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Resume Basics

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Caroline T

on 10 June 2013

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Resume 101 "Hi, My Name is Resume." Your resume is often the first impression
employers have of you.
Don't waste what might be
your only chance to get the interview. What should your resume do? Highlight your most
relevant skills
& experience Give the employer
confidence in
your competence Demonstrate
your career focus Exemplify the
quality of your work WHAT NOT TO DO Formatting... typos, typos, tpyos too many words,
not enough white space eye sores:
illegible fonts, font sizes,
colors, unnecessary graphics irrelevant
information mentioning
$ lies weak
Objective Bonus Round!
The Cover Letter Use the job description to inform your letter's content. Include more detail about your qualifications, accomplishments, and assets. *PASS THE SCAN TEST* YOU'RE
the employer. Will I get an interview? http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/549/01/ Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) : Cover Letters No "To Whom It May Concern"
Write to nobody -> hear from nobody RESEARCH the organization! How long do most employers spend looking at a resume? 1 minute 15 seconds 40 seconds 5 minutes Get the interview! Chronological, Functional,
or Combination? Potential for discrimination... Do not include a photo with your resume. Avoid references to your marital status
(or any other irrelevant info). Consider whether or not you want to include the dates you worked each job or the durations of time. The former may indicate your age. You don't need to be paranoid but you should be aware of the information you volunteer in your resume
& how it might be perceived. Use illustrative action verbs I implemented, coached, increased, consolidated, etc... E.g. Did you 'help write policies' or did you 'lead a policy committee in the creation, drafting, and implementation of the new 2013 Policy Manual'? When you email... Save & send your resume as a PDF document. Name your resume document 'YourName_Resume' (or something similar) so it doesn't get lost among all the other 'Resume' documents in your future employer's Inbox.
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