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ODU ACM-W Resume Workshop

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ODU ACM-W Resume Workshop

  1. 1. Assistant Professor, Computer Science @OpenMaze ACM-W Resume Workshop
  2. 2. Joined ODU Fall 2018 Assist. Professor Cal Poly 2016-2018 PhD @ Texas A&M University, 2016 Originally from Sri Lanka • Neuro-IR, HCI, Machine Learning, Data Science, Digital Library • http://www.cs.odu.edu/~sampath/ • sampath@cs.odu.edu, (757) 683-7787 • @OpenMaze • Interned at Berkeley Lab (summer 2009) and KBSL at College Station (6 months) 2 My Journey!! @OpenMaze
  3. 3. Machine Learing My Research Oculomotor Plant IRData Analytics NIRDS Neuro-Information Retrieval & Data Science 3@OpenMaze
  4. 4. Pop Quiz! What is the initial amount of time an employer takes to review an applicant’s resume? – Answer: • 15 – 20 seconds minimum • 45 seconds maximum @OpenMaze 4
  5. 5. Why do you need a resume? • A marketing tool – A Resume is a Summary of Your Qualifications – One way to rise above the competition is to make sure that your resume is loaded with employer benefits, not just skills. • To obtain an interview, not a job @OpenMaze 5
  6. 6. Resume- hidden messages  Neat  Well-organized  Error free  Professional appearance  Neat  Well-organized  Attention to detail  Careful & Competent Resume You @OpenMaze 6
  7. 7. How to find a good template? • Look for faculty/students in other universities, find their portfolio pages • Google Search – "Facebook Intern Resume pdf" – Find the right set of keywords to search, depending on the company, position etc. @OpenMaze 7
  8. 8. Use of Fonts • Forget substance, this one’s all about style. Of your resume that is. • It’s always good to stand out and make a positive impression. When entering the workforce, you should strive to be creative, unique and let your individual skills shine. @OpenMaze 8
  9. 9. Use of Fonts • The most common font to use is Times New Roman, in black and size 12 points. Don't go lower than 10 points • Other serif fonts to consider that are easy to read include: Georgie, Bell MT, Goudy Old Style, Garamond. – Popular sans serif fonts include: Arial, Tahoma, Century Gothic and Lucida Sans. – Any of the above fonts would be reasonable for a resume as long as you consistently use one font only. • Make your headings and name stand out, think of your resume like a blog post or newspaper article. • Make headlines bold, Italicize, CAPITALISE – Careful when you use underline and URLs • Try and keep your resume to one page, leave the reader wanting to know more. @OpenMaze 9
  10. 10. How to structure your template? Hidden Table @OpenMaze 10
  11. 11. Establishing a professional identity ● In an attribution-based economy, your professional identity / reputation is the most important thing you have ● Decide what your name is, and then stick with it! ○ Consistent Profile across public portfolios ■ LinkedIn ■ Google Scholar ■ Github ■ Twitter 11
  12. 12. SECTIONS OF A RESUME @OpenMaze 12
  13. 13. The Header What should be included? ⁺ Name ⁺ Affiliation, Job Title ⁺ Portfolio (web, LinkedIn, GitHub, Twitter, …) ⁺ E-mail address ⁺ Telephone number Where should contact information go? – Top of the page @OpenMaze 13
  14. 14. • What should NOT be included? – Personal address – Religion – Any other personal information (Sex, SSN, Language Skills, Nationality, DL/ID numbers) @OpenMaze 14
  15. 15. Objective Statement • Purpose – Communicate the type of position you are interested in and when you are available – Use it to summarize your prior employments • Don't – Any statements like "forward thinking", "detail- oriented"…etc. @OpenMaze 15
  16. 16. The Science Of "Patterns" • Humans are natural pattern recognizers. – We expect meaning in the patterns we see because, in a random universe, it takes energy to create order. • Use this to your advantage – Follow a pattern in everywhere, carefully curate it – Don't deviate from your pattern across sections, people see the pattern and they looks for that @OpenMaze 16
  17. 17. Education • Name of Institution – Include city and state if not part of the title • Name of your degree and major – Bachelor of _________ in ___________ • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science • Relevant Courses, GPA, Month Year (Start and End) • List degrees in reverse chronological order – Most recent degree is listed first @OpenMaze 17
  18. 18. Education • Date or expected date of graduation – Graduation Date: May 2014 – Expected Graduation Date: May 2015 • GPA – Major or overall at least 3.0 – Round down to the nearest tenth • 3.0 not 3.062 • GPA: 4.0, Summa Cum Laude • High School Information – Do not include after Sophomore year – Your qualification evolves as you go and drop the least relevant ones from the past@OpenMaze 18
  19. 19. Technical Skills • Categorize (Languages, Database…) • Find every single technical skill you have – Don't assume anything! @OpenMaze 19
  20. 20. Work Experience • Use the term "Work experience" – What is considered experience? • Full and part-time jobs • Self-employment • Volunteer work • Practicum, field, and cooperative education – Information to include • Job Title • Dates of employment • Company name • City & State @OpenMaze 20
  21. 21. Work Experience • What you did? how you did? using what? – Max 3 sentences. – No Paragraphs – Use action verbs to start each… • This is where you tie your technical skills – Include a GitHub link and also list the technical skills @OpenMaze 21
  22. 22. Outreach • Order by date – Reverse chronological • Rank order by importance to the career objective • Do not say Member of … • Emphasize your leadership roles • Spell out the organization’s name: – Do not use abbreviations or acronyms @OpenMaze 22
  23. 23. @OpenMaze 23
  24. 24. Recap: Resume Dos • Use action verbs • Use short, concise sentences • Use #, %, $ amounts • Keep resume easy to read • Keep resume about one page @OpenMaze 24
  25. 25. Recap: Resume Don’ts • Do not use the pronouns such as I, me, my, etc. • Do not include references – Don’t say “available upon request” • Do not clutter your resume with nonessential information • Do not make any misrepresentations • Do not include personal information – SSN, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, photograph, hobbies, etc. @OpenMaze 25
  26. 26. Pro Tips • Have your own portfolio page (not LinkedIn) – Use StatCounter or Google Analytics • Communicate and establish relationships whenever you can! – You never know the next person you are meeting may be the CEO of a company! • Find your peers, friends, alumni in places you want to find opportunities – Back door, fast track for resume reviews @OpenMaze 26
  27. 27. Thank you! 27 • Web : https://www.cs.odu.edu/~sampath/ • Contact : sampath@cs.odu.edu • WS-DL : https://ws-dl.cs.odu.edu/ @WebSciDL • Twitter: @OpenMaze Questions and Comments @OpenMaze

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