Résumés That Get Results
Résumé Jump-Start Career Center ♦ Lucina Hall 220 www.bsu.edu/careers
What is a résumé?
Highlights relevant skills and
Marketing tool in the job-search process The 10-20 second rule
What is “relevant information”?
Professional associations Skills
Bachelor of Science, July 2007 Major: Fashion Merchandising Minor: Marketing Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Major GPA: 3.32/4.0 Honors: Dean’s List (1 semester)
6/2006-8/2006 Indianapolis, IN MARC USA Communications Intern Designed marketing communication plan for Spanish-speaking consumers Researched current trends in communications within public relations Provided daily administrative assistance with client communications
Ball State University, Recreation Services, Muncie, Indiana Aerobics Monitor/Instructor August 2005-present Supervise and organize aerobic fitness classes for BSU-Fit Program; includes Challenge Step, Step and Cardio, Step and Tone, and Jump and Jab (cardio kick-boxing) Instruct Water Aerobics class Completed Aerobic Instructor Training through Recreation Programs at Ball State University; Certified Group Exercise Instructor through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Attended Midwest Aerobics Fit-Fest training programs at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, 2006, and at Indiana University in Bloomington, 2007
Box Office Attendant, Summers, 2005-2006 Kerasotes Theatres, Cinema 7; Sidney, Ohio Sold and distributed movie tickets to patrons Maintained accurate cash drawer and recorded box office sales
American Society of Landscape Architects,
2005-present National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2006present Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 2006-present
Honors, awards, and scholarships
Licenses and certificates Publications, presentations, and research
Wisdom from Dilbert
Ways not to fine tune your résumé:
State your reasons for leaving a job. Use abbreviations or contractions. Write lengthy prose. Use multiple fonts, typographic symbols, or
other visual elements (like logos or clip art). Use personal pronouns (I, me, my). Include a photograph. Mention personal data (e.g., height, weight, health, age or date of birth, marital status, race, religion, sex, etc.).
Look at the resume in front of you. What
things would you do to correct or improve it?
Your résumé must
Be easy to read Show the most relevant information Be tailored to the job
• Time and continuity. • Easy to organize, write, and read. • Most commonly used type of résumé. • Emphasizes career growth and progression.
It is not advantageous for people with limited or unrelated employment experience.
• Focuses on professional skills, responsibilities, and accomplishments. • De-emphasizes dates and specific work experiences. • Highlights specific skills that the job requires.
It is good for recent graduates, liberal arts majors, career changers, and people with limited work experience or interrupted careers.
Compare the resumes and determine which
one you would hire.
Be prepared to give reasons for your decision.
Career and Experiential Learning Lab (Lucina
Sample résumés, other resources M,T,W: 1-3 p.m. Th,F: 10 a.m.-noon (765) 285-1522
Drop-in Advising (Lucina Hall 220)
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