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									Resume Writing Workshop
     The Purpose of a Resume is…
          GET THE INTERVIEW!
• Marketing yourself
             • What makes you unique
             • Answer the question “Why should the employer
               want to talk to you?”
             • Customize, Customize, Customize
             • Only give enough information that 100% qualifies
               you for the job and “NO MORE, NO LESS.”




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                          What is a Resume?

• It is one part of a set of documents you
  need when searching for any job:
      – Cover letter
      – Resume
      – Reference list
      – Thank you note
• These are your personal ADVERTISING
  kit
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            Resume “Rules of Thumb”
• Keep it to no more than two pages
• Tailor it as much as possible to the job
  description
• Use language that is in the job description
• KISS the physical layout (Keep It Simple Silly)
• REMEMBER:
  The resume represents you in your
  absence!

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             Key Content Components
• Your Contact Information
      – Who you are and how you can be reached
• Your Job or Professional Objective
      – What kind of work you are looking for
• Your Accomplishment Statements
      – Successes you have achieved
             • Problem, Solution, Results (PSRs)
• Your Skills or Qualification Summary
      – What makes you the ideal candidate


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     Resume Types: Chronological
Advantages                  Reasons to use
Emphasizes continuity and   When your career direction
career growth               is clear

Highlights the name of      When your job target is in
employers                   line with your work history

Easy to follow              When the name of your last
                            employer adds strong
                            prestige
                                    Source: The Perfect Resume, Tom Jackson, 1990




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            Resume Types: Functional
Advantages                     Reasons to use
Flexibility in emphasis        When you change or redirect
                               your career

Eliminates repetition of job   When you start your first job
assignments                    search

Tends to de-emphasize          When you reenter the job
experience                     market and want to
                               emphasize your abilities
                                       Source: The Perfect Resume, Tom Jackson, 1990




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               Resume Types: Targeted
Advantages                    Reasons to use
Lets you present an           When you are exceptionally
impressive case for one       clear about job targets and
selected job                  what they require
Demonstrates strong           Certified, licensed, or
understanding in a targeted   bonded job requirements
area of expertise
                                     Source: The Perfect Resume, Tom Jackson, 1990




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                          Writing Guidelines
• Top-Left Rule
• Use “active” v. “passive” language
• Use present tense to describe what you are
  looking for now
• Use past tense to describe what you have done
  before
• Incomplete sentences are acceptable
• Take job description and using “white” letters
  paste job description is small font below first
  page of resume so can only be read by scanner.

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                      Physical Appearance

• Make it easy to to look at and easy to read
  WHITE SPACE
• Use at least 10 point type (12 is the best)
      –    tiny type is hard to read!

• Use a simple typeface (a.k.a. “font”)
      – A “sans serif” font such as this is clean
      – A “serif” font such as this is easier to read
• Don’t mix fonts on a page
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                          Overview

• Does the resume “Paint a Clear Picture?”
• Does the resume “Tell your Story?”
• Does the resume let the employer make a
  quick assessment to go further with an
  interview?
• Is it a good advertisement?


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                     Impact of the Internet

• Makes it easy to distribute your resume
  very quickly to lots of companies
• Quickly becoming a preferred means of
  receiving resumes by employers
• Presents opportunities for abuse
      – Consider setting up a Hotmail or Yahoo email
        address to protect yourself from spam


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      Ways to Submit Electronically
• As an attachment via email
      – Attachments are falling out of favor due to
        viruses, worms, etc.
      – Only use if job description says to do so
• Embedded in email
      – You will need a text-only file for this
• Submitted on-line through a web site
      – You will need a text-only file for this

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                          Emailing a Resume
• Save Document as “text only with line
  breaks” (60 characters per line)
• Open the document, edit again and save.
• Highlight all and copy onto clipboard.
• Go to internet service screen and paste the
  copied resume into the e-mail preceded by a
  cover letter.
• Keep the margins at 6 1/2” to prevent wrap-
  around
• Send it to yourself so you can preview it.

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                          Plain-Text Resume
• Ugly but necessary
      – Companies are wary of computer viruses in
        attachments
      – HR clerks, not hiring managers, are tasked with
        printing out emails
• Simple format
      – 60 characters per line (with a CR at the end)
      – Use ALL CAPS for headers
      – Add line spaces to separate blocks of text

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          The Electronic “Scannable”
                    Resume
• Software “reads” your resume for keywords
      – Most popular system is Resumix
        (now owned by Hotjobs.com)
      – Will score and rank resumes by number of hits
• Sample list of companies using it:
      – AMD, Amdahl, Apple, Bank of America,
        Cadence, Intel, GE, National Semiconductor,
        Sun Microsystems, AT&T

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                  The Evil Scan Software




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                           Cover Letters
      •     First Paragraph - Opening
            Tells why you are writing in a way that arouses interest.
            Displays your knowledge of the reader’s company or group.
      •     Second Paragraph - Accomplishments
            Briefly describes your qualifications and identifies the relevant
            job title.
      •     Third Paragraph - Answers the question: Why should I hire
            you?
      •     Fourth Paragraph - Takes the initiative
            Requests action, asks for an interview, suggests a time to meet.
      •     Close - Always thank the employer for time and consideration.




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                          Your References
• Ask permission to use your references’ name.
• Send your references a copy of your resume.
• Ask you references what they think your strengths and
  weaknesses are.
• Call your references once you have provided their
  names to a company. Coach your references on what
  skills to highlight when called.
• Ask them to tell you when they are called for a reference.




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                          Incidentals
• Cover letters
      – Keep them brief and aligned with what is
        written in your resume
• Reference lists
      – Don’t send them with your resume, but have
        them with you at the interview
• Thank you note
      – A nice (and rare) personal touch

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