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Resumania! CDO Resume Writing Workshop

How to present your best self on paper for internship/job opportunities!

Jannette Swanson

on 30 August 2017

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Transcript of Resumania! CDO Resume Writing Workshop

Your resume is a living document, you'll update it throughout your life!
CDO Resources For Resumes
Experience *
Purpose of a Resume
Getting Experience
Example Bulleted Items
Possible Resume Sections
To get the interview!
To differentiate yourself from others.
To make a good impression in 30-60 seconds.
To show that your skills/abilities are a good fit.
Rules of Thumb
NO Typos/Misspellings
NO Lying
NO Negatives
NO Irrelevant Information
NO Personal Pronouns
Resume Basics
Should be 1 page (incorporate white space)

Maintain at least .6" margins

Use a font like Times New Roman or Arial (10.5 - 12 pt. font)

Create an organized and readable layout

Be purposeful with all caps, bold, italics, and underlining

Be consistent with spacing, style, format, and punctuation
Examples of Power Verbs
Presented by:
Career Development Office

Content Basics
Design resume with an OBJECTIVE in mind

Concentrate on your STRENGTHS

Use keywords when describing skills

Do not falsify or exaggerate information

Use power verbs to describe accomplishments

Professional Affiliations
Contact Information Section
Name, address, and phone number
Use professional email address
Links to Website/LinkedIn profile (if applicable)
Experience Section
Bulleted Items for Experience Section
Example 1
First Draft:
Promoted campus-wide events.
Created eye-catching banners and flyers advertising 8 campus events, each drawing an audience of 50+.
Example 2
First Draft:
Assisted students with math homework.
Explained math concepts to children aged 7-10, enabling them to understand and complete assignments.
Example 3
First Draft:
Has financial management skills.
Demonstrated financial management skills by effectively completing spreadsheets, cash flow accounts, and ledger balances.

Campus Jobs

Campus Activities

Summer Jobs
Volunteer Work

School Projects

Sports Activities

Courses/Class Projects
Handshake can be found on our main website under our "Featured Resources" section on the right-hand side (careers.vassar.edu).

Handshake contains Vassar's job and internship database, links to other job and internship databases, a career calendar, and more!

It is a great tool for students and alumnae/i who want to apply for job postings.

The CDO Provides...
Career Counseling
Major Exploration
Resume & Cover Letter Reviews
Funded Internship Programs
Graduate and Law School Advising
Employer and Grad/Law School Info Sessions
Job Recruitment Opportunities
Mock Interviews
Workshops and Alumni Panels
Career Development Office

Main S170 - 845-437-5285
Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook
Walk-Ins: M-F 2-4, W 10-4
Education Section
majors, correlates, and GPA if appropriate
study abroad, special projects, thesis
unique and/or relevant coursework
List positions in reverse chronological order.
Include the Name and Location of Organization/Employer, Position Title, Dates of Employment/Involvement, and Accomplishments/Skills Used.
Oral and Written Communication Skills
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skills
Interpersonal Skills (People Skills)
Open Minded/Adaptable/Flexible
Well-Versed in Multiple Subjects
Organization and Time Management
* = Required for Basic Resume
Sample Freshman/Sophomore Resume
Sample Senior Year Resume
Detail Accomplishments/Results, not responsibilities.
Avoid saying "Responsibilities/Duties included..."
Start with Action Verbs (watch verb tense).
Quantify whenever possible.
Be honest -- don't exaggerate or sell yourself short.
Use only 1-2 lines of text per bullet.
Show, don't tell!
CDO Library Books
VCLink: Resume Builder Software
Career Assistant Resume Critiques
Career Counselor Appointments
Available in the office and online!
to ensure staff had easy and quick access to all critical information.
Adhered strictly
to all safety and infection prevention standards.

difficult customers
tactfully and courteously
busy, high-volume retail outlet.
When not using an accomplishment statement, describe how well you performed job tasks:
Activities/Volunteer Work
Professional Profile
Education *
Contact Info *
Military Experience
degree, school, location, and graduation date
academic awards/honors
Content to consider including:
If you are applying to jobs outside the United States, consult GoinGlobal's Resume Guide for advice on how to write your resumes and cover letters. Expectations for formatting and content vary from place to place, and it is important to adhere to strict standards.

You can find a link to GoinGlobal on the CDO website. Use your VC email to create an account.
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