Introduction to Resumes

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An introductory workshop on resumes for undergraduate students

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Introduction to Resumes

  1. 1. Resume Workshop<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Resume format<br />Resume Content<br />Common resume mistakes<br />How to market your skills<br />What employers are looking for<br />
  3. 3. Pop Quiz!!<br />Question 1:<br />What is the purpose of a resume?<br />
  4. 4. Pop Quiz!!<br />Question 1:<br />What is the purpose of a resume?<br />To get you an interview!<br />
  5. 5. Pop Quiz!!<br />Question 2:<br />How long does it take an employer to read a resume?<br />
  6. 6. Pop Quiz!!<br />Question 2:<br />How long does it take an employer to read a resume?<br />15 - 30 seconds, tops!<br />
  7. 7. What can go on my resume?<br />Study Abroad<br />Internships/Externships<br />Service/Volunteer work<br />Extracurricular Activities<br />Clubs<br />Greek Organizations<br />Leadership<br />Research<br />
  8. 8. Resumes are:<br />An one page, error-free, concise and attractive outline of relevant job experience, skills, accomplishments, and academic credentials<br />Personalized to reflect your strengths and capabilities<br />Tailored to each position you are applying to<br />Always list from most relevant to least relevant<br />Also:<br />Put references on a separate page<br />Proofread multiple times!<br />
  9. 9. Header<br /><ul><li>Name
  10. 10. Address
  11. 11. Phone number
  12. 12. Email Address</li></li></ul><li>Objective<br /><ul><li>Brief statement of the type of position you are seeking. May be stated by:
  13. 13. Job title
  14. 14. Level/type of responsibility
  15. 15. Skills
  16. 16. Combination</li></li></ul><li>Education<br /><ul><li>Institution(s)
  17. 17. Major/Emphasis
  18. 18. GPA (If undergraduate and above 3.0)
  19. 19. Honors/Awards
  20. 20. (Expected) Graduation</li></li></ul><li>Experience<br /><ul><li>Position title
  21. 21. Company/Organization, Location
  22. 22. Dates
  23. 23. Concise bullet points using action verbs detailing accomplishments, skills, and responsibilities
  24. 24. In order from most recent to least recent
  25. 25. Include volunteer experiences
  26. 26. No italics, no underlining</li></li></ul><li>Activities<br /><ul><li>Optional – especially useful for undergraduates
  27. 27. Same formatting as Experience</li></li></ul><li>Skills<br /><ul><li>Tailor to job description
  28. 28. Computer skills
  29. 29. Include language(s) and level of fluency</li></li></ul><li>Formatting your Experience<br />EDUCATION<br />Bachelor’s of Arts, Communication Expected Graduation: 5/2010<br />University of Maryland, College Park, MD GPA: 3.88/4.0<br /><ul><li>Honors, awards, scholarships
  30. 30. Coursework – if relevant to the position</li></ul>HEADER (Experience, Volunteer Experience, Related Activities)<br />Position/Title<br />Company, Location Month/Year – Month/Year<br /><ul><li>Descriptions of accomplishments, skills, duties
  31. 31. Quantify – if you handled money, put dollar amounts. Mention numbers of people supervised, volunteers recruited how many people attended your events, etc. If you exceeded previous numbers, by how much? Percentage or concrete numbers?
  32. 32. Present/Past tense
  33. 33. Don’t use “I”</li></li></ul><li>Writing Bullet Points - Action verbs<br />Express achievements or activities in a concise, persuasive manner. <br />Use throughout your resume to help the reader understand the nature of your jobs and activities.<br />Stay away from:<br />Assist<br />Help<br />
  34. 34. Pretend you’re the employer<br />Sales and Marketing Intern Jan 2009-Dec 2009<br />XYZ Company<br />Marketed insurance to local business owners<br />Developed communication skills through telemarketing and canvassing<br />Learned to Network by meeting CEO’s and attending seminars<br />Gained hands on experience by auditing past sales with local professionals<br />Participated in the supplemental insurance enrollment process<br />
  35. 35. Transferable skills<br />A skill developed in one aspect of your life that can be (deliberately or unintentionally) applied to another activity<br />How do your experiences relate to the job you’re applying to?<br />Think creatively!<br />
  36. 36. Top “soft” skills sought by employers<br />Communication (written and oral)<br />Strong work ethic<br />Team work<br />Initiative<br />Analytical skills<br />Computer skills<br />Flexibility/adaptability<br />Interpersonal skills<br />Problem solving skills<br />Technical skills<br />Detail-oriented<br />Organizational skills<br />Self-confidence<br />Leadership skills<br />
  37. 37. Pretend you’re the employer, part 2<br />Strategic Planner Oct 2009–Dec 2009<br />Arboretum, University of Maryland<br />Crafted comprehensive 25-page strategic plan with group of five other students as part of a nine-week classroom project<br />Met with senior executives from Arboretum to determine direction for development of strategic communication plan intended to increase attendance and to drive interest in renovated property<br />Delivered final presentation to three Arboretum managers and executives<br />
  38. 38. Top 10 resume mistakes<br />Too long<br />Typos, grammar or spelling errors<br />Hard to read<br />Too much writing<br />Too little writing<br />Irrelevant information<br />Too generic<br />Too snazzy<br />Boring<br />Too modest<br />
  39. 39. professionalism<br />Center for Professional Excellence surveyed more than 500 human resources professionals and business leaders about recent college grads and their professionalism.<br />Characteristics of Professionalism:<br />Personal interaction skills, including courtesy and respect<br />The ability to communicate, which includes listening skills<br />A work ethic which includes being motivated and working on a task until it is complete<br />Appearance<br />
  40. 40. Professionalism<br />Traits or behaviors employers value most, and that they believe are most deficient in the recent graduates they have hired, include:<br />Accepts personal responsibility for decision and actions<br />Is able to act independently<br />Has a clear sense of direction and purpose.<br />
  41. 41. Questions?<br />Career & Job Search:<br />Emily Roh<br />University Career Center and The President’s Promise<br />(xxx) xxx-xxxx<br />xxx@umd.edu<br />

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