Tips for writing a top notch resume

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  • To market yourself to employers, you must have a strong resume. Morehead State University Career Services is hear to help you! I’m Megan Boone, one of the career counselors, in the office. Today you will learn some tips for building a strong resume.
  • You must understand the purpose of a resume as a resume should highlight your most relevant skills not list every job that you’ve ever had. You need to show that you can impact the employer’s bottomline or mission in a positive manner.
  • This is a list of just some of the sections that you might want to have on your resume. Pick and choose and include what will sell you the best to a potential employer. You may have strong extracurricular involvement so you’ll want a section dedicated to that but your friend might have great work experience in the field and list that as the first section in his/her resume.
  • Contact information can speak volumes about you. You must have a professional email address and a professional voicemail on your phone.
  • Objectives are a way to indicate your career goals as they related to the employer or the industry. Most employers prefer specific objectives.
  • Education is what you have to sell now that you are earning a degree from MSU. This is some of the information that you may want to include in this section.
  • When writing a resume, it is important that it is easy to read. Employers will quickly scan it to determine if you will be given an interview. This is one way to format your education.
  • Including a skills section is a nice way to highlight some of the most relevant experience that you bring to the job or internship. You can include skills gained in your classes as well as on the job.
  • Think broadly when building your experience section. It does not have to be paid work. Typically your most recent experience will be listed first with the details.
  • Be sure to use action words to describe what you did – managed, lead, trained, designed are all great action words.
  • Activities can be a great way to showcase additional skills especially if you don’t yet have work experience in the field. Many employers are seeking candidates with strong teamwork and communication skills which are often gained through activities whether on-campus organizationgs, volunteer, or church related.
  • You might set up the activities section as you do your experience section. Don’t sell yourself short.
  • MSU Career Services is hear to help you!
  • Bring your resume by for a walk-in critique or call to schedule an appointment.
  • There are many additional services of which you may want to take advantage! We hope to see you in the Career Center!Dress for success.Have your resume checked at resume blitz or come on by.Check our website to see who is coming and who to Google.Come with 3 good questions for employers that you could not find the answer to online.Practice interpersonal and business skills.
  • Tips for writing a top notch resume

    1. 1. Tips for Writing a Top-notch Resume<br />Come visit<br />MSU Career Services<br />Megan Boone<br />Career Counselor<br />606.783.2233<br />
    2. 2. Purpose of a Resume<br />To entice a prospective employer to call you for an interview<br />Show you can make an immediate & valuable contribution<br />Only include information relevant to the position <br />Focus on where you are going with your career<br />
    3. 3. Resume Components<br />Contact Information<br />Objective<br />Education<br />Skills<br />Experience<br />Activities<br />Honors & Awards<br />
    4. 4. Contact Information<br />Mary Tech<br />100 East College Street<br />Anytown, KY 40052<br />(555) 555-5555<br />mary.tech@email.com<br />
    5. 5. Objective<br /><ul><li>Most resumes of entry-level grads need one!
    6. 6. Gives focus to your job search
    7. 7. Clear and concise statement about the position you are seeking using a job title or a job description
    8. 8. May be specific or general</li></li></ul><li>Education<br /><ul><li>List universities in reverse chronological order
    9. 9. Do not include high school
    10. 10. Name of institution, city, state, degree, major/minor, graduation date, GPA=3.0
    11. 11. Selected courses/Detail on course work
    12. 12. Honors/Scholarships
    13. 13. Computer skills
    14. 14. Foreign languages
    15. 15. % self-supporting if greater than 50%</li></li></ul><li>Sample Education<br />Education<br />Morehead State University Morehead, KY<br />Bachelor degree in Accounting Expected May 2011<br />GPA: 3.0/4.0, worked 20+ hours/week<br />
    16. 16. Skills<br /><ul><li>Highlights qualifications in an easy to read format</li></ul>Example:<br />Qualifications<br /><ul><li>Proficient in C++, HTML, JAVA
    17. 17. Knowledge of website design
    18. 18. Understanding of SQL databases
    19. 19. 4 years customer service experience</li></li></ul><li>Experience<br /><ul><li>Anything career related, including volunteer positions, co-ops, internships
    20. 20. List in reverse chronological order (most recent position first)
    21. 21. Info to include: employer, location (city, state), job title, dates of employment and description of your duties and accomplishments</li></li></ul><li>Sample Experience<br /><ul><li>Powerful Job Description Statements With Action Words</li></ul>Example:<br />Toyota Erlanger, KY<br />Engineering Intern Spring 2009, Summer 2010<br /><ul><li>Designed car doors using AutoCAD
    22. 22. Reduced waste on line by 20%, saving $300,000</li></li></ul><li>Activities<br /><ul><li>Include Relevant Activities (i.e., Fraternity, Sorority, Campus Organizations, Sports, etc.)
    23. 23. List positions and describe your participation
    24. 24. Incorporate skills acquired and used
    25. 25. Focus on accomplishments</li></li></ul><li>Sample Activities<br />AIGA Morehead State University<br />President Fall 2006 - present<br /><ul><li>Increased membership by 10%
    26. 26. Organized New Member Induction Ceremony for 200 guests
    27. 27. Lead monthly meetings and service activities</li></li></ul><li>Need Additional Help?<br />
    28. 28. MSU Career Services<br />Call ahead for appointments that fit your schedule - (606) 783-2233<br />http://www.moreheadstate.edu/career - See our online resources<br />428 University Drive (Across from Baird Music Hall) <br />Walk ins are welcome<br />All services are free<br />
    29. 29. MSU Career Services Offers:<br />Career Fair – October 5, 2010, 10AM-1PM, ADUC<br />Personality and Interest Inventories<br />Mock Interviews<br />Resume/CV critiques- individually or group workshops<br />Assistance with decisions about plans for majors and career paths or job search itself<br />Joblink-a FREE online network that helps connect students to employers for full-time jobs, internships, and student workers<br />

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