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020870A01_LT 1020870A01_LT 1
Writing The
Effective Resume
The First Step Toward
Landing Your Next Job
020870A01_LT 2
Writing An Effective Resume
 What information should be in a resume?
 Characteristics of a successful res...
020870A01_LT 3
What Information Should
Be In A Resume?
 Identify Yourself
 Education
 Continuing Education
 Work or Pr...
020870A01_LT 4
Characteristics Of A
Successful Resume
 Focuses on skills. Uses action words to define the
responsibilitie...
020870A01_LT 5
Characteristics Of A
Successful Resume
 Language is grammatically correct.
 Spelling has been checked.
 ...
020870A01_LT 6
Resume Faux Pax
 Typos and Grammar Slips
• “Great attention to detail.”
• “Proven ability to track down an...
020870A01_LT 7
Characteristics Of A
Successful Resume
 Must always be 100% truthful.
 Contains no inappropriate personal...
020870A01_LT 8
Scan able Resume
 Watch bullet points (don’t always scan).
 How about a dash - ?
 Use labels or keywords...
020870A01_LT 9
Basic Checklist
 No spelling or grammar errors.
 Neat, clean, and professional looking.
 Length should b...
020870A01_LT 10
Basic Checklist
 Important titles should be emphasized. Experiment
with fonts & styles; bold, italic, and...
020870A01_LT 11
Basic Checklist
 Bullet points when possible for accomplishments.
 Quantify your results whenever you ca...
020870A01_LT 12
Writing An Effective
Cover Letter
 How to write a cover letter.
• Rules
• Contents
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How To Write A Cover
Letter - Rules
 Give enough information to interest the reader, don’t
overwhelm.
 R...
020870A01_LT 14
How To Write A Cover
Letter - Contents
 Your address, city, state, pin, and telephone number.
 Date
 Na...
020870A01_LT 15
How To Write A Cover
Letter - Contents
 Paragraph 1:
• What you want.
• How you knew about the organizati...
020870A01_LT 16
How To Write A Cover
Letter - Contents
 Paragraph 4:
• Express appreciation
 Closing, signature, and typ...
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Successful
Interviewing
Skills
Surviving and Excelling in a
Behavioral Based Interview
020870A01_LT 18
First Impressions Count …
 Do You Make The Best Impression You
Can?
• On-Time
• Dress
• Physical Contact
...
020870A01_LT 19
Characteristics of a
Successful Interview
• Preparation
• Presentation
• Content
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Preparation
• Research the Job and company
• Review the Job Requirements
• Know your Resume
• Know Where Y...
020870A01_LT 21
Preparation
• Visualize Yourself In the Interview
• Know this:
– There is no question you cannot answer
– ...
020870A01_LT 22
Interview Presentation
• Be Prepared and Responsive For
Questions
• Take Time to Organize Your Thoughts
• ...
020870A01_LT 23
Leave The Baggage At
The Door
• Shut the Door to Personal Trouble
• Don’t Slam Organization
020870A01_LT 24
Interview Content
• Listen Carefully to the Question
• Understand Behavioral Based Interviewing
• Rehearse...
020870A01_LT 25
Behavioral Based
Interviewing
• Prepare your STAR’S
• Situation or Task
• Action Taken
• Result of Your Ac...
020870A01_LT 26
Behavioral Based Questions
• Can You Tell Me About A Time…
• Think Specific
• Don’t Say “Usually, Always, ...
020870A01_LT 27
Sample Questions
• Tell Me About A Time…
– You Persuaded Someone To Do Something
– You Solved a Small Prob...
020870A01_LT 28
Technical Skills Are
Important
• Attention To Detail
• Computer Skills
• Analytical Skills
• Technical Ski...
020870A01_LT 29
Soft Skills Are Just
As Important
• Adaptability
• Teamwork
• Initiative
• Innovation
• Integrity
020870A01_LT 30
Interview Follow-Up
• Common Interview Mistakes
–Coming Unprepared
–Not Smiling or Showing Enthusiasm
–Neg...
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  1. 1. 020870A01_LT 1020870A01_LT 1 Writing The Effective Resume The First Step Toward Landing Your Next Job
  2. 2. 020870A01_LT 2 Writing An Effective Resume  What information should be in a resume?  Characteristics of a successful resume.  Functional or Chronological.  Scannable resume.
  3. 3. 020870A01_LT 3 What Information Should Be In A Resume?  Identify Yourself  Education  Continuing Education  Work or Professional Experience  Volunteer Experience  Activities  Computer Skills  Professional Associations Optional Sections  Objective  Special Skills and Abilities  Reference Statement
  4. 4. 020870A01_LT 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.
  5. 5. 020870A01_LT 5 Characteristics Of A Successful Resume  Language is grammatically correct.  Spelling has been checked.  Formal Style
  6. 6. 020870A01_LT 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”
  7. 7. 020870A01_LT 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.
  8. 8. 020870A01_LT 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.
  9. 9. 020870A01_LT 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.
  10. 10. 020870A01_LT 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.
  11. 11. 020870A01_LT 11 Basic Checklist  Bullet points when possible for accomplishments.  Quantify your results whenever you can.  Format - chronological
  12. 12. 020870A01_LT 12 Writing An Effective Cover Letter  How to write a cover letter. • Rules • Contents
  13. 13. 020870A01_LT 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.
  14. 14. 020870A01_LT 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.
  15. 15. 020870A01_LT 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.
  16. 16. 020870A01_LT 16 How To Write A Cover Letter - Contents  Paragraph 4: • Express appreciation  Closing, signature, and typed name
  17. 17. 020870A01_LT 17020870A01_LT 17 Successful Interviewing Skills Surviving and Excelling in a Behavioral Based Interview
  18. 18. 020870A01_LT 18 First Impressions Count …  Do You Make The Best Impression You Can? • On-Time • Dress • Physical Contact • Eye Contact • Smile • Fidgeting
  19. 19. 020870A01_LT 19 Characteristics of a Successful Interview • Preparation • Presentation • Content
  20. 20. 020870A01_LT 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!
  21. 21. 020870A01_LT 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
  22. 22. 020870A01_LT 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
  23. 23. 020870A01_LT 23 Leave The Baggage At The Door • Shut the Door to Personal Trouble • Don’t Slam Organization
  24. 24. 020870A01_LT 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
  25. 25. 020870A01_LT 25 Behavioral Based Interviewing • Prepare your STAR’S • Situation or Task • Action Taken • Result of Your Action
  26. 26. 020870A01_LT 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
  27. 27. 020870A01_LT 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
  28. 28. 020870A01_LT 28 Technical Skills Are Important • Attention To Detail • Computer Skills • Analytical Skills • Technical Skills Specific to Your Degree
  29. 29. 020870A01_LT 29 Soft Skills Are Just As Important • Adaptability • Teamwork • Initiative • Innovation • Integrity
  30. 30. 020870A01_LT 30 Interview Follow-Up • Common Interview Mistakes –Coming Unprepared –Not Smiling or Showing Enthusiasm –Negativity • The Thank You Note • References

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