Creating Excellent Resumes Career Services Contact Hours & Location Katie T. Anderson Mon – Fri, 9 am - 5 pm Career Services & by appointment Associate Director A128, Career & Advising Center Lois Baker 812-330-6018 Work Study Career Assistant email@example.com Services Activities/Resources Career Advising Employer Referral/JobZone Interest Assessment Job Search Seminars Experiential Education (interns, co-ops) College Transfer Resume & Cover Letter Writing Career Expo 2011, 4-14-11 Interview Preparation, Coaching Career Services Online FACT No matter what degree or what experience you have, you still must be perceived as competent, professional What is a resume? Webster’s definition: a summing up; a summary, statement of job applicants education and previous experience Career definition: an electronic or paper presentation describing why you should receive an interview for a job opening Document of introduction to an employer An Excellent Resume Will… Two Characteristics of People who create excellent resumes They have put extensive effort into creating the resume They seek constructive criticism from qualified people (career services, advisors, professors, recruiters, communication experts, family, professional references) What makes a resume excellent? Accurate Emphasis on Education, Accomplishment Organized Easy to Scan Concise Content, Strong Job Appropriate Types of Resumes Types of Resumes Chronological Listing of Jobs Most relevant, recent history first Emphasis on education Simplest, most traditional of resumes Types of Resumes Functional (Skills) Cluster experiences under major skill areas Limited paid work experience Changing careers Not worked for a while Presents strengths More challenging to write Types of Resumes Combination Resume (Creative) Uses elements of both chronological and functional resumes Used to improve the clarity or presentation of a resume Content Headings Anita Jenkins 123 College Avenue Bloomington, Indiana 47905 (812) 447-7777 firstname.lastname@example.org Headings Annie Schaffer 123 E. 8th St. Bloomington, Indiana 47401 (812) 744-4568 email@example.com Headings David James 123 Adler Rd Bloomington, Indiana, 47401, 330-1010 Professional Objective Professional Objective Tell the employer what you want to do for them Information should be focused on meeting their needs and solving their problems Identify at least two of three: job type, employer / industry, skills and responsibilities you want to perform in this position. Professional Objective THIS………. NOT THIS… Seeking a challenging A draftsman position position in design in which I can use my technology utilizing people skills and knowledge in AutoCAD, abilities to advance in Solid Works, Pro E, a small to mid-sized CAD / CAM company with room for growth. Education Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, IN, 8/10 to present Pursuing an A.A.S. in Design Technology Concentration: Architecture GPA: 3.7/4.0 Deans List 12-10 Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington Design Technology A.S. degree; expected graduation date, May 2011 GPA: 3.2/4.0 Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, Indiana Design Technology - AAS May 2010 Chancellors List, December 2009; GPA 3.5/4.0 Education Not Impressive August 2008 - currently enrolled at Ivy Tech in the program of Design Technology. I have a 2.8 grade average and go nights. Certifications AutoCAD Certification; 12-09 Attained certified user credential upon completion of Advanced CAD, Design 220 course Related Course Work Technical Graphics Advanced CAD Logic, Design, and Programming Statics Kinematics of Machinery Systems Analysis and Design Parametric Solid Modeling CNC Programming Skills The purpose of the skills section is to provide a summary of the skills you offer to the employer --- that relate to the kind of job you want to do for them. Example of Skills Computer Systems: Microsoft Office, Novell NetWare, AutoCAD, Solid Works, Pro Engineering, SketchIT Example of Skills Software: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook Express, Front Page, Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator Example of Skills Experience with Engineering Terminology, DFM, test method and process validations (IQ, OQ, and PPQ) Experience with Design of Experiments (DoE) and product / process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Summary of Qualifications Summarize for the employer why you are qualified to do the job you say you want. Specify the reasons why the employer should hire you. Example Summary of Qualifications Familiar with design operating systems Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, Exchange Administrator Experienced in graphic illustration Experienced in installing and configuring drafting workstations Experience Experience “Work” or “Professional” Experience are categories indicating paid positions “Experience” or “Related Experience” are categories indicating either paid or unpaid positions Experience Include job title, employer name, city and state, dates of employment. Description of skills used, learned. Highlight accomplishments of your work. Emphasize the job title by listing it first – Some prefer to list employer name first Experience Emphasize skills versus duties It is important to present experience as an action-oriented contributor Prioritize Example of Experience Descriptions Assistant Manager, Whitestone Cleaners, Bloomington, In (1/98-3/10) Interfaced (action verb) extensively (descriptor) with customers (object) troubleshooting problems and generating solutions (end-result). Example of Experience Descriptions Front Line Server, McDonald’s Corporation, Bloomington, IN (1/99-3/10) Took orders promptly and accurately (action verb) from customers (object) including counter and drive up (descriptor) keeping orders flowing and providing excellent customer satisfaction (end-result). Example of Experience Descriptions MIS Coordinator, HOPE Foundation Bloomington, In (5/03 - present) Provided (action verb) information management support (object) for all plant users (descriptor) contributing to the highest rate of employee computer use over a two-year period (end-result). Example of Experience Descriptions Programmer Associate, ProsLink Technical Company, Inc., Bloomington, IN (1/2009 to present) Monitored and controlled (action verb) computer processing (object) including output queues, printing, and output distribution (descriptor) keeping operations on schedule (end-result). Activities Provide an overview of the professional, extracurricular, and community activities that compliment your ability to perform the job Can be a main section or subsection with education section Prioritize Emphasize what you did Other headings may be “Interests” “Community Involvement” “Civic Engagement” “Service” A Word About Length As long as it takes to do the job Information on resume should be Relevant, concise, complete, accurate, without errors Organized, easy to scan Don’t “squeeze” it on No “fluff” Generally 1 page for entry level References References Professional references are people with whom you have some formal relationship such as an instructor or work supervisor Generally 3-5 references are preferred Essential - discuss your job search with your references. List an individual only if he or she has agreed to be a positive reference Accompany your resume, presented upon interview request Reference Examples Mr. John Doe, Professor Ivy Tech Community College 200 Daniels Way Bloomington, Indiana 47404 812-332-1559; firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Jane Smith, Engineering Tech Supervisor Limestone Company 123 College Ave Bloomington, Indiana 47401 812-337-2626 Resume Winners Proof read with an advisor, friend You will get the interviews You will be prepared to talk about career accomplishments and goals You will be able to use social media sites for networking purposes You are encouraged to present your resume to Career Services. Thanks!
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