RESUMES “Getting a foot in the door” Resume as a Self-Marketing Tool • “sells” your skills, knowledge, experience • speaks to the employers’ needs • effective resume will get you to the next step - interview! Things to keep in mind • 15 -30 second scan • visual appeal, easy to read • most important info on first page • NO errors! (spelling, typos, punctuation, grammar) • concise, well-organized, focused, results-oriented • no more than 2 pages! Resume Components • Contact Info • Objective/Summary Statement (Optional) • Education – Professional Development • Technical Skills • Project Work • Work History – Paid and Volunteer • Activities/Hobbies Final Resume Critique • Organization – Professional layout? Will a quick skim through pick up the key points? Can the information be presented on one page? • Content – Speaks to employers’ needs? Supports/substantiates objective? Stresses skills (job specific and transferable) and accomplishments? Provides quantification of results or successes where possible? • Language – Uses action verbs/phrases/succinct points rather than long sentences? – NO grammatical/spelling errors!!! Developing your web based resume on MyCoop Getting your resume to employers Employers MyCoop You NEW Res. Templates HTML PDF Resume Resume Builder/ Editor Finding MyCoop • Log into our site using your netlink ID. • http://mycoop.coop.uvic.ca/engrcoop/ Choose a type • No. of resumes you can have in MyCoop: – 1 “template” resume – 1 “generic” resume – Limitless “published” resumes Choose an editor 3 ways to enter your resume: -- NEW resume templates (strongly suggested) -- OLD Resume Builder (fill in blanks) -- OLD HTML Editor (build-it-yourself) NEW Resume Templates Pros • Requires no HTML coding knowledge. • Guides you with the standard resume fields. • Assures you an error-free conversion to PDF. Cons • May not be able to customize as much as you’d like. HTML Editor Pros • Highly customizable Cons • Slower to create • Requires at least basic HTML knowledge HTML Editor Tips • Use only supported code. Check the HTML Editor Cheat Sheet for a list of supported tags. • Do NOT use the “save as html” feature in MS Word. It uses a level of HTML coding not supported by the HTML to PDF conversion software. General Tips • Employers ONLY see your job applications in .pdf, not in HTML. ALWAYS check to see how your cover letter and resume look in .pdf. • If you have transcripts from a previous institution that you want to include, you may add them under “Transcript” heading in the NEW Resume templates.
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