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  • 1. Writing your way into interviews Powerful Resumes
  • 2.
    • Self Marketing Tool
    • Personal Ad
    • Job Skills Showcase
    • “Value Added” to Future Employer
    Résumés are a
  • 3. The average recruiter will give your resume approximately 10-20 seconds upon initial review!
  • 4. Ten steps to creating an effective résumé
    • Choose Target
    • Find out skills, knowledge, experience and training are required for job.
    • Make a list of your 3-5 strongest skills or abilities that make you a strong candidate for your target.
  • 5. Ten steps to creating an effective résumé
    • 4. For each of these think of several accomplishments that will illustrate or demonstrate your use of it. (background, action steps, and results)
    • 5. Demonstrate each accomplishment in a simple yet powerful action statement.
    • 6. List jobs held in reverse chronological order.
  • 6. Ten steps to creating an effective résumé
    • 7. List education and training relevant to your job target.
    • 8. Select résumé format Chronological or Functional.
    • 9. Arrange your action statement according to format selected.
    • 10. Summarize your key points at top of the résumé.
  • 7. Common Résumé Myths
    • Résumés should tell the exact truth good or bad
    • Résumés should be only one page long
    • Résumés need to be written in complete sentences
    • Résumés can fit all jobs
  • 8. Common Résumé Myths
    • Résumés should only document your job responsibilities and work history
    • Chronological is the Best Format
    • Résumés should detail every job equally
    • Content is more important than presentation
  • 9. Objective Statements vs. Summary of Qualifications
    • Objective statements are using too vague or too specific
    • Objective statements are sometimes too much to read
    • Summary of Qualifications that are bulleted are usually easier to read
    • Summary of Qualifications speak straight to the point
    • Most HR and Hiring Managers prefer a Summary above Objectives
  • 10. Summary Statements
    • Summary statements give you the opportunity to highlight a few of your most important or relevant characteristics.
    • Summary statements focus on your skills. You will want to change your statements to address each job description.
  • 11. Types of Resumes
    • Chronological -The most widely used style of resume. It presents information on educational and professional experience in reverse chronological order.
    • Functional/Skill -Stresses skills and abilities rather than dates and times of past experience and education..
  • 12. Resume Layout
    • Try to have one-inch margins on all sides. You want to create the visual impression that there is not too much reading to be done.
    • Font size should be 10-14 pt.! Anything less will give the reader eyestrain.
    • Printing needs to be laser quality.
  • 13. Electronic Resume Scanning
    • Avoid italics, underlining, shadows, and reverse type.
    • Avoid vertical and horizontal lines, graphics, and boxes.
    • Avoid 2 column formats.
    • Font size should be 10-14 points.
    • CENTER your name and address.
    • Use standard fonts such as Helvetica, Future, Optima, Times, Univers.
    • Use white or ivory paper.
    • Multiple pages are okay.
    • Use key words, jargon and acronyms specific to your industry.
  • 14. The Anatomy of a Résumé
  • 15. Heading
    • Should include:
    • Name
    • Address – If you have a permanent and local, put both.
    • Phone number – it’s okay to use your cell phone number.
    • Email Address – be careful of trendy email address names such as “”
  • 16. Education
    • List institutions attended in reverse chronological order.
    • List marks if better, can be in major or overall.
    • Additional information such as relevant coursework may be included if it is reflective of a specialization or is particularly relevant to the position you are pursuing.
  • 17. Experience
    • List work history in reverse chronological order.
    • Descriptive statements displaying skills, abilities, and professional accomplishments should be listed for each employment listing.
    • Begin descriptive statements with an action verb.
    • DO NOT INCLUDE reasons for leaving, past salaries, complete address or phone number for employer, or past supervisor’s name.
    • Internships and non-paid employment can be listed in this section. It is not necessary to note if they were unpaid.
  • 18. Additional Sections
    • Information that is not appropriate for other sections of the resume, but is of relevance to your pursuits should be included under an additional heading. Potential headings include:
      • Honors and Activities
      • Computer Skills
      • Accomplishments
      • Professional Memberships
      • Projects
      • Skills or Summary of Skills
  • 19. Resume Do’s
    • Use a direct, active writing style. Make your statements short. Avoid the use of “I”; begin sentences or phrases with action words . 
    • Expect to do several revisions.  A top-notch resume is rarely written the first time.
    • Keep the resume to one or two pages.
    • Employers do not have the time, nor the patience,
      • to read a lengthy document. Make it easy for them to keep reading yours. 
  • 20. Resume Do’s continued
    • Make it visually appealing. Use lots of white space and wide margins, which make it easy to scan. 
    • Use the present tense to describe your current job. All previous positions should be described in past tense. 
    • Support all activities and accomplishments with results and benefits. 
    • Summarize employment by briefly describing your functions. 
  • 21. Resume Do’s continued
    • Pick a resume format and be consistent.
    • Use positive language in describing your accomplishments. 
    • Use short phrases rather than complete sentences. If you can say something in three words, don't use 10. 
    • Keep the reader of your resume in mind. Ask yourself, “If I were the employer, would I interview this person?" Unless the answer is an unqualified “YES,” you still have some work to do.
  • 22. Continued…
    • Use words and phrases appropriate to your employer/industry. 
    • Lay out your resume so that a job description or a sentence on the first page doesn't run over to the second. 
    • Use capital letters, dashes, bolding or bullets for emphasis. Use these symbols sparingly, or they lose their effect. 
    • Proofread your resume for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical and typographical errors. Have your resume critiqued by several professionals.
  • 23. Resume Don'ts
    • Avoid using abbreviations. Use professional or technical jargon only if it is relevant to the position you seek. 
    • Don’t use odd-sized paper, overly fancy stock, color, style, or anything considered eccentric. Use a good white, cream, or light gray A4 paper
    • Leave the photo of yourself off the resume. 
    • You don't need to list references. Reserve them for the interview. 
    • Leave off personal data: caste, father’s name, number of children etc
  • 24. Your Resume should be:
    • Concise.
    • Focused.
    • Easy to read and find information.
    • Error-free.
    • Powerful