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Writing a Winning Resume

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Amanda Long

on 5 October 2016

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Writing a Winning Resume
Contact Information/Objective Statement
Skills & Abilities
What can you do that will help you in your future career?
Resumes DOS and DON'TS
Resume Do's...
...limit to 1 or 2 pages
…design for skimmers eyes
…put most important / relevant information first (both on the page and within sections)
…keep reader in mind when preparing the resume
…remember that appearances matter – no errors
…use action verbs and industry buzz words
…focus on relevant details only
…include your name and page number on the second page
Relevant Employment Vs. Other Employment
Make your relevant work experience STAND OUT!
Education/Relevant Courses & Projects
Where should your education go on your resume?
Contact Information should include:
Address (local or home)
Phone number
Email address
About that email address...
BAD Email Addresses:
GOOD Email Addresses:
Objective Statement should be:
Consider 3 Components for Your Objective:
1. The position - what do you want to do?

2. The field - where do you want to do it?

3. Your skills - why are you the person to do this sort of work?
BAD Objective:
OBJECTIVE: A challenging creative opportunity where I can apply my skills in a dynamic organization with plenty of room for advancement.
GOOD Objective:
OBJECTIVE: To apply the knowledge acquired through a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications and two summer internships at a public relations agency to an entry-level position on the marketing or PR team of a major financial institution.
What to include:
Full degree title (avoid "B.B.A."/"B.S."/"B.A.")
Major, minor, concentration (if applicable)
Anticipated graduation (i.e., "Expected, May 2014")

Courses and projects... emphasis on "relevant"!
Which courses/projects helped you gain relevant skills for your field?
Which courses expanded your knowledge of your field?
Which courses/projects relate most to the duties or responsibilities of the job you're applying for?
*This is a good section to emphasize on your resume, particularly if you are lacking relevant employment or a longer work history.
Language skills?
Technical skills?
Writing abilities?
...and what about those soft skills?
For other work experiences, emphasize your transferable skills...
Other Sections for the Resume
Volunteer Experience
Professional Development
Leadership Experience
Professional Memberships/Affiliations
Military Experience
It's your resume... use what works for YOU
What is the purpose of your resume?
Personal advertisement - tells the reader who you are

An indicator of your potential based on previous successes and accomplishments

Provides the reader with their first impression of you
C.O.D.E. your resume!
Resume Formatting: Functional vs. Chronological
Resume Don'ts...
…write before doing a self-assessment
…refer to self as “I”
…include personal information
…use colored or flimsy paper
…include references
…use templates or tables
…use colloquial language
…use abbreviations without first explaining them
…include a photo of yourself
Need a resume review?
Call Career Services to schedule an appointment with a career advisor
Meet with a Student Advisor on a walk-in basis

Use our online resources:
Amanda Long
Assistant Director of Experiential Education
*BAD/GOOD examples from http://www.pongoresume.com/articles/56/good-and-bad-resumes-br-want-to-see-the-difference-.cfm
Clear. Organized. Dynamic. Error-free.
Career Services will also help you with...
Cover Letters
Job/Internship Search Strategies
"Food for Thought"
Employer Info Tables/Sessions
On-Campus Recruiting
Career Fairs
Career Library & Resources
Graduate School Prep
Digitally Recorded "Mock" Interviews
Online Career Portfolio
Cover Letters
Must be very targeted to be effective!
Should include:
*Introduction - introduce yourself and explain how you came upon the position

*Body - should be used to directly link your skills, accomplishments, and experience to the job description

*Conclusion - thank the employer for their consideration and discuss the next steps
Cover Letter Do's...
Make sure it is easily seen by the employer
Keep the letter brief (1 page is preferred)
Include all relevant information requested by employer
Address the letter to a named individual
Avoid negativity
Tell the employer why you are the best fit for the job
Proofread for spelling and grammatical errors
INCLUDE a cover letter (especially when emailing resume)
Cover Letter Dont's...
Write your whole life story in the body of the letter
Waste the first paragraph - grab their attention!
Use the same cover letter for each job application
Use cliche or wordy phrases
Rehash your resume
Exclude any information specifically requested
Use a boring closing statement or forget to sign letter
Depend upon the employer to take action - explain how you will follow up and request an interview!
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