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    Sell Yourself in Writing

    Joliet Junior College Career Services
What is a Résumé ?

    A personal summary of your professional
           history and qualifications.
   It describes your abilities, your experience
    (paid and/or unpaid), and your education.

An effective resume should get you an interview.
First Steps:
   Know what you want
     –   Research positions
     –   Know qualifications, required skills and education requirements
     –   Key words and industry jargon

   Know what you have to offer
    What are your key accomplishments?           –   Volunteer experience
    What are you most proud of?                  –   Academic Achievements
    What makes you unique as an employee?        –   Clubs/Organizations
    Did you receive any awards?
    Did you undertake new initiatives?           –   Computer Skills
                                                 –   Languages
Keyword Example                                                       
    Cash Applications Specialist
    The Cash Applications Specialist will handle day-to-day responsibilities related to applying cash.
    • Apply cash to individual accounts using the invoice and policy number to properly apply cash
    • Apply deductibles with the required claim number
    • Print copies of checks
    • Assist with billing and month end
    • Some college coursework required
    • 2-3 years of cash application experience
    • Insurance and accounting experience preferred
    • Must understand debits and credits
    • Intermediate Excel knowledge is a must
    • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment

Relevant Keywords: Accountant, Analyst, Bookkeeper, Controller, Collections, Financial, Accounting, expenditures,
accounts payable, accounts receivable, ledger, CPA, C.P.A., AP, AR, A/P, A/R, certified public accountant,
reconciliations, journal entries, AP/AR Manager, AP/AR Supervisor, Staff Accountant Financial, accounting, debits,
credits, Excel, certified public accountant, Audit, GAAS, GAAP, CIA, CPA, finance, liabilities, compliance, non
compliance, Manager, policy, invoice, bank, claim, business systems analyst, financial analyst, analyze, analysis,
analyst, process analyst, business process analyst, chief financial officer, finance, Credit Analyst, credit, profit, loss,
P&L, loan, treasury, analyst, investment, billing,                                                                          *
                          A Résumé Includes…


• Your full name (Bold)
• Complete address
• Contact number (professional voicemail message)
• E-mail address (professional e-mail address)

Clearly lets the employer know you are looking for


To obtain a challenging position that utilizes my education
and skills

A position where I can advance professionally
Objective               (cont.)


To obtain an entry-level accounting position at ABC Financial
Seeking a customer service position that will utilize previous
retail and sales experience
CPR and First Aid certified lifeguard seeking a summer
position at the Joliet Park District
To obtain a part-time position in retail or fast food
Professional Summary
•   Can replace or be used in addition to the objective
•   One short paragraph or a bulleted list of
•   Emphasizes skills you possess that aren’t obvious
    from past experience

                           A Résumé Includes…

 • Names and locations of schools or programs
 • Graduation date / expected graduation date
 • Degrees, certificates or licenses awarded
 • Major
 • G.P.A. (if 3.0 or above)*

                             A Résumé Includes…

Relevant Courses

• Only include this section for 3 or more relevant courses

• Do not list every course taken

• List recent courses relevant to your objective

• Do not include course numbers

Summary of Qualifications
   Gain attention of the reader
   State your skills, values and interests
   Excellent place for keywords and requirements from a
    job description
Tailor your skills
Sample Job Description:
Retail sales experience preferred
Must have excellent computer and keyboarding skills
Equally effective working independently and on a team
Must enjoy working with people
Bilingual (English / Spanish) skills a plus

Summary of Qualifications:
•   Two years of retail and customer service experience
•   2008 Customer Service Excellence Award recipient
•   Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
•   Ability to type 55 WPM
•   Excellent oral and written communication skills
•   Speak, read, and write English and Spanish fluently
Internships, full or part-time, seasonal,
leadership experience, volunteer work…
•   Name of employer, City, State
•   Dates of employment (month and year)
•   Job titles
•   Duties and major accomplishments

              List most recent experience first
About Bullets
   Describe more than just your duties
   Include what IMPACT or CONTRBUTION your
    actions had
   Quantify whenever possible
    –   Add numbers (money, number of times you did something,
        how much of something you accomplished)
Bullet Examples
TURN THIS:                                INTO THIS:
   Cooked burgers      Prepared menu items according to customer specifications
   Cleaned floors      Cleaned food preparation areas and cooking surfaces
   Stocked food        Stocked food and beverage stations
                        Maintained health, sanitation and safety standards

   Delivery            Assembled and delivered newspapers to a community of
                         430 people. Never missed a delivery day
   Sales
                        Increased subscriptions by 30 as a result of a direct mailing
   Took payments
                        Proactively checked accounts payable and performed
                         collections                                                 *
Honors and Activities
   Highlight relevant activities you have been
    involved with and honors you have received

   Generally placed after the education and
    experience sections of the resume
                                    Don’t forget to…

Sell Yourself
   Emphasize the positive and sell your strengths
   Highlight your accomplishments
   Use action verbs
   Use key words
   Limit first person pronouns (I, me, my)
   Avoid wordiness
     – Use phrases not complete sentences
     – Be Direct
Be Direct
   I staged an extensive campaign to cut costs and
    increase overall profits from fund-raisers by 10%
    in the course of one year’s time

                   - OR -

   Increased fund-raiser profits by 10% in one year
Design an Attractive Layout

• Microsoft Word / Resume         Builder on CCN
• 1” margins on all sides
• Choose font and font size (Times 12)
   • Avoid fancy type   or difficult to read styles
• Use capital letters, boldface, bullets and indent
       limit to one page
• Try to
• Resume paper is best
Proofread Carefully
• Make sure   verb tense is consistent
• Check spelling, punctuation, grammar   and
 word usage (ask a friend)
Spell Chequer
Eye halve a spelling chequer, It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue, Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word, And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write, It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid, It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite, Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it, I am shore your pleased two
Its letter perfect awl the weigh, My chequer tolled me sew.
Jane Doe
                                                                               1215 Houbolt Rd.
                                                                                 Joliet, IL 60431
                                                                                 (815) 280-2762

To obtain a part-time position in customer service that will utilize previous sales experience and
exceptional interpersonal communication skills

Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL
Associates in Applied Science
Major: Marketing
Expected graduation date: May 2012
GPA 3.5/4.0

    Four years of retail and customer service experience
    2008 Customer Service Award recipient
    Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    Excellent oral and written communication skills
    Speak, read, and write English and Spanish fluently

Wendy’s, Joliet, IL                                              September 2010 to Present
    Prepare menu items according to customer specifications
    Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces and utensils
    Stock food and beverage stations
    Maintain health, sanitation and safety standards
American Eagle, Bolingbrook, IL                                   June 2009 to August 2010
Sales Associate
    Greeted customers and answered questions about merchandise
    Assisted with sizes, recommended styles and monitored dressing room
    Operated cash register

JJC Sister’s Circle, Treasurer
August 2008 – present

REFERENCES: Available upon request
                                          John Doe
                                        1215 Houbolt Rd.
                                         Joliet, IL 60431
                                         (815) 280-2762

Seeking an accounts payable position in a successful accounting firm

Joliet Junior College, Joliet IL
Associates of Applied Science in Accounting
Expected graduation date: May 2011
Cumulative GPA 3.60/4.00

Introduction to Accounting: Financial              Federal Taxation
Intermediate Accounting I                          Corporation Accounting
Intermediate Accounting II                         Familiar with Excel and Access

Summer 2010
Macon Corporation, Lombard, IL
Accounting Intern
• Prepared daily reports for managers and supervisors using Lotus.
• Reconciled summary statements for more than 250 customers.
• Coordinated weekly meetings for 40 accountants and executives.
• Awarded Educational Scholarship for successful completion of internship.
• Evaluated for excellent performance as an intern.

October 2009 - Present
Woodridge Currency Exchange, Downers Grove, IL
Currency Exchange Clerk
• Complete morning balancing and auditing when necessary.
• Assist in end of month summary recaps.
• Responsible for license work, such as: title, transfers, license stickers and plates.
• Perform check cashing and other cash transactions, including: buying and selling foreign
  currency, transmitting Western Union via data entry, and money orders.

Phi Theta Kappa (International Honors Society)
2010 – Present
JJC Volunteer Club
Vice-President 2009-2010

REFERENCES: Available upon request
                             John Doe
                           1215 Houbolt Rd.
                            Joliet, IL 60431
                            (815) 280-2762


Dr. Terry Johnson, Associate Professor of Literature and Communications
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 729-9020

Sarah Milsap, Controller
Macon Corporation
929 S Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 678-0943

Philip Marcum, Manager
Currency Exchange
2930 Finley Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 629-0636
For more information and
sample resumes, please visit:

  or contact Career Services at:
         Campus Center
     Phone: (815) 280-2756

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