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Resume Righting

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by Patricia Reuss on 10 October 2013

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Transcript of Resume Righting

“Righting” Your Résumé Career Services Montana State University Billings
Univ Campus: LIB 100 657.2168
City College: Jacket Student Central 247.3006 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 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:

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.”
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