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Resume Class # 1

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Surviving and Excelling in a Behavioral Based Interview
Navigating Your Career @ Georgia State
Resumes Secrets & Interview Techniques
Human Resources Administration
Discussion Topics
Interview Techniques
Cover Letters
Writing The Effective Resume
The First Step Toward Landing Your Next Job
When you understand your true potential, you know that
your options are limitless
. Sometimes you have to empty the cup so it can be refilled - what is added should be what you truly want and know you deserve.
A job is just that...a job
. There are many more available and moving on when it's time takes courage, and preparation….. LAR
What is a resume
A resume is a brief document that summarizes your
education, employment history, and experiences
that are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying.

Why write a resume
Your resume will show potential employers three things
The relevancy of your past responsibilities and accomplishments
The results you have achieved
The kind of responsibility you have handled

Research has shown that it takes an average of
twenty (20)
applications submitted to secure
six (6) interviews
to receive one
(1) job offer,
so your resume needs to be purposeful, persuasive and evolving.
Purpose of a resume
It is the first meeting between you and a possible employer
Resume Realties
The 10 – 30 second rule
Writing An Effective Resume
What information should be in a resume
Parts of a Resume
4 Basic Components
What Information Should Be In A Resume?
Identify Yourself

Optional Sections
Characteristics of a successful resume
Length should be of your choosing
Characteristics of a successful resume
Formal Style , produced on a computer
Functional Resumes
Doesn’t go in chronological order
Chronological Resume
Most common and preferred
Scannable Resume
Watch bullet points (don’t always scan)
Resume Don’ts
Do not use “I” or “me”
Other Don’ts

Tips & Hints
Act like a professional
Tips & Hints
Focus on you and your needs
Writing an effective cover letter
How to write a cover letter
Successful Interviewing Skills
First Impressions Count …
Do You Make The Best Impression You Can?
Characteristics of a successful interview
Purpose of the Cover Letter
The goal is to get an interview!
How to write a cover letter
Your formal introduction
Cover Letter - Contents
Include vital information
Cover Letter - Contents
Paragraph 1:
Cover Letter - Contents
Paragraph 3:
Research the job and company
Visualize Yourself In the Interview
Leave the baggage at the door
Interview Content
Listen carefully to the question
Behavioral Based Interviewing
- Describe the situation that you were in. You must describe a specific event or occurrence
Behavioral Based Questions
Can you tell me about a time…
Writing an effective cover letter
How to write a cover letter




Important Skills
Attention to detail
Technical skills are important
Soft skills are just as important
Interview Follow-Up
It is your calling card, so remember,

Gets you the interview
Tells a great deal about you and your character
Searching and applying for a job is a job in itself
There are many other applicants that are competing for the job you are interested in
Employers do not want to read “fluff”, they want to read facts
Scannable resume
Functional or Chronological
Characteristics of a successful resume
Relevant and Factual
Employers focus on work experience the most
Professional Associations
Computer Skills
Work or Professional Experience
Education / Continuing Education
Demonstrated Competencies
Objective Statement
Reference Statement
Special Skills and Abilities
Volunteer Experience
Quantifiable / Qualitative
Visually powerful and free of gimmicks
Margins at sides and bottom, use of white space is effective
Layout makes reading easy; Neat, clean, and professional looking
No spelling or grammar errors
Easy to read and understand
Information is logically recorded
Important titles should be emphasized. Experiment with fonts & styles; bold, italic, and underlines. No more than 2 or 3 different sizes
Contains no inappropriate personal information
Data presented in chronological order (unless functional)
Drawbacks to this style (not as popular)
De-emphasizes importance of specific jobs
Typically brief with a simple list of positions held, etc.
Might say “Management Experience” then list it
Used for career changers or those with unconventional work histories (or executives)
Focus on your strengths
Based upon competencies or skills
Good for job seekers who have practical experience with long periods of employment
Quantify your results whenever you can
Bullet points when possible for most recent accomplishments
Most recent job experience first
Emphasizes steady employment and career growth
Prefer format should be .PDF (Adobe)
File naming
Minimize use of abbreviations
Keep the design simple but effective
Use labels or keywords
How about a dash –
“Cover Letter: Thank you for your consideration. I hope
to hear from you “shorty!”
“Accomplishments: Completed 11 years of high school.”
“Am a perfectionist and rarely if ever forget etails.”
“Proven ability to track down and correct erors.”
“Personal: Married, 2010 Chevrolet”
“Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting”
Resume is a story – put most interesting parts at the beginning

Illogical Order Use
Print your resume on “day glow” paper
Creates a “ransom note” effect
Use several fonts to catch their attention
You’re not THAT good looking
Include a picture of yourself
Use white space (not borders) to break sections apart
Avoid whitespace
If the company asks for specific information, then give it to them
Follow the instructions
Standby what you gave accomplished
Focus on achievements and results
Don’t sprinkle buzzwords in that you really don’t understand
Stick to the truth
Avoid cutesy or inappropriate graphics, images, formats
Stick to the facts and figures – not an evaluation of yourself
Great performance as …
Use superlatives to emphasis your work
Give cookie-cutter look, lacks flexibility
Use templates to construct your resume
They want to know “what can you do for me”
Employers have better things to do than hear about you
Let your personality shine in your letter
It is a tool to sell your best asset… YOU
Should be versatile, suitable for several jobs
Should highlight what you’ll bring to the job
Should not be a carbon copy of your resume
Should be brief and interesting
Mention the person who referred you if appropriate.
Research the company. Address the letter to the company not a specific person or job
Give enough information to interest the reader, do not overwhelm
A ‘must’ with your resume
The first read, it can make or break your entry
Three to four paragraphs, one page
Use action words and sentences
“Would a person who brings XYZ to the table be of interest”
“I am the person you have been looking…”
Create a catchy opener
Adapt letter to the needs of the job you want
Name, address, city, state, zip, and telephone number, email
Concise overview of work history and skills that will help you perform the job
Paragraph 2:
Mention enclosure of your resume
How / what you know about the organization
What you want
Follow up or request a response
Proofread and check for errors
Closing, signature, and typeme
Express appreciation
Paragraph 4:
Give information on how you can be contacted
State confidence in your ability
Technical skills specific to your degree
Analytical skills
Computer skills
Forgetting thank you note
Not smiling or showing enthusiasm
Coming unprepared
Common interview mistakes
Be prepared to sell yourself!
Anticipate questions
Be prepared to give behavioral based examples
Know where you are going
Know your resume
Review the job requirements
Breath mints
A list of potential questions
Paper and pen
Extra copies of resume
You will be an asset to the department
You are well suited to the position
There is no question you cannot answer
Know this:
Duck on a water
No complaining
Don’t slam past or current organizations
Shut the door to personal issues or problems
Turn weaknesses into strengths
Focus on your accomplishments
Tie your background to the position
Silence is golden, know when to stop answering
Sell yourself!
Rehearse your answers
Understand behavioral based interviewing
- What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
- Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did, not the efforts of the team. Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did.
– Describe in detail the task that you needed to accomplish so the interviewer will understand
Be concise
Don’t forget to smile
Was the result positive? Measurable?
Be prepared to answer the negative question
Don’t say “usually, always, or never”
Say “I
Think specific
“First impressions are lasting ones”
Focuses on skills. Uses action words to define the
responsibilities of your job-related experience
100% truthful
Typos and Grammar Slips


Physical Contact

Eye Contact


Much harder to read
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