Creating a Resume Putting the Pieces Together

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					Résumés That Get Results
Résumé Jump-Start Career Center ♦ Lucina Hall 220 www.bsu.edu/careers

What is a résumé?
 Highlights relevant skills and

experiences
 Marketing tool in the job-search process  The 10-20 second rule
 First

impression

What is “relevant information”?
 Education
 Degree

 Activities
 Organizations  Teams

 Internships  Experience
 On-campus  Off-campus

 Professional associations  Skills

 Courses

Education
Bachelor of Science, July 2007 Major: Fashion Merchandising Minor: Marketing Ball State University, Muncie, IN
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Major GPA: 3.32/4.0 Honors: Dean’s List (1 semester)

Internships
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

Experience
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

Experience
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

Related Courses

Activities

Professional Associations
 American Society of Landscape Architects,

2005-present  National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2006present  Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 2006-present

Optional Pieces
 Career objective

 GPA
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3.7/4.0

 Honors, awards, and scholarships

 Volunteer work
 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.).

Activity
 Look at the resume in front of you. What

things would you do to correct or improve it?

Important!
Your résumé must
 Be easy to read  Show the most relevant information  Be tailored to the job

Chronological:
• 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.

Functional:
• 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.

Activity
 Compare the resumes and determine which

one you would hire.
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Be prepared to give reasons for your decision.

Helpful Resources
 Career and Experiential Learning Lab (Lucina

Hall 235)
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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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 Advising by Appointment
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 Questions?

 Evaluation