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Resume & Cover Letter

STC Career & Employer Services
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Melody Portillo

on 3 March 2016

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Transcript of Resume & Cover Letter

How to make your

stand out!
RESUME & COVER LETTER
TODAY'S
PRESENTATION
Functions of a Resume

1st Steps in Building a Resume

Traditional Resume Format

Tailoring Your Resume
GOAL = GET THE INTERVIEW

123 S. Johnson Street #4
McAllen, TX 78501
956.123.1234
jerry-jaguar@gmail.com
Jerry Jaguar
Education
Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technology
May 2015
What else will you do
to fill up this space?

Experience = Skills
More Experience = More Skills = More Marketable!
You Skills
What Employers Want
+ =
SKILLS
RESUME
Contact Information
> Name

> Address

> Phone Number - professional msg

> E-mail - professional email
Jack Smith
123 Iowa Ave
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319)331-52242
jack-smith@gmail.com
•Talented educational leader with teaching and administrative experience dealing with students, faculty, and staff at all levels. Served students with diverse backgrounds and abilities as teacher and mentor. Possess special expertise and experience in music education. Experienced working in public, religious, and correctional settings.
To obtain a paid internship
where I can gain experience
and network with professionals
BAD
South Texas College, McAllen, TX May 2015
Associates of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
Certificate:
Medical Information Specialist
GPA: 3.2/4.0
Contact Information

Objective

Education


Experience


Activities


Volunteer


Skills/Honors/Awards
The heart of the
RESUME
You can have multiple
EXPERIENCE sections!
Work
Internship
Leadership
Volunteer
Research
Observation
Related
Relevant
Professional
Class Project
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Experience
All experiences involve some type of
TRANSFERABLE
SKILL(S)
All experiences involve some type of
Position Title
Organization Name
Location
Date
Bullet Points
(City, State)
(Month Year)
Experience Categories
*Tip: Place most recent experience on top
Who
What
When
Where
Why

(and How)
Bullet Points
POWER VERBS
VERBS!
Original
Kept Inventory




Provided quality customer service




Attended meetings
Revised
Kept daily inventory of
over 1,000 classification of
medical supplies


Provided quality customer
service by addressing questions
and acting quickly to
solve problems


Learned about the advertising
industry and met with
professionals through attending
weekly meetings
e.g.
SKILLS
TAILOR YOUR RESUME
WHAT NOT TO DO
> Interests

> References available upon request

> High School Information*
*unless 1st-year student
FORMATTING
ELECTRONIC
RESUMES

Delete:
> Lines, italics, tabs, parentheses
> Bolded words
> Automatic bullets

Does your resume "travel" well?
> Submit as PDF
RESUMES
Bringing it all together
> One page, 10-11 pt font, 1.0 margins
Times, Optima, Helvetica, Courier, and Arial

> PERFECT in spelling & grammar

> Consistent layout & format

> Dates on RIGHT side

> Use power verbs

> Print paper copies on resume paper

> Visit the Career & Employer Services!
COVER LETTERS
PURPOSE
> Provide written voice to your application materials

> Express your enthusiasm & interest

> Expand upon the experiences & skills listed in your resume

> Entice the employer to read your resume and get the interview!
NUTS & BOLTS
> One page

> Use standard business letter (block) format

> Print on resume paper

> Proofread, proofread, proofread
Heading


Opening Paragraph





Body Paragraph(s)




Closing Paragraph
> A successful resume today replaces the "this is what I want" objective statement with a "this is the value that I offer" branding statement.

> Your branding statement should be very brief. It's not your job title, nor is it a list of your skills. It should provide a description of you, your attributes, the value that you provide to your employer, and things that differentiate you from your competition.
Objectives!
GOOD
Education
> Name & Location of institution

> Degree(s) obtained

> Major/Minor/Certificate

> Graduation Month & Year

> GPA
(if above a 3.0)
(Only list institution(s) where you received a degree)
Optional Education Highlights
Educational Honors



Study Abroad
Course Highlights



Class Project
Dean's List
University Scholarships




List name, location & emphasis of study
Skill + What You Did + Results/Outcome
Simple Formula:
(verb) (or who/when) (how or why)
3-6 related course titles





Brief description
Related to area of potential employment
Other "Educational" Headings
[
[
> Name & contact information
*use same header that's on your resume
> Date
> Recipient's Information
*Name, title, company & address
> Salutation
* If unable to locate specific contact person:
Dear Members of the Search Committee
Dear Human Resources Director
> WHY are you writing?
*specify position
> HOW did you learn of the position?
> Why are you interested?
> Match desired skills and experiences listed in the job/position description
*Use key words
> Expand upon your resume
* What skills did you gain?
* What knowledge did you learn?
* How does this relate to what the position is calling for?
> Be confident!
> Summarize your qualifications
> Express interest in an interview/meeting
> Thank the employer for their time & attention
Key Questions
> Did you emphasize your
related experiences & skills?

> Have you sold yourself on paper?

> If roles were reversed, would you consider your resume to be a strong applicant
30
seconds
South Texas College, McAllen, TX
Meet the Staff
The Office of Career & Employer Services
@STCJobPlacement
Follow Us:
South Texas College
Career & Employer Services
WORK EXPERIENCE
Book Store Clerk
South Texas College Book Store
Aug. 2014-May 2015
McAllen, TX
Assisted 100 students per day by locating textbooks and handling transactions
Prioritized restocking orders according to customer demands
Reconciled cash registers totaling an average of $4,000 nightly
As my resume indicates, I am currently the Advertising Manager for
The Daily Iowan
(
DI
), the University of Iowa's student newspaper. In my position, I manage the accounts of more than 200 businesses. Through my working with a variety of companies in the Iowa City area, I understand the importance of cultivating customer relationships through personal contacts, and I am devoted to providing clients the best experience possible. I also have experience with creating promotions to generate revenue. For example, I developed a "Buy Two Ads, Get One Free"promotion that I presented to local businessess to encourage them to advertise in special editions of the
DI
that were distributed during summer orientation programs. This promotion increased summer ad sales by 35%. Through this position, I have learned to be organized, effiecient and accountable.
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