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									     The Duke MBA
Career Management Center
  Resume and Professional
  Communications for Alumni
     January 15, 2009

         Ryan Smith
        Program Director
Alumni and EMBA Career Services
MYTH           or          REALITY
            One Page
        Finished Product
       Format doesn’t matter
   Focus on where you have been
MYTH         or        REALITY

 Focus on what you WANT to do
             Resume versus CV

    Curriculum Vitae                    Resume

 Long (Often over 3 pages)    Short   (2 pages or less)

 Emphasizes                   Emphasizes
  Academics                     Competencies
 Weighted for                 Weighted for
  Publication                   Practical
  Credentials                   Results
              Resume Development
Resume is a strategic and brief summary of your experience
   and accomplishments. It should also show progression.

   Formatting
   Content is critical
   Customize
   Show relevance
   Not a work obituary
   Objective
            A Great Resume…

               Builds A Story

 Personal marketing tool
 +Convey a positive message about your overall fit

 +Develop “themes”

 +Use Business language and/or Industry terms

 +Show career progression & breadth of experience
 Example of Typical Resume Content

 Header – Name and Contact Information
 +Profile or Qualifications Summary
 +Professional Experience
 +Additional Information
           Qualifications Summary

Innovative, versatile and solutions-driven executive with
Duke MBA and outstanding strategic thinking, analytical
 and communication skills. Twelve years of successful
experience in delivering profitable healthcare solutions.
     Demonstrated results in the following areas:
          Strategic Planning   Project Management

                      Team Leadership

       Business Development Negotiation Skills
       What Do Employers Look for?
               Accomplishments & Skills
P = Problem          A = Action          R = Results
           (Plus Learning or Application)

 Example: Initiated procedures that increased production
   20% and reduced turnaround from five to four days.
    Skills Used: Innovation; Organization; Design; Creation
     Developing Your Bullet Points
 Quantify
 +Your results. Numbers speak.
 Magnify
 +Ask yourself “why?”, “for what?”, “what happened”
 Include reasoning/specific results of your actions.
 Minimize
 +Distracting reader with non-relevant information.
 Analyze
 +How bullets position you? – job hopper / innovator /
 responsibility slave / specialist vs. generalist, etc.
   What Gets Further Consideration?
 Background of interest or relevance to reader

 A history of excellence and progression

 Ability to work well in a team

 People skills- ability to communicate effectively

 Ability to balance multiple responsibilities

 Fit with position requirements
                Additional Information
 Do not include personal data, religious or political affiliations.

 Be specific and interesting.

 List roles in service/community groups or business affiliations.
  +May include part-time or volunteer positions

 Exclude high school activities unless extremely unique or
  outstanding (i.e. graduated 1st out of class of 500).

 Be honest. Foreign language “fluency” means you can
  conduct an interview in that language. “Familiarity” may
  be a more appropriate description.
             Do the Obvious Well
 Appearance – Enticing & easy to find information?
 Length – Can you get the same effect with less?
 Relevance – How much “who cares” info included?
 Active vs. Passive – Use action verbs
 Grammar – Watch for misspellings/word use
 Truth/Accuracy – Creative writing vs. verifiable
                       actions and outcomes
 Completeness – Is there anything missing?
Summary - Creating an Effective Resume
 “Skimmability” – 30 seconds or less.
  +BRIEF outline: Experiences, accomplishments,
  transferable skills

 Prioritized selling points
  +Education, experience, accomplishments,

 Making it Relevant
  +Employers needs and functions.

Correspondence Letters
    Differentiate Yourself
    Marketing Opportunity
    Network + Passion
More Than 1 Kind of Correspondence
  +Dear Stranger
  +Inquire about available positions

  +“I was referred to you by….”

  +Thank you for….
  +After an event to remind recruiter of your interest

  +In response to your job posting….
           Why Cover Letters?
 May be your first contact with an employer

 Marketing Tool-distinguish yourself

 Explain key resume items
 +Add emphasis from resume
 +Highlight what might not fit on resume
 +Grab their attention

 Communicate sincere interest-link
  qualifications to requirements of the job
     Keys to Great Cover Letters

 Personal- know your audience
 Network - who helped you get here?
 One Page Maximum
 Knowledge of the Company/Product
 Value Proposition
 Significant Accomplishments
 Follow-up Plan
   Cover Letter Structure & Content
 Length: 3 - 4 paragraphs on 1 page

 Same font as resume

 Block Format

 Direct letter to person responsible for hiring
 +Not To Whom it May Concern or Sir/Madam
     To Whom it May Concern rarely has a position opening.

 +If completely blind: Dear Prospective Employer
              Cover Letter Template
 Paragraph 1 – Introduce yourself.
 +Why are you writing? What is your interest in company?
 +Mention events attended, insights gained, and people met.
 Paragraph 2 – Be specific.
 +How will your background meet their unique needs?
 +Link job description needs with your competencies
     You may use bullet points to highlight 2-3 results!

 Paragraph 3 – Close.
 +Reiterate your interest in meeting them for an interview.
 +Indicate when you will follow-up.
              Defining Your Hooks
 WetFeet suggests themes to your hooks:

 Valid Admiration
  +I’m impressed with the risks that Dell is taking by
  entering into the consumer electronics market.

 Linkage
  +As a fellow alumnus of a Duke MBA Program…
  +We share a mutual connection with…

 Favorable Referral
  +Dean Sheppard suggested I contact you based upon
  your need for a global business development expert…
Your Address
Your Phone
Your Email


Contact Person Name

Dear Mr./Ms.                :

The Hook: State why you are writing and give information to show your interest in the specific organization. Name the
position for which you are applying and how you heard of the opening. Also mention a specific referral such as a
personal contact within the organization.

The middle paragraphs should create a desire on the part of the employer to know more about you. Explain why you are
interested in working for this employer. Mention your achievements or qualifications in this field, especially those that
meet the job description.

The Pitch: Describe your interest in the corporation. Emphasize your knowledge about this firm (the result of your
research effort) and your familiarity with the industry. Why are your skills and experiences relevant to their
needs/openings? You should present yourself as eager to work for any company that you interview with.

Conclusion/Next Step: The closing paragraph should pave the way for a follow up step. You have their attention so now
what? You should specifically request an interview an appointment or offer to call the employers in the near future to
facilitate an immediate response. Include your phone number and your email address.


Your Signature

Your Full Name Typed
Enclosure: Resume
         Avoid the Common Mistakes
 Carbon Copy Letter Template / Inappropriate stationery
 Unsupported claims

 Repetition of phrases/words (“I” is a big one!)

 Comparisons and clichés (e.g., people person, hard worker)

 Attention to details (Correct company, spelling, grammar, etc.)

 Unrelated career goals

 Inappropriate tone - trying to be funny

 Desperation: “Opportunity to learn” can be kiss of death
                  Positioning Your Pitch
Avoid framing as what YOU want; rather explain what you can do for the employer

         Your Education                                Their Issues

         Your Experience                               Their Needs

         Your Skills                                   Their Culture

         Your Values

  Never assume the employer will read between the lines to dig out information
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