Creating_An_Effective_Resume

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C C r r e e a a t t i i n n g g a a n n E E f f f f e e c c t t i i v v e e R R é é s s u u m m é é Alumni Career Services Bucknell University Botany Building (570) 577-1238 acs@bucknell.edu www.bucknell.edu/alumnicareerservices Career Development Center
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2 Contents Rule of Thumb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 1 What is a Résumé? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... 2 Why Do I Need A Résumé? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Résumé Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Sample Chronological Résumés . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sample Combination Résumés . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Résumé Building Tips for Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Parts of the Résumé. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 12 Identification and Objective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Showcasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Worksheet - Showcase Your Accomplishments . . . . . . . . . . 15 Skill Clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Career Transferable Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Action Verbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Employment History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Additional Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Make Sure You’re resume don’s have mistakes. . . . . . . . . . . 27 Résumé Worksheet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Résumé Critique Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Electronic Résumés . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sample Electronic Résumé . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 References – Why Have Them?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Sample Reference Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Cover Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Cover Letter Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Sample Cover Letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Cover Letter Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 What Is a Thank You Letter? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Sample Thank You Letter – Block Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
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1 Pick up your résumé. Where are your thumbs? They are probably at about the midpoint of the page. Most employers spend 15 – 30 seconds when first examining résumé, and only seeing the top half of your résumé. Therefore, everything above your thumbs should be the most important information that you want to convey to the employer, and everything below your thumbs should support the message you are communicating. In this short amount of time employers determine your strengths and if you have something to offer. If they feel that you do, they will look at your resume in more depth. If not, you will be filed away. You need to make sure that the employer knows what you are capable of doing. If you don’t tell them, no one else will. Employers want to QUICKLY screen you out. Your goal is to get screened IN . How do you fashion your résumé so that it gets noticed? The employer doesn’t have time to search your résumé for pertinent information – you must provide it on a silver platter – easy to obtain and elegantly presented. Take the time to craft a résumé that is an accurate reflection of you. Don’t do it alone! Tap into book and web resources, and ask others for input. Remember that you have the final say on your résumé’s appearance – you must like it. When you look at it, you should say, “Wow, I’m good!!” Rule of Thumb for Résumé Showcasing
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2 IT IS NOT ± Your Autobiography ± Your Complete Obituary IT IS ± A Document Starting Your Professional Credentials ITS PURPOSE IS ± Not to Obtain a job ± To Obtain an Interview ( YOU get the job) Your Résumé Is Your Advertisement In most instances your résumé is your first contact with an employer. Make sure that it gives a positive, professional impression. Your résumé is your advertising tool and should provide: ± A sense of purpose - Why are you sending the résumé?
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course MBA_W MBA-147822 taught by Professor Anne during the Spring '09 term at Windsor.

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