What is a resume? An individually designed document A sales presentation of yourself • Not a place for modesty A marketing tool for opening the doors of prospective employers A screening device for selecting candidates for interviews
Purpose of a resume To state the type of employment desired To present your academic training To describe your work experience • related and unrelated To show involvement in activities • campus, civic, volunteer, etc. To show awards, honors, and/or special recognition / certifications
Objective statement Problem • Not having a clear, concise objective Example • To gain full-time employment with a growing company where I can utilize my skills and educational background.
Appropriate objectives State your current objective. • Why are you writing this resume? • What do you want to do? Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Public Relations Assistant; particular interest in copywriting and promoting media events for nonprofit organizations.
Where do you go to school? Problem • Virginia Polytechnical Institute • Virginia Tech University • VA Tech Solution • Virginia Tech
GPA GPA - to list or not to list— • You don’t have a GPA yet Career Services recommends that you list your GPA on your resume for On-Campus Interviewing and for Career Fairs. List in-major, overall or both.
Order of resume sections Problem • Listing items as you think of them • Listing jobs/experience by order of importance to you instead of reverse chronological order Solution • Have all sections in order of priority as they support your objective. • Create additional headings if you need to highlight items out of chronological order.
Being unique Problem • Attempting to make your resume stand out from the rest by using artistic fonts, graphics or a very unusual format Solution • Make your resume stand out by the incredible information you include about your experience and skills
Templates Problems • May not provide best set-up • ex. May find address information at bottom of page • Tend to be date driven Solution • Create your resume on a blank document using tables (See sample in Career Planning Guide)
One page vs. two pages 99% of students should have a one-page resume Look for places to cut information or be more concise No less than ½ inch margins No less than 10 point font size Don’t use a tiny font size just to fit more information on a page Remember - your resume only gets an initial 20 second glance!
Scannable resumesTips for creating a resume that is pleasing to the human eye and is scannable • No italics, no underlining, no shading • You may use bold or ALL CAPS, but make sure the individual letters do not touch • Use a sans serif font like Arial • Don’t use a serif font like Times New Roman • No vertical or horizontal lines, graphics, or boxes
Scannable resumes (continued) • Avoid two-column formats • Use a laser printer • When mailing your resume, do not fold or use staples See Career Planning Guide for more information on scannable resumes.
Ethics Be honest Don’t undersell yourself, but don’t exaggerate Graduation date should be the only “projected” item on your resume
Check and re-check Read and re-read all of your job search correspondence to check for errors Have faculty review technical sections of your resume or letters Use Career Services’ walk-in critique service to have an advisor review your documents 12:00 - 3:00 M-F