The Resume This Is Not Your Mother’s Resume Know the Purpose Understand this: Resumes all look the same. The average life span of a resume is 10 seconds. Stand Out The Key: You are the product. Know your sales features. Especially know the benefits of hiring you. It’s a Game Manipulate your audience. Know what they want. Know what you have. Types of Resumes Traditional Electronic (ASCII Format) CV Portfolio Resume Tips One to two pages. Simple format. Good quality paper for traditional versions. Professional in look and tone. White space! Proofread for error. Resume Organization Chronological Functional If your experience flows If you have experience in a logical order, in a number of types choose this. of work, or if there is an interruption in your work history, use this format. Resume Components 1. Contact Information. 2. Career Objective. 3. Education. 4. Relevant Courses. 5. Work History. 6. Skills and Aptitudes. 7. Awards and Honors. 8. Publications, Tapes, Etc. 9. References Available. Contact Info Design your own letterhead. Include your address, phone, email. Beware of the cutesy email address. Career Objective Create a strong, concise statement. --Do not say: I wish to gain experience in the _________field. Perfect place to customize, if you have done some research on the company. Education High School is out. If you haven’t graduated: Graduation Date: May 2007. No QPA if under 3.2. List relevant courses. Relevant Courses What courses will look most attractive to potential employers? Don’t forget Business and Professional Writing. Experience Can be separated into Related Experience and Experience. List Employer’s Name, Your Title, City, State, and Dates Employed. Summarize accomplishments for each job. Current or most recent position comes first. Skills and Aptitudes Languages? Software Proficiency? Martial Arts? Managerial? Know your strengths. Everything you do has the potential to be a marketable skill. Extras Awards and Honors Publications, Tapes, Etc. References The Electronic Resume ASCII Courier Font Keywords Asterisks and Caps Plain—no special formatting, no boldface, no underlining. ASCII ASCII—text file. Saving your resume as a text file, ensures that when it is printed, it will retain the structure you gave it. Font and Formatting Use a monospaced font like Courier. Proportionally-spaced fonts like Arial or Helvetica will change in ASCII. Special formatting is not effective here. Don’t waste your time. Asterisks and capital letters are effective ways to bullet or emphasize information. Keywords Computers will scan your resume, looking for certain keywords. Use nouns. Include keywords from the beginning— some programs may have a limit for scanning. Customize your keywords. Be creative.
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