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Resume work sample_careerday2018 (1)

STC Carolina Career Day 2018, Christina Mayr discusses Resumes

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Resume work sample_careerday2018 (1)

  1. 1. Your Resume as a Writing Sample STC Carolina Career Day May 19, 2018
  2. 2. I write & design resumes professionally. I also screen & interview interns.
  3. 3. What is a resume?
  4. 4. What your resume is not… • A chronological history of every job you’ve ever held. • A copy-paste of your job description. • An autobiography. • An employment application.
  5. 5. It’s a marketing tool! It’s a work sample!
  6. 6. Can you impress in 30 seconds? A hiring manager needs to discern quickly that: • You meet >75% of the job description. • You have relevant experience, paid or not. • You don’t have any unaccounted-for employment gaps or a pattern of job-hopping. • You have some quantifiable accomplishments. • You have stayed up-to-date with the industry.
  7. 7. Your resume speaks volumes about your ability as a technical writer • Readable/scannable format • Consistency • Brevity • No spelling/grammar errors • You can cater your information to a specific audience • Most important information is in 1st half
  8. 8. Readable / Scannable Format • Bullets line up • Use 1-2 fonts • Don’t color hyperlinks • Headings 1 & 2 are clear and consistent • Use STYLES! • Some hiring managers want to see how you formatted your resume and will ask for an editable version.
  9. 9. Consistency • Dates are formatted the same: • Jan. 2008 – Feb. 2009 • January 2008 – February 2009 • Dates aligned the same (right- or left-aligned) • En dash used — no mix of hyphen and en- or em- dashes • - Hyphen • – En Dash • — Em dash • Use periods with bullets or don’t, but be consistent
  10. 10. Brevity • Don’t use large words just because you can. • Write like a human, in your voice. • Don’t expand on details unless it strengthens your candidacy. • Don’t use prepositions (“I” is understood)
  11. 11. Accuracy • Double-check dates, company names, and titles. • Run spell check (please!) • Proofread backwards • It’s a 1- to 2-page document. There should be no errors
  12. 12. Tailored Content You need to get through the “Black Hole” (ATS) – write for machines but design for humans: • Use audience analysis skills to tailor your resume & CL • Put most important information first • Match skills/requirements order from job ad • Identify keywords & add organically • Use the same language • Use Jobscan to identify areas of improvement
  13. 13. Quick-fire Questions • One page or two? • Full address? • Objective vs. profile/summary? • Photo? • GPA? • Interests/hobbies? • Cover letter? • Template? • Word or PDF? • New resume for every job? • Should your LinkedIn profile match your resume exactly? No more than two. One for students/grads. City & State Profile (or Summary) NEVER Only if it’s good AND recent Nope! Yes Make your own PDF Yes! No
  14. 14. Suggested Outline (Students/Recent Grads) • Name • Contact Info • Summary / Profile • Education • Skills • Experience • Affiliations / Volunteer
  15. 15. Suggested Outline (Experienced Professionals) • Name • Tagline • Contact Info • Summary / Profile • Skills • Experience • Education • Affiliations / Volunteer • Publications & Presentations • Awards & Honors

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