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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