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									  RESUME WRITING
Presenting Yourself on Paper




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Workshop Agenda
 Purpose and Impact of a Resume
 General Guidelines
 Various Formats
 Scannable Resumes
 Email & Electronic Submissions
 Key Components
 Optional Categories
 Resume Check List
 Cover Letters
 Follow Up
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Purpose and Impact
 Marketing Tool
   – Designed to create a favorable first impression
   – May get you an interview, won‘t get you the
     job!
 Personal Account of Your:
   – Education and Training
   – Experience
   – Skills and Abilities
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Purpose and Impact
 Provides an accurate, concise, and original
  presentation of who you are
 Resource for employer at interview
 Remember: Employers spend 4 - 5 minutes
  at most reviewing a Resume. Make each
  word count!


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General Guidelines
 Length
  – Generally one page (especially recent grads)
  – Two pages with extensive related experience
 Layout
  – Direct reader‘s eye using headings and layout
  – Choose standard font in 10-14 point size
  — Use appropriate color & high quality 8 1/2 x 11

    paper, one-sided only!
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General Guidelines
 Layout continued
  – Leave ‗white space‘ for uncluttered look
      • One inch margins on all sides is standard
   – Be consistent with:
      •   indentations
      •   capitalizations
      •   font
      •   spacing

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General Guidelines
 Content
   – Proofread! Don‘t rely on Spell-check
       • grammar
       • spelling
       • typographical errors
       • punctuation
 Stress accomplishments and results
 Tailor contents to each position (e.g. rewrite
  Objective/revise Skills section)
 Omit information which could be used in a discriminatory
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  way (e.g., religious affiliations, age, etc.)
Resume Formats
 CHRONOLOGICAL FORMAT
  – Easy to read, most commonly used
  – Presents education and work experience in
    reverse chronological order


 Very effective if majority of education and
  work experience is related to objective

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Resume Formats
 FUNCTIONAL FORMAT
   – Focuses on skills and abilities, not dates of
     employment
   – Lists skills you‘ve demonstrated which are
     required for a particular job
 Allows you to emphasize skills gained through
  volunteer work and extra curricular activities
 Often used by career changers, graduate
  students and postdoctoral scholars
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Resume Formats
 COMBINATION FORMAT
  – Uses elements of Chronological and Functional
  – Emphasizes skills and abilities
  – Provides job/experience descriptions


 Effective when job objective has multiple
  components (e.g. research and management,
  marketing and administrative)
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Resume Formats
 TECHNICAL FORMAT
  – Used as a term to describe a resume prepared
    for technical positions (e.g. computer science or
    engineering)
  – Can use any format; emphasizes technical skills
    such as specific computer languages, laboratory
    skills, etc.
  – List GPA if 2.5 or above

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Resume Formats
 CURRICULUM VITAE
  – Used by individuals seeking teaching and/or
    research positions in a post-secondary
    institution or high-level research industry
  – Often two or three pages for master‘s or
    doctoral degree candidates
  – Specific ―CV‖ workshops are offered through
    the Internship & Career Center

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Scannable Resumes
 Uses nouns indicating specific job functions,
  skills, responsibilities (see detailed job description
  to select key words to use)
 Use ―key words‖ associated with position you are
  seeking. Include terminology of the business or
  industry
 Do not fold, bend or staple resume. Mail in a
  large, flat envelope

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Scannable Resumes
 Forget “fancy fonts”, flashy graphics  and
  colored paper
   – 10 - 14 point size, standard font
   – white, off-white, 8 1/2 x 11 paper
   – avoid shading, graphics, bolding, italicizing,
     and underlining



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Scannable Resumes
 Avoid:
  – Bullets
  – Lines
  – Columns
  – Brackets




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E-mail and Electronic Submission

 Maintain professional tone
 Use professional sounding email address
  (not tweetybird@wherever.com!)
 Be specific in subject header
 Follow employer directions carefully!
 Avoid use of characters and symbols
 Use left-justified format
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E-mail and Electronic Submission
 Do not underline, bold, or italicize text
 Use ―standard‖ font, such as Arial or Times New
  Roman
 Use hard return to insert line, not word wrap
 Sign your email with your full name
 Proofread and use spell-check before sending
 Do a ‗trial send‘ to yourself or a friend to see how
  your resume looks after sending
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Resume Key Components
 TITLE BLOCK/HEADING
  – Your name
  – Address, including zip code
  – Daytime telephone number(s) - don‘t forget
    area codes
  – email address - ONLY IF YOU CHECK
    DAILY!
  – Cell phone or pager number(s)
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Resume Key Components
 OBJECTIVE
  – Gives resume focus, credibility and direction
  – Be concise and logical - develop different
    resumes for different types of jobs
  – Avoid cliches such as ―like working with
    people‖
  – Emphasize short term aspirations
  – Considered by some to be optional
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Resume Key Components
 EDUCATION
  – List highest degree first, followed by other
    degrees received
  – Degree level
  – Major(s), minor(s) and emphasis if applicable
      • If your major/degree is relevant, list that first; if not,
        emphasize UC Davis, then list major
   – University of California, Davis

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Resume Key Components
 EDUCATION continued
  – Date to be conferred
  – GPA if 3.0 or higher (in engineering, list if 2.5
    or higher)
  – Other colleges/universities attended, including
    Education Abroad
  – DO NOT include High School degree!


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Resume Key Components
 EDUCATION continued
  – Lower division students seeking an internship
    should consider
      • listing class standing first
      • followed by major(s), minor(s) and emphasis if
        applicable
      • then listing Bachelor‘s degree expected in month
        and year
      • then listing University of California, Davis
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Resume Key Components
 EXPERIENCE
  – Summarize significant full and part time
    positions
  – Include relevant volunteer work or internships
  – Highlight responsibilities, skills developed, and
    accomplishments
  – List job title, employer, city, state, and dates of
    employment, followed by description
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Resume Key Components
 EXPERIENCE continued
  – Present information in reverse chronological
    order
            » OR
   – Create special sections (e.g. Related
     Experience, Research Experience, Marketing
     Experience)
   – Use action verbs and sentence phrases, NOT
     complete sentences
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Resume Key Components
 EXPERIENCE continued
  – May include significant academic assignments
    and relevant extra-curricular activities
  – List accomplishments and contributions you
    have made
  – Quantify accomplishments, if possible



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Optional Categories
 SKILLS
   – List skills you can perform with little or no
     direction
   – Computer - list hardware, software, and
     operating systems
   – Laboratory - list techniques, procedures and/or
     equipment
   – Language - indicate fluency level, specify if
     you can read/write/speak the language
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Optional Categories
 SKILLS continued
   – Research - list research skills with which you
     are familiar
   – General skills, including communication
     (written and verbal), problem-solving,
     managerial, etc.
   – Presentations
   – Others specific to the job
   – Skills are often underestimated by students!
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Optional Categories
 Publications
   – List articles published and those accepted for
     publication
   – Include in Experience section
 Qualifications or Skills Statement
  – If major is not obviously related to job
    objective, this provides an opportunity to tie
    everything together
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Optional Categories
 Licenses, Certifications, Credentials,
  Training
   – Related items only (CPR, First Aid, Hazardous
     Materials Training, Professional Engr., etc.)
 Extra-Curricular Activities/Professional
  Affiliations
   – List memberships and offices held
 Military Service
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Optional Categories
 Honors/Awards/Hobbies/Interests
  – Avoid listing those which may be controversial
 References
  – Usually state ―References Provided Upon
    Request‖ as last line of resume
  – Provide separate sheet with three - four
    reference names and contact information
  – No relatives, friends, other students
  – Ask permission before listing someone!       30
Resume Review Check List
 Does your resume look appealing?
 Is it clearly labeled, using appropriate
  headings?
 Does it highlight your skills and abilities?
 Have you had it critiqued by others?
 Have you triple checked for accuracy?


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The Cover Letter
 Should be customized for each position
 Establishes personal contact
 Should be addressed to a specific person,
  using name, and title
  – In salutation, never use first name!
  – Use ―Dear Recruiter‖ if no name is available
 Use same paper, font and format as resume
 Keep letter to one page in length
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The Cover Letter
 Use standard business format
 Emphasize how your skills, education,
  experience can benefit the employer
 Close by indicating your interest in the
  position and follow-up plans
 Don’t forget to sign the letter!


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The Cover Letter
 Paragraph one
   – What position are you applying for and how did
     you find out about the position?
 Paragraph two
   – Why do you want to work for this particular
     employer, and why should employer hire you?
 Paragraph three
   – What‘s your next step going to be? Indicate
     how you will follow through or express desire
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     for an interview.
Follow Up
 Resume, Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter
  examples can be found online at:
   – http://ucdavis.placementmanual.com/resume/index.html
 Visit the ICC to have your resume and cover letter
  critiqued by trained staff




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