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A representative from BU's Center for Career Development discusses resumés and CVs

A representative from BU's Center for Career Development discusses resumés and CVs

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  • 1. Undergraduate  Economics  Associa2on   CCD  Event   (10/1/13)  
  • 2. Undergraduate  Economics  Associa2on   2   Government  Shuts  Down!  
  • 3. Undergraduate  Economics  Associa2on   3   Announcements   Econ  Talk     Sunday, Oct. 6th, 12:00pm in GSU Starbucks Wri2ng  CommiFee  +  STATA  Workshop     Sunday, Oct. 6th, 1:00-2:00 pm in CAS 322 UEA  Ar2cle  Compe22on     Tuesday, Oct. 22
  • 4. Undergraduate  Economics  Associa2on   4   Opportuni2es   Mathema2ca  Policy  Research  (MPR)     Social policy and research firm headquartered in Princeton, NJ recruiting undergraduates for Research Assistant/Programmer – entry level position   Application Link: https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/Employment/ City  of  Boston       Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) at City Hall in Boston are recruiting for the Spring semester. Projects are varied but could include reporting and analytics.   Application Link: http://www.cityofboston.gov/DoIT/internships/
  • 5. Undergraduate  Economics  Associa2on   5   UEA  Event   Résumés,  Cover  LeFers  and  CVs   Sydney  Simpson  &  Zach  Costello  
  • 6. Resume Basics
  • 7. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Contents   Purpose of a Resume   Formatting: Types of resumes and tips for effective formatting   Content: What to include and how to describe your experiences 7 Resume Basics
  • 8. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Purpose of a Resume Use resumes to:   Clarify your thinking about your skills and goals   Apply to positions   Distribute to your network   Post online (in job search sites like BU CareerLink)   Serve as a point of reference during an interview   Supplement a graduate school application Resume Basics 8
  • 9. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Types of Resumes   Chronological   Most commonly used format   Lists your experiences with the most recent first   Functional   Organized by skill or experience type   Combination   A flexible format with elements of chronological a functional formats 9 Resume Basics
  • 10. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Basic Rules   Maintain a professional image   Be relevant   Be brief 10 Resume Basics
  • 11. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here What To Include   Contact information   Education   Experiences   Optional additional sections   Check out examples in our Resume Guide 11 Resume Basics
  • 12. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Contact Information   Name   Telephone number (with a professional voicemail recording)   Email address (professional)   Address: Current and/or permanent   Optional: Website, LinkedIn profile address, or social media contact if relevant 12 Resume Basics
  • 13. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Education   Name of the institution, city and state   Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, etc.)   Major(s), minor(s), or concentration(s)   Year degree was completed or expected   GPA (optional)   Relevant coursework (optional) Resume Basics 13 10/9/13
  • 14. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Experience   All relevant experiences both paid and unpaid   The organization name, position title, location and dates, and a description focusing on your accomplishments and skills   Start your descriptions with strong action verbs 14 10/9/13Resume Basics
  • 15. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Experience Include instances where you:   Developed new strategies or procedures   Demonstrated effective leadership or management   Managed or supervised other people well   Received promotions or increased your responsibilities   Increased the profits or services of an organization   Produced a specific result or product   Solved a problem   Received recognition by others Resume Basics 15 10/9/13
  • 16. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Optional Items   Objective   Profile or professional summary   Skills   Interests Resume Basics 16   Honors or awards   Club or professional organization memberships   Leadership   Certifications
  • 17. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Final Tips   1 page long (2 pages with significant relevant experience)   Consistent font, bolding, italicizing, and formatting   Use white space   10-12 point, easy to read font   Proofread it   Have someone else proofread it   Update it often Resume Basics 17 10/9/13
  • 18. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Additional Resources   CCD website: http://www.bu.edu/careers/resumes-cover-letters/   CCD resume guide: http://www.bu.edu/careers/files/ 2012/08/Resume-Guide-2012.pdf   CCD resume review hours: http://www.bu.edu/careers/ about-us/contact-directions/ Resume Basics 18
  • 19. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Visit us soon! Visit us often! 100 Bay State Road, Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02215 bu.edu/careers facebook.com/buccd @BU_CCD 617-353-3590 Resume Basics 19
  • 20. Cover Letter Writing
  • 21. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Contents   Purpose of a cover letter   Types of cover letters   Contents of a cover letter Cover Letter Writing 21
  • 22. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Purpose of a Cover Letter   To elaborate on your career objective   To demonstrate your knowledge of the employer   To target your special interests/qualifications, and/or experience to the needs of the organization   To describe the unique personal qualities that you would bring to the position Cover Letter Writing 22
  • 23. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Types of cover letters   Letter of application   Letter of inquiry   Follow-up letter Cover Letter Writing 23
  • 24. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Basic Rules   Limit letter to one page   Use simple and correct grammar   Adhere to business format while showing your personality   Personalize each letter… address to a specific individual and make it relevant to each position/company applying to   Sign your letter   Keep a copy of all correspondence   Proofread carefully…have other people review your letter (CCD Resume and Cover Letter Review Hours) Cover Letter Writing 24
  • 25. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Before You Write   Do your research   Research the employer using an internet search, the company website, employee contacts (check the Career Advisory Network for alumni contacts)   Analyze the job description   Review your resume and qualifications   Clarify your interest in the company or position Cover Letter Writing 25 9/15/11
  • 26. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Intro Paragraph State why you are writing   What is the position or type of position that you are interested in   How did you find out about the position/organization   If you were referred by someone, state their name You may include (briefly)   Key information such as your major and degree   Reason for your interest in this particular company or job   Some reasons why you are a good fit Cover Letter Writing 26
  • 27. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Body of Cover Letter   The body of the letter is generally one or two paragraphs   Explain why you are interested in the employer or role   Elaborate on relevant experiences, giving specific examples and relating them to the needs of the employer   Use the job description to help you decide what to include   Make sure that you give details and make connections to the specific job (this should not just be a reiteration of your resume) Cover Letter Writing 27
  • 28. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Closing Paragraph   Keep this paragraph short   Remind the reader of your interest in the position   Thank the reader for his/her time and indicate your desire for an interview   List a phone number and email address where they may reach you   Indicate when you plan to follow up on your application Cover Letter Writing 28
  • 29. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here Resources for Cover Letter Writing   CCD website: http://www.bu.edu/careers/resumes-cover-letters/   CCD cover letter guide: http://www.bu.edu/careers/ files/2012/09/Cover-Letter-Guide-2012.pdf   CCD cover letter review hours: http://www.bu.edu/ careers/about-us/contact-directions/ Cover Letter Writing 29
  • 30. Boston University Slideshow Title Goes Here 100 Bay State Road, Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02215 bu.edu/careers facebook.com/buccd @BU_CCD 617-353-3590 Visit us soon! Visit us often! Cover Letter Writing
  • 31. Undergraduate  Economics  Associa2on   31   Announcements   UEA  General  Mee2ng   Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 7:00-8:00pm in CAS 211

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