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Resume Class 2


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on 2 June 2016

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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

Tells a great deal about you and your character

Gets you the interview

It is your calling card, so remember,
“First impressions are lasting ones”

Resume Realties
The 10 – 30 second rule

Employers do not want to read “fluff”, they want to read facts

There are many other applicants that are competing for the job you are interested in

Searching and applying for a job is a job in itself

Writing An Effective Resume
What information should be in a resume

Characteristics of a successful resume

Functional or Chronological

Scannable resume

Parts of a Resume
4 Basic Components

Employers focus on work experience the most

Relevant and Factual

What Information Should Be In A Resume?
Identify Yourself
Objective Statement
Demonstrated Competencies
Education / Continuing Education
Work or Professional Experience
Computer Skills
Professional Associations

Optional Sections
Volunteer Experience
Special Skills and Abilities
Reference Statement

Characteristics of a successful resume
Length should be of your choosing
Focuses on skills. Uses action words to define the
responsibilities of your job-related experience
Easy to read and understand
No spelling or grammar errors
Layout makes reading easy; Neat, clean, and professional looking
Margins at sides and bottom, use of white space is effective
Visually powerful and free of gimmicks
Quantifiable / Qualitative

Characteristics of a successful resume
Formal Style , produced on a computer
100% truthful
Contains no inappropriate personal information
Data presented in chronological order (unless functional)
Important titles should be emphasized. Experiment with fonts & styles; bold, italic, and underlines. No more than 2 or 3 different sizes
Information is logically recorded

Functional Resumes
Doesn’t go in chronological order
Based upon competencies or skills
Focus on your strengths
Used for career changers or those with unconventional work histories (or executives)
Might say “Management Experience” then list it
Typically brief with a simple list of positions held, etc.
De-emphasizes importance of specific jobs
Drawbacks to this style (not as popular)
Chronological Resume
Most common and preferred
Emphasizes steady employment and career growth
Most recent job experience first
Bullet points when possible for most recent accomplishments
Quantify your results whenever you can
Good for job seekers who have practical experience with long periods of employment
Scannable Resume
Watch bullet points (don’t always scan)
How about a dash –
Use labels or keywords
Keep the design simple but effective
Minimize use of abbreviations
File naming
Prefer format should be .PDF (Adobe)

Resume Don’ts
Do not use “I” or “me”
Typos and Grammar Slips
“Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science,
curses in accounting”
“Personal: Married, 2010 Chevrolet”
“Proven ability to track down and correct erors.”
“Am a perfectionist and rarely if ever forget etails.”
“Accomplishments: Completed 11 years of high school.”
“Cover Letter: Thank you for your consideration. I hope
to hear from you “shorty!”

Other Don’ts
Much harder to read
Avoid whitespace
Use white space (not borders) to break sections apart
Include a picture of yourself
You’re not THAT good looking!
Use several fonts to catch their attention
Creates a “ransom note” effect
Print your resume on “day glow” paper

Illogical Order Use
Resume is a story – put most interesting parts at the beginning

Tips & Hints
Act like a professional
Avoid cutesy or inappropriate graphics, images, formats
Stick to the truth
Don’t sprinkle buzzwords in that you really don’t understand
Focus on achievements and results
Standby what you gave accomplished
Follow the instructions
If the company asks for specific information, then give it to

Tips & Hints
Focus on you and your needs
Employers have better things to do than hear about you
They want to know “what can you do for me”
Use templates to construct your resume
Give cookie-cutter look, lacks flexibility
Use superlatives to emphasis your work
Great performance as …
Stick to the facts and figures – not an evaluation of yourself

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?
Physical Contact
Eye Contact

Characteristics of a successful interview


Purpose of the Cover Letter
The goal is to get an interview!

Should be brief and interesting
Should not be a carbon copy of your resume
Should highlight what you’ll bring to the job
Should be versatile, suitable for several jobs
It is a tool to sell your best asset… YOU

Let your personality shine in your letter

How to write a cover letter
Your formal introduction
The first read, it can make or break your entry
A ‘must’ with your resume
Give enough information to interest the reader, do not overwhelm
Research the company. Address the letter to the company
not a specific person or job
Mention the person who referred you if appropriate.
Cover Letter - Contents
Include vital information
Name, address, city, state, zip, and telephone number, email
Adapt letter to the needs of the job you want
Create a catchy opener
“I am the person you have been looking…”
“Would a person who brings XYZ to the table be of interest”
Use action words and sentences
Three to four paragraphs, one page

Cover Letter - Contents
Paragraph 1:
What you want
How / what you know about the organization
Mention enclosure of your resume
Paragraph 2:
Concise overview of work history and skills that will
help you perform the job

Cover Letter - Contents
Paragraph 3:
State confidence in your ability
Give information on how you can be contacted
Paragraph 4:
Express appreciation
Closing, signature, and typed name
Proofread and check for errors
Follow up or request a response
Research the job and company
Review the job requirements
Know your resume
Know where you are going
Be prepared to give behavioral based examples
Anticipate questions
Be prepared to sell yourself!

Visualize Yourself In the Interview
Know this:
There is no question you cannot answer
You are well suited to the position
You will be an asset to the department
Extra copies of resume
Paper and pen
A list of potential questions
Breath mints

Shut the door to personal issues or problems
Don’t slam past or current organizations
No complaining
Duck on a water

Leave the baggage at the door
Interview Content
Listen carefully to the question
Understand behavioral based interviewing
Rehearse your answers
Sell yourself!
Silence is golden, know when to stop answering
Tie your background to the position
Focus on your accomplishments
Turn weaknesses into strengths

Behavioral Based Interviewing
Situation - Describe the situation that you were in. You must describe a specific event or occurrence
Task – Describe in detail the task that you needed to accomplish so the interviewer will understand
Action - 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.
Results- What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
Behavioral Based Questions
Can you tell me about a time…
Think specific
Don’t say “usually, always, or never”
Say “I”
Be prepared to answer the negative question
Was the result positive? Measurable?
Don’t forget to smile
Be concise
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