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Unformatted text preview: Resume Writing Tips A resume is: Resume Components An organized compilation of your education, experiences and achievements Below are components that are parts of a resume listed in the order suggested for new or recent college graduates. Your own personal marketing piece designed to give a picture of Resumes do not have to include ALL of these components. o Who you are o What you have accomplished o HEADING: Your ability to successfully perform meaningful work The top of your resume must begin with your name, address, e-mail and a phone number where you can be reached. Make sure your voicemail and e-mail are professional. Often the first impression an employer will have of you OBJECTIVE: A job search tool that should elicit an invitation to interview A living document that will grow and change to reflect your own development A clear and concise statement of what job title or typ e of position you are targeting Should be tailored for each position Optional to include, but suggested Resume Design Basics Formatting and Appearance EDUCATION: List all colleges in reverse chronological order, beginning with the one you are presently attending. Include your degree, certification and your major. Your grade point average is optional, and should not be included if it is below a 3.0. May incorporate RELATED COURSEWORK by providing titles of courses you’ve taken (may also included current courses) o Clear, concise, inviting to read and easy to access information o Margins: 1 inch on all sides o Length: generally 1 page, no more than 2 o Use standard fonts (Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial) o Type Size: 10 – 12 point o Paper: White, beige or light gray quality bond paper – same color paper should be used for your cover letter and envelope Bulleted list that can summarize multiple aspects of your background and provides a description or overview of relevant functional skill set Short list of both “hard” and “soft” skills Use consistent forms (italics, bold, underline, CAPS) Include computer and language skills Content Use keywords related to field or industry o Include standard contact information (Name, Address, Phone, email) o Highlight relevant information; eliminate unrelated information Can incorporate RELATED COURSEWORK by providing descriptions of what you learned in those classes instead of just the title EXPERIENCE: o Link transferable skills that relate to position o Focus on the needs of the position or employer o Indicate your contributions and emphasize results o Use quantifiable information (specific numbers) whenever possible [e.g. increased sales by 50%, operated o 10-line switchboard, provided clerical support for ten staff members] SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS: List employers in reverse chronological order May create 2 sections: o Begin statements with action verbs and be consistent with verb tense – [use present tense for current positions, past tense for previous positions] o Avoid “I”, "the", pronouns and prepositions o Omit periods unless you have a complete sentence PROFESSIONAL/RELATED EXPERIENCE o Grammar and Punctuation o Should include related employment (full-time or part-time), internships (paid or unpaid), co-op, service learning, volunteering, projects or academic research, work experience abroad, capstone projects ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS: (optional- include those relevant to position) ACTIVITIES: Leadership activities, student organizations, professional memberships, volunteer work that doesn’t fit well in experience HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/RECOGNITION PUBLICATIONS/RESEARCH Resume Writing Tips R resume ps: Aesume Tiis: Ean organized compilation of yourinitially reviewing your mployers spend 30 – 45 seconds education, experiences resume, forming an impression of you and making the and achievements ecision to keep you in or weed you designed to give an dyour own personal marketing piece out opicture ofon the format and appearance of your resume so Focus our you are o ywhomessage (content) can make a positive impact Uo bulleted lists instead of paragraphs se what you have accomplished Co your ability to successfully perform meaningfulawork hronological components of resume (EDUCATION nd EXPERIENCE) should be listed in reverse order (most recent first) and should include: an employer will have of you often the first impression oa job search tool that shouldEelicitJan invitation XP) What (Degree/Major for D & ob Title for Eto interview oa living document that will grow and changename for Eyour Where (School name for ED & Company to reflect XP) own development o Location (ONLY City and State) Resume Design Basics o Time frame (use consistent format) Formatting and – MM/YY – MM/YY Appearance o –Clear, concise, inviting to ready & easy to pick out Y–Y information – # Years o Margins: 1 inch on all sides Use consistent formatting (bold, italics, underline, CAPS, o CAPS, or any combination) for similar things: SMALL Length: generally 1 page, no more than 2 Times oo DUse standard fonts Job Title (bold) egree/Major and (Times New Roman, Calibri) oo SType Size: 10a– 12 ompany Name (italics) chool Name nd C point oo RPaper: White, beige or light gray quality bond paper ESUME COMPONENTS (bold and CAPS) – same color paper should be used for your cover Brainstorm skillsand envelope letter and experiences you have gained from all areas of your life, then edit out the irrelevant ones o Use consistent forms (italics, bold, underline, CAPS) Employers form impressions of you based on your email aContent phone voicemail ddress and o Mnclude standard contact information (Name, Address, I ake sure you have a professional email address contact information o Phone, email) (yourname@gmail.com) oo NWrite concisely o slang, profanity, music, overly religious or silly o commentsrelevantbe a part of your voice mail greeting Highlight should information; eliminate completely o Aunrelated information lways respond in a timely manner to employer contacts o (phone or email) skills Link transferable S esume Components Rtandout Resumes Do: elow are components that are parts of a resume listed in the B listed order suggestedyournew or recent college graduates. 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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2011 for the course CSEL N/A taught by Professor N/a during the Fall '11 term at University of Central Florida.

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