PHI ALPHA DELTA
FEBRUARY 12, 2008
CREATED BY: JING-LAN LEE
Your Resume: General Concerns
What is a Resume?
Why write a resume?
to persuade your readers you are the best person for the job
to construct a professional image of yourself and establish your
to provide a sample of your written communication skills
to convince prospective employers you deserve an interview
Kinds of Resumes
Approach When to Use
Generic Approach - large number of applications
- placing a resume on the Internet or in
a job search database
- creating a resume for an employment
Tailored Approach - whenever possible!
- for "top choice" positions
- for small number of applications
- With previous contacts or connections
with the organization
Combined Approach - when you want to maximize your
chances for success
Remember Your Audience
Try to make such information easy to find "at a glance."
Give your resume the 15-second test.
After the initial impression, resume readers become more
Now ask yourself:
- Do you provide evidence and details for the careful reader?
- How can you make your resume look convincing "under
Developing Your Content
What qualities and/or What the position
skills I have requires/is looking for
Use Journalistic Questions
position titles, supervisors, important dates, starting/ending,
your responsibilities, duties, goals (professional, personal,
nature of your experience for the organization, etc)
procedures, technologies, skills
department, division, location
you used to achieve those goals
Putting PAD on you Resume
1) Who are you in PAD? Do you have a leadership
2) What qualities, skills and/or contributions do you
make/gain from PAD?
3) Why are you in PAD (goals)?
4) How have you demonstrated leadership and skills or
tried to achieve your goals?
Using Action Words!
1) Use high-impact action words
2) Avoid passive tense
“Completed” – definition: done/did
Action words: accomplished, achieved, executed,
attained, effected, managed, launched…etc.
Organizing the Sections
To make your resume readers' job a little easier, you
should consider developing a two-level text, using
headings to help skimmers find what they are looking for, and
details to convince skeptical readers you really have the
qualifications you say you do.
Objective Statement (or Career Goal, Professional
Education (Degree, Institution, Location, etc.)
Work Experience (or Work History, Professional
History, Experience, etc.)
Honors and Activities (or Activities, Hobbies,
honors and awards advanced career training
language proficiency special projects
presentations career-related skills
in-house seminars familiar computer applications
achievements technical training
internships licenses and certification
military experience accomplishments
qualifications skills summary
career profile volunteer work
community service memberships
Create a visual hierarchy
Use a consistent formula
Use the whole page
Choose the right paper!
Sample Image: Resume 1
Sample Image: Resume 2
Your Turn: Version 1
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE .
Bucca di Beppo Restaurant
Started as a hostess, became senior server in Winter 2007
Help wash dishes in the kitchen on slow nights
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE .
Bucca di Beppo Restaurant, Seattle, WA Fall 2006-present
Began as a hostess, promoted to current server position
overseeing 12-15 full-sized tables in Winter 2007
Train newly hired staff in restaurant protocol and provide peer
Assist coworkers with dish-washing and kitchen maintenance
Receive and document patrons’ comments, questions and
Act as a part-time bartender during peak hours, juggling the rush
of patrons with cashier duties; also assisted in creation of
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