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Title: Resume Preparation


1
Resume and Curriculum Vitae BASICS
Amanda Dumsch, MA Career Consultant, GW Career
CenterNovember 16, 2009
2
Top Ten Tips to Revitalize Your Resume CV
Our Goals For Today
  • Resume CV Basics
  • Cover Letter Rules
  • The Importance of Your Audience
  • Top Ten Tips for Resume CV Enhancement

3
A Few Rules
  • Formatting is key the average employer spends
    just 10-20 Seconds reviewing each resume
    submitted.
  • Margins no less than .5
  • Use font sizes ranging from 10 14
  • Use a consistent font
  • Avoid using templates
  • Organize information in reverse chronological
    order

4
CREATING A RESUME
  • What to Always Include
  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Experience Paid, Unpaid, Volunteer, Part-
  • Time/Full-Time, Leadership Roles
  • Optional to Include
  • Objective Honors and Awards
  • Publications Presentations
  • Activities Skills (Computer and Language)
  • Qualifications Summary Industry-Specific
    Information

5
CONTACT INFORMATION
YOUR NAME HERE 123 Alpha Betical St. Apt.
123 Washington, DC 12345 (202) 123-1234 yournamehe
re_at_gwu.edu
YOUR NAME HERE (202) 123-1234 yournamehere_at_gwu.edu
Current Address Permanent Address 123
Alpha Betical St. Apt. 123 321 Betical
Alpha St. Washington, DC 12345
New York, NY 12233
6
EDUCATION
  • EDUCATION
  • The George Washington University, Washington, DC
    May 2013
  • Doctor or Medicine Candidate
  • New York University, New York, NY
    May 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology/Chemistry, GPA 3.8
  • Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil
    January to May 2003
  • Study Abroad
  • You may include GPA if it is 3.0 or higher
  • No Reference to High School

7
EXPERIENCE
  • EXPERIENCE
  • National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
    Sept. 2006 - Present
  • Associate, Office of Human Resources
  • Distribute employee benefits information to
    over 1000 employees
  • Process benefits applications for all
    managerial positions
  • Plan and implement benefits orientation for
    200 new hires
  • Use present-tense for jobs you are still employed
    and past-tense for past jobs
  • Avoid using I Statements or Pronouns
  • Include Quantitative Data if Possible

8
EXPERIENCE
  • WHAT DOES EXPERIENCE INCLUDE?
  • Paid
  • Unpaid
  • Volunteer
  • PT/FT
  • Leadership Roles

9
CV vs. Resume Whats the Difference?
  • Purpose
  • Resume Marketing tool
  • CV History of You
  • Content
  • Resume succinct and relevant to reader
  • CV broader in content but should maintain
    relevancy
  • Page Length
  • Resume 1 page
  • CV 3 pages and up

10
CV vs. ResumeWhen should I Send a CV?
  • In the U.S. CVs only tend to be used when
    applying for academic/educational and/or
    science/research positions.
  • Also applicable when applying for fellowships
    and grants.

11
CV vs. ResumeWhen should I Send a CV?
  • USE a CV if
  • Youre seeking employment in academic or research
    communities
  • You dont want to be tied to stricter resume
    guidelines regarding format and length
  • You want to highlight a specific focus, research
    or academic interest
  • You are seeking employment abroad

12
CV vs. Resume Sample CV Category Headings
  • PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • PUBLICATIONS
  • SERVICE ACTIVITIES
  • ACADEMIC PREPARATION
  • CERTIFICATIONS
  • COURSES TAUGHT
  • CONSULTING
  • ASSISTANTSHIPS/ FELLOWSHIPS
  • INTERNSHIPS/ PRACTICA
  • PRESENTATIONS

13
Do Not Include!
  • MARITAL STATUS
  • CITIZENSHIP
  • CITY/COUNTRY
  • OF BIRTH
  • STATE SALARY REQUIREMENTS
  • SAYMy duties included or I was
    responsible for
  • HEALTH
  • PHOTO
  • HEIGHT/WEIGHT
  • BIRTHDATE
  • REASONS FOR LEAVING PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS
  • REFERENCES

14
DO Highlight Transferable Skills
  • ExamplesI led customers to their seat and took
    meal orders at a restaurant
  • ? Greeted and provided excellent customer
    service to restaurant patrons.
  • I was responsible for maintaining an appointment
    database.
  • ? Managed an appointment database of over 500
    clients.

15
Cover Letter Rules
  • Customize Each Letter to a Specific Position
  • Do Not Repeat Your Resume Expand Upon It
  • Business Letter Format (Block Style)
  • Three to Four Paragraphs
  • One Page
  • Single Space Between Line, Double Space Between
    Paragraphs

16
REMINDERS
  • Follow the Formatting Rules
  • Print Out and File Your Resume
  • Edit and Proofread
  • 48-Hour Critique Service
  • http//gwired.gwu.edu/career/resumecritiqueform/
  • Keep Your Resume Updated

17
Top Ten Tips
  • Remember Your
  • AUDIENCE

18
Top Ten Tips
  • ALWAYS tailor
  • your resume to
  • each job posting

19
Top Ten Tips
  • Quantify and
  • Qualify all
  • Experiences

20
Top Ten Tips
  • Sending out
  • MORE resumes
  • isnt always the
  • answer

21
Top Ten Tips
  • Opportunity
  • Knocks at
  • Inopportune
  • Times

22
Top Ten Tips
  • Target Skills
  • Employers
  • Want

23
Top Ten Tips
  • HONESTY is
  • always the
  • best policy

24
Top Ten Tips
  • Spelling, Grammar,
  • Formatting, and
  • Structure can MAKE
  • or BREAK your
  • chances.

25
Top Ten Tips
  • Focus on Accomplishments and
  • Problems Solved

26
Top Ten Tips
  • Showcase Leadership Throughout Your Resume By
    Projecting Confidence and Competence

27
Questions?
28
Contact Us With Additional Questions
The GW Career Center 1922 F Street NW, Old
Main (202) 994-6495 http//gwired.gwu.edu/career M
onday to Friday 900 am to 500 pm
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