l Writing Research Report
What is a resume?
l A resume is a personal
summary of your
professional history and
qualifications. It includes
information about your
career goals, education,
activities, honors, and
any special skills you
l Put your name, permanent
and campus addresses,
permanent and campus
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167 El-Hegaz St. Heliopolis, address prominently at the
Cairo12111, EGYPT top of your resume.
firstname.lastname@example.org l Avoid using a nickname to
l Consider including your URL
address or fax number if you
Sara J. Shelton
123 Wecort Street 123 Waldron Dr.
Thorntown, IN 46071 West Lafayette, IN 5241
(765) 436-7863 (765) 743-5949
(After 4-30-97) (Before 4-29-97)
l One to three sentence summary of your area of
expertise and career interest.
l Write as complete sentences or as descriptive
phrases with minimal punctuation.
l Relate your existing skills directly to the job you
are seeking. Demonstrate what you can do for
the company rather than what they can do for
A position allowing me to A position where I gain
utilize my knowledge and experience in working on
expertise in different areas. biological problems.
Avoid overgeneralized Avoid statements that focus
statements: only on what a company
can do for you
Make the statement as specific as
A position which allows me to apply
my background in engineering and
high performance computing to
Try not to fall into the me-me-me trap of telling
employers what they can do for you. Instead, show
employers what you can do for them.
l Example of "me-me" : A position where I can gain
experience in writing computer documents.
l Revision: A position which allows me to use my
background in computer science to write computer
l A position involving the development of management
information systems on mini- or microcomputers,
leading to responsibilities as a systems analyst.
l A summer internship with a construction company that
requires skills in field engineering, cost controlling,
planning, scheduling, and estimating.
l A position as a systems analyst, stressing technical,
communication, and supervisory skills.
l This is an important section for recent college
graduates or students seeking internships or
l Beginning with the highest level of educational
achievement, include information such as
university attended, degrees earned, major,
minors, grade point average, date of program
completion, and so forth.
Bachelor of Arts: May 1997
Major: Professional Writing
Minor: Industrial Technology
GPA: major 5.5 overall 5.19
B.A. Professional Writing, Technical Option
Minor: Computer Applications in Industry
Purdue University May 1997
GPA (6.0 scale): major 5.5 overall 5.19
l List relevant courses that: Spanish (4 semesters)
– Help you stand out from
– Have provided you with
specific skills or Business Law
l Consider including this
information in the
education section of the
l Include positions you have held which are
related, in some way, to the job you are
seeking. These might be both paid and
l Be creative with this section of your resume by
describing and emphasizing your experiences
in the most relevant way possible.
The usual content for an experience section includes:
•Company or organization, location
•Dates of employment or involvement
•Descriptions of responsibilities and duties
Hospitality Intern l Include information such
(May 1999-August 1999) as company name and
Mountain Jacks, Lafayette, IN location, job title, dates,
* Oversaw the planning, and duties performed.
production, preparation l Make this section easy
and prompt delivery of food to read by using spacing
* Assisted in training and and bullets.
retaining new and l Use action phrases to
experienced employees highlight the duties you
* Created a positive and have performed.
healthy atmosphere in the
Hospitality Intern l Action phrases will help
(May 1999-August 1999) you avoid being too
Mountain Jacks, Lafayette, IN brief and from
* Oversaw the planning, understating your
and prompt delivery of food qualifications.
* Assisted in training and l Think about your
retaining new and qualifications as a
* Created a positive and
healthy atmosphere in the
Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., Lafayette, Indiana
Security Officer, January 1997 till present
ØAssisted with loss prevention, access control,
fire prevention, and medical response.
Technical Writer, Documentation Department
Howard Sams and Company, 300 Parkway Dr., Indianapolis,
May 1994 - December 1997
Ø Edit user manuals for electronic equipment
Ø Design graphics for electronic schematic repair manuals
Ø Write articles for monthly company newsletter
Ø Use various computer software and desktop publishing
Activities and Honors
l Include relevant
activities and honors that
you could discuss with
employer or that have
given you valuable
experience or skills.
l Include skills that make
you unique, such as
computer skills, foreign
l Be specific in describing
your special skills; name
computer programs you
know, how long you
studied a foreign language.
l In general, do not include the names and
addresses of your references on your resume.
l It is enough to state that references are
available upon request.
l Choose professional references rather than
character references. Employers and
professors who know you and your work are
the best references.
Dr. Mary Delinsky l Include the names,
Heavilon Hall, Room 226 addresses, and phone
Purdue University numbers of your references.
West Lafayette, IN 47907 l Always ask permission
before you include any
(765) 494-3723 information on your reference
Dr. Delinsky is my current l Consider giving your
academic advisor in the references a copy of your
Creative Writing and resume so they will be
prepared to talk to
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Organizing Your Resume
l Organize your resume to The most common resume
highlight your unique styles are:
skills and strengths. l reverse chronological
l Use whatever l functional
combination of l skills
organizational styles you
think best highlight your
l Present your • This style is best for
education and work people whose job
experience in experiences closely
chronological order, parallel the positions for
beginning with your which they are applying
most recent or for those who have
experiences. not had periods of
1997-Present U.S. Postal Service, Indianapolis. Worked as a
Station Manager, delivering mail, overseeing retail
sales, planning delivery to new routes
1994-1997 All Right Parking, Inc., Indianapolis. Worked as a
Manager, handling customer relations, overseeing
accounts, supervising twenty-five employees
1992-1994 Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis. Worked as a District
Sales Manager recruiting and training new employees,
managing crews of twenty-five carriers within nine
counties, designing routes
Functional Resume Style
l Organize experience by l Ignore experiences that
type of function do not relate to the job
performed. Under each, for which you are
give specific examples. applying.
l Highlight experiences l Place things in order of
that directly relate to the importance rather than
job you are seeking. chronological order.
Functional Resume Style
Research Assistant (August 1998-August 1999)—Purdue U.
Assisted Professor Robert Thompson in:
* updating statistical tables and charts
* answering research questions via the Internet, library,
and by establishing resources to provide the needed
President, Sociology Club (January-May 2000)
* Raised over $2,000 for club expenses and scholarships
* Organized 10 activities for over 200 students
* Designed and maintained club website
Skills Resume Style
l Emphasize what you l This style is ideal for
can do rather than people who have
where you have gained valuable skills
worked. from a variety of
l Try to match your skills unrelated experiences.
to the position for
which you are
Skills Resume Style
*Counseled teens in an anti-drug initiative at Jefferson High School
*Received Employee of the Month Award for my work creating a
positive environment at Wal-Mart while working as a cashier
*Presented a semester-long project on choosing a major to a group
of prospective students
*Trained new employees in cashier procedures at Wal-Mart
*Served as assistant coach for a Jefferson High School basketball
Imaginative Resume Style
l Acts like a mini-portfolio l This style is ideal for
because it demonstrates a people looking for a job
combination of layout, that demands creativity,
graphics, text integration, such as graphic design or
and audience selection. landscape architecture
l Make sure a company is l It is appropriate to use
open to this type of resume color graphics on an
before submitting it. imaginative resume, but
the cost of duplicating will
Where can you go for professional
advice about your resume?
l Purdue University Writing Lab
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