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					Building Your Resume from the Ground Up
David McMahon ’69 Associate Director Experiential Education

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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

The First Question

“Why Should I walk away from my Customer to Interview You?”
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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Purpose of a Resume
A Marketing Tool:

To convince an employer To call you For an interview You’ve got 30 seconds!!!
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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Resume Myths
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“I don’t need one until I’m ready to look for a job.” “I can use one standard resume for the rest of my life.” “I’m too young, there’s nothing to put on a resume.” “My resume will get the job for me.”
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Steps to Building a Resume Laying the foundation.  Building the resume.  Finishing the resume.
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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Laying the Foundation
Assess Yourself on Paper  What are your Objectives?
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Kind of job you are looking for and when you are available Skills, Abilities, Work Experience, and Extracurricular Activities/Leadership

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What have you accomplished?
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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Laying the Foundation
What Makes a Good Employee?? 1. Integrity Ability to work with people Responsibility Judgment Motivation to succeed Work ethic Intelligence Creativity/enthusiasm Communications skills 10. Technical competence
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Laying the Foundation
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What Resume Format is most appropriate?
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Chronological  Organized by date in reverse date order  Most commonly used type and more acceptable by employers Functional  Grouped by status areas  Useful for employment gaps  Less acceptable by employers Combination  Chronological/functional types combined
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Building the Resume
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Personal Data Section Objective Education Section Work Experience Activities and Honors Do Not List References
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Building the Resume
Personal Data Section Examples
Example #1 Ima T. Aggie
1234 High St. College Station, TX 77840 Home: (979) xxx-xxxx Cell : (979) xxx-xxxx 4321 West Way Kingsland, TX 78639 (325) xxx-xxxx ita@tamu.edu

Example #2

Ima T. Aggie
1234 High St. College Station, TX 77840 Home: (979) xxx-xxxx Cell : (979) xxx-xxxx ita@tamu.edu
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Building the Resume
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Objective
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CO-OP, Intern, Full-time? Operations, Business, Sales, Design, R&D, Consulting? CO-OPs and Interns – start date Degree in Major, GPR, Graduation Date Job Title, Company Name, Location, Dates of employment Job Description – Statements (not sentences) Using action words and showing results Be Positive, Be Concise, Be Persuasive
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Education
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Work Experience
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Building the Resume
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Activities and Honors
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References
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Student/Professional organizations Leadership positions Scholarships,Dean’s List, etc. Foreign languages, international experiences, security clearance Do not list on resume Bring separate page when you are interviewed

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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Building the Resume
• Present most marketable information first • Use brief, descriptive phrases • No personal pronouns • Use action verbs to describe experiences
and accomplishments • Be Positive • Be Truthful • You Have the Right to Remain Silent
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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Finishing the Resume
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Be Concise Show results Top Heavy Reader Friendly

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Finishing the Resume
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Avoiding common mistakes
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Spelling and grammatical errors. Formatting, fonts, length, paper quality. Translate “Aggie speak” to business English LIES Too long

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Don’t include references.

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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Finishing the Resume
Use white or off-white paper (checkout resume paper
at area copy centers, i.e. Kinkos, Copy Corner, or Graphics Center on campus) Use 8 ½ x11-inch paper Use a font size of 10 to 14 points Black ink only Use non-decorative typefaces Choose one typeface and stick to it Avoid italics, script, and underlined words No horizontal or vertical lines, graphics, or shading Do not fold or staple your resume If you must mail your resume, put it in a large envelope
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Building Your Resume from the Ground Up

Finishing the Resume
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Resume Critique and Advice
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Career Center Advisor

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Academic Advisor
Mentor Roommate Employer
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In Conclusion….
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Laying the foundation… Building the resume… Finishing your resume…
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Congratulations!  You Did It!
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