have work experience in the field. Many employers are seeking candidates with strong teamwork and communication skills which are often gained through activities whether on-campus organizationgs, volunteer, or church related.
  • You might set up the activities section as you do your experience section. Don’t sell yourself short.
  • MSU Career Services is hear to help you!
  • Bring your resume by for a walk-in critique or call to schedule an appointment.
  • There are many additional services of which you may want to take advantage! We hope to see you in the Career Center!Dress for success.Have your resume checked at resume blitz or come on by.Check our website to see who is coming and who to Google.Come with 3 good questions for employers that you could not find the answer to online.Practice interpersonal and business skills.

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  • 1. Tips for Writing a Top-notch Resume
    Come visit
    MSU Career Services
    Megan Boone
    Career Counselor
  • 2. Purpose of a Resume
    To entice a prospective employer to call you for an interview
    Show you can make an immediate & valuable contribution
    Only include information relevant to the position
    Focus on where you are going with your career
  • 3. Resume Components
    Contact Information
    Honors & Awards
  • 4. Contact Information
    Mary Tech
    100 East College Street
    Anytown, KY 40052
    (555) 555-5555
  • 5. Objective
    • Most resumes of entry-level grads need one!
    • 6. Gives focus to your job search
    • 7. Clear and concise statement about the position you are seeking using a job title or a job description
    • 8. May be specific or general
  • Education
    • List universities in reverse chronological order
    • 9. Do not include high school
    • 10. Name of institution, city, state, degree, major/minor, graduation date, GPA=3.0
    • 11. Selected courses/Detail on course work
    • 12. Honors/Scholarships
    • 13. Computer skills
    • 14. Foreign languages
    • 15. % self-supporting if greater than 50%
  • Sample Education
    Morehead State University Morehead, KY
    Bachelor degree in Accounting Expected May 2011
    GPA: 3.0/4.0, worked 20+ hours/week
  • 16. Skills
    • Highlights qualifications in an easy to read format
    • Proficient in C++, HTML, JAVA
    • 17. Knowledge of website design
    • 18. Understanding of SQL databases
    • 19. 4 years customer service experience
  • Experience
    • Anything career related, including volunteer positions, co-ops, internships
    • 20. List in reverse chronological order (most recent position first)
    • 21. Info to include: employer, location (city, state), job title, dates of employment and description of your duties and accomplishments
  • Sample Experience
    • Powerful Job Description Statements With Action Words
    Toyota Erlanger, KY
    Engineering Intern Spring 2009, Summer 2010
    • Designed car doors using AutoCAD
    • 22. Reduced waste on line by 20%, saving $300,000
  • Activities
    • Include Relevant Activities (i.e., Fraternity, Sorority, Campus Organizations, Sports, etc.)
    • 23. List positions and describe your participation
    • 24. Incorporate skills acquired and used
    • 25. Focus on accomplishments
  • Sample Activities
    AIGA Morehead State University
    President Fall 2006 - present
    • Increased membership by 10%
    • 26. Organized New Member Induction Ceremony for 200 guests
    • 27. Lead monthly meetings and service activities
  • Need Additional Help?
  • 28. MSU Career Services
    Call ahead for appointments that fit your schedule - (606) 783-2233 - See our online resources
    428 University Drive (Across from Baird Music Hall)
    Walk ins are welcome
    All services are free
  • 29. MSU Career Services Offers:
    Career Fair – October 5, 2010, 10AM-1PM, ADUC
    Personality and Interest Inventories
    Mock Interviews
    Resume/CV critiques- individually or group workshops
    Assistance with decisions about plans for majors and career paths or job search itself
    Joblink-a FREE online network that helps connect students to employers for full-time jobs, internships, and student workers