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Resume Boot Camp

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