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  • 1. WRITING TUTORIAL SERVICES OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY Resume Workshop
  • 2.
    • CONTENT
    • FORMAT/DESIGN
    • EXAMPLE
    • FOR MORE INFORMATION…
    • QUESTIONS
    Resume Writing
  • 3. Typically how long will an employer look over your resume?
    • Seconds!
  • 4. Resume 101
    • Length:
      • One page
      • Be concise
    • Font:
      • Serif vs. Sans-serif
      • 11 to 12 point
    • Paper:
      • Laser or high quality ink-jet printer
      • Via email
  • 5.
    • What to include:
    • Example:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone Number
    • (Professional) Email
    • (Professional) Website
    • Sarah Smith
    • 735 W 38 th Street
    • Norfolk, VA 23508
    • 757.535.9999
    • [email_address]
    Contact Information
  • 6.
    • What is an Objective Statement?
    • Example:
    • An objective statement focuses your resume
    • Be as specific as possible
      • State the position you are seeking
      • Include any relevant skills
    • Objective: To obtain a _____ position in a _____ which uses my (skill) and (skill).
    • Objective: To obtain an entry-level position in the publicity department of a commercial publishing house.
    Objective Statement
  • 7.
    • What to include:
    • Example:
    • University attended
    • City/State
    • Degree(s) earned
    • Major/Minor
    • Grade Point Average
    • Date of Graduation (or anticipated date)
    • Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
    • Bachelor of Arts, English
    • Minor: Communications
    • Graduation: May 2009
    • GPA: 3.6/4.0
    • Major GPA: 3.8/4.0
    Education
  • 8.
    • What to include:
    • Position Title
    • Employer
    • Location
    • Dates of Employment
    • Paid and non-paid positions
      • Volunteer work, internships, etc.
    • Bulleted descriptions of each position
      • Be concise
    Experience
  • 9. Experience Continued
    • Action(!) Verbs
    • Purpose: Creates attention grabbing descriptions that are…
      • Specific!
      • Impressive
    • Action verbs will revamp weak or understated experiences
    • Avoid the generic “Responsibilities included…”
    • Instead of helped try supported
    • Instead of did try managed
  • 10. Awards/Honors & Extracurricular
    • Scholarships
    • Dean’s List
    • Contests
    • Greek Life
    • Clubs/Organizations
    • Honor Society
      • Specify involvement
      • Leadership roles
  • 11. Skills
    • Computer
      • Hardware
      • Software
    • Languages
      • Years studied
    • Certifications
    • Be specific
  • 12. References
    • “ Conclusion” to resume
      • References available upon request.
      • Portfolio?
    • Separate page with same header as your resume
    • Name
    • Title
    • Business Address
    • Phone Number
    • Fax Number
    • Email
  • 13.
    • CHRONOLOGICAL
    • FUNCTIONAL
    Format
  • 14.
    • Format:
    • Pros and Cons:
    • List experience in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
    • Ideal if you have significant experience in your particular field
    • _________________
    • Relevant experience can get overlooked
    Chronological
  • 15.
    • Format:
    • Pros and Cons:
    • Group experiences in skills categories (i.e. management skills, leadership skills, etc.)
    • Ideal if you have little experience
    • Highlights transferable skills and not gaps in employment
    • _________________
    • Risky
    • An experience’s connection to a skill not necessarily clear
    Functional
  • 16.
    • MAKE SURE YOUR RESUME IS PERFECT !
    • A RESUME IS NOT A “ONE SIZE FITS ALL”
    • BE HONEST
    • DON’T FORGET A COVER LETTER!
    Final Tips and Suggestions
  • 17. For More Information
    • Writing Tutorial Services, BAL 1002
      • 757.683.4013
    • Career Management Center, Webb 2202
      • 757.683.4388
    • http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/564/01/
      • Google: OWL Purdue