Resume Writing
Major Sections in a ResumeThe Contact InformationThe Objective StatementEducationExperienceHonours and ActivitiesPersonal ...
Sample Resume                3
The Contact Information                          4
The Contact InformationCreates first impressionProvides information to help prospectiveemployers contact youUsually placed...
Is this a Good Sample?Your Name Here1234 Streetname, #1West Lafayette, IN 47907Student@univ.edu765-555-5555               ...
Is this Sample Better?              YOUR NAME HERECampus Address                      Permanent Address1234 Streetname, #1...
AppearanceUse and coordinate design strategiesFonts – style and sizeText highlightingLayout – alignment, columns and table...
The Objective Section                        9
What is an Objective Statement?A short section (usually 1-3 lines), often in theform of a sentence fragment, immediately b...
Why Write One?Emphasize key qualifications, skills and/or goalsHelp your readers find what they need to knowquicklyMake a ...
Is this a Good Objective Statement?An internship allowing me to utilize my knowledgeand expertise in different areas  Well...
A Good Objective Statement AnswersWhat position(s) are you applying for?What are your main qualifications?What are your ca...
Getting Started. . .Reflect on your overall qualifications and careergoals: In what ways are they typical? Unique?Research...
Questions about YouWhat are your main qualifications, strengths,skills, and areas of expertise?What position(s)--or type o...
Questions about the EmployersWhat qualifications are most desired byemployers in your field?What positions are available o...
Instant Objective StatementFor practice, fill in the parts in brackets  To utilize my [qualifications, strengths, or skill...
Which of the Objective Statement is                                 BEST?The one that best…  Emphasizes your qualification...
The Education Section                        19
What is an Education Section?Focus on your educational background andformal training, individualizing for anorganizationUs...
Purpose: To Inform and to PersuadeGive information about your schooling andtrainingPersuade employers your educationalback...
Where to Place this Section?Above or below your experience section?It depends…  Which is stronger, your education or your ...
Questions to AnswerWhat are my major and minor     What courses have I takenGPAs?                           that are relat...
Is it OK?EducationB.A. in EnglishPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette, IndianaAnticipated Graduation: December 2007GPA: 3.4/4.0...
Is it Better?Education   B.A. in Professional Writing, Purdue              University, West Lafayette, Indiana,           ...
The Experience Section                         26
The Experience SectionA section that demonstrates your most relevantexperience in work or activities.Other common names: P...
The Experience Section:                    Informing to PersuadeConstruct your professional identityHelp your resume stand...
The Experience Section:                                ElementsCompany or organization and location (city,state)Position t...
Where should you Put this Section?Above or below your education section?It depends…  How much work experience do you have?...
Getting Started. . .List your past and present experiences.Include:  Organization  Position  Duration  Responsibilities  A...
Describing ExperiencesRelate it to your career goalsAsked for in job ads and descriptionsChoose one experience you circled...
The Honours and Activities Section                                     33
What is an Honours and Activities                              Section?A section that emphasizes your participation inrele...
What is an Honours and Activities                              Section?Completes your personalityProvide additional eviden...
Placing this SectionUsually last section on the pageCan be moved up if information is especiallyimportant or relevantSomet...
Exploring Content PossibilitiesExtracurricular activitiesAwards, grants, prizes, and special honorsMemberships in professi...
Two ApproachesMinimal approach  Photography Club, University of Illinois, January  1999-PresentElaborated approach  Presid...
Plan of AttackBrainstormDecide what to include based on relevance,interest-value, and space considerationsMatch organizati...
Other Important Sections and Details                                       40
Personal Details SectionDate of BirthSexMarital StatusNationalityLanguages KnownHobbies and Interests                     ...
References SectionAt least two references with complete contactdetailsIn case you don’t want to give, write References ava...
Declaration Section (Optional)At the end of the resumeIt shows your declaration of truth andauthenticityWrite:I hereby dec...
Resume Writing: Format and StyleFormats  Chronological  Functional  CombinationStyles  Targeted  General                  ...
Thank You!             45
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Resume writing

  1. 1. Resume Writing
  2. 2. Major Sections in a ResumeThe Contact InformationThe Objective StatementEducationExperienceHonours and ActivitiesPersonal Details 2
  3. 3. Sample Resume 3
  4. 4. The Contact Information 4
  5. 5. The Contact InformationCreates first impressionProvides information to help prospectiveemployers contact youUsually placed at the top of the page 5
  6. 6. Is this a Good Sample?Your Name Here1234 Streetname, #1West Lafayette, IN 47907Student@univ.edu765-555-5555 6
  7. 7. Is this Sample Better? YOUR NAME HERECampus Address Permanent Address1234 Streetname, #1 4321 StreetnameWest Lafayette, IN 47907 Anytown, IN 12345yourname@university.edu http://univ.edu/~login765-555-5555 555-555-1234 7
  8. 8. AppearanceUse and coordinate design strategiesFonts – style and sizeText highlightingLayout – alignment, columns and tablesAdding a graphic elementMatch with rest of the resume and the coverletter Aim for a professional package 8
  9. 9. The Objective Section 9
  10. 10. What is an Objective Statement?A short section (usually 1-3 lines), often in theform of a sentence fragment, immediately belowyour contact informationAn “at a glance” picture of you and your careerinterestsOther names: Professional Objective, ResumeCapsule, Career Goals etc. 10
  11. 11. Why Write One?Emphasize key qualifications, skills and/or goalsHelp your readers find what they need to knowquicklyMake a good first impressionRelate company goals to personal goals 11
  12. 12. Is this a Good Objective Statement?An internship allowing me to utilize my knowledgeand expertise in different areas Well-written but raises too many questions For example: What kind of internship? What knowledge? What kinds of expertise? Which areas? How will you contribute to this company? 12
  13. 13. A Good Objective Statement AnswersWhat position(s) are you applying for?What are your main qualifications?What are your career goals?What is your professional identity?How can you help the company? 13
  14. 14. Getting Started. . .Reflect on your overall qualifications and careergoals: In what ways are they typical? Unique?Research individual employers in your field: Inwhat ways are employers alike? Different? 14
  15. 15. Questions about YouWhat are your main qualifications, strengths,skills, and areas of expertise?What position(s)--or type of position--are youseeking?What are some of your professional goals?What type of organization or work setting areyou most interested in? 15
  16. 16. Questions about the EmployersWhat qualifications are most desired byemployers in your field?What positions are available on the job market?What are they titled?What are some goals of the organizations thatinterest you?What kinds of organizations are now hiring? 16
  17. 17. Instant Objective StatementFor practice, fill in the parts in brackets To utilize my [qualifications, strengths, or skills] as a [position title] A position as a [position title] for [company name] allowing me to develop my [qualifications, strengths, or skills] An opportunity to [professional goal] in a [type of organization, work environment, or field] [position title] with emphasis in [areas of expertise] 17
  18. 18. Which of the Objective Statement is BEST?The one that best… Emphasizes your qualifications and/or goals Appeals to employer expectationsA trick question: You’ll probably need to writemore than one objective statement.Tailor for each type of position that interests youand, for best results, modify for each particularemployer (as necessary) 18
  19. 19. The Education Section 19
  20. 20. What is an Education Section?Focus on your educational background andformal training, individualizing for anorganizationUsually a major section for college students andrecent graduates 20
  21. 21. Purpose: To Inform and to PersuadeGive information about your schooling andtrainingPersuade employers your educationalbackground is relevant to the job, providingevidence of your qualificationsHelp your resume stand out from others in thestack 21
  22. 22. Where to Place this Section?Above or below your experience section?It depends… Which is stronger, your education or your work experience section? How much relevant work experience do you have? Place strongest, most relevant section closest to top of the page 22
  23. 23. Questions to AnswerWhat are my major and minor What courses have I takenGPAs? that are related to my careerAny honors related to my goals?degree? With what computerHow is my education funded? programs am I most familiar?What are my major(s) and What language proficienciesminor(s)? What are my do I have?areas of emphasis, Any certifications orspecialization, or licenses?concentration? Do I have any on-the-jobWhat special course or educational training such asdegree-related projects may in-house training programs?be relevant? 23
  24. 24. Is it OK?EducationB.A. in EnglishPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette, IndianaAnticipated Graduation: December 2007GPA: 3.4/4.0 24
  25. 25. Is it Better?Education B.A. in Professional Writing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, May 2007 (Funded 100% of Schooling) Concentration: Business and Technical Writing Select Coursework: Computer-aided Publishing, Writing for the Computer Industry, Business Writing, Technical Writing, Advanced Professional Writing Overall GPA: 3.4/4.0 Major GPA: 3.7/4.0 25
  26. 26. The Experience Section 26
  27. 27. The Experience SectionA section that demonstrates your most relevantexperience in work or activities.Other common names: Professional Experience,Work History, Field Work, Volunteer Work, etc.Special names: Technical Experience,Supervisory Experience, Aviation Experience,etc. 27
  28. 28. The Experience Section: Informing to PersuadeConstruct your professional identityHelp your resume stand out from others in thestackProvide information to help persuadeprospective employers that your experiencesmake you qualified for the job and that you alignwith the organization’s goals 28
  29. 29. The Experience Section: ElementsCompany or organization and location (city,state)Position titleDates of employment or involvementDescriptions of responsibilities, duties,achievements, etc.Use action verbs to describe duties! 29
  30. 30. Where should you Put this Section?Above or below your education section?It depends… How much work experience do you have? Which is stronger, your education or your work experience section?Place strongest, most relevant section closest totop of the page 30
  31. 31. Getting Started. . .List your past and present experiences.Include: Organization Position Duration Responsibilities Achievements 31
  32. 32. Describing ExperiencesRelate it to your career goalsAsked for in job ads and descriptionsChoose one experience you circled anddescribe briefly 32
  33. 33. The Honours and Activities Section 33
  34. 34. What is an Honours and Activities Section?A section that emphasizes your participation inrelevant activities and any honors you havereceivedOther names Awards Memberships Volunteer Work 34
  35. 35. What is an Honours and Activities Section?Completes your personalityProvide additional evidence of yourqualificationsGive employers a sense of who you are outsideof school and work 35
  36. 36. Placing this SectionUsually last section on the pageCan be moved up if information is especiallyimportant or relevantSometimes omitted if there is a lack of space orrelevant information 36
  37. 37. Exploring Content PossibilitiesExtracurricular activitiesAwards, grants, prizes, and special honorsMemberships in professional clubs andorganizationVolunteer activities 37
  38. 38. Two ApproachesMinimal approach Photography Club, University of Illinois, January 1999-PresentElaborated approach President, Photography Club, University of Illinois, January 1999-Present Organized campus contest Increased membership with promotional efforts 38
  39. 39. Plan of AttackBrainstormDecide what to include based on relevance,interest-value, and space considerationsMatch organization and design with rest ofresumeSeek critical feedback 39
  40. 40. Other Important Sections and Details 40
  41. 41. Personal Details SectionDate of BirthSexMarital StatusNationalityLanguages KnownHobbies and Interests 41
  42. 42. References SectionAt least two references with complete contactdetailsIn case you don’t want to give, write References available on request 42
  43. 43. Declaration Section (Optional)At the end of the resumeIt shows your declaration of truth andauthenticityWrite:I hereby declare that the information providedabove is true to the best of my knowledge andbelief.Date Signature 43
  44. 44. Resume Writing: Format and StyleFormats Chronological Functional CombinationStyles Targeted General 44
  45. 45. Thank You! 45

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