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Overview of constructing and formatting a resume for MTSU students.

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Resume Writing

  1. 1. An overview of structure and content
  2. 2. <ul><li>Try to stay on one page; if not, put last name on all pages </li></ul><ul><li>Stay consistent (grammar, punctuation, style) and on the conservative side </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use first person (I, we, my, our, etc.) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>DO NOT use templates in Word </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your resume will look like many other applicants’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes difficult to upload on web or to email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use good quality paper </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Name & Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Work Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Honors </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Include name, complete address, phone number and email address </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate email address include hotmail, yahoo, or gmail </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it large—make an impression! </li></ul><ul><li>Include both the local and permanent address if you will be moving elsewhere after graduation </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Form: One or two sentences about the type of job you want and what you can contribute to the company in return </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: to catch the reader’s attention quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific! State position title and couple it with skills you possess that will be impressive to the employer. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also state what industry or department you would like to work in. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Be specific! State position title and couple it with skills you possess that will be impressive to the employer. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also state what industry or department you would like to work in. </li></ul><ul><li>BAD OBJECTIVES : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire retail position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A position as an editor that will allow me to use my creativity and will challenge me with room for growth. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How could this objective be improved? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>GOOD OBJECTIVES: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An entry-level position in a management training program with a corporation that will benefit from my strong organizational skills and previous retail experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to fully utilize industrial engineering and process engineering while working for a midsize manufacturing firm. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Place near the top </li></ul><ul><li>Omit all high school if you have your degree </li></ul><ul><li>Know your degree, major, and concentration, and write it out. For example, B.S. = Bachelor of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Just your month and year of graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Include G.P.A. if it is over 3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Add relevant courses, if desired </li></ul><ul><li>Honors </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Put all your experience, even if you think it is trivial </li></ul><ul><li>Reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Position title, organization, city and state, dates of employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duties for each entry – use bullets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bullets should highlight accomplishments and your impact rather than just list duties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on skills and duties transferable to the position you are applying. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use action words and numbers where appropriate </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Which sounds better? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Secretary or Administrative Assistant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put together a report or Compiled and summarized data using MS Excel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 . </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication, Laboratory, Computer, Languages, Leadership, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Honors or activities you are involved in or have received </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be specific with what accomplishments you made </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you don’t have anything to include in these sections, just leave it out </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Include three to five references on a separate page with your name at the top </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you let your references know that they are listed on your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to include the person’s name, title or relationship to you, company, address and phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Email? </li></ul>
  14. 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. 15. An overview of structure and content