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Hire Power - Resume

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Hire Power - Resume

  1. 1. 5-Point Resume Check
  2. 2. <ul><li>Yes, you do! </li></ul><ul><li>A resume won’t directly get you a job but you won’t get a job without a resume </li></ul>Do you really need a resume?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Use the following slides and self-critique your resume </li></ul>5-point self check list
  4. 4. <ul><li>Does your resume have a contact information section at the top? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you include your most up to date information (mailing address, phone number, email address)? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you use a professional email address? </li></ul>1. Up-to-date Contact Information
  5. 5. <ul><li>Use an email address with your name instead of a nickname </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] YES! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] NO </li></ul><ul><li>Give one phone number that has a professional voicemail </li></ul>Quick Tip
  6. 6. <ul><li>Jack Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>123 Military Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Toronto, Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>M1C 1A4 </li></ul><ul><li>647-390-9024 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>An example
  7. 7. <ul><li>Do you have a summary of skills/qualifications section? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it near the top of your resume? It should serve as a preview to the rest of your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Do the points in your summary address some of the requirements of the advertised position? </li></ul>2. Tailored and strong Summary/Profile
  8. 8. <ul><li>A summary is meant to be a summary, don’t provide a full list of all your attributes and qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Readers typically lose attention after 5-6 bullet points </li></ul>Quick Tip
  9. 9. <ul><li>Summary of Qualification </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent writing skills demonstrated by articles written for student newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Strong interpersonal and communication skills honed by part-time telemarketing positions </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrated leadership ability by managing over 50 volunteer for various events </li></ul>An example
  10. 10. <ul><li>You worked hard for your degree, are you showing it off? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you include your program(s)? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you include relevant courses? </li></ul><ul><li>GPA? High distinction? Awards? </li></ul>3. Show off your Education
  11. 11. <ul><li>Don’t forget the “Honours,” most of you are earning an Honours Bachelor of Science or an Honours Bachelor of Arts </li></ul><ul><li>While others are earning a Bachelor of Business Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant courses, list a few, not everything you have taken </li></ul>Quick Tip
  12. 12. <ul><li>Do you have bullet points/accomplishment statements under each of your experiences? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the statements start with action verbs? </li></ul>4. Action-packed accomplishment statements
  13. 13. <ul><li>Stay away from weak verbs such as assist and help and phrases such as responsible for x and y </li></ul><ul><li>Show the readers WHAT you accomplished, HOW you did it and the RESULTS </li></ul>Quick Tip
  14. 14. <ul><li>Editor , Political Science Student Newsletter, </li></ul><ul><li>University of Toronto Jan. 2009- Present </li></ul><ul><li>Write articles on a wide range of topics which resulted in a 25% increase in student circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Edit and review submissions to ensure all contributions met the editorial guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Devise new layout and design for newsletter which increased readability </li></ul>An example
  15. 15. <ul><li>Did you include relevant volunteer and/or extra-curricular experiences? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you also use strong accomplishment statements for your volunteer/extra-curricular activities? </li></ul>5. Invaluable Volunteer & Extra-Curricular Activities
  16. 16. <ul><li>Paid experience is not the only experience that matters, lots of employers like to see your involvement in the university and community </li></ul>Quick Tip
  17. 17. <ul><li>Fund Raiser , St. Mary’s Youth Association, </li></ul><ul><li>University of Toronto Feb. 2007-Present </li></ul><ul><li>Organize annual fundraisers including Silent Auction that resulted in a 32% increase in revenue </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared advertising campaign which attracted over 500 participants </li></ul><ul><li>Managed and delegated tasks to over 50 community volunteers </li></ul>An example
  18. 18. <ul><li>When you piece all the components together, you will have your resume! </li></ul><ul><li>Of course, your resume is not limited to these sections </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative and market YOU! </li></ul>Piecing it together…
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