Why Your Resume is
• Expands on application
• Allows you control
• Summarizes pertinent experience
• 1st screening – 5-30 seconds
• 2nd screening – 1-2 minutes
• 100-300 resumes per position
• Underestimation of skills and abilities
The Five C’s
• Look at weekly classifieds or on-line
• Pick out qualities listed you possess
• Target your resume
Types of Resumes
Generally, there are considered to be
three styles of resumes:
• Vita (CV)
• “Traditional” resume
• List your work history in reverse
• Best: Experience in their field,
employment longevity with no gaps
R. Louis Green
847 University Blvd., Apt. 3, Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 555-3214 -- Cell: (315) 555-3834
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Profile Creative problem-solver and marketer, who can see big picture while never losing sight of details that deliver results.
Motivated team player with demonstrated talent for deploying research and organizational skills toward analyzing,
upgrading, and streamlining complex marketing processes for improvement opportunities.
Enthusiastic self-starter who can boost productivity, cut costs, foster efficiency, and ensure profitability.
Goal-driven achiever with strong organizational skills, detail orientation.
Education Bachelor of Business Administration
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Graduation Date: May 2003
Minor: Information Technology
Overall GPA: 3.89 Minor GPA: 4.00
Experience Computer Lab Manager
Syracuse University, Division of Information Technology, August 2000 - present
Manage team of five assistants in 30-desktop lab.
Develop solutions for all aspects of lab usage.
Ensure safety and security in the lab.
Serve as key member of IT management solutions team.
Manlius Temporary Services, Manlius, NY, May 2000 - present
Function as versatile team player with ability to quickly assess, comprehend, and manage new business scenarios, customer
groups, and product types.
Play key role in the development, rollout, and management of numerous marketing campaigns for a variety of employers,
oCarrier Corporation: Marketing Assistant in brand development department
oUniversity Hospital Home Care Services: Marketing Assistant in public relations department
oOrangemen Products Company: Marketing Assistant in marketing department
Awards and Syracuse University Business School Foundation Merit Award in Marketing
Honors Outstanding Marketing Senior Award
Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honor Society
Who's Who Among American College Students
• Focuses on skills and abilities instead
of work history
• Set up skill headings; ie,
Communication Skills:, Management
Skills:, Accounting, Etc.
• Best: no work experience in their
field, changing careers, and short
periods of employment or
9344 S. Pleasant Avenue, Panama City Beach, FL 32407
o Creative marketing professional with significant experience in public relations writing,
communications, and media relations.
o Results-driven achiever and effective team leader with exceptional interpersonal skills.
o Highly flexible and adaptable performer; adept at multi-tasking and thriving in a fast-paced
environment while coordinating numerous time-sensitive projects.
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. December 2002.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing: Minor: Spanish
Highlights of Professional Skills and Accomplishments
o Attained training in public relations writing, communications, and media relations.
o Promoted events and programs to generate new membership and participation.
o Assisted in writing, organizing, and distributing press packets and news releases.
o Assisted in registering 21,000 runners at sports complex.
o Produced a theatrical performance involving 100 volunteer actors, musicians, and crew.
o Selected and collaborated with professional convention planners and caterers for events.
Harvey, Communications, Public Relations Intern May 2001 - Present
Lackland Services, Assistant to the Controller May 2001 - present.
• Use formats of both styles
• Targeted resumes
• Insert specific skills you have that
are being asked for
Pack action in your resume
• Use strong, action-oriented,
descriptive words, like “exceeded”,
“developed”, “initiated”, “increased”
and “directed” as they fit.
• Vary power words
Name and contact
• Full (legal) name, permanent
address, current phone (message
• Use professional e-mail address only
if you check it at least every other
Job title or Objective?
• Inform employer of what you want
• If you are interested in more than
one thing, either create several
resumes, or delete job title/objective
Job title or Objective?
• Job title: one or two words exactly as
• Objective: simple, short sentence that
describes the kind of job you want.
• Avoid being too general
The experience summary section
markets your “Skills Set”
• The Experience Summary section
appears after your job title and
before your Education
• “Profile” “Summary of
Qualifications,” or “Experience
• “Book Jacket Summary”: Grabs
attention and summarizes experience
The Experience Summary Section
Markets your “Skills Set”
• Think about qualifications; what’s
important and unique?
• Brainstorm and then narrow down
• Group similar skills in sets
• Spend time; these are your marketing
The Education Section – Your
• Highlights formal education,
specialized training, special courses
and required certifications
• Consider listing courses, class
projects or observations
• List dates only on most recent
Related Experience, Skills or
Work History Section
• The heart of your resume
• Detail work experience
• Backs up your Summary of
• For Ed Majors: Classroom
Experience; for Nursing majors:
What goes in your Work
• Company Name
• Company Location
• Your job title
• Dates of Employment
• Brief description of job duties
• Achievements and results, make
these quantifiable and verifiable
What if I don’t know what to
– Career Counselor
– Discover Program - Assessments
• Informational Interviewing
• Soft skills; can be trained for
• Use if pertinent to the position you
are applying for
• Show leadership and community
• Typically for graduate school
• Available Upon Request
• Reference Sheet
• At least one professional reference
• Contact your references ahead of
• Use spell check
• Show it to people
• Encourage criticism
• Mistake = garbage can
Resume Design and Layout
• Do not use pastels, fluorescent, or dark colors of paper.
• Use standard business colors.
• Use quality paper
• Use a word processing program so you have the flexibility to
target specific employers and job openings.
• Use a simple, clean typeface like Times New Roman, Helvetica or
• Use open spaces to make your resume look clean and easy to
read. Avoid cramming with lots of print.
• Mail originals, not photocopies.
• Proofread your resume at every step in the process.
• Don’t settle for less than the very best.- Your resume reflects you.
Packaging Tips for your
• Print your resume, reference sheet
and cover letter on the same paper
• Cover letter, resume, references
• Mail flat in a large envelope
• Never fold your resume
• Print mailing labels
• Use adequate postage