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Writing a Resume

  [F. “to sum up”]

• There is no one “right” way to write a
  resume, but…
• All resumes must include certain basic
  elements to be effective.
• Your cover letter will include details that
  your resume (or CV) does not.
• Length: Generally 1–2 pages; rarely, 3.
• If more coverage is needed, write a CV.
  (More on writing CVs later.)
          Resumes: Names

• Usually, first and last names only, unless your
  middle name is used.
• Nicknames or shortened versions of your name
  can be added in parentheses. For example:

            Gustav (“Gus”) Hathaway
         Norman Douglas (“Doug”) Bradley
    Resumes: Names (cont.)

• You do not need to put Mr. or Ms., Miss,
  etc. unless you have a name whose
  gender is used by both males and females
  and you want to clarify (e.g., Fran, Pat,
  Sam, etc.).
• Add “Jr.” and “III” to your name only if you
  sign it that way.
       Resumes: Addresses

• Complete mailing address.
• Avoid abbreviations. If you use them, be
  consistent (Cf., personal home address and past
  employer addresses).
• Use standard US Postal Service mailing address
  in USA. For example:

  Joe Dude
  123 Main Street, Apt. 987
  Goleta, CA 93117
Resumes: Telephone Number

• Most interview contacts are via phone.
  No phone number, no phone call!
• Ethical dilemma: Should you include your
  current work phone?
• Check currency.
   Resumes: Telephone Number (cont.)

• Keep your style consistent. For example, don’t
  list one job phone as:
  (805) 893-1234

  and another as:

  Whatever you do, write it the same way
       Resumes: Objective

• A job objective is a brief statement
  (1-12 words) about the kind of job you
  want and what you can contribute.
• It gives a sense of focus to the resume
  and answers the question, “How will this
  person be helpful?”
• Your objective should be simple and easy
  to understand.
  Resumes: Objective (cont.)

• Should you write an objective on your
  resume? Not always!
• Tune your objective to the audience(s)
  reading it. If it is too narrow, you will shut
  yourself out of job possibilities. If it is too
  general, you will sound “generic.”
       Resumes: Education

• Should list near the beginning of your
• Reverse, chronological order. Highest
  education level first.
• List scholarships and awards.
• Professional dilemma:
  Should you include GPA?
       Resumes: Employers

• List all past employers relevant to the job
  sought, or in any way supportive of that
  job. Exclude trivial, part-time jobs that
  don’t pertain. Never “pad” your resume!
• Reverse, chronological order.
• Use the correct job title as described by
  the employer. Don’t “embellish.”
 Resumes: Employers (cont.)

• Describe responsibilities.
• Spell out initialed businesses, even if they
  are well-know.
• For example: “International Business
  Machines (IBM), Inc.”
 Resumes: Employers (cont.)

• When listing larger employers, also
  provide the division or department.
• For example, “IBM, Computer Peripherals
• Update old company names if the
  company you worked for has been sold or
        Resumes: Exclusions

•   Availability
•   Reason for Leaving
•   References
•   Written testimonials
•   Salary (past, present and future)
    Resumes: Exclusions (cont.)

• Jargon
• Photographs
• Graphics (use sparingly)
• Age, race, religion, national origin,
• Health or physical descriptions
    Resumes: Exclusions (cont.)

•   Childhood details
•   Weaknesses
•   Demands
•   Lies and exaggerations
   Writing a
Curriculum Vitae

     curriculum vitae
[L. “course of one’s life”]
           Who needs a CV?

•   Teachers
•   Researchers and/or scientists
•   Research support
•   Professionals and students requiring more
    than 2–3 pages of detail.
           Similarities between
            resumes and CVs

• No one “right” way.
• Contact info follows the same formatting
  rules (esp. consistency in usage).
• Number multiple pages “1 of 5,” “4 of 9,”
  etc., and include a header or footer to
  identify you.
           Differences between
            resumes and CVs

• Instead of an “Objective” statement,
  A personal professional statement. Length
  will vary depending upon experience and
• Summary of qualifications
• Professional licenses and certifications
• Complete educational history, including
  graduate and post graduate degrees and
           Differences between
         resumes and CVs (cont.)

• Listing of relevant coursework to match
  career or academic objective.
• Educational and/or professional honors or
• Scientific or academic research, laboratory
  experience and related skills.
• Specialized equipment, including make
  and model.
           Differences between
         resumes and CVs (cont.)

• Description of thesis or dissertation,
  papers written, publications.
• Academic or professional presentations.
• Conferences and workshops attended.
• Related extracurricular activities.
• Professional and association
           Differences between
         resumes and CVs (cont.)

• Community involvement and volunteer
• Detailed work history (paid and volunteer).
• Computer languages and specialized
• Foreign languages.
• Future academic or professional goals
           Differences between
         resumes and CVs (cont.)

• Education abroad, travel and/or exposure
  to foreign cultural experiences.
• Any additional information that may
  support career objective or qualifications.
           Resumes & CVs

• Keep current and complete!
• “Tune” to the specific position you are
• Prepare three versions:
   A hard copy version;
   A PDF version of hard copy;
   A “simple text” or “notepad” version
    comprised of text only.

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