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Resume Writing

  1. 1. Writing your way into interviews Powerful Resumes
  2. 2. <ul><li>Self Marketing Tool </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Ad </li></ul><ul><li>Job Skills Showcase </li></ul><ul><li>“Value Added” to Future Employer </li></ul>Résumés are a
  3. 3. The average recruiter will give your resume approximately 10-20 seconds upon initial review!
  4. 4. Ten steps to creating an effective résumé <ul><li>Choose Target </li></ul><ul><li>Find out skills, knowledge, experience and training are required for job. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of your 3-5 strongest skills or abilities that make you a strong candidate for your target. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ten steps to creating an effective résumé <ul><li>4. For each of these think of several accomplishments that will illustrate or demonstrate your use of it. (background, action steps, and results) </li></ul><ul><li>5. Demonstrate each accomplishment in a simple yet powerful action statement. </li></ul><ul><li>6. List jobs held in reverse chronological order. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ten steps to creating an effective résumé <ul><li>7. List education and training relevant to your job target. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Select résumé format Chronological or Functional. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Arrange your action statement according to format selected. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Summarize your key points at top of the résumé. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Common Résumé Myths <ul><li>Résumés should tell the exact truth good or bad </li></ul><ul><li>Résumés should be only one page long </li></ul><ul><li>Résumés need to be written in complete sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Résumés can fit all jobs </li></ul>
  8. 8. Common Résumé Myths <ul><li>Résumés should only document your job responsibilities and work history </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological is the Best Format </li></ul><ul><li>Résumés should detail every job equally </li></ul><ul><li>Content is more important than presentation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Objective Statements vs. Summary of Qualifications <ul><li>Objective statements are using too vague or too specific </li></ul><ul><li>Objective statements are sometimes too much to read </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of Qualifications that are bulleted are usually easier to read </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of Qualifications speak straight to the point </li></ul><ul><li>Most HR and Hiring Managers prefer a Summary above Objectives </li></ul>
  10. 10. Summary Statements <ul><li>Summary statements give you the opportunity to highlight a few of your most important or relevant characteristics. </li></ul><ul><li>Summary statements focus on your skills. You will want to change your statements to address each job description. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Types of Resumes <ul><li>Chronological -The most widely used style of resume. It presents information on educational and professional experience in reverse chronological order. </li></ul><ul><li>Functional/Skill -Stresses skills and abilities rather than dates and times of past experience and education.. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Resume Layout <ul><li>Try to have one-inch margins on all sides. You want to create the visual impression that there is not too much reading to be done. </li></ul><ul><li>Font size should be 10-14 pt.! Anything less will give the reader eyestrain. </li></ul><ul><li>Printing needs to be laser quality. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Electronic Resume Scanning <ul><li>Avoid italics, underlining, shadows, and reverse type. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid vertical and horizontal lines, graphics, and boxes. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid 2 column formats. </li></ul><ul><li>Font size should be 10-14 points. </li></ul><ul><li>CENTER your name and address. </li></ul><ul><li>Use standard fonts such as Helvetica, Future, Optima, Times, Univers. </li></ul><ul><li>Use white or ivory paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple pages are okay. </li></ul><ul><li>Use key words, jargon and acronyms specific to your industry. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Anatomy of a Résumé
  15. 15. Heading <ul><li>Should include: </li></ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Address – If you have a permanent and local, put both. </li></ul><ul><li>Phone number – it’s okay to use your cell phone number. </li></ul><ul><li>Email Address – be careful of trendy email address names such as “” </li></ul>
  16. 16. Education <ul><li>List institutions attended in reverse chronological order. </li></ul><ul><li>DO NOT INCLUDE HIGH SCHOOL. </li></ul><ul><li>List marks if better, can be in major or overall. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional information such as relevant coursework may be included if it is reflective of a specialization or is particularly relevant to the position you are pursuing. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Experience <ul><li>List work history in reverse chronological order. </li></ul><ul><li>Descriptive statements displaying skills, abilities, and professional accomplishments should be listed for each employment listing. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin descriptive statements with an action verb. </li></ul><ul><li>DO NOT INCLUDE reasons for leaving, past salaries, complete address or phone number for employer, or past supervisor’s name. </li></ul><ul><li>Internships and non-paid employment can be listed in this section. It is not necessary to note if they were unpaid. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Additional Sections <ul><li>Information that is not appropriate for other sections of the resume, but is of relevance to your pursuits should be included under an additional heading. Potential headings include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Honors and Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Memberships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills or Summary of Skills </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Resume Do’s <ul><li>Use a direct, active writing style. Make your statements short. Avoid the use of “I”; begin sentences or phrases with action words .  </li></ul><ul><li>Expect to do several revisions.  A top-notch resume is rarely written the first time. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the resume to one or two pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers do not have the time, nor the patience, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to read a lengthy document. Make it easy for them to keep reading yours.  </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Resume Do’s continued <ul><li>Make it visually appealing. Use lots of white space and wide margins, which make it easy to scan.  </li></ul><ul><li>Use the present tense to describe your current job. All previous positions should be described in past tense.  </li></ul><ul><li>Support all activities and accomplishments with results and benefits.  </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize employment by briefly describing your functions.  </li></ul>
  21. 21. Resume Do’s continued <ul><li>Pick a resume format and be consistent. </li></ul><ul><li>Use positive language in describing your accomplishments.  </li></ul><ul><li>Use short phrases rather than complete sentences. If you can say something in three words, don't use 10.  </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the reader of your resume in mind. Ask yourself, “If I were the employer, would I interview this person?&quot; Unless the answer is an unqualified “YES,” you still have some work to do. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Continued… <ul><li>Use words and phrases appropriate to your employer/industry.  </li></ul><ul><li>Lay out your resume so that a job description or a sentence on the first page doesn't run over to the second.  </li></ul><ul><li>Use capital letters, dashes, bolding or bullets for emphasis. Use these symbols sparingly, or they lose their effect.  </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread your resume for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical and typographical errors. Have your resume critiqued by several professionals. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Resume Don'ts <ul><li>Avoid using abbreviations. Use professional or technical jargon only if it is relevant to the position you seek.  </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use odd-sized paper, overly fancy stock, color, style, or anything considered eccentric. Use a good white, cream, or light gray A4 paper </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the photo of yourself off the resume.  </li></ul><ul><li>You don't need to list references. Reserve them for the interview.  </li></ul><ul><li>Leave off personal data: caste, father’s name, number of children etc </li></ul>
  24. 24. Your Resume should be: <ul><li>Concise. </li></ul><ul><li>Focused. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to read and find information. </li></ul><ul><li>Error-free. </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful </li></ul>