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An introductory workshop on resumes for undergraduate students

An introductory workshop on resumes for undergraduate students

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  • Ask students what questions do they have based off reading this resume? What would they like to know as employers? Would they call this person for an interview?
  • Ask students what transferrable they can identify from this resume snippet.
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    • 1. Resume Workshop
    • 2. Agenda
      Resume format
      Resume Content
      Common resume mistakes
      How to market your skills
      What employers are looking for
    • 3. Pop Quiz!!
      Question 1:
      What is the purpose of a resume?
    • 4. Pop Quiz!!
      Question 1:
      What is the purpose of a resume?
      To get you an interview!
    • 5. Pop Quiz!!
      Question 2:
      How long does it take an employer to read a resume?
    • 6. Pop Quiz!!
      Question 2:
      How long does it take an employer to read a resume?
      15 - 30 seconds, tops!
    • 7. What can go on my resume?
      Study Abroad
      Service/Volunteer work
      Extracurricular Activities
      Greek Organizations
    • 8. Resumes are:
      An one page, error-free, concise and attractive outline of relevant job experience, skills, accomplishments, and academic credentials
      Personalized to reflect your strengths and capabilities
      Tailored to each position you are applying to
      Always list from most relevant to least relevant
      Put references on a separate page
      Proofread multiple times!
    • 9. Header
    • Objective
      • Brief statement of the type of position you are seeking. May be stated by:
      • 13. Job title
      • 14. Level/type of responsibility
      • 15. Skills
      • 16. Combination
    • Education
      • Institution(s)
      • 17. Major/Emphasis
      • 18. GPA (If undergraduate and above 3.0)
      • 19. Honors/Awards
      • 20. (Expected) Graduation
    • Experience
      • Position title
      • 21. Company/Organization, Location
      • 22. Dates
      • 23. Concise bullet points using action verbs detailing accomplishments, skills, and responsibilities
      • 24. In order from most recent to least recent
      • 25. Include volunteer experiences
      • 26. No italics, no underlining
    • Activities
      • Optional – especially useful for undergraduates
      • 27. Same formatting as Experience
    • Skills
      • Tailor to job description
      • 28. Computer skills
      • 29. Include language(s) and level of fluency
    • Formatting your Experience
      Bachelor’s of Arts, Communication Expected Graduation: 5/2010
      University of Maryland, College Park, MD GPA: 3.88/4.0
      • Honors, awards, scholarships
      • 30. Coursework – if relevant to the position
      HEADER (Experience, Volunteer Experience, Related Activities)
      Company, Location Month/Year – Month/Year
      • Descriptions of accomplishments, skills, duties
      • 31. Quantify – if you handled money, put dollar amounts. Mention numbers of people supervised, volunteers recruited how many people attended your events, etc. If you exceeded previous numbers, by how much? Percentage or concrete numbers?
      • 32. Present/Past tense
      • 33. Don’t use “I”
    • Writing Bullet Points - Action verbs
      Express achievements or activities in a concise, persuasive manner.
      Use throughout your resume to help the reader understand the nature of your jobs and activities.
      Stay away from:
    • 34. Pretend you’re the employer
      Sales and Marketing Intern Jan 2009-Dec 2009
      XYZ Company
      Marketed insurance to local business owners
      Developed communication skills through telemarketing and canvassing
      Learned to Network by meeting CEO’s and attending seminars
      Gained hands on experience by auditing past sales with local professionals
      Participated in the supplemental insurance enrollment process
    • 35. Transferable skills
      A skill developed in one aspect of your life that can be (deliberately or unintentionally) applied to another activity
      How do your experiences relate to the job you’re applying to?
      Think creatively!
    • 36. Top “soft” skills sought by employers
      Communication (written and oral)
      Strong work ethic
      Team work
      Analytical skills
      Computer skills
      Interpersonal skills
      Problem solving skills
      Technical skills
      Organizational skills
      Leadership skills
    • 37. Pretend you’re the employer, part 2
      Strategic Planner Oct 2009–Dec 2009
      Arboretum, University of Maryland
      Crafted comprehensive 25-page strategic plan with group of five other students as part of a nine-week classroom project
      Met with senior executives from Arboretum to determine direction for development of strategic communication plan intended to increase attendance and to drive interest in renovated property
      Delivered final presentation to three Arboretum managers and executives
    • 38. Top 10 resume mistakes
      Too long
      Typos, grammar or spelling errors
      Hard to read
      Too much writing
      Too little writing
      Irrelevant information
      Too generic
      Too snazzy
      Too modest
    • 39. professionalism
      Center for Professional Excellence surveyed more than 500 human resources professionals and business leaders about recent college grads and their professionalism.
      Characteristics of Professionalism:
      Personal interaction skills, including courtesy and respect
      The ability to communicate, which includes listening skills
      A work ethic which includes being motivated and working on a task until it is complete
    • 40. Professionalism
      Traits or behaviors employers value most, and that they believe are most deficient in the recent graduates they have hired, include:
      Accepts personal responsibility for decision and actions
      Is able to act independently
      Has a clear sense of direction and purpose.
    • 41. Questions?
      Career & Job Search:
      Emily Roh
      University Career Center and The President’s Promise
      (xxx) xxx-xxxx