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    • Writing your way into interviews Powerful Resumes
      • Self Marketing Tool
      • Personal Ad
      • Job Skills Showcase
      • “Value Added” to Future Employer
      Résumés are a
    • The average recruiter will give your resume approximately 10-20 seconds upon initial review!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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..
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Anatomy of a Résumé
    • 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 “hotstuff@hotmail.com.”
    • Education
      • List institutions attended in reverse chronological order.
      • DO NOT INCLUDE HIGH SCHOOL.
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Your Resume should be:
      • Concise.
      • Focused.
      • Easy to read and find information.
      • Error-free.
      • Powerful