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  • Ideas for active engagement at the beginning of presentation:Draw a continuum line on the board and have students indicate where they are at in the resume writing process by putting an “X” where appropriateNever written a resume Wrote a resume a long time ago, but needs updating Just need to put my polishing touches on itAnd/or have each person write on a piece of paper (or sticky note) one thing or a question they want to learn from this presentation today and have them turn it into you as people are filing in.
  • Have them fold their own resumes in half and see if their key information is located on that top half. If not think about ways you can re-order your sections or create new ones to get that information higher up on your resume.Has anyone ever heard of the “inverted pyramid” concept in journalism? The inverted pyramid is a metaphor used to illustrate how information should be arranged or presented within a news story.The pyramid’s broad base at the top of the figure represents the most substantial, interesting, and important information the writer wants to convey, while the tapered lower portion illustrates how less important material should follow in order of diminishing importance.The format is valued because readers can leave the story at any point and understand it, even if they don't have all the details. The same theory holds true in resume writing. To pass the 15 or 30-second glance test, you must prioritize the information on your resume according to the needs of the employer, putting the most important information toward the top and to the left. Because if an employer doesn’t see anything of relevance to them in the top portion of your resume, odds are good that they won’t make it to the bottom of your resume.
  • Take a look at your own objective statement and think about how you could make it stronger/more specific- share
  • Thank you – questions?
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    • 1. Job-Winning Resumes
      University Career Center
      110 Burge Union
      785-864-3624
      KUCareerHawk.com
    • 2. Agenda
      Purpose of a Resume
      General Guidelines
      Resume Components
      UCC Resume Resources
    • 3. Purpose of a Resume
      Q. So, what’s the point of a resume and cover letter?
      A. To get you an interview!
      But also to…
      • Demonstrate how your education and experience fits the requirements of the position
      • 4. Communicate your value to the employer
      • 5. Convey your enthusiasm for the position and organization
    • General Formatting Guidelines
      • Stick to standard fonts that are easy to read, such as: Times New Roman, Arial, Arial Narrow, Tahoma, Verdana, andBookman Old Style. Use10, 11, or12pt Font.
      • 6. Utilize your margins well – 1” margins
      • 7. Use bolding and/or italicizingconsistently, but sparingly to highlight headings/position titles.
      • 8. Avoid abbreviations (Use Street vs. St.)
      • 9. Use bullets to highlight job descriptions and skills
      • 10. Begin descriptions with an “active verb” instead of using complete sentences
      • 11. Be consistent in the format, layout, and spacing throughout your resume
      • 12. Put key information on the left and near the top of the page when possible (ie, Job titles and degree names)
      • 13. Keep it to 1 page if possible
    • Inverted Pyramid
      YOUR NAME
      Contact Information
      SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS__________________________
      EDUCATION______________________________________________
      RELEVANT EXPERIENCE_________________________________
      SKILLS___________________________________________________
      ACTIVITIES ______________________________________________
      HONORS & AWARDS______________________________________
      ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE_______________________________
      Most important information at the top
      Least important information at the bottom
    • 14. Parts of a Resume: Contact Info
      This first section of your resume should tell who you are and help prospective employers reach you quickly. Make sure you keep this information up-to-date!
      IMA J. HAWK
      imajhawk@ku.edu
      CURRENT ADDRESS (555) 555-1234 PERMANENT ADDRESS
      123 Jayhawk Road 1500 Cool Street
      Lawrence, Kansas 66045 Anytown, Kansas 66xxx
      Until June 1, 2011
      Make sure the email address you use sounds professional
      Ivana B. Astar
      Oliver Hall, Box 356
      1815 Naismith Drive
      Lawrence, KS 66045
      (785) 555-1212
      hotchick@ku.edu
    • 15. Parts of a Resume: Objective
      This section summarizes the type of position you are seeking quickly and succinctly
      You may not want to include an objective if you think it might limit your options or if you are including a cover letter.
      If applying to a particular job, make it specific to that position. This is not the place to write a paragraph on your life goals—keep it concise and specific to the job.
      OBJECTIVE:To obtain a summer Marketing Intern position with Hallmark Cards.
    • 16. Parts of a Resume: Summary of Qualifications
      • Summarizes how your experience, academic background, and personal abilities relate to the specific needs of the position.
      • 17. This will quickly show an employer a qualitative summary of the skills and experience you have to offer.
      • 18. Typically a bulleted list of 3-6 summary statements.
      SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
      • Three years of experience in a customer service environment working with a diverse range of individuals.
      • 19. Proven communication skills as demonstrated through club leadership, working in both a customer service and sales-focused environment, and serving as a mentor to an underrepresented youth.
      • 20. Knowledge of persuasive communication strategies developed through coursework in marketing, communications, and management.
    • Parts of a Resume: Education
      • For most graduates, one of the most important qualifications they have to offer employers is their education.
      • 21. Therefore this section should be listed on your resume directly below your objective statement or near the top of your resume.
      Education
      Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Expected:May 2011
      Minor in Business
      The University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas
      GPA: 3.5
      Financed 75% of college education through part-time employment
    • 22. Parts of a Resume: Relevant Coursework
      • Keyword is RELEVANT coursework
      • 23. Limit it to 6-12 classes (this isn’t a transcript!)
      Relevant Coursework
      • Effective Business Communication
      • 24. Survey of Marketing
      • 25. Communication and Gender
      • 26. Persuasive Speaking
      • 27. Survey of Management
      • 28. Behavioral Research Methods in Communications
      • 29. Problem-Solving in Teams and Groups
      • 30. Interpersonal Communication in Organizations
    • Parts of a Resume: Study Abroad
      • Study Abroad is most commonly placed in the Education or Related Experience section of your resume or in its own section.
      • 31. Market your transferable skills from study abroad, which could include: adaptability, self-reliance, cross-cultural communication, flexibility, and others.
      Study Abroad
      Study Abroad with Cultural Experiences Abroad January -April 2009
      Universidad Veritas - San Jose, Costa Rica
      • Traveled extensively throughout Costa Rica for four months and developed first-hand knowledge and understanding of the Latin American culture.
      • 32. Enhanced both written and oral Spanish language communication skills.
    • Parts of a Resume: Experience
      Experience can be….
      Work-related (internships, summer jobs, part-time jobs)
      Unpaid Positions
      Academic Classes or Projects
      Study Abroad / International Travel / Internships Abroad
      Leadership Roles
      Experience may be organized into multiple sections:
      Relevant Experience
      Sales Experience
      Teaching Experience
      Research Experience
      Relevant Academic Experience
      Leadership Experience
      International Experience
      Volunteer Experience
      Additional/Other Experience
      Try using headings that reflect your job targets.
      And then, put the rest of your experiences in “Additional Experience”
    • 33. Parts of a Resume: Experience
      This section contains the “meat” of the résumé
      Tips for writing descriptions of your experience:
      • Use action verbsto begin your descriptions
      • 34. Describe not just what you did, but how well you did it
      • 35. Quantify when it strengthens your description
      • 36. Use bullet points
      Winning formula for writing descriptions =
      Verb + What you did + Outcomes
      Relevant Experience
      Sales Intern January 2010 - May 2010
      University Daily Kansan,The University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
      • Promoted school newspaper to area businesses, which resulted in an increase in ad sales by 10% within one semester.
      • 37. Researched and identified potential client base.
      • 38. Created a five-minute sales presentation and made sales calls throughout the area.
    • A Closer Look at Action Statements
      Passive: “Responsible for publicity.”
      Active: “Interacted successfully with public affairs representatives and local media.”
      Active with results: “Interacted successfully with public affairs representatives and local media, increasing community awareness of agency by 25%.”
      Weak
      Better
      BEST!
    • 39. Parts of a Resume: Professional Organizations/Memberships
      Demonstrates that you are active in your profession and do things above and beyond what’s expected (school and work)
      Other possible headings for this section include:
      • Campus Activities
      • 40. Community Activities and Volunteer Work
      • 41. Student Organizations/Clubs
      • 42. Leadership Experience
      Campus and Community Involvement
      Public Relations Student Society of America – KU ChapterJanuary2010 - Present
      Sigma Chi – The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS August 2009 - Present
      • Actively recruited more than 10 new members to increase membership base
      • 43. Coordinated annual charity event raising more than $5,000 for cancer research
      Big Brothers/Big Sisters Volunteer – Lawrence, KS August 2009 - Present
    • 44. Parts of a Resume: Honors & Awards
      • This section typically includes:
      • 45. Scholarships
      • 46. Honor Roll (College only)
      • 47. Dean’s List
      • 48. Competitive Awards
      • 49. Don’t include $$ amounts for scholarships.
      • 50. Can be listed as a separate section or may be included within your Education section if only a few items.
      Honors and Awards
      • ABC Academic Excellence Scholarship, 2009-10
      • 51. KU Visual Art Education Scholarship, 2008-09
    • Additional Ideas
      • Community / Volunteer Experience
      • 52. Relevant Academic Projects
      • 53. Honors & Awards
      • 54. Campus and Community Activities
      • 55. Professional Memberships
      • 56. Relevant Skills
      These are just a few samples. Create headings that will emphasize your particular set of skills to your job target.
    • 57. IMA J. HAWK
      2 2 2 J a y h a w k B o u l e v a r d ▪ L a w r e n c e , K a n s a s 6 6 0 x x ▪ ( 7 8 5 ) 5 5 5 – 5 5 5 5 ▪ imajhawk@ku.edu
      SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS____________________________________________________________________________________
      • Three years of experience in a customer service environment working with a diverse range of individuals.
      • 58. Proven communication skills as demonstrated through club leadership, working in both a customer service and sales-focused environment.
      • 59. Knowledge of persuasive communication strategies developed through coursework in marketing, communications, and management.
      EDUCATION_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
      Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies ExpectedMay 2011
      Minor in Business
      The University of KansasLawrence, KS
      • GPA: 3.53/4.0
      Study Abroad with Cultural Experiences Abroad January -April 2009
      Universidad VeritasSan Jose, Costa Rica
      • Traveled throughout Costa Rica for four months and developed first-hand knowledge and understanding of the Latin American culture.
      • 60. Enhanced both written and oral Spanish language communication skills.
      RELEVANT COURSEWORK__________________________________________________________________________________________ Effective Business Communication Persuasive Speaking Behavioral Research Methods
      Survey of Marketing Problem-Solving in Teams and Groups in Communications
      RELEVANT EXPERIENCE___________________________________________________________________________________________
      Sales Intern, University Daily Kansan – The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KansasJanuary 2009 - Present
      • Promoted school newspaper to area businesses
      • 61. Created a five-minute sales presentation and made sales calls throughout the area
      • 62. Increased advertising by 10% within one semester
      Customer Service Associate, Wal-Mart – Lawrence, Kansas August 2007- May 2008
      • Provided outstanding customer service in a national retail chain store
      • 63. Recognized for service with Associate of the Month award
      • 64. Focused on increasing sales through advanced knowledge of product information
      LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE_________________________________________________________________________________________
      Public Relations Student Society of America – KU Chapter, Lawrence, KansasJanuary2009 – Present
      Sigma Chi – The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas August 2006 – Present
      • Served as Treasurer in 2006. Kept accurate records of fraternity expenses and represented group at the state level at two conferences
      • 65. Actively recruited more than 10 new members to increase membership base
      • 66. Coordinated annual charity event raising more than $5,000 for cancer research
    • What NOT to put in a resume…
      High school information (especially after your sophomore year)
      Personal information (birthdate, marital status, photograph)
      Personal interests/hobbies (unless they relate to the position or could be a conversation starter)
      Personal goal statement (unless requested)
      Clipart
    • 67. Thank You!
      University Career Center
      110 Burge Union
      785-864-3624
      KUCareerHawk.com
      M-F: 8am-5pm
      Open Year-Round

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