“Employers generally only look at resumes between 15-40 seconds. You must make sure your resume stand out.”
Resume Interview Job
Resume Writing II Format Personal Information* Objective Action Verbs Work Experience Extracurricular Activities*
Personal Information Age? Gender? Height? Weight? Marital Status? Religion? Photo? Are these necessary?
=Example= Shu-Yin Cheng1 University Rd., Tainan 701, Taiwan(06)275-7575 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
Objective What position you will be interested in Why they should take a look at your resume
Keep it short and concise
Include the position you’ll apply for, the name of the employer, and something about yourself what makes you ideal for the job.
=Example= Objective To obtain a position as an accountant with Company X in order to utilize my skills and education in finance
Education Degree, Major Expected June 2012 National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan ★Spelloutthenamesofthedegreese.g.BA,M.Ed.,Ph.D., … Bachelor of Arts/Science MasterofEducation Doctor of Philosophy
=Example= Education Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Literature Expected June 2012National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Experience Related Work, Volunteer
Work Experience Position, mm/yyyy- mm/yyyy Employer, city, country ★Accomplishment-driven Accomplishments explain and enlarge tasks performed on the job Use $, number, % and demography to describe your role, accomplishments, and contribution ↑Month/ Year List the most recent position first ↓ the oldest
Work Experience Position, mm/yyyy- mm/yyyy Employer, city, country ★Consider how you … made money for the organization saved money for the organization made things easier for the organization saved time for the organization ↑Month/ Year
a list of Action Verbs
Howdo you use those “Action Verbs” in resume writing?
What are the responsibilities of an assistant?
Step 1. Please check the list of action verbs. Step 2. Could you find any category of action verbs which is relating to the skills of an assistant? Helping skills, Organizational and detail skills, Research skills... Possible action verbs are...
=Example= Work Experience Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer 06/2008-12/2009Mark Products, Tainan, Taiwan● Coordinated and prioritized the daily activities of the chairman of the board● Performed administrative functions in support of CEO● Arranged and interacted in board of directors meetings● Established and maintained an in-depth file system
=Example= Action Verbs Work Experience Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer 06/2008-12/2009Mark Products, Tainan, Taiwan● Coordinatedand prioritized the daily activities of the chairman of the board● Performedadministrative functions in support of CEO● Arrangedand interacted in board of directors meetings● Established and maintained an in-depth file system
QuantifyEmployers love numbers.Examples:• Increased sales by 50 percent over the previous year.• Produced total meal sales 20 percent higher than those of the other servers in the restaurant.• Supervised staff of 25.• Served a customer base of 150, the largest on firm's customer-service team.• Managed survey mail-out to 1,000 resident
Here's a checklist with some select experience you may possess, but may have forgotten: Technologically advanced equipment and tools Advanced writing courses Computer platforms, software, LAN/WAN capabilities Volunteer work, externship, and internship positions
Research or college projects (e.g., real or simulated marketing plan for a small business)
Family business positions
Leadership positions, such as coaching
How do you say… in English?
Transferable Skills Communication: the skillful expression, transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas e.g. Speaking effectively, writing concisely, listening attentively, facilitating group discussion, providing appropriate feedback, negotiating, persuading, reporting information, describing feelings,
Transferable Skills (Cont.) Research and Planning: the search for specific knowledge and they ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs. e.g. Forecasting, predicting, creating ideas, identifying problems, imaging alternatives, identifying resources, gathering information, solving problems, setting goals, defining needs, analyzing…
Transferable Skills (Cont.) Human Relations: the use of interpersonal skills for resolving conflict, relating to and helping people e.g. Developing rapport, being sensitive, listening, conveying feelings, motivation, sharing credit, counseling, cooperating, representing others, perceiving feelings, situations
Transferable Skills (Cont.) Organization, Management and leadership: the ability to supervise, direct and guide individual the completion of tasks and fulfillment of goals. e.g. Initiating new ideas, handling details, coordinating tasks, managing groups, delegating responsibility, teaching, coaching, counseling, promoting change, selling ideas or products, decision making with others, managing conflict
Transferable Skills (Cont.) Work Survival: the day-to-day skills that assist in promoting effective production and work satisfaction. e.g. implementing decisions, cooperating, enforcing policies, being punctual, managing time, attending to detail, meeting goals, accepting responsibility, setting and meeting deadlines, organizing, making decisions
References Please put references on a separate sheet.
Assignment: Resume DUE 10/18/2010 00:00 AM Write your first draft of resume and submit it on Moodle. Please refer to my lectures of Week 3 and 4 and all of the supplement materials when constructing your first draft of resume. ★ Please convert your word document (.doc) into a Portable Document Format (.pdf).
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Cover Letter EXTRA
“A cover letter introduces you and your resume to potential employers or organizations you seek to join (non-profits, educational institutions, etc). It is the first document an employer sees, so it is often the first impression you will make.” Angie Olson, Allen Brizee, Purdue University
A Cover Letter Sample p. 34
The Introduction Dear Mr. Lin: Or Use “Full name” if you are uncertain of your contact’s gender.
The Introduction To include:
who you are, and why you are writing.
how you learned about the position
why you are interested in it
To persuade your reader why you are a good fit for the company and the job.
Show your reader you possess the most important skills s/he seeks
Convince your reader that the company will benefit from hiring you
Include in each paragraph a strong reason why your employer should hire you and how they will benefit from the relationship.
Maintain an upbeat/personable tone.
Avoid explaining your entire resume but use your resume as a source of data to support your argument
Restate why you align with the organization's mission/goals.
Restate why your skills match the position requirements and how your experience will help the organization.
Inform your readers when you will contact them.
Include your phone number and e-mail address.
Thank your readers for their consideration.
=Example= The closing I believe my coursework and work experience in electrical engineering will help your Baltimore division attain its goals, and I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the job position further. I will contact you before June 5th to discuss my application. If you wish to contact me, I may be reached at 765-555-6473, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.