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					Resume Training

Mike Walzel
The Dow Chemical Company
12/15/09
My Background
   Graduate of Texas A&M - B.S. in Chemical
    Engineering, M.B.A in Business Administration
   Live in Lake Jackson, Texas
   25 Years with Dow Chemical (15 as a hiring
    manager)
   Head of Dow’s recruiting team at Texas A&M
    (I look at a lot of resumes each year…)
The Dow Chemical Company
 Worlds largest chemical company
 Annual sales >$60 billion
 Over 50,000 employees
 One of the safest companies in one of the
  safest industries
 Innovating solutions for the world’s
  problems – agriculture, clean water, clean
  air, alternative energy & fuels, housing,
  automotive, furniture, clothing, etc.
The Resume
Start With the End in Mind
(i.e., Get a Job, Get into
College, etc…)
Getting a Job – Critical Steps
 Learn about available jobs
 Submit resume and/or application
 Interview #1
 Site visit and/or interview #2
 Job offer and negotiations
What Employers Look For
 Good Technical/Academic & Problem-
  Solving Skills
 Dependability
 Self-Starters & Results-Oriented
 Ability to Work with Other People
 Flexibility & Willingness to Help Where
  Needed
 Good Communicators
 Leadership
The Resume

Overall Perspective
The Resume – General Tips
 ALWAYS present yourself in the best
  manner possible, but NEVER lie.
 You don’t have to list references. If you
  do, references should be educational or
  work related if possible.
 Keep it to the point. Avoid “fluff”. Make it
  easy for the recruiter to find information.
 Use spell-checker. Get someone to proof
  read it for grammar and readability.
The Resume – Format
 Keep it to one page (if possible…)
 Plain white 8-½ x 11 works fine
 Use appropriate font size and style
 Use bullets and short phrases if possible
 Use bold text and/or indention to separate
  sections and information
 No set template, but do not stray too far
  from normal conventions
The Resume – Cover Letter
 You don’t necessarily need a cover letter,
  unless you have additional information that
  doesn’t fit well in your resume.
 Address the cover letter to the person or
  company (if possible…)
 Avoid “fluff” words/statements/phrases that
  do not add significant information.
The Resume – Cover Letter Example
           Address it to the
           recruiter or company       Don’t limit your
           if possible                options




                           Lot’s of “fluff” in this
                           paragraph…
The Resume – Purpose
 Provide contact information
 Provide job interests & aspirations
 Provide qualifications
 Provide previous experiences/activities
 Provide other relevant information

    Now let’s examine each of these…
    Note - Examples shown are real-life, from sophomore-level chemical
    engineering majors at Texas A&M seeking internships with Dow in
    2010. (The names have been changed.) I started with125
    applicants, asked 8 for interviews, and made 3 job offers…
The Resume

Contact Information
The Resume - Contact Information

 Name (legal)
 Mailing Address (include physical address
  in addition to P.O. Box)
 Phone Number
 E-mail
                      give a local address
                      so we can Fedex
                      an offer to you…


a little creativity
is o.k., but know
your audience…
The Resume

Job Interests & Aspirations
The Resume - Objective Statement

 Describe the job opportunity that you are
  looking for (if you know what it is).
 Do not be too specific – you could limit
  your chances.
 Avoid the “fluff” – simply state what you
  want.
Good flexibility in being open to an
Intern or Co-Op position
Why include the        This is a scary statement to an employer. Sounds
word “hope”?           like they may be more interested in going to school
                       and working for someone else long term…


This is the “objective”                     This statement seems to
section, not “qualifications”               contains a lot of “fluff”.
                                            Keep it simple, specific, and
                                            accurate.
Don’t limit your possibilities unless you are looking
for a specific opportunity. Dow is not big in the
“energy” industry with chemical engineers.
The Resume

Qualifications
The Resume – Qualifications
(i.e., Education)
   State your graduation date or anticipated
    graduation date (mo./yr.) for each school
    attended.
   Include your GPA or class ranking if you are
    proud of it. List SAT score if you don’t yet have
    a college GPA.
   Include your degree type and major/minor field
    of study (as applicable).
   Only list key or special courses taken.
Don’t embed your
transcript. Only
include relevant
classes if you
haven’t yet
graduated.
                              I need to know expected
                              month as well as year…




Another example with too           This info would probably be
much information that might        better to list in the activities
not be all that relevant…          section
The Resume

Previous Experience/Activities
The Resume - Previous Experience

 List previous employers, location, dates,
  and a brief description of responsibilities.
  Use reverse chronological order.
 List organizations you have been involved
  in, dates, and leadership roles.
 List other activities you have participated in
  (e.g., volunteer/civic/church/school
  activities, mission trips, study abroad, etc.).
The Resume - Previous Experience
 Do not list examples prior to high school
 Use strong verbs to highlight your
  experiences – i.e., managed, coordinated,
  led, organized, taught, etc.
 If you don’t have a lot of examples for
  experience, consider routine chores that
  demonstrate responsibility, dependability,
  and attention to detail (e.g. babysitting,
  lawn care, housekeeping, transportation,
  house painting, etc.)
The Resume - Previous Experience
   If you don’t have a lot of examples now,
    GET INVOLVED and get them. It is never
    too late to start improving your resume.
A brief description of
responsibilities or duties
would be helpful…
Intermediate
School is
probably
going back a
little too far…
The Resume

Other Information
The Resume – Other Information
 List honors, awards, scholarships, etc.
 List activities, emphasizing LEADERSHIP
  positions and organizational involvement
 If you are not a U.S. citizen but have
  permanent resident status, explain it.
 List other languages spoken
 List other interests, hobbies, etc. (optional)
  Do not list video games, watching t.v.,
  shopping, hanging with friends, etc.
The Resume – References
 List references (optional to list them, or state
  “available upon request”)
 Ask permission to those you use as
  references.
 Make sure you pick references who will
  reflect you in a positive and professional
  nature.
The Resume

Putting it All Together
Questions?

 Thanks!
 Good Luck!
 Go Bearkats!

				
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