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Overview of constructing and formatting a resume for MTSU students.

Overview of constructing and formatting a resume for MTSU students.

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  • 1. An overview of structure and content
  • 2.
    • Try to stay on one page; if not, put last name on all pages
    • Stay consistent (grammar, punctuation, style) and on the conservative side
    • Do not use first person (I, we, my, our, etc.)
  • 3.
    • DO NOT use templates in Word
      • Your resume will look like many other applicants’
      • Sometimes difficult to upload on web or to email
    • Use good quality paper
  • 4.
    • Name & Contact Information
    • Objective
    • Education
    • Work Experience
    • Honors
    • Skills
    • Activities
    • References
  • 5.
    • Include name, complete address, phone number and email address
    • Appropriate email address include hotmail, yahoo, or gmail
    • Keep it large—make an impression!
    • Include both the local and permanent address if you will be moving elsewhere after graduation
  • 6.
    • Form: One or two sentences about the type of job you want and what you can contribute to the company in return
    • Purpose: to catch the reader’s attention quickly
    • Be specific! State position title and couple it with skills you possess that will be impressive to the employer.
    • You can also state what industry or department you would like to work in.
  • 7.
    • Be specific! State position title and couple it with skills you possess that will be impressive to the employer.
    • You can also state what industry or department you would like to work in.
    • BAD OBJECTIVES :
      • Desire retail position
      • A position as an editor that will allow me to use my creativity and will challenge me with room for growth.
    • How could this objective be improved?
  • 8.
    • GOOD OBJECTIVES:
      • An entry-level position in a management training program with a corporation that will benefit from my strong organizational skills and previous retail experience.
      • Education candidate with proven experience in the classroom and creating lesson plans seeks position teaching Biology and/or other life science at the secondary level.
      • Opportunity to fully utilize industrial engineering and process engineering while working for a midsize manufacturing firm.
  • 9.
    • Place near the top
    • Omit all high school if you have your degree
    • Know your degree, major, and concentration, and write it out. For example, B.S. = Bachelor of Science
    • Just your month and year of graduation
    • Include G.P.A. if it is over 3.0
    • Add relevant courses, if desired
    • Honors
  • 10.
    • Put all your experience, even if you think it is trivial
    • Reverse chronological order
      • Position title, organization, city and state, dates of employment
      • Duties for each entry – use bullets
      • Bullets should highlight accomplishments and your impact rather than just list duties
      • Focus on skills and duties transferable to the position you are applying.
      • Use action words and numbers where appropriate
  • 11.
    • Which sounds better?
      • Secretary or Administrative Assistant
      • Put together a report or Compiled and summarized data using MS Excel
      • Maintained records for accounts receivable and accounts payable accounts or Managed over 1,000 accounts receivable and payable accounts working directly with the Chief Financial Officer .
  • 12.
    • Skills
      • Communication, Laboratory, Computer, Languages, Leadership, etc…
    • Honors or activities you are involved in or have received
      • Be specific with what accomplishments you made
    • If you don’t have anything to include in these sections, just leave it out
  • 13.
    • Include three to five references on a separate page with your name at the top
    • Make sure you let your references know that they are listed on your resume
    • Be sure to include the person’s name, title or relationship to you, company, address and phone number
    • Email?
  • 14. College of Basic & Applied Science Nicole Green – JH 309 494-8797 [email_address] College of Business Katy Riddle – BAS S123 494-8911 [email_address] College of Education & Behavioral Sciences Lewis Gray – KUC 328 494-7709 [email_address] College of Liberal Arts Lucy Billings-Jones Todd 226 898-5364 [email_address] College of Mass Comm Nancy Stubblefield Bragg 130 904-8154 [email_address] Need further assistance? See the Career Center website, or contact your career coordinator:
  • 15. An overview of structure and content