Resume Writing/Updating Camille  S. Britton October 25 th , 2007
<ul><li>The point of a resume is to effectively sell yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight  your strengths and  dim  your ...
<ul><li>Resumes must be  tailored  to the position that you are seeking, so you must  RESEARCH  the perspective company, i...
<ul><li>There are 2 types of resumes: </li></ul><ul><li>The Strong one </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>The Bad one...
 
<ul><li>Format and Presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>The average resume is scanned for 8 – 15 seconds.  If it does not impre...
 
<ul><li>No errors: use spell check and also have someone review your resume for missing or misused words </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Accomplishments,  Not Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Your routine activities can be quantified and written as accomplis...
 
<ul><li>Did you: </li></ul><ul><li>save the company money? How much and how? </li></ul><ul><li>help improve sales? By how ...
<ul><li>Avoid Common Errors in Resume Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Many job seekers either don't know or don't understand the...
 
<ul><li>Do not use &quot;I&quot;, &quot;me&quot; or &quot;my&quot; statements; use the telegraphic method and drop the pro...
<ul><li>Do not explain your reasons for leaving your previous jobs or employment gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Don't send extra p...
 
 
 
<ul><li>Resume Writers' Tool Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Three Steps to Writing Your Own Resume </li></ul><ul><li>by Linda Matia...
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  1. 1. Resume Writing/Updating Camille S. Britton October 25 th , 2007
  2. 2. <ul><li>The point of a resume is to effectively sell yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight your strengths and dim your weaknesses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Resumes must be tailored to the position that you are seeking, so you must RESEARCH the perspective company, it’s imperative. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>There are 2 types of resumes: </li></ul><ul><li>The Strong one </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>The Bad one </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Format and Presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>The average resume is scanned for 8 – 15 seconds. If it does not impress the reader within that time frame your resume is set aside. </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>No errors: use spell check and also have someone review your resume for missing or misused words </li></ul><ul><li>Use a Consistent format and use of capitalization and punctuation throughout </li></ul><ul><li>Provide lots of white space to accent strong parts of the resume </li></ul><ul><li>Use no more than 2 fonts </li></ul><ul><li>Include your name and address, a phone and an appropriate email address </li></ul><ul><li>Laser print your work on quality white or cream resume paper </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Accomplishments, Not Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Your routine activities can be quantified and written as accomplishments that demonstrate your experience and knowledge, and how you’ve HELPED the company! </li></ul>
  8. 11. <ul><li>Did you: </li></ul><ul><li>save the company money? How much and how? </li></ul><ul><li>help improve sales? By how much? </li></ul><ul><li>improve productivity and efficiency? </li></ul><ul><li>implement any new systems or processes? </li></ul><ul><li>help launch any new products or services? </li></ul><ul><li>achieve more with (same or fewer) resources? </li></ul><ul><li>resolve a major problem with little investment? </li></ul><ul><li>participate in any technical/operational improvements? </li></ul><ul><li>exceed accepted standards for quality or quantity? </li></ul><ul><li>identify the need for a program or service? </li></ul><ul><li>resolve customer problems? </li></ul><ul><li>get rated as outstanding in performance reviews? </li></ul>
  9. 12. <ul><li>Avoid Common Errors in Resume Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Many job seekers either don't know or don't understand the many items that do not belong in a resume. </li></ul>
  10. 14. <ul><li>Do not use &quot;I&quot;, &quot;me&quot; or &quot;my&quot; statements; use the telegraphic method and drop the pronoun to make it more active. Instead of &quot;I wrote the 40-page employee manual&quot;, say &quot;Wrote 40-page employee manual“ </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the use of the words &quot;responsible for&quot; and &quot;duties included“ </li></ul><ul><li>Do not include personal information, such as age, health, ethnicity, marriage and family status. Employers will throw your resume out if it has such information because they could someday be accused of hiring bias </li></ul><ul><li>Do not include photographs unless you are a model or actor   </li></ul>
  11. 15. <ul><li>Do not explain your reasons for leaving your previous jobs or employment gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Don't send extra papers such as letters of recommendation, certificates or samples of your work. They clutter your presentation and are too premature. Use in the interview if appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Never include salary information </li></ul><ul><li>Do not forward a list of references </li></ul>
  12. 19. <ul><li>Resume Writers' Tool Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Three Steps to Writing Your Own Resume </li></ul><ul><li>by Linda Matias </li></ul>

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