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  • KEYS TO A WINNING RESUME!
    ITT Technical Institute
  • What is a Resume?
    The Resume is:
    A tool to market yourself so that you can get the interview!
    An expression of you (showcases your skills/qualifications & accomplishments)
    The first thing a recruiter or hiring manager looks at in the hiring process ( usually for maximum of 30-60 seconds)
    What will truly make a difference in the type of job you will get
    YOUR TICKET TO AN INTERVIEW!
  • RESUME FORMATSPHRG p.95
    CHRONOLOGICAL- ( preferred format to use)
    SKILLS – ( May be used by some people if appropriate)
    You should have digital and hard copy formats.
  • CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME
    Organized by your employment history in reverse chronological order, with job titles/names of employers/locations of employers/dates of employment/ accomplishments, working backwards 10-15 years.
    A standard chronological resume may be your best choice if most/all of your experience has been in one field, you have no large employment gaps, and you plan to stay in that same field. (It may be wise to slightly tweak your resume when applying to various fields)
  • CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME
    The chronological resume is preferred by the widest variety of employers, as well as by recruiters and many of the Internet job boards.
    It is “Reader Friendly”
    Clearly demonstrates your job history and career advancement/growth.
  • FUNCTIONAL RESUME (Skills)
    For job seekers with limited work experience, a checkered job history, or a job history in a different career field
    Organized by skills and functions clusters
    communication skills
    leadership skills
    technical skills
    customer service skills
    Company names, employment dates, and position titles are intentionally omitted
    Works best for homemakers returning to the workforce, new graduates without any prior work experience, or individuals with wide employment gaps
    The least common and least preferred by employers -- and most Internet job boards do not accept this resume format.
  • SCANNABLE RESUME(Disclaimer: this is kinda old info)
    You should use a machine scannable resume only if the employer requests one
    Also known as a text or scannable resume
    Highlights keywords – words relevant to a specific job or field. May include specific skills, software, hardware, industry specific tolls, certifications, etc.
    Useful because many employers now use applicant tracking systems to store candidate information and resumes. Search later for open positions. Database scans key words.
    FORMATTING
    KEEP IT SIMPLE!
    No italics, no underlining, no shading, or other unusual enhancements. No bold or ALL CAPS. It's unnecessary; the scanner does not differentiate between this and other font styles.
  • RESUME SECTIONS
    Heading
    Objective/Profile
    Education
    Skills/Qualifications
    Work Experience
    Others (i.e. professional associations, training, certifications, volunteer experience, military experience)
    Leave references off (should be in a separate document)
  • HEADING
    Name
    Address
    Phone Number(s)
    E-mail Address (should be professional)
    NEVER include personal information such as photos, height, weight, gender, marital status, nationality, or religion (illegal for employers to use this information in hiring decision). Plus, it might make people uncomfortable. Kinda like talking politics with your girlfriend/boyfriend’s grandpa.
    BE CREATIVE. This is an advertisement for you.You want your resume to stand out from the rest.
  • OBJECTIVE
    The objective tells the employer what you want to do and what you have to offer.
    The objective should be general yet geared towards the job you are seeking.
    Should not be self-centered – employers want to know what you can do for them!
  • EDUCATION
    Begin with your current or most recent educational experience.
    Your anticipated graduation date
    Include grade point average (3.0 or higher), academic honors, and any other awards.
    Also include relevant courses/projects ( ex. Capstone)
    Include any certificates completed or concentrated coursework.
  • SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS/SPECIAL PROJECTS
    Separate into categories:
    Computer Skills
    Technical Skills
    Leadership Skills
    Customer Service Skills
  • WORK EXPERIENCE
    Begin with your most recent employer
    Entries should include:
    Company Name, City, State
    Dates of Employment ( Month and Year)
    Position Title ( Bullet and Italicize)
    Description of job duties (3-4)
    Use bullet form
    Use ACTION/POWER words (i.e. developed, trained, converted, reduced, increased, assisted, provided, coordinated, implemented, achieved) This is very important.
    If you’re no longer employed at a certain organization make sure that the position description is in the past tense
  • Internship Experience
    Internship Experience will be under Work Experience Heading
    Same format as the work experience
    Company Name, City, State
    Dates of Employment
    Position Title ( Ex. Network Administrator Intern)
    Description of job duties
  • VOLUNTEER WORK/ COMMUNITY SERVICE
    Use experiences you may have in the following:
    Volunteer work for local community center, clubs, organizations, etc.
    Good to use if work experience is limited.
    I like to put this in a separate category…but that’s just me…
  • REFERENCES
    Do NOT include references on your resume. Use a separate a reference page.
    References available upon request on the bottom of your resume
    Three types of references:
    Educational (teachers, coaches, etc.)
    Professional (previous managers or supervisors from jobs held)
    Personal (NO family members – do not list personal references unless specifically requested to do so.) Doing this makes your resume look shady.
  • KEYS TO A GOOD RESUME
    Short and Concise
    Visually Appealing
    Error Free (proof read for grammar, punctuation and spelling) Duh…
    Quality paper and printing ( Resume Paper) But don’t go overboard…don’t spray it with Fantasy
    Honesty…again…duh…
    Source: Employment Techniques in the 21st Century
  • EMPLOYERS USE OF RESUMES
    Scan quickly to determine whether or not to interview
    Look at education, skills, experience
    Develop interview questions
    Assess communication skills
    Transferable skills (i.e. initiative, high energy, communication and time management skills, leadership ability, ability to multi-task, team player, work under pressure, analytical skills, etc.)
  • FINAL POINTERS
    Ensure that your resume is error free – proofread, proofread, proofread! Be sure to catch all spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses, unusual punctuation, and inconsistent capitalizations, or any inconsistencies for that matter
    Make appointment with career services or a professor to review resume/offer suggestions.
    Don’t lie!
    Update resume as you acquire new skills/experience (I update mine often, even if I’m not looking for work)
    Save a backup copy of your resume.
    Use one font type…something nice, with a nice serif.
    Highlight accomplishments.
  • Your Resume is a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of getting invited to a job interview.
  • RESUME EXAMPLES