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A natural ability to either do certain things or learn to do them, such as an aptitude for math or for working with others.
skills that you can carry from one job to another, even from one profession to another, such as:
Skills in which you feel most confident and best describe you.
skills that you possess that are still in the workable mode, and need improvement, but you have the potential to build on.
A skill set is made up of a person's knowledge and ability to perform the necessary tasks required by a job.
Skill set pages show potential employers that the candidate has researched the available position and can demonstrate their skills for that specific job.
SOFTWARE OR COMPUTER PROFICIENCIES
SKILLS SPECIFIC TO A PARTICULAR POSITION
(LOOK AT JOB DESCRIPTION)
(EX FABRIC KNOWLEDGE, PATTERN DEVELOPMENT, AND MERCHANDISING TERMINOLOGY)
INDUSTRY WORK EXPERIENCE
(COMMUNICATION SKILLS, LEADERSHIP SKILLS, TEAM-WORK SKILLS, ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, ETC.)
EFFICIENT IN CAD
MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE
SERVICE, OR COMPANY
BY BRANDING YOURSELF, YOU HELP OTHERS TO QUICKLY GRASP WHO YOU ARE AND CONNECT YOUR WORK TO YOU
CONSIDER YOURSELF A BRAND AND COMMUNICATE HOW YOU WANT OTHERS TO PERCIEVE YOU
YOU MUST CREATE A STRONG BRAND IDENTITY, AND THE BRAND PACKAGE IS YOUR KEY.
WHAT IS A
A BRAND PACKAGE SHOWCASES YOU AS A BRAND.
IT CONTAINS YOUR RESUME, COVER LETTER, BUISNESS CARD AND WEB PORTFOLIO ALL PACKAGED IN A WAY THAT PRESENTS A CLEAR PERSONAL BRAND
BRAND PACKAGES HELP YOU STAND OUT AS A UNIQUE CANDIDATE, AND HIGHLIGHTS YOUR BEST ASSESTS IN AN AESTHETICALLY PLEASING WAY
Lists most recent information first and moves backward in describing your education, skills, and experience.
Organized by skills and often used by people with graduate degrees or those who have accumulated many different job experiences
Often used by college students and recent grads.
Introduction to Resumes
For any descriptions you include in your resume (i.e. job descriptions, extra curricular activities, involvement), turn them into ACHIEVEMENTS
When listing experience
Work on restating your descriptions into achievement statements
CHOOSE YOUR FORMAT
Create and "Achievement" Oriented Resume
Focus on what you learned, gained, achieved, accomplished in a certain task or overall position.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR RESUME STAND OUT
Sales Associate Position:
"Assisted customers daily with product selection and checkout"
"Assisted customers daily in product selection leading to above average # of items/transactions while building strong customer relationships
"..was awarded "Top Salesperson" three consecutive seasons in a row."
2. HIGHLIGHT ACHIEVEMENTS
"DHE Fashion Show, 2013"
"Designed and produced full evening gown line premiered at DHE's 2013 Annual Fashion Show; received excellent reviews from industry professionals in attendance."
"In charge of 2013 DHE Annual Fashion Show promotion and marketing. Efforts led to all time high attendance and company sponsorship."
Focus on what you learned, gained, achieved, accomplished in a certain task, experience or position.
Highlight skills from position description
Other "Achievement" examples:
"Promoted to key holder position within 6 months of employment"
"Consecutively exceeded sales goals annually by 15 to 25 percent"
"Received above average performance evaluations"
Print on quality paper using laser printer
Place emphasis on current position
Use action verbs when describing responsibilities and accomplishments
Use present tense for current position and past tense for former positions
List web portfolio address
One page MAX!
Use pronouns like "I" and "me"
List GPA if lower than 3.0
Use abbreviations except for state or degree
Do not send your resume to multiple companies/recruiters at the same time. Address each email individually.
Spell check you resume AND all correspondence with recruiters; no exceptions.
Do not use the phrase, "passion for fashion" in ANY correspondence with recruiters or hiring managers (or any professional conversation).
Recruiters will read your email address. Do not use a "cute" or "crude" email address; something with derivative of your name works best.
If using a template when creating your resume, be sure to eliminate all remnants of the template. Recruiters see a lot of resumes and can tell when you used a pre-formatted resume template
The file name for your resume should include your name and the word "resume." Never name your resume file with names like the following: myresume, bestresume, goodresume, elegantresume, etc..
Pointers from Stylecareers.com
A cover letter is to accompany a resume; interpreting your resume by adding a personal touch.
* It should complement, not duplicate your resume
Show you've done your research and that you understand who the company is.
Research current news. latest product lines and innovations, company direction
Share how your design style matches the company's
Share what skills you can bring to the table
Elaborate on your experience and education focusing on relevant skills
Let the company know they are your no.1 pick for an internship
The Lead Line
Mention the name of a personal contract
"Blaine Powell recommended I speak with you about an internship opening in your design department"
Spring a question that pushes one of the reader's hot buttons
"What area of opportunity do retailers have the biggest potential in to build customer relation?"
Deliver a bold statement that makes the employer want to understand how you could fulfill such a promise.
"Great article in the Sunday paper! As soon as I read it, I know I needed to get my resume to you right away?"
Begin with a quote that will snag the reader's attention
"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not." --playwright George Bernard Shaw
Comment on current news @ company, putting the company in positive light.
"I recently read about (something relevant to the company)."
Practice writing your Lead Line
Cover Letter Writing Exercise
-Due next week
The Lead Line
*Resources for Resume & Cover Letters on Blackboard
*Read guidelines for "Scannable Resumes" on BB
Brand Visualization/Brand Mark
The visual presentation of your "brand"
The swoosh to Nike, the bull's eye to Target
How can you visually show your brand?
By establishing key visual elements such as a logo or symbol that is carried throughout your portfolio pages, resume, cover letter, and business card
Your brand mark should be consistent on your resume, cover letter, business card and web portfolio.. hence a "BRAND PACKAGE"
At the end of the term, you will turn in a business card that has your web portfolio's web address
Your business card should have the same brand mark and identity as your resume and cover letter, and included in your Brand Package
How to Make Business Cards
1. Create & Order Online:
2. Create from Home Computer
Ex. Vistaprint.com: allows you to build your own design. You get 250 cards free (have to pay Sh/H)
-Microsoft Word: download templates from Microsoft Office Online; print on business card templates.
-quality however is worse since you're printing on home computer, and on template paper
Tailor your Resume and Cover Letter to your ideal Internship position.
Get your Resume & Cover letter reviewed by a professional :
Career Services (Drop Ins M-TH 1pm to 4pm
Me (email me your docs by Monday 10/8)
Due Next Week:
Cover Letter Writing Exercise
DUE WEEK FOUR:
Reviewed Resume/Cover letter
(include name of person & title)
Revised Resume/ Cover Letter
Would you tell me, please which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to go, " said the cat.
"I don't care much where," said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the cat.
-Lewiss Carroll, Alice in Wonderland