Resume Writing

Presented By: Ketki Bhatti & Smita Mukherjee

What will A Resume Do for Me? 

First Impression Enable you to assess your strengths, skills, abilities and experience - thereby preparing you for the interview process Act as a reminder of you to the employer/interviewer after you're done interviewing Be a basis for the interviewer to justify your hiring The ultimate goal of a resume is to gain you an interview!    

are absolutes. Some rules. including: No typing errors No errors in spelling No lying or grandiose embellishments    . but only a few! Almost every rule you have ever heard can be broken. however.Rules of Resume Writing  Yes. if you have a very good reason.

Rules of Resume Writing  No negative information should be included Include only relevant information Never be more than two pages long   .

Some Breakable Rules of Resume Writing  While most recently graduated college-student resumes are one page. you should condense it to one page. invite you for an interview. IF you have the right combination of experience and education. Your resume must be long enough to detail what you have to offer a potential employer. If you cannot fill two entire pages. then go to two.     .) As a general guideline. BUT short enough to entice that employer to want to know more (that is. this is not an absolute rule. you should keep your resume to one page until you have 5-10 years of experience.

such as ours. depending on your field. You will also develop a 'generic' resume to use in online databases.    .Will I Have More Than One Version of My Resume?  YES! Employers today want to know what you can do for them. so it is imperative that you create a targeted resume each time you apply for an opportunity. You may also need a scan able or web-based resume. more on these later.

Styles of Resumes?  There are three resumes styles:  Chronological Style ± Listing of your Job and Experience with most recent mentioned first (Preferred). Targeted Style ± Different for different companies and profile.   . Functional styles ± Based upon Competencies and Skills and doesn¶t go in chronological order (Not Popular).

Which Style is Recommended for College Students? For students Targeted resumes are advised rather than using a conventional resume. .

 Compile a list of all community activities of which you are a part.  Make a list of all co-curricular activities you are involved in.How to Get Started?  Get a job description for the job.  List what things friends/relatives/peers come to you for help with. or type of job. This may assist you in identifying strengths you would not otherwise recognize in yourself. you are seeking. .  Gather together job descriptions from your past positions.

What Must Be Included In Resume?        Name Address Phone number Objective Education Profile or Summary of Qualifications Experience .

What Else Can Be Included  Licenses/Certifications Accomplishments/Achievements Affiliations/Memberships Activities and Honors    .

Be Sure to Include Some Attitude in Resume  Team Player Involved with Contributed to Served on Volunteered to -     .

³Me´. ³Our´. Reasons for leaving previous job(s) Personal. layouts etc. ³My´. Never use pronouns such as ³I´.Resume Don·ts        Abbreviations and Acronyms No fancy fonts. binders. Family or Health Information Reference names Folded Resumes .

Everything you include after it should support it! Ideally target your objective to include job title desired. An objective is like the thesis statement of your resume.Do I need an OBJECTIVE?  YES. industry. If you are sending this resume for a specific position at a specific company.. NOT what you want the company to do for you. field. Use the objective to tell what you can do for the company. i. position level. and/or company name. it tells the reader why you are sending the resume. what position or type of position you are seeking.    .e.

Tailor this section to reflect what the employer is seeking. different positions will warrant that you create different qualifications sections.    . focus on what you can do to successfully perform the job. or attribute you possess here.Summary of Qualifications  This is where you showcase for the employer what you have to offer . experience. You won't put every single skill.keeping in mind what the job entails. training and/or personal abilities which summarize your skills. These are brief statements of your experience. abilities and experience.

List job duties. etc. Identify Employer needs by thoroughly reading the job description. identify what transferable skills you developed and write these. one at a time.Developing a Summary of Qualifications     Begin by identifying your strengths. From these duties. abilities gained through past employment or campus organization or classroom experience. from past jobs and from campus involvement. skills. .

These are brief statements of your experience.Developing a Summary of Qualifications    Employer Skills Match . . training and/or personal abilities.develop your Qualifications or Skills section by matching up what the employer needs with what you can provide. Highlight what you have to offer an employer based on what the position requires.

supervisors. i.. .How Do I List Jobs Within the Experience Section?       Job listing should be in reverse chronological order (that is. Be sure to include month (or term) and year. You might list every job you've ever held or you might just list your last 3 positions.e. telephone numbers or reason for leaving. June 2003-present. Do not list street addresses. Another approach might be to only include the relevant positions you've had and name the section Related Experience or Relevant Work History or something similar. your most recent job is listed first.) Listing must include name of company. city and state. Dates of employment are required.

Typically job duties should not be included here unless they are highly Relevant to your objective. List a job title so the employer has an idea of the work you performed. If you didn¶t have an official title. However. . job accomplishments SHOULD be listed as bullet statements under each position as applicable. Even then do not include duties which are Implied by your job title or alluded to in the Summary of Qualifications or a Profile section. choose one that best describes what you actually did at this job.How Do I List Jobs Within the Experience Section?     Another option is to isolate the related experience (including internships) in one section (titled Related Experience or Internships or ??) then follow with the unrelated (but still valuable) experience in a Work History section.

organizations.Where Do I Put My Activities and Honors?       We recommend that you put this section after your Employment History. Keep your goal in mind (getting that interview) and give enough information to allow the potential employer what s/he needs. etc. and memberships. Remember. Rank these items from 'most impressive' or 'most relevant' to 'least impressive' or 'least relevant' as it relates to your job target. Name this section what it is. Include scholarships. volunteer work. honors. You don't have to include everything you've been involved with if it is overwhelming. don¶t include anything from before college unless it is truly an exceptional feat. if it is all clubs and organizations ± call it Activities. . If it is all community work ± Community Involvement ± would be a good name. to make that decision. if it is all honors ± call it Honors. Community work.

We call these "hot buttons" and our advice is: IF that activity or membership is SO important to you that you would not want to work somewhere that it wasn¶t µok¶ then include it on the resume. For example: political affiliated groups or volunteer work or church activities.  .Are There Activities That I Shouldn·t List?  Some activities we are involved in may be controversial.

we don¶t recommend that you list hobbies or interests unless they are (1) organized.What About Hobbies and Interests?  As a general rule.. you belong to a club or (2) relevant to the type of position you are seeking . i.e.

Do not send to employer unless they request it. reference names don¶t go on the resume itself. Then list the reference names and contact information in block (envelope) style. using the same header you did on your resume. They are a separate document. .What About References?   Who Can I Use As a Reference and How Do I Format the Reference Page? As stated earlier.

Ask the references permission before you use them. Most employers will request them at that time. Also ask them if they will give you a good reference. i. Make sure to ask where they would like to be contacted. .) or a professor who teaches a majorrelated class.. home or work and get the correct contact information for each person. etc. Afterward.e. follow up with your references by sending them a copy of your completed resume.What About References?     We recommend between 3 and 5 references. Be sure to take copies of your references to all interviews. They should all be individuals who have direct knowledge of your job abilities (supervisor. This will help them if/when they get a call on you.

It acts as an introduction for your resume. If you are sending your resume via email . .When &Why Do I Need a Cover Letter?     Any time you send your resume to an employer it should be accompanied by a cover letter.the cover letter is the email message itself. A cover letter also stands as a sample of your writing skills. so be sure to make it the best possible sample you can.

. Answer the question. DON'T use the resume wizard or template from your word processing software or copy the samples from this workshop! This document needs to be uniquely you. How Do I Do That?     Spend some time up front to determine what you have to offer and what you are worth to an employer. clipart or non-traditional papers. "Why am I more qualified than the next guy?" Then develop your resume to reflect that. DON¶T try to distinguish yourself by fancy fonts.I Need My Resume to Distinguish Me From Everyone Else.

But don¶t bullet everything! Use them to highlight the strong points of your resume such as the Qualifications or Profile statements. Arial. You can use a different font for the headers of your resume as well as your contact information but don't use more than 2 types. upper-case and small capitals lettering for emphasis and to direct the reader's eye. We suggest using a professional. Use bullets to draw the reader¶s eye. Make sure your resume looks good! Don¶t have all the text on the left side of the page and lots of blank space on the right. different font sizes. but also spread out your information in an aesthetically pleasing way. tabs left-justified.) . Type should be between 10 & 12 pt. Be consistent with headings (size. Use white space. etc. Bookman. not indented. readily-available font such as Times New Roman.) and body text (indented. Lucida Sans. Trebuchet. Verdana or Courier. Garamond.What Are the Type/Design Details I Most Need to Know and Follow?         Use bold. tabs right-justified. etc. boldness. italics.

) is your best bet. . etc. Don¶t get fancy ± plain white or off-white (cream. ecru. don¶t go with any bordered or themed paper. As noted earlier.What About Paper?    Use Executive Bond paper.

Good Luck For Writing Your Resume ! .