“Righting” Your Résumé Career Services Montana State University Billings
Univ Campus: LIB 100 657.2168
City College: Jacket Student Central 247.3006
www.msubillings.edu/careers Objective = Thesis statement
Education + Experience = Supporting evidence
Include special skills, languages, licenses
References = Conclusion Writing a Résumé = Writing an Essay! Organize "your" data &
select relevant content Letter of Application Personalized and customized to each vacancy
Highlights skills & abilities with point-by-point response to vacancy announcement Error-free & high quality print
White or off-white stationery for: letter, résumé & envelope using same font as résumé
Signature ink in blue or black Résumé Formats Chronological: list most recent experience first
Functional: organize around job functions
Use O*NET OnLine for content http://online.onetcenter.org Chronological Functional Fits a “traditional” history of work and education
Focus is on dates
Most common format Shifts focus to skills and abilities, not “where you were, when”
Minimizes dates and gaps in your history Objective Statement
Focuses résumé content
Forces you to be selective & succinct
Enables employer to match you with your targeted job
Is “action” oriented Sample Objective Statements: To secure a position as a process plant intern.
Seeking teaching position in Elementary and/or Special Ed.
To obtain a full-time auditing position with a “Big 4” accounting firm. Action-packed from A to Z! Use verbs to show initiative: acted, balanced, communicated, designed, eliminated, formulated, generated, helped, improved, judged, kept, led, mediated, negotiated, operated, prepared, questioned, reduced, sold, taught, updated, viewed, wrote, x-rayed, yielded, zeroed in on! Personal Data is Discriminatory!
Focus on job qualifications NOT age, height, weight, physical appearance
NOT social security number, home ownership info, or creditworthiness NOT social groups, clubs, organizations
NOT parental or marital status or childcare for your children
NOT medical history Choose References with Care! Verify they will say excellent things about your performance!
“Ghost write” the recommendation.
Provide references with copy of your résumé. Avoid Résumé Mistakes!
Identified by 2012 survey of 2,500 recruiters Spelling errors, typos, poor grammar
Dates not included or inaccurate
Contact info missing, inaccurate, or unprofessional: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poor formatting, unnecessary headers & footers, boxes, etc.
Failure to describe accomplishments & how they were achieved Your Résumé is Right! Use spelling & grammar checker.
Find “objective eyes” to edit.
Quantify: add numbers to explain how much, how many, how vast your experience is.
Print on high quality printer.
Aesthetics are key: font, symmetry, format = “The Look.”See the full transcript