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CREATING AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

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by Kira Oerman on 2 April 2014

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Transcript of CREATING AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

FYI...
The average scan time for a resume is less than 30 seconds

Employer Viewpoint . . .“
I don’t have a lot of time. Usually, I skim the resume in 10 to 30 seconds looking at your last jobs, position titles and companies. Try to keep the resume to one page, list your jobs in reverse chronological order, don’t give me jobs way back in your work history that aren’t pertinent to what you are doing now.”

David Roemer, Human Resources Manager, Strawberries Records, Inc.

RESUME SECTIONS
Your resume should have the following components:

Heading
Education
Experience

Optional Sections Include:
Objective (should be short and concise)
Seeking a position as a (title of position) with (name of company/organization)
Honors and Awards
Skills
Certifications
Volunteer Experience
EXPERIENCE
Include relevant experience
Consider all types of part-time and unpaid experiences

Use key words

Start each entry with the position title, name of organization, the city, state, and dates

Put dates on right side of page

Be honest
According to one survey, 95% of employers verify formers employers
CREATING AN EFFECTIVE RESUME
WHAT IS A RESUME?
A brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and skills.

Purpose of a resume
Get you an interview
Demonstrate a match between your skills and the prospective employer's needs
WHAT IS A WELL-CRAFTED RESUME?
Emphasizes relevant education, skills, and experience

Clearly written and free of errors

A lay-out that is clean and professional

Emphasizes skills and qualifications that are relevant to the position you are applying for

User-Centered Design
Think about your audience

Is concise
Uses bullet lists rather than long sentences and paragraphs

THE HEADING
Name
Usually the largest item on resume
Current Address
List your permanent address
E-mail Address
Make sure you put an appropriate e-mail address
EDUCATION
Begin with most recent degree

Include:
Degree
Name of College
City
State
Date (or anticipated date) of graduation

Consider omitting GPA if lower than 3.0
HELPFUL TIPS
Quadrant Test
Make sure your resume is balanced by dividing it into four-quadrants; each one of your quadrants should have an equal amount of text and white space.

20-second Test
Have someone look over your resume and time the reader for 20 seconds. If your reader noticed everything about you that you want to convey to employers, you have probably created an effective resume.

Fonts
Serif v. Sans Serif
Serifs are the short stems on the ends of the strokes of a letter. Examples include: Times New Roman, Garamond, Palatino, Courier.
Sans-Serif fonts are fonts without stems. Examples include: Arial, Geneva, and Helvetica.
Be conistent with the type of font you are using; if you want to use a Sans Serif font for the headings, be sure to use it for
all
of your headings.
COMMON MISTAKES
No Cover Letter
A recent survey conducted found that 20% of hiring managers would automatically dismiss a candidate who submitted a resume without a cover letter

Too much focus on past, irrelevant job descriptions

No Keywords

Resume is unfocused

Typos and grammatical errors
RESUME FORMATS
Chronological

Functional

Combination
CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME
Most popular style

Information on your resume is listed in reverse chronological order (your most recent experience is listed first)

This type of resume is good to use if you have work experience that is closely related to your desired employment

Works well if you have
not
had long periods of unemployment
Functional Resume

The Functional Resume is a good choice if you have a lot of varied experience and are attempting a career change

Focuses on your skills
COMBINATION RESUME
Combines the best of the chronological format with the best of the functional format

Think about your skills in comparison to the skills necessary for the position; choose a few skill areas in which to categorize your experiences
REFERENCES

Purdue owl-online writing lab. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/631/1/

Resume and cover letter guide. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://career.uoregon.edu/sites/default/files/files/resume-cover-letter-guide-revised-6-09.pdf
QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Kira Oerman- 541-440-4677 or kira.oerman@umpqua.edu
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