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Introduction To Resume Writing

How to effectively communicate your best qualities to prospective employers.
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Angel Cruz

on 6 February 2013

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Transcript of Introduction To Resume Writing

REMEMBER: YOUR RESUME IS YOUR JOB SEARCH MARKETTING TOOL! RESUME WRITING
WORKSHOP Presented by:
Career Development Services CDS Resources For Resumes CDSlink - upload them and have them ready for job
postings

Recruiting Manuel - Can be found at our main website (www.njit.edu/cds). Click "NJIT Recruiting Manual for
Graduating Students"

Resumania - Event in the campus center lobby. Check CDSlink for upcoming events.

CDS Career Advisor and Walk-In Hours - Schedule appointments with your advisor through CDSlink. CDSlink Personal Data

Objective

Education

Experience

Computer Skills

Honors/Awards Purpose of a Resume Getting Experience Types of
Resumes Resume Categories To market yourself to employers
To obtain an interview
To assist in justifying hiring decisions. Rule of Thumb NO Typos NO Misspellings NO Lying NO Negatives NO Irrelevant Information Resume Basics Have a theme - What do you want employers to know about you?

1-2 Page resume is recommended

10-12 pt. font size

Include important information on first page

Create an organized and readable layout Examples of Power Verbs Content Basics Design resume with an OBJECTIVE in mind

Concentrate on your positives

Use power verbs to describe accomplishments

Use keywords when describing skills

Do not use personal pronouns (I, me, my, etc.)

Do not falsify or exaggerate information Professional Affiliations

Projects

Activities/Interests

Languages

Military

Professional Profile Personal Data -Name, address, phone number, with ZIP and area codes, e-mail, website, LinkedIn profile. Objective -Tell employer the kind of work you seek, and the skills you can offer to the employer. Education -List educational background in reverse chronological order, starting with highest degree. Honors/Awards -Example: Dean's List, Magna Cum Laude, Member of Albert Dorman Honors College. Computer Skills -Categorize according to proficient, working knowledge, and familiar (limited). Projects -Include labs, course projects, and/or challenging class assignments (if experience is weak). Experience -Volunteer, intern experience, and employment listed in reverse chronological order. Focus on bullets on transferable skills. Professional Affiliations -Include any and all organizations which you are affiliated with such as NSBE, ASME, HOST/SHPE etc. Activities/Interests -Participation in organizations such as sports, fraternities, sororities, campus clubs, or organization. Military -Your military experience can be included under experience. Language - Specify the language(s) you read, write, and/or speak and your facility in each. Professional Profile -Professional networking websites like LinkedIn and online portfolios can be listed in this section. Chronological Resume Emphasizes work history and education rather than skill
Organized in reverse chronological order.
Usually includes:
Objective, Education, Experience, Computer Skills, Professional/Community affiliations. Functional Resume Highlights skills and competencies as opposed to chronological work history.
Matches your skills and accomplishments
Uses a "Career Highlights" section to match key skills with specific accomplishments
Usually includes:
Experience, Professional Profile, Career Highlights, and education. Combination Resume Flexible resume that demonstrates both skills and work history.
Focus on skills in the beginning of the resume and conclude with a summary of work history.
Usually Includes:
Objective, Summary Skills, Professional Affiliations, Computer Skills, Education, Experience, and Other Headings as wanted. Internships

Campus Jobs

Temporary Jobs

Sports Activities Volunteer Work

School Projects

Campus Activities For those of you who do not know, CDS online is now CDSlink. It can be found on our main website (www.njit.edu/cds).

It is a great tool for students and alumni who want to register for on campus events as well as apply for job postings. QUESTIONS? THANK YOU FOR COMING CDS Provides
Career Advising
Curricular Advising
NJIT Career Fairs
On-Campus Recruitment
Cooperative Education
Civic Engagement
CDS On-Line Job Postings
Resume Review
Practice Interviews
Career Resource Center
Workshops How should sports be played on a Resume?

Include your athletic participation in this section, including: sport, years played, accomplishments, time devoted to training, academic honors/awards.

If you receive a full athletic scholarship you may choose to include that as one of your accomplishments.

When creating the bullet points that outline your sports involvement, it’s all about the keywords and phrases you use. Expressed properly, your interviewer will be able to see how your on-the-field skills will translate in the workplace. For example, instead of stating that you were “Punctual to all practices,” you could say, “Excellent time management skills. Balanced a 40+ hour practice, training, competition, and travel schedule, in addition to academics.” Other key phrases to consider using are “coachable,” “dedicated,” and “team player.”

If you were a team captain, use your resume as an opportunity to expand on your leadership abilities. Focus on practical skills you used as a leader; for example, “effectively managed communications between 24 team members,” “served as a liaison between the team and coaching staff,” and “effectively resolved intra-team conflicts.” What does being an athlete say about you as a job candidate? A successful career as an athlete says you have great potential as an employee. Here are a few qualities that are relatable:

You’re accountable for yourself and your goals, but you also are used to working in a team dynamic.

You can balance academics and sports, and you’re used to managing your time.

You have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to your goals.

You’re used to the public spotlight, and the pressure and scrutiny that comes with it.

You have good mentoring and leadership skills, especially as a captain.

You’re proficient with team dynamics and dealing with different personality types.

You have mental toughness and are able to handle let-down and defeat. Intercollegiate Athletics
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