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  • 1. Resume Boot Camp “How to Prepare a Competitive Resume for a Tight Job Market” Nancy Stubblefield, Career Coordinator Bragg Mass Comm. Bldg., Room 130 www.mtsu.edu/~career
  • 2. Basic Training
    • What is the purpose of your resume?
    • To market your qualifications for a particular position or career field to potential employers
    • Your Resume should:
    • Focus attention on your qualifications and achievements and on the contributions you can make to the employer
    • Not be the only tool in your job search!
    • Not serve to get you a job but help land an interviews!
    • Not be a biographical summary of your life, but highlight only selected parts!
  • 3. Resumes Types
    • Three Basic Styles
    • Chronological Functional Hybrid
  • 4. Resumes Should REACH Audience
    • R eadable
    • E mphasize strengths
    • A pplicable experience
    • C onsistent
    • H ire me!
  • 5. Header Mass Communicator 130 Bragg Mass Communication Bldg.  Murfreesboro, Tenn. 37132  615/904-8154  nstubble@mtsu.edu ALLYSON GILBERT Mass Communicator Bragg Room 130  Murfreesboro, TN 37132  615/904-8154  nstubble@mtsu.edu New Freshman 900 Employment Road  Yourtown, TN 37000 615.777.7777  jsmith@yahoo.com • PHONE 615-584-9891 • E-MAIL GILBERT.ALLYSON@GMAIL.COM
  • 6. Objective/Profile/Summary
    • Resumes typically begin with a Profile/Summary or Objective
    • An objective is one or two sentences about the kind of job you want and what you can contribute to the company in return
    • Serve to get the reader’s attention quickly
    • BAD OBJECTIVE :
    • “ Desire a position where skills are utilized.”
    • How could this objective be improved?
  • 7.
    • GOOD OBJECTIVES:
    • Bilingual candidate with customer service experience and five years of sales experience seeks career in marketing.
    • Recording Industry candidate with Spanish minor and customer service experience seeks career in record promotions.
    • Public Relations candidate with experience in news writing, graphic design and customer service seeks internship in a non-profit agency.
    • Electronic Media degreed candidate with experience in television writing, editing and production seeks career in news industry.
    Objectives
  • 8. Profile/Summary
    • Typically used for more experienced workers
    • Like an objective, but usually longer and more detailed
    • Used to summarize your career history in a brief paragraph
    • Can be effective tool to let employer know what you are capable of in first few lines of reading
  • 9. Objective/Profile (5 min.)
    • Write an objective statement or profile which will entice the reader to continue reading.
  • 10. Education
    • If you have a degree, know what it is!
    • EDUCATION
      • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn. May 2010
      • Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication
      • Concentration: Electronic Media Communication
      • Minor: Political Science
      • GPA: 3.3
      •  
      • Specialized Coursework:
      • Sports Writing Computer Science Business Communication
      • Media Writing Media Law Media Design
  • 11. Professional Training
    • Can be useful to describe post H.S. training
    • Professional Development
      • PRSSA Conference, Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 2008
      • CPR/First Aid Certification Nov. 2007
      • Licensed Forklift Driver Apr. 2006
      • Make sure you list all the skills you have obtained on the job which might carry over to a new position!
  • 12. Subjective Skills/Hard Skills
    • Friendly and helpful
    • Hard Worker
    • Dependable
    • People Person
    • Fast Learner
  • 13. Subjective Skills/Hard Skills
    • Communication
      • Writing news releases? Writing sports articles? Telephone presence? Public speaking? Performing?
    • Foreign Language
    • Quantify skills
      • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, QuarkXPress; familiar with Microsoft Access and Adobe Illustrator
  • 14. Key Word Searches
    • Create a five star resume!
    • List relevant skills and key words
    • Coursework/Professional Training
    • Accreditations and Licenses
  • 15. Skills/Proficiencies (10 min.)
    • List your skills and capabilities in an appealing format for employers to review
  • 16. Experience….Create Depth
    • Begin bullet with action word
    • Start each bullet with a different action word to show creativity
    • Go the distance……think of situations which show an action and result
    • Examples:
      • Promoted new menu items to customers to improve sales and meet weekly goals
      • Answered customer questions and resolved complaints to improve customer satisfaction
      • Developed a promotional fund raising campaign which resulted in pledges of over 30K
  • 17. Action/Skill Statements Consider the following example. What can we do to make this stronger? BURGER‐IN‐A‐BAG, Nashville, TN Crew Chief January 2007 ‐ February 2008 • Worked fast food • Waited on customers 􀀹 What are the work‐content skills? 􀀹 What are the transferable skills? 􀀹 What are the self‐management skills?
  • 18. Action/Result Statements
    • BURGER‐IN‐A‐BAG, Nashville, TN
    • Crew Chief January 2008 ‐ February 2009
    • Cross‐trained in various areas from preparations to customer service to provide exceptional customer service
    • Demonstrated flexibility by accepting changing work assignments at a moments notice
    • Utilized interpersonal and problem solving skills to handle customer complaints
    • Supervised front line staff of approximately 4‐7 employees and encouraged a team oriented environment
    • Trained new hires to acquaint them with restaurant, menu and customers
  • 19. Action/Result Bullets (10 min.)
    • Write at least 5 bullets using the action result worksheet to show you are qualified for the job!
  • 20. References
    • References available upon request
    • Portfolio available upon request
    • References and portfolio available at www.mywebpage.com
    • Create new page with matching header
    • Include three to five contacts and their title, organization, address, phone number, and email
    • Check with your contacts before using them
  • 21. References (10 min.)
    • List 3-5 relevant references – use your computer to look up addresses and emails.
  • 22. Google Yourself (5 min.)
    • What will employers find out about you if they do this?