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					   Resume Writing

  •Your professional experience
         •Your education
 •Your skills and accomplishments

A resume is a one or two page summary
 It is the marketing tool that
              sells you
         to the employer!


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   Resume Writing
I. How to Write the Resume
         A.        Format & Style
         B.        Examples
         C.        Content
         D.        Appropriate Vocabulary
II. Components
         A.        Personal Contact Information
         B.        Objective
         C.        Experience
         D.        Skill Set
         E.        Match Skill to the Job
         F.        Education
         G.        References
III. Cover Letters
         A.        Content
         B.        Thank You Letters
IV. Do’s & Don’ts
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 Resume Writing                                      Spend time preparing
                                                             your
                                                           resume.
I. How to Write the Resume
A. Format & Style
   •    Organize yourself – prepare an inventory sheet
   •    Be consistent and simple with your style, fonts, spacing etc.

   Chronological - Recommended
   •    Most common and easiest to prepare
   •    Lists employment history in chronological order starting with the
        most recent
   •    Demonstrates a steady employment record
   Functional
   •    Highlights skills and accomplishments vs. dates
   •    People who have had many jobs & those changing careers
   Combination
   •    Allows you to highlight accomplishments and dates
   •    Format combines Chronological & Functional
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    B. Examples

  Chronological
    Resume




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  B. Examples

Functional Resume




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I. How to Write the Resume
C. Content
   •    Use job and industry specific key words
   •    Describe accomplishments
   •    Be specific in describing your duties

Key Word Examples:                     Action Word Examples:
Data Analysis                          Achieved
Recruiting                             Demonstrated
Advertisement                          Established
Customer Services                      Implemented


D. Appropriate Vocabulary
    •   Use short phrases
    •   Do not use personal pronouns (I, me, your etc)
    •   Use action words that focus on accomplishments
    •   Use appropriate grammar and correct spelling
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II. Components
A. Personal contact information
        Name, address (complete), phone numbers, email

B. Objective
       Concise and specific to the job ….. Do not make it vague

C. Experience
    •    Provide complete information, i.e. position titles, company
         name, location and dates of employment
    •    Current job – write in present tense…previous jobs in past
         tense
    •    Begin phrases with action words (e.g. supervised,
         implemented, organized, etc.)
    •    Emphasize your experience which matches employers needs

D. Skill Set
      List by type, e.g. languages (state fluency), computer skills

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II. Components         (Continued)


E. Match Skills to the Job
     The most effective resume matches your skills and accomplishments to
     the needs of the employer.

F. Education
    •    List most recent degree first
    •    Provide university name, location, degree earned, major
    •    Graduation date or expected date
    •    G.P.A. – only if 3.0 or above
    •    List certifications related to the job

G. References
    •    “Furnished upon request” should be the wording on resume
    •    Provide only if asked during interview or for pre-employment
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III. Cover Letters
A. Content
     The purpose of the Cover Letter is to sell your resume to the
     employer. It is placed in front of your resume.
   •     Provide enough information to interest them…do not over do it
   •     Give a concise overview of your experience and how it relates
         to the job
   •     Be confident and express appreciation

B.     Thank You Letters
       The purpose is to express your gratitude to the employer for their
       time. These are sent after the interview process.
     •     Thank them….Briefly
     •     Highlight your strengths and emphasize the match between you
           and the position
     •     Be enthusiastic and appreciative

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                                                      Easy to read
                                                 Organized & professional
IV. Do’s & Don’ts
    Do’s….
   •     Use white or light color bond 81/2X11 paper, print on one side
   •     Always provide originals….take plenty to the interview
   •     Use standard fonts (size 11-14) , i.e. Times, Helvetica, or Palatino
   •     Keep it simple and left justify the text
   •     Use bold, underline, italics to stress major points
   •     Be honest
   •     Keep it current – update periodically

       Don’ts…
   •     Do not be too wordy, lie or exaggerate
   •     Make sure you have an email address appropriate for business
   •     Do not include photograph
   •     Do not state personal data like physical appearance, marital
         status, etc.
   •     Do not include salary history or requirements
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