Overview of Student SuccessCenter• Individual Career • ITU Recruiting Counseling Job Listings• Drop-ins Resume Match• Workshops On-campus Interviews • Career Assessment Tools• Mock Interviews• Career Resource Library• Career Fairs
Agenda• Purpose of a resume• Resume formats• Sections of a resume• What not to include in a resume• References
Purpose of a Resume• Introduction to employer• Personal advertisement• Get you an interview
Basic Formats for Resumes• Chronological • Reverse Date Order• Functional • Grouped by Skill Category
Components of a ResumeNecessary Information: Optional Information:• Contact information • Objective • Course highlights• Education • Projects/research• Experience (tasks, skills • Computer skills learned) • Foreign languages • Honors/awards • Volunteer work / community service • Activities/Interests Many more…
Objective• Convey a match between you and the position• Communicate what you have to offer• Identify skills that will benefit the organization/industry• Tailor your objective to the job/fieldExample: “Seeking an internship with XYZ Corporation in which I can utilize my proven leadership abilities and recognized customer service skills.”
EducationList formal education with the highest degree first • Optional Information:• Include: – Minor/Concentrati on – Institution – Dean’s List – City, State – Grade Point – Degree Average – Major title – Exchange – Graduation date programs* – Dissertation or Thesis* – Honors, awards, sc holarships*
Experience• Full-time, part-time, volunteer, or internship• List in reverse chronological order• May use “Related Experience” section• Need to include: Name of employer City, State, and dates of employment/participation Position titles Position description
Position Description• Demonstrate achievements, knowledge, skills, highlights, and responsibilities related to the position• Use action verbs: use past and present tense consistently and accurately• Break up large blocks of texts with bullets
Accomplishment StatementsTwo parts: • The results or benefits that came as a result of your work. These results/benefits should be stated in terms of the value added, and in as tangible and quantified a manner as possible. • The action you took to achieve those benefits/results. (What steps you took or what techniques you used)
Accomplishment Statements• Benefits • Much better awareness of the skills and abilities that will be the foundation for your job search. • Concrete credibility for everything you claim in the way of qualifications and abilities. You will have simple documentation of the value you can bring to an employer. • Greater confidence in presenting yourself to potential employers. You will understand better that you are not "asking for a job," but rather you are offering a contribution to an employer.
Accomplishment Statements- Increased profits -Received an award- Reduced errors -Found a new opportunity- Reduced losses -Accomplished more with- Improved teamwork the same- Made things easier - Prevented a problem- Sped things up - Provided new resources- Foresaw a problem - Developed a new- Found an easier solution procedure - Overcame obstacles
Examples• "Saved $60 a year in service charges by proposing and acquiring a checking account at a new bank for College Council."• " Instituted residence hall tutoring program that increased average overall GPA from a 2.9 to a 3.3."• " Increased membership in ABC student club by 50% through creative advertising."• "Presented training for new campus-wide email system to approximately 30% of the student body."
Special Categories • Course highlights • Projects/research • Research awards • Certifications • Computer skills • Foreign language proficiency • Special skills• Volunteering / community involvement• Leadership activities• Honors, scholarships, awards• Activities, interests
Interests and Activities• Association memberships• Academic/social clubs• Athletic teams• Hobbies • Include offices elected to and contributions made to the organization • Select your interests and activities carefully
What NOT to Include• Salary requirements or previous salaries• Name or contact information of supervisors• Personal information (e.g. birth date, marital status, health status, picture, etc.)• References - place them on a separate sheetNote: if applying for jobs outside of the US, these may not necessarily apply – do your research!
Points to Remember• Use vocabulary of your field or industry• Use concise phrases• Use numbers to quantify achievements• Avoid long paragraphs• Omit personal pronouns (I, we, he, she, you)• Action verbs
Points to Remember (cont.)• Use bolding, italics, and underlining to highlight or separate sections• Margins should be ½ inch to 1 inch• One page length is standard• Use only one side of the paper• Laser print on quality paper
References• Have at least three references• Ask before using someone as a reference• Give resumes to your references and keep them informed of your progress• Things to include on reference sheet: • Your contact information (same format as on resume is recommended) • Name of reference, company or organization, address, phone number, and email address
A Strong Cover Letter• A Strong Cover Letter are targeted to employers and specific jobs• Promotes your abilities• Looks organized and professional• Enthusiastic and conveys interest• Clear and concise articulation of skills• Error-free
Components of a Cover Letter •Your contact information •Date •Employers’ contact information •Salutation •Introductory paragraph• Body of letter: one or more paragraphs connecting your skills to employer needs• Conclusion• Closing• Signature, if in paper format
Opening Paragraph• Why are you writing? • What position are you applying for? • How did you hear of the opening or organization?Example: Dr. Anderson in the Anthropology Department at International Technological University recommended that I contact you. I would like to apply for the archaeology internship available in your office.
Middle Paragraph(s)• Explain interest in working for this employer and reasons for desiring this position• Do NOT iterate entire resume; rather expand on one or two areas that reflect relevant skills learned• Emphasize skills or abilities that relate to the job• Express confidence and enthusiasm
Final Paragraph• Persistent, businesslike closing statement• Indicate desire for a personal interview• Example: I will call you on [date] to discuss this career opportunity with [name of organization].• “Thank you” for considerationClosing:Sincerely,Sign nameType nameEnclosure
Cover Letter Tips• Address letter to a specific person if possible• One page only• Use industry “buzz words”• Follow through with employer• Let them know you have done your homework • Say something flattering about the organization(e.g.: “Energy Plus has an excellent reputation locally for customer satisfaction, and I would like to become part of your customer service team.”)
Good Luck! Let us know how else we can help you! Student Success Center Host: Sarah-Lynn Brunner firstname.lastname@example.org http://csc.itu.edu/