Students will learn the basics of how to do a resume and cover letter
Students will leave the workshop with a rough draft of a resume
Students will learn what to avoid when creating a resume and cover letter
Definition A resume is concise piece of SELF-ADVERTISING that is focused on a specific position or job title. What’s the main goal of a resume? To impress an employer so they will want to schedule an interview with you.
Resume Basics How long should a resume be? One page for most individuals. Sometimes it is two pages or more for professional occupations such as teaching, counseling or positions requiring a doctorate degree.
Use when career has an upward path and/or there are no long unemployment stretches
Functional (least preferred)
Focuses on skills you’ve attained
Lack of work experience
Use when career lacks an upwardly mobile path and/or there are gaps in employment history
Focuses on skills attained while providing a chronological listing of jobs
Use when you want to stress the skills obtained in various jobs rather than the positions themselves or the employment progression
Resume Format: Header At the top of the page include your name, address, phone number, and email address What should you avoid with the header? Unprofessional email addresses: [email_address] [email_address]
Resume Format: Header Rosa L. Santos 2854 Independence Blvd Los Angeles, CA 91401 (818) 555-1234 [email_address]
Resume Format: Objective vs. Position statement Recruiters and hiring managers don’t like resume objectives because they focus on the needs of the job seeker rather than the needs of the potential employer. Objective Statement: “Seeking a software engineer position with a progressive employer where I can contribute to the development of new technologies and work with bright, committed people.” Position Statement: Senior Software Engineer with 10 years experience developing leading-edge technologies, managing multimillion dollar projects, and supervising over 75 employees.”
Follow these steps to create your Scannable Resume:
Remove all graphics; they confuse scanners. This includes art, shading, bullets, and to be safe, horizontal and vertical lines/rules. You can use an asterisk, tilde, or hyphen to replace various symbols.
Be sure your name is on the first line of the resume and no other text is on that line.
Although tabs and centered text may be readable on most systems, it is safest to move all text to the left margin, remove tabs, and use the space bar to indent.
Use common and easily recognizable fonts. Ideally use a sans-serif font (without the little "feet" on characters) such as Arial or Helvetica, or a common serif font such as Times or Times New Roman.
Keep all point sizes between 10 and 14 points.
Use standard line spacing, i.e., avoid compressing lines of text.
Remove bold, italic, script, and underlining. Use all caps sparingly to create visual emphasis.
Keep "To" and "From" dates on one line, and use a single date on college degrees.
Use hyphens (rather than parentheses) around telephone area codes: 303-456-3945.