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Resume Webinar

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Learn more about how to write effective resumes with this presentation from UST Career Development.

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Resume Webinar

  1. 1. WELCOME Career Development Center 350 Herrick Hall 651-962-6761 www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment © 2007 UST Career Development Center
  2. 2. Resume Writing Career Development Center University of St. Thomas © 2007 UST Career Development Center
  3. 3. Resume Writing <ul><li>What is a resume? </li></ul><ul><li>When is it used? </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  4. 4. Before getting started… <ul><li>Remember: A resume is your own personal selling tool! It is a personal reflection of YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>You have options when writing a resume, be thoughtful and look at samples of other resumes to determine what might be best for you. </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  5. 5. What makes an excellent resume? <ul><li>Free of typographical and spelling errors </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly formatted, organized, and easy to read. </li></ul><ul><li>Using key words and action verbs. </li></ul><ul><li>One-two page(s) in length (Recent grads typically should have one page resumes. Resumes over a page are acceptable by more seasoned professionals). </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  6. 6. What makes an excellent resume? continued <ul><li>Margins </li></ul><ul><li>Font type/style </li></ul><ul><li>Format-bullets and indentations </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  7. 7. Typical Resume Categories <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Awards/Honors </li></ul><ul><li>Work Experience/Internship Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Skills (Computer) </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service/Volunteer work </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  8. 8. <ul><li>The following slides will provide some examples of information that might be contained in each of the previously mentioned resume categories… </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  9. 9. Resume Categories: Identification <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Phone number with area code </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center Kelly B. Goode 1314 Mockingbird Lane St. Paul, MN 55104 (651) 962-7777 [email_address]
  10. 10. Resume Categories : Objective <ul><li>Tells the reader the focus of the candidate’s search </li></ul><ul><li>Can include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>field/industry type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>position </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>skills offered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>short-term or long-term goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember-Everything in the resume should support your purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You may have different resumes with different objectives depending on the positions you are applying for. </li></ul></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  11. 11. A strong objective <ul><li>Indicates what you’ll be giving, just as much as what you’ll be getting. </li></ul><ul><li>Can also indicate focus and ‘fit’ to a prospective employer. </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  12. 12. Samples of good OBJECTIVES : <ul><li>Seeking an internship in public relations. </li></ul><ul><li>An entry level position as a retail merchandise analyst. </li></ul><ul><li>A position in retail merchandising in which a strong educational background and analytical skills will be required. </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  13. 13. Resume Categories : Education <ul><li>Name and location of university. </li></ul><ul><li>Type of degree (BA, BSBA, BS, MBA, etc.)   </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation date or the expected date of completion. </li></ul><ul><li>Major(s), Minor(s), Certificate(s), or areas of emphasis/concentration. </li></ul><ul><li>GPA (generally, list 3.0 GPA or above). </li></ul><ul><li>Additional certification or licenses. </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant coursework (optional). </li></ul><ul><li>Honors and Activities-(as they relate to your college life) </li></ul><ul><li>Study Abroad </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center University of St. Thomas St. Paul, MN B.A., Major: Communication Minor: Business Administration Graduation: May 2008 GPA: 3.2 Honors and Activities: Elected Finance Chair of Communication Club Member Varsity Soccer Team Orientation Group Leader
  14. 14. Resume Categories : Experiences © 2007 UST Career Development Center <ul><li>This may include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>full-time employment, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>work-study positions, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>summer employment, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>internships, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>volunteer experience, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community service, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student teaching, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>campus leadership, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or any area in which you may have significant experience or knowledge, such as publications and presentations.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You may divide this category between Career Related Experience, Professional Experience, and Other Work Experience.  </li></ul>Kinko’s St. Paul, MN Customer Service Associate January, 2006-present Assisted customers with computer and copy machine questions. Resolved customer complaints as necessary. Trained new service associates. Reconciled register drawers. Deposited cash and checks from daily sales.
  15. 15. Briefly describe for each position: <ul><li>Job title, dates of employment, name of organization/company, and locations (city, state). </li></ul><ul><li>List your responsibilities (and level of responsibility) for each position using a variety of action verbs to describe situations and achievements.  </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to highlight accomplishments, experience gained, or skills acquired in your job, rather than recite your job description. </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center FuncorpCentral West St. Paul, MN Marketing Intern May, 2007-August, 2007 -Performed store demonstrations of company’s birthday party products for ten retail locations. -Communicated with store personnel and parents on safe use of toys and balloons. -Built positive relationships with storeowners. -Completed and submitted reports within one day of events.
  16. 16. Components of a Resume: Activities <ul><li>List any on campus clubs, memberships, elected positions, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose those activities which sustain and demonstrate skills supporting your objective. </li></ul><ul><li>Present you as a well-rounded and versatile individual. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers will see you as someone who gets involved. </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center Member of University of St. Thomas Communications Club Student Member of MN Chapter of Public Relations Society of America Elected Public Relations Representative for Student Government
  17. 17. Resume Categories :Other <ul><li>Computer skills/technical </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Interest/Hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>International/Abroad Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Honors/Awards </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  18. 18. Components of a Resume: References <ul><li>References Available Upon Request </li></ul><ul><li>You can include “References available upon request” on your resume if space permits. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not actually list references on your resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Whether on your resume or not, you should have at least three references available to employers. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to ask references whether they are willing to serve as a reference for you and their preferred method of contact </li></ul><ul><li>If requesting a letter, allow time for it to be written. </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  19. 19. Putting It All Together… Things to Remember <ul><li>There is no perfect resume – only great works in progress </li></ul><ul><li>There is no “exact recipe” – only traditions & guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your language concise, crisp & clear </li></ul><ul><li>Provide concrete evidence </li></ul><ul><li>When in doubt, ask “does it support my purpose?” </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  20. 20. Putting It All Together Final Details <ul><li>Check for grammatical, spelling & typing errors </li></ul><ul><li>Critique! Critique! Critique! </li></ul><ul><li>Laser print on resume paper </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  21. 21. Next Steps… Career Development Center 350 Herrick Hall 651-962-6761 Make an appointment or come to pop-in/walk-in hours for additional help or questions. 2007UST Career Development Center
  22. 22. Additional Resources <ul><li>Handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Books in Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Walk-in critique with draft </li></ul>© 2007 UST Career Development Center
  23. 23. THANK YOU Career Development Center 350 Herrick Hall 651-962-6761 http://www.stthomas.edu/careerdevelopment/ © 2007 UST Career Development Center

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