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Resumes & Cover Letters: 101-Citadel Career Center
Transcript of Resumes & Cover Letters: 101-Citadel Career Center
If you are bored and frustrated writing a resume, think of how you would feel looking at 100s of them for one job opening! Make the content SPEAK to the reader - QUICKLY...
Resumes, Cover Letters and Networking
More confessions of a recruiter -
Cover Letters usually go straight to the trash because they stink.
It may be your only chance to make an impression...
You only have 15 seconds!
Do your skills start with bullet points?
No need to write
"References available upon request."
Check to make sure the formatting doesn't become skewed when sent as an attachment.
Keep responsibilities simple.
no need for complete sentences...
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Just have them on a separate piece of paper if asked.
Bullet points are easy to scan
Bullets make it easier for the reader
Bullets should start with STRONG action words
Bullets allow you to quickly pickup key points
Shocking confession of a recruiter...
50% of resumes submitted never get read -
Never assume the reader knows what you are talking about.
Pi Kappa Phi
Commandant's List- Awarded for excelling in leadership and academic initiatives.
This is easy to fix. Just save your resume as a PDF file.
Voice mail message? Yes or No?
Sending an email...When and How?
Following up with a handwritten note or email - Too old school or not?
Notice I didn't say GOOD impression?
Taught children physical education
Created lesson plans
Documented behavior issues
Developed lessons plans and taught up to 24 children in 8 classes daily on physical education initiatives
Taught K- 5th Grade Volleyball, Rolling and Tumbling, Frisbee golf, and Tennis
Supervised students and supported staff by assuming additional duties like breakfast duty, car line duty and hall monitoring
Created and taught over 15 lesson plans related to physical education and healthy lifestyles
Snoop Doggy Dog
611 Carolina Avenue Greenville, SC 29607
My job duties,
What I have accomplished,
What I am good at!
Where I am going...
TRUE OR FALSE?
A resume is…
Well, not TOTALLY false! However, a resume is MORE about how these things make you qualified for a position.
Why should I consider you over someone else?
A resume is part of your
These are all carefully crafted brands
What do you think of when you see these?
Start with a Header
Current Work Experience
Other things to consider adding -
Visit our website, “The Citadel Career Center”
Attend a Resume Blitz. Fridays 12:30-2:30 MCH
Ask for information: About Workshops, Industry Clusters, Career Fairs, other Career Initiatives, Hirelink, InterviewStream…
Ask us for support on how to conduct an “Informational Interview” with somebody in your industry
How do you BRAND yourself?
Start with a resume
What is your brand?
Did you catch that?
It is really not as difficult as you may think…
Start with a sheet of paper
and, it is usually
ONLY 1 PAGE!!!!
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Expected May 2013
B.A. History, GPA 3.5
Windham’s Driving Service
Created marketing packages
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, SC May 2013
Bachelors of Arts in History, GPA 3.5
Intern United States House of Representatives
Assisted the member and his staff in office operations including: researching legislative initiatives and drafting replies to correspondence
Attended hearings and briefings in specific legislative areas such as: Nuclear Power, Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Banking
Entrepreneur Windham’s Driving Service
Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009
Managed 3 drivers: coordinated clients’ and drivers’ schedules, ensured proper payment
Expanded client base from 0 to 30 active contracts through grass roots marketing
Created packages to enhance customer experience and increase revenue
Lifeguard, Lake Weston, Columbia SC, Summer 2009-2011
Checked chemicals in pool
Lifeguard, Carolina Pool Management, Columbia, SC
Summers 2009- 2011
Worked on a team of 5 to coordinate and create safe, enjoyable atmosphere for up to 120 children daily
Maintained an elite level of fitness; daily training regimen included 400 meter lake swims, deep dive rescues, deep water boat rescues, and communication with strong- willed drowning victims
Ensured chemicals met state and federal safety regulations
Coach, Irmo, SC
Showed up for work every day and helped students learn lacrosse
Assistant Coach and Mentor,
Irmo High School
Taught 15 young athletes from ages 13 to 18 as an assistant to head defensive coach
Created a variety of drills to enhance athletes performance and enrich the fundamentals of competitive high school-level lacrosse
What is next?
Ask someone who knows the business for help:
The Career Center
DO NOT ask someone who is clueless for help!
IMPORTANT!!!! SHORTER IS BETTER!!!!
CHANGE YOUR APPROACH TO YOUR RESUME
LIKE A PRO
Inserting bullets is easy.Bullets make it easier for the reader to scan. Bullets should start with STRONG action words. Bullets allow you to quickly pickup key points and should start with strong action statements.
Expand on an idea to give the reader a true sense of what you did.
Who are you and why are you writing?
1. Concisely state who you are and the reason for writing.
2. Include the position or type of work for which you are applying, the name of the company,
3. How did you learn of the opening (The Citadel Career Center, hireLINK, company web page, a professor, a friend, etc.).
What can I do for this organization?
DO NOT REGURGITATE YOUR RESUME
Address what you understand about the employers mission or vision.
Then, address what you can do for the employer vs. what the employer can do for you.
How does your background (or your work experience) make you a qualified candidate?
Indicate your desire for a personal interview.
Say what you will do to follow up...
Acknowledge your awareness of their upcoming recruiting visit through The Citadel Career Center and indicate your plan to participate. Or ask if the company desires additional information from you.
Address: What will I do next?
1. A checklist is a good starting point for brainstorming.
2. Now, find a REAL job description and see how you may qualify.
3. List SKILLS you have that make you qualified, not just daily tasks you performed in past jobs.
If your resume looks like a checklist,
it needs some work.
Are you applying for a position, or making a grocery list
I am superman!
There is more to you than meets the eye.
Does your resume lack focus?