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  • Introduction to format and purpose of workshop NOTE: This is particular workshop is designed for students who are beginners (not for those who want to make their current resume stronger)
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    • 1. Resume Writing Carolyn Ersland Career Services Coordinator Human Sciences Student Services [email_address] 515.294.6466 131 MacKay Hall
    • 2. Quick Guide to ISU Career Services
      • Career services office and staff in each college
      • Some have “walk in” hours for quick questions
      • Others you will need to make an appointment
      • Centralized, online career management service (ISU CMS)
    • 3.
      • Career planning
        • Self-assessment of strengths, personality, interests, values, motivation and abilities
        • Exploring career options
        • Decision making
      • Resume & cover letter reviews
      • Job search advising
      • Graduate or professional school advising
      • Interview preparation & mock interviews
      Quick Guide to ISU Career Services
    • 4. ISU Career Services Network www.career.iastate.edu
      • Agriculture & Life Sciences
        • 141 Curtiss Hall
      • Business
        • 1320 Gerdin Business Building
      • Design
        • 297 College of Design
      • Engineering
        • 308 Marston Hall
      • Human Sciences
        • 131 MacKay Hall
      • Liberal Arts & Sciences
        • 351 Catt Hall
    • 5. ISU Fall Career Fairs
      • Fall Career Day
        • Wednesday, September 24
        • 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
        • Hilton Coliseum
        • Co-sponsored by the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Business
        • Wide variety of employers!
        • Log in to ISU CMS for employer attendees
      • Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day
        • Tuesday, October 21
        • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
        • Memorial Union, Great Hall
        • Sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
        • Log in to ISU CMS for employer attendees
    • 6. Iowa State Career Management Service ISU CMS
      • FREE (even after you graduate!)
      • THE location where employers post internship and full-time job listings
      • Extensive Employer Database for company research and direct contact information
      • Career Fair information including employers registered to attend and position information
      • Networking opportunities
    • 7.
      • Website:
      • www.career.iastate.edu/
      • Click on link…
      • SIGN ON:
      • ISU CMS for Students
      • USERNAME:
      • Your full ISU email account
      • *not your Net-ID*
      • Example: [email_address]
      • PASSWORD:
      • Initially generated by system
      • “ Forgot my Password” on login page
      How to Access ISU CMS
    • 8. www.career.iastate.edu
    • 9.
    • 10.
      • PROFILE
        • Verify and update your Personal and Academic Information
        • Change your Initial PASSWORD
      • DOCUMENTS
        • Upload your RESUME
      • EVENTS
        • Explore CAREER FAIR and Employer Information Session opportunities
      • JOBS OR EMPLOYERS
        • Search by keyword, major, etc. for your area of interest
      Once you’ve logged in…
    • 11.
      • ISU CMS
      • depends on YOUR ACTION to submit your resume for listings and interviews
      •  NOTE: Employers NEVER see your resume unless you submit it to them !
      • is only one resource that can be utilized for your job or internship search
      Remember…
    • 12. Skills & Qualities of Top Candidates
      • Willingness & Ability to learn
      • Basic computer literacy
      • Communication skills ( verbal & written )
      • Analytical skills
      • Personal management
      • Teamwork
      • Leadership
      • Honesty/Integrity
      • Adaptability
      • Functional or job specific skills
      • Organizational Skills
      • Motivation/initiative
      • Problem Solving
      • Maturity
      • Professional Judgment
      • “ Followership”
      • Strong work ethic
      NOTE: Also know the specific technical skills employers seek for your industry!
    • 13. Purpose of the Resume
      • Primary marketing tool to obtain interviews
      • Represents your experience and strengths
      • Highlights your competencies, accomplishments, and future capabilities
    • 14. Format: DO’s
        • ONE page and error-free
        • Prioritize order
        • Reverse chronological order
        • Use action verbs (no –ing form)
    • 15. Format: DO’s (cont’d)
        • Be honest, concise, and positive
        • Use industry buzz words
        • Consistent format and spacing
        • Visually attractive
        • References on a separate document
    • 16. Format: DON’Ts
      • AVOID:
        • Personal information
          • NO height, weight, age, marital status
        • Personal photo
        • Health status
        • Abbreviations or acronyms
    • 17. Anatomy of the Resume
      • Contact information
      • Objective
      • Education
      • Experience
        • Related
        • Additional
      • Skills, Certifications, Professional Affiliations
      • Community/Civic Involvement
        • Leadership
        • Volunteer
      • Activities, Honors or Awards
    • 18. Contact Information
      • Joe Smith
      • 620 Lincoln St. [email_address] 40 High Road
      • Ames, IA 50011 Newton, MA 02648
      • (515) 555-7890 (617) 332-6312
      JOE R. SMITH jsmith2@iastate.edu 620 Lincoln St. (515) 555-7890 Ames, IA 50011 JOE R. SMITH jsmith2@iastate.edu ♦ 620 Lincoln St., Ames, IA 50011 ♦ (515) 555-7890
    • 19. OBJECTIVE
      • Specific to position and work-centered, not self-centered
      • Stated on either the resume or cover letter
      • Examples:
      • A part-time position that offers contact with the public and the opportunity to market a quality product or service
      • A summer 2007 internship in technical design with Land’s End
    • 20. EDUCATION
        • Institution name, city, state
        • Degree, expected graduation date
        • Major
        • Minor
        • Concentration
        • Option
      • May (or may not) include high school
        • OPTIONAL:
        • Related courses
        • Honors and Awards
        • GPA (3.0 or higher)
        • Study abroad
        • Study tours
        • Research projects
        • Honors
    • 21. HONORS or AWARDS
      • Awards
      • Scholarships
      • Prizes
      • Honor Societies
      • Professional affiliations
    • 22. Education Example #1
      • Iowa State University, Ames, IA
      • Bachelor of Science, Expected May 20xx
      • Major: Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production
      • Class level: Freshman
      • Awards: George Washington Carver Scholar
      • College of Human Sciences Scholarship, 2007-08
      • Humboldt High School , Humboldt, IA
      • High School diploma, May 20xx
      • Top 10% of graduating class
    • 23. Education Example #2
      • Education
      • Iowa State University, Ames, IA
      • Bachelor of Science, Expected May 20xx
      • Major: Kinesiology and Health
      • Option: Health and Fitness Management
      • Minor: Nutrition
    • 24. EXPERIENCE
      • Most recent first
        • Employer name, job title, city, state, dates
        • Separate experience into different sections
        • ( if applicable )
        • Use action statements to highlight accomplishments
      • Related vs. Additional
      • Internships, practicum, volunteer, leadership
    • 25. EXPERIENCE “LABELS”
      • Community Service
      • Related Experience
      • Leadership Experience
      • Volunteer Experience
    • 26. ACTION VERBS
      • Begin phrases with action verbs
      • Start with best action first; least impressive action last
      • Quantify and qualify
      • Provide the context of your work
    • 27. Use of Action Verbs
      • Avoid
        • Responsible for
        • Duties included
        • Assisted with
      • Active verb examples
        • Coordinated
        • Oversaw
        • Trained
        • Performed
        • Planned
    • 28. Experience Example
      • Experience
      • Floor Team Member , Target
      • Ames, IA, June 200x-present
      • Assist customers with merchandise selections
      • Create and maintain merchandise displays
      • Complete sales transactions
    • 29. Experience Example
      • Experience
      • Sales Associate , American Eagle
      • Des Moines, IA, Summer 2006
      • Provided customer service
      • Handled register transactions
      • Maintained displays and restocked merchandise as necessary
      • Reconciled packing slips
    • 30. Experience Example
      • Experience
      • Host , Chili’s , Des Moines, IA, December 200x-present
      • Train new staff under direction of Restaurant Manager
      • Greet and escort customers to seating area
      • Process orders and complete sales transactions for Chili’s To Go carry out service
    • 31. ACTIVITIES
      • Clubs and Organizations
      • Athletic Teams
      • Committees
      • Volunteer Work
      • Service Projects
    • 32. Activities Example #1
      • Activities
      • Common Threads Learning Community, member
      • MODA, Iowa State University Fashion Club, member
      • TREND, ISU Fashion magazine
      • Junior Journalism Editor
      • Wrote and had two stories published for first issue
    • 33. Activities Example #2
      • Activities
      • Alliance for Health and Fitness Professionals (AHFP)
      • Nutrition Club
      • Peer Mentor, Kinesiology department
      • Intramurals participant (flag football, dodgeball, broomball)
    • 34. SKILLS
      • Foreign Language(s)
      • Computer Skills
      • Special Technical Equipment or Software
      • Possible descriptive phrases:
        • Fluent
        • Proficient
        • Conversational skills
        • Reading and/or writing ability
        • Working knowledge of
        • Familiar with
    • 35. Skills Example
      • Skills
      • Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop
      • Proficient on Macintosh and PC
      • Languages: Fluent in Spanish
      • Conversational in French
    • 36. REFERENCES
      • Separate page from your resume
      • Match “header” format and content for resume
      • Current or former supervisors
      • Avoid family members, unless you have worked for them
      • First and Last Name
      • Title
      • Street Address
      • City, State
      • Phone number
      • Email address
    • 37. References Example #1
      • Sam Wilson
      • Former employer/supervisor
      • Chili’s
      • Restaurant Manager
      • 1505 Westown Parkway, Des Moines, IA
      • 515-245-6789
      • [email_address]
    • 38. References Example #2
      • Terri Carlson
      • Academic Advisor / Peer Mentor Supervisor
      • Iowa State University
      • Department of Kinesiology
      • 205 Forker Building, Ames, IA 50011
      • 515-294-4719
      • [email_address]
    • 39. RESUME QUESTIONS?
    • 40. Cover Letters
      • Job Search Correspondence
    • 41. Purpose of a cover letter
      • Used to introduce you and your resume
      • Describe your experiences and qualifications specifically in a way that relates to the particular position and/or employer
      • Should accompany your resume whenever you send it whether via the mail, e-mail or fax.
    • 42. 2 Types of Cover Letters
      • Letter of Application
      • Use when you are applying for a specific
      • Tailor the contents of this letter to the job description or employer
      • Letter of Inquiry
      • More of a networking letter
      • Used to “inquire” about the availability of a position requiring your skills
      • Very effective for the candidate who is geographically limited or focused.
    • 43. 1 st Paragraph
      • Indicate the position you are applying for (or seeking)
        • The source from which the vacancy was discovered
          • newspaper, personal contact, referral, or website
          • If a referral, make sure your contact is well thought of by the employer
        • Conclude this opening paragraph with a sentence about “why” this position or organization interests you.
    • 44. 2 nd paragraph
      • Highlight your qualifications as they relate to the specific position you are applying for (or seeking)
      • Use the job description as an outline addressing each requirement in your letter
      • Expand on particularly relevant items in your resume without repeating your resume word for word
      • Emphasize why the employer should hire you by “selling” your unique strengths.
    • 45. 2 nd /3 rd paragraph
      • Incorporate the use of bullets to emphasize key points for a unique format:
      • Avoid the overuse of the word “I” especially at the beginning of a sentence.
      • Remember that the cover letter is a representation of the work you can do
      • Your cover letter should highlight your experience(s)
      • Don’t try to include everything from your resume
      • Your goal is to move them from reading this letter to reviewing your resume
    • 46. Last paragraph / Closing
      • Close by indicating appreciation for reviewing your materials
      • Ask for an interview (“I look forward to discussing my qualifications!”)
      • Provide information for follow-up here or after your printed name below.
      • Sincerely,
      •  
      • Signature  
      • Your name typed
      • Phone number (if not included above)
      • Email address (if not included above)
    • 47. ISU Fall Career Fairs
      • Fall Career Day
        • Wednesday, September 24
        • 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
        • Hilton Coliseum
        • Co-sponsored by the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Business
        • Wide variety of employers!
        • Log in to ISU CMS for employer attendees
      • Agriculture & Life Sciences Career Day
        • Tuesday, October 21
        • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
        • Memorial Union, Great Hall
        • Sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
        • Log in to ISU CMS for employer attendees
    • 48. Actions for Career Fair Success
      • Make a positive impression
      • Communicate your skills
      • Help employers know why they should hire you
      • Ask good questions
      • Follow up after the Career Fair
    • 49. Career Fair Essentials
      • Business professional dress
      • Be prepared!
      • Don’t chew gum
      • Don’t bring in beverages or food
      • Avoid perfumes, colognes, scented lotion
      • Carry a binder or portfolio/padfolio
        • Resume
        • Fair map
        • Your questions
        • Personal calendar
        • Pen
    • 50. Career Fair Strategies
      • Make your “A” list
      • Prepare your “30-60 second commercial”
      • Appropriate attire
      • Realize that you're being judged as soon as you arrive
      • Allow plenty of time to be at the event
      • TURN OFF your cell phone or other electronic devices!
      • Shake hands with a firm grip
      • Be yourself!
      • SMILE!
    • 51. Wrapping Up
      • Clarify their timeline, next steps, and/or appropriate process for follow-up
      • Ask for a business card or specific contact information
      • Thank the recruiter for his/her time
    • 52. Career Search Checklist
      • Resume up-to-date, proofed, and edited
      • Voicemail professional and “employer ready”
      • Draft a letter of application
      • Research organizations/programs of interest
      • Interview prep advice received from advisors, peers, employers, career services
      • Create an email account specifically for your career/internship search
      • References requested and secured
    • 53. For MORE individual resume assistance…
      • Visit your college’s career services website for appointment scheduling or walk-in hours
      • www.career.iastate.edu