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  • W T S Resume Workshop 03

    1. 1. WRITING TUTORIAL SERVICES OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY Resume Workshop
    2. 2. <ul><li>CONTENT </li></ul><ul><li>FORMAT/DESIGN </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE </li></ul><ul><li>FOR MORE INFORMATION… </li></ul><ul><li>QUESTIONS </li></ul>Resume Writing
    3. 3. Typically how long will an employer look over your resume? <ul><li>Seconds! </li></ul>
    4. 4. Resume 101 <ul><li>Length: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Font: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Serif vs. Sans-serif </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 to 12 point </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paper: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laser or high quality ink-jet printer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Via email </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>What to include: </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Address </li></ul><ul><li>Phone Number </li></ul><ul><li>(Professional) Email </li></ul><ul><li>(Professional) Website </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah Smith </li></ul><ul><li>735 W 38 th Street </li></ul><ul><li>Norfolk, VA 23508 </li></ul><ul><li>757.535.9999 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Contact Information
    6. 6. <ul><li>What is an Objective Statement? </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>An objective statement focuses your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Be as specific as possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State the position you are seeking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include any relevant skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Objective: To obtain a _____ position in a _____ which uses my (skill) and (skill). </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: To obtain an entry-level position in the publicity department of a commercial publishing house. </li></ul>Objective Statement
    7. 7. <ul><li>What to include: </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>University attended </li></ul><ul><li>City/State </li></ul><ul><li>Degree(s) earned </li></ul><ul><li>Major/Minor </li></ul><ul><li>Grade Point Average </li></ul><ul><li>Date of Graduation (or anticipated date) </li></ul><ul><li>Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Arts, English </li></ul><ul><li>Minor: Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation: May 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>GPA: 3.6/4.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Major GPA: 3.8/4.0 </li></ul>Education
    8. 8. <ul><li>What to include: </li></ul><ul><li>Position Title </li></ul><ul><li>Employer </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Dates of Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Paid and non-paid positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer work, internships, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bulleted descriptions of each position </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be concise </li></ul></ul>Experience
    9. 9. Experience Continued <ul><li>Action(!) Verbs </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: Creates attention grabbing descriptions that are… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impressive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Action verbs will revamp weak or understated experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the generic “Responsibilities included…” </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of helped try supported </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of did try managed </li></ul>
    10. 10. Awards/Honors & Extracurricular <ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Dean’s List </li></ul><ul><li>Contests </li></ul><ul><li>Greek Life </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs/Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Honor Society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specify involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership roles </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Skills <ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Years studied </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific </li></ul>
    12. 12. References <ul><li>“ Conclusion” to resume </li></ul><ul><ul><li>References available upon request. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Separate page with same header as your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Business Address </li></ul><ul><li>Phone Number </li></ul><ul><li>Fax Number </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>CHRONOLOGICAL </li></ul><ul><li>FUNCTIONAL </li></ul>Format
    14. 14. <ul><li>Format: </li></ul><ul><li>Pros and Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>List experience in reverse chronological order (most recent first) </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal if you have significant experience in your particular field </li></ul><ul><li>_________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant experience can get overlooked </li></ul>Chronological
    15. 15. <ul><li>Format: </li></ul><ul><li>Pros and Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>Group experiences in skills categories (i.e. management skills, leadership skills, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal if you have little experience </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights transferable skills and not gaps in employment </li></ul><ul><li>_________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Risky </li></ul><ul><li>An experience’s connection to a skill not necessarily clear </li></ul>Functional
    16. 16. <ul><li>MAKE SURE YOUR RESUME IS PERFECT ! </li></ul><ul><li>A RESUME IS NOT A “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” </li></ul><ul><li>BE HONEST </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T FORGET A COVER LETTER! </li></ul>Final Tips and Suggestions
    17. 17. For More Information <ul><li>Writing Tutorial Services, BAL 1002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>757.683.4013 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Career Management Center, Webb 2202 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>757.683.4388 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/564/01/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google: OWL Purdue </li></ul></ul>

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