Writing The
         Effective Resume

       The First Step Toward
       Landing Your Next Job




020870A01_LT 1       ...
Writing An Effective Resume
                 What information should be in a resume?


                 Characteristics of...
What Information Should
       Be In A Resume?
                 Identify Yourself
                 Identify Yourself      ...
Characteristics Of A
       Successful Resume
                 Focuses on skills. Uses action words to define the
        ...
Characteristics Of A
       Successful Resume

                 Language is grammatically correct.


                 Spel...
Resume Faux Pax
                 Typos and Grammar Slips

                 • “Great attention to detail.”

               ...
Characteristics Of A
       Successful Resume
                 Must always be 100% truthful.


                 Contains n...
Scan able Resume

            Watch bullet points (don’t always scan).
            How about a dash - ?
            Use la...
Basic Checklist

           No spelling or grammar errors.


           Neat, clean, and professional looking.


         ...
Basic Checklist

                  Important titles should be emphasized. Experiment
                   with fonts & style...
Basic Checklist

              Bullet points when possible for accomplishments.


              Quantify your results when...
Writing An Effective
       Cover Letter
              How to write a cover letter.
              • Rules
              • ...
How To Write A Cover
       Letter - Rules

           Give enough information to interest the reader, don’t
           ov...
How To Write A Cover
       Letter - Contents
         Your address, city, state, pin, and telephone number.


         Da...
How To Write A Cover
       Letter - Contents

           Paragraph 1:
            • What you want.
            • How you ...
How To Write A Cover
       Letter - Contents
            Paragraph 4:
            • Express appreciation

            Clo...
Successful
         Interviewing
         Skills

                  Surviving and Excelling in a
                  Behavio...
First Impressions Count …

                  Do You Make The Best Impression You
                  Can?
                  ...
Characteristics of a
       Successful Interview

                  • Preparation

                  • Presentation

     ...
Preparation

                  • Research the Job and company
                  • Review the Job Requirements
            ...
Preparation
                  • Visualize Yourself In the Interview
                  • Know this:
                     – ...
Interview Presentation

                  • Be Prepared and Responsive For
                    Questions
                 ...
Leave The Baggage At
                        The Door
                  • Shut the Door to Personal Trouble
              ...
Interview Content
         • Listen Carefully to the Question
         • Understand Behavioral Based Interviewing
        ...
Behavioral Based
            Interviewing
                  • Prepare your STAR’S
                  • Situation or Task
  ...
Behavioral Based Questions
                  • Can You Tell Me About A Time…
                  • Think Specific
          ...
Sample Questions

 • Tell Me About A Time…
        – You Persuaded Someone To Do Something
        – You Solved a Small Pr...
Technical Skills Are
    Important
                  • Attention To Detail

                  • Computer Skills

         ...
Soft Skills Are Just
       As Important

                  • Adaptability
                  • Teamwork
                  ...
Interview Follow-Up
                  • Common Interview Mistakes
                     –Coming Unprepared
                ...
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  • The site http://www.jobscan.co is also a great place to identify keywords for your resume. All you do is paste in your resume plus the job description, then Jobscan analyzes your job description for you automatically and identify the most important keywords for you! it literally takes seconds and it so worth the copy and paste. Saved me so much time AND I got more interviews using Jobscan! I recommend as well!
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Resume Writing

  1. 1. Writing The Effective Resume The First Step Toward Landing Your Next Job 020870A01_LT 1 020870A01_LT 1
  2. 2. Writing An Effective Resume What information should be in a resume? Characteristics of a successful resume. Functional or Chronological. Scannable resume. 020870A01_LT 2
  3. 3. What Information Should Be In A Resume? Identify Yourself Identify Yourself Optional Sections Optional Sections Education Education Objective Objective Continuing Education Continuing Education Special Skills and Abilities Special Skills and Abilities Work or Professional Work or Professional Experience Reference Statement Reference Statement Experience Volunteer Experience Volunteer Experience Activities Activities Computer Skills Computer Skills Professional Associations Professional Associations 020870A01_LT 3
  4. 4. Characteristics Of A Successful Resume Focuses on skills. Uses action words to define the responsibilities of your job-related experience. Easy to read and understand. Visually powerful and free of gimmicks. One page, or at most 2 pages long. 020870A01_LT 4
  5. 5. Characteristics Of A Successful Resume Language is grammatically correct. Spelling has been checked. Formal Style 020870A01_LT 5
  6. 6. Resume Faux Pax Typos and Grammar Slips • “Great attention to detail.” • “Proven ability to track down and correct errors.” • “Am a perfectionist and rarely if ever forget details.” • Accomplishments: Completed 12+4 years of Education.” • Don’t use “I” or “me” 020870A01_LT 6
  7. 7. Characteristics Of A Successful Resume Must always be 100% truthful. Contains no inappropriate personal information. Produced on a computer. Data presented in chronological order. 020870A01_LT 7
  8. 8. Scan able Resume Watch bullet points (don’t always scan). How about a dash - ? Use labels or keywords. Less is more. Keep the design simple. Minimize use of abbreviations. 020870A01_LT 8
  9. 9. Basic Checklist No spelling or grammar errors. Neat, clean, and professional looking. Length should be 2-3 pages. Margins at sides and bottom. Layout makes reading easy. Use of white space is effective. 020870A01_LT 9
  10. 10. Basic Checklist Important titles should be emphasized. Experiment with fonts & styles; bold, italic, and underlines. No more than 2 or 3 different sizes. Information is logically recorded. Use Action Verbs for accomplishments & results. 020870A01_LT 10
  11. 11. Basic Checklist Bullet points when possible for accomplishments. Quantify your results whenever you can. Format - chronological 020870A01_LT 11
  12. 12. Writing An Effective Cover Letter How to write a cover letter. • Rules • Contents 020870A01_LT 12
  13. 13. How To Write A Cover Letter - Rules Give enough information to interest the reader, don’t overwhelm. Research the company. Address the letter to a specific person. Answer an ad if you have 50% of the skills or background that the ad requires. Mention the person who referred you if appropriate. 020870A01_LT 13
  14. 14. How To Write A Cover Letter - Contents Your address, city, state, pin, and telephone number. Date Name, title, company, address, city, state, and pin of person you’re writing to. Greeting, followed by a colon. 020870A01_LT 14
  15. 15. How To Write A Cover Letter - Contents Paragraph 1: • What you want. • How you knew about the organization. • Mention enclosure of your resume. Paragraph 2: • Concise overview of work history and skills that will help you perform the job. Paragraph 3: • State confidence in your ability. • Give information on how you can be contacted. 020870A01_LT 15
  16. 16. How To Write A Cover Letter - Contents Paragraph 4: • Express appreciation Closing, signature, and typed name 020870A01_LT 16
  17. 17. Successful Interviewing Skills Surviving and Excelling in a Behavioral Based Interview 020870A01_LT 17 020870A01_LT 17
  18. 18. First Impressions Count … Do You Make The Best Impression You Can? • On-Time • Dress • Physical Contact • Eye Contact • Smile • Fidgeting 020870A01_LT 18
  19. 19. Characteristics of a Successful Interview • Preparation • Presentation • Content 020870A01_LT 19
  20. 20. Preparation • Research the Job and company • Review the Job Requirements • Know your Resume • Know Where You Are Going • Be Prepared to Give Behavioral Based Examples • Anticipate Questions • Be Prepared to Sell Yourself! 020870A01_LT 20
  21. 21. Preparation • Visualize Yourself In the Interview • Know this: – There is no question you cannot answer – You are well suited to the position – You will be an asset to the department • Bring: – Extra copies of resume – Paper and pen – A list of potential questions – Breath mints 020870A01_LT 21
  22. 22. Interview Presentation • Be Prepared and Responsive For Questions • Take Time to Organize Your Thoughts • Make Effective Eye Contact and Smile • Express Confidence in Your Abilities • Consider Each Interview An Adventure! • Be Attentive to Body Language –No gum –Watch those pens 020870A01_LT 22
  23. 23. Leave The Baggage At The Door • Shut the Door to Personal Trouble • Don’t Slam Organization 020870A01_LT 23
  24. 24. Interview Content • Listen Carefully to the Question • Understand Behavioral Based Interviewing • Rehearse Your Answers • Sell Yourself! • Silence is Golden, Know When to Stop Answering • Tie Your Background to the Position • Focus on Your Accomplishments • Turn Weaknesses Into Strengths 020870A01_LT 24
  25. 25. Behavioral Based Interviewing • Prepare your STAR’S • Situation or Task • Action Taken • Result of Your Action 020870A01_LT 25
  26. 26. Behavioral Based Questions • Can You Tell Me About A Time… • Think Specific • Don’t Say “Usually, Always, Or Never” • Say “I” • Be Prepared to Answer the Negative Question • Was The Result Positive? Measurable? • Don’t Forget To Smile • Be Concise 020870A01_LT 26
  27. 27. Sample Questions • Tell Me About A Time… – You Persuaded Someone To Do Something – You Solved a Small Problem Before It Turned Into Something Large – You Interacted With Someone And Wished You’d Interacted Differently – You Worked Well in a Team – You Worked in a Team Where Not Everyone Was Putting Forth The Same Amount Of Effort 020870A01_LT 27
  28. 28. Technical Skills Are Important • Attention To Detail • Computer Skills • Analytical Skills • Technical Skills Specific to Your Degree 020870A01_LT 28
  29. 29. Soft Skills Are Just As Important • Adaptability • Teamwork • Initiative • Innovation • Integrity 020870A01_LT 29
  30. 30. Interview Follow-Up • Common Interview Mistakes –Coming Unprepared –Not Smiling or Showing Enthusiasm –Negativity • The Thank You Note • References 020870A01_LT 30

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