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.
Agenda Resume format Resume Content Common resume mistakes How to market your skills What employers are looking for
Pop Quiz!! Question 1: What is the purpose of a resume?
Pop Quiz!! Question 1: What is the purpose of a resume? To get you an interview!
Pop Quiz!! Question 2: How long does it take an employer to read a resume?
Pop Quiz!! Question 2: How long does it take an employer to read a resume? 15 - 30 seconds, tops!
What can go on my resume? Study Abroad Internships/Externships Service/Volunteer work Extracurricular Activities Clubs Greek Organizations Leadership Research
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 Also: Put references on a separate page Proofread multiple times!
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?
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: Assist Help
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
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!
Top “soft” skills sought by employers Communication (written and oral) Strong work ethic Team work Initiative Analytical skills Computer skills Flexibility/adaptability Interpersonal skills Problem solving skills Technical skills Detail-oriented Organizational skills Self-confidence Leadership skills
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
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 Boring Too modest
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 Appearance
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.
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