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Title: Resumes for the 21st Century

Resumes for the 21st Century
  • 134 Mary Gates Hall
  • (206) 543-0535

  • Purpose role of the resume
  • Employers perspective
  • Identifying linking skills to jobs
  • Resume formats
  • Cover letters
  • Resources

Purpose of Resume
The Silent Question
  • All the questions employers have in mind are
    really the same question
  • Successful job seekers understand their unique
    combination of skills, education and experience
    and articulate their value to employers.

Role of the Resume in Job Search
Throughout the job search.
  • Your
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Job interview
  • ALL need to demonstrate how your value matches
    the employers needsin the language they
  • Skills are the language of the job search.

Where to find your skills
  • In your education
  • (major and other coursework, individual and group
    assignments and projects, research, training,
    special knowledges)
  • In your experience
  • (full and part-time work, internships,
    volunteering, community service, student and
    professional organizations, student activities,
    sports, travel, study abroad exchanges, leisure
    activities, hobbies)

Kinds of Skills
  • Self Management Skills
  • Transferable Skills
  • Work Content Skills

Skills Link to Jobs
  • Value increases with the degree of match between
    your skills and how an employer views the
  • Its best to target ones resume to each position

The Job Description
  • Is the key to targeting your resume
  • Find the skill words
  • Often described as key words
  • Use these skill words that match with your
    background on your resume.

Job Description with Targeted Resume
  • Gary Gutenburg
  • 2733 NE 95th Street
  • Seattle, WA 98105
  • OBJECTIVE Internship in Information Technology
    with Wells Fargo utilizing my excellent
    interpersonal and programming skills
  • 3 years experience in application development and
    operating systems
  • Demonstrated customer service experience in
    various settings
  • Highly adaptable and flexible in changing
  • Work well independently and in team projects
  • Japanese fluent reading and listening basic
    conversational skills
  • Computer Skills Proficient in C/C, HTML, XML,
    Microsoft Office, Windows NT, LAN, web design
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • BS in Informatics, GPA 3.5/4.0, June 2009
  • Internet Services-Information Technology
    Internship Wells Fargo
  • The Information Technology Internship
  • Program allows you to participate in three
  • project-based rotations in the Internet
  • Services Group in order to prepare you for a
  • permanent placement as an IT professional.
  • assignments after the program include work as a
  • web developer, Internet programmer and quality
  • assurance analyst among other functions.
  • QUALIFICATIONS                       Coursework
    in programming skills (C, C,Java) and web
    development (HTML, JavaScript, XML, Perl)
    Operating system experience with UNIX or NT
    Strong interpersonal, analytical and
    problem-solving skills Demonstrated leadership
    ability Experience in a technical field such
    as computer science or CS engineering Relevant
    work experience in application development or
    front-end web design
  • Pacific Rim language a plus
  • Able to move from one project to another with
    ease and effectiveness

Job Description with Targeted Resume
  • 3240 West Boston Street, Seattle, WA 98195
  • Objective Communications Specialist with the
    King County Library system
  • Background Summary
  • Two years experience in organizing, developing
    and coordinating the
  • Delivery of communications systems. Team player
    with experience in cross-
  • cultural training, program coordination, and
    customer service. Excellent
  • writing and editing skills Native fluency in
  • Experience
  • Cross-Cultural training
  • Designed and conducted workshops on Japanese
    patterns of
  • Communication and student study abroad program.
  • Researched and assembled a cultural diversity
    information packet, as part
  • of a training for educators.
  • Program coordination
  • Communications Specialist
  • King County Library System
  • Position Description
  • Responsible for the organization, development and
  • copywriting of external and internal
    communications for
  • community and system- wide programs, projects,
  • Promotions and marketing activities. Coordinates
  • trains diverse staff regarding communication
  • with entities such as the media, public officials
    and others
  • as necessary. Assists in editing, proofreading
    and ensuring
  • that brand standards are followed in all KCLS
  • communications. Performs research and writes
    content for
  • all KCLS publications.  
  • Duties and Responsibilities     
  • Produces, writes and directs the distribution of
    the KCLS
  • weekly memo and monthly newsletter. Assists with
  • planning and implementation of special projects
  • collaboration with others. Directs special events
  • prepares activities related to library openings

Employers First Review
  • Time taken to view a resume the first time
  • Most significant part of the resume

  • Reverse Chronological Resume
  • most common
  • past experiences listed with most recent first
  • works well if past experience is within the same
    field and supports your current job goal

  • Summary of Qualifications with Reverse
    Chronological Resume
  • best when targeting a job description
  • highlights match between job requirements and
    applicants qualifications

  • Functional Resume
  • emphasis is on presenting skills and strengths
  • used with a short work history, or
  • with a recent educational degree, or
  • when several jobs used similar skills
  • good format for career changers

  • Combination Resume
  • lists both functional skills and past work
  • good for highlighting projects and transferable
  • use when just starting out in a field without
    much related experience, or in career change

Emailing Resumes
  • Send in the body of an email message even if
    employer indicates they will accept attachments
  • its okay to do both
  • Avoid fancy formatting
  • Send it to yourself and a friend first to test
    the formatting
  • See UWCC gold Career Guide

Employer Online Resumes Applications
  • Be sure to follow directions on the web page
  • Use their resume builder or copy/paste your
    resume (text only) into their system
  • Key is to describe your skills and how they match
    with open positions and the organization

Web Based eResume
  • Provides added flexibility when formatting your
    resume (clickable text, images)
  • Demonstrates technical ability to employers
  • Include a link to your web based resume in the
    body of your email
  • Optimal Resume at the UW visit our website

Resume Key Points
  • Its a marketing piece not a history piece
  • Best if targeted to a particular position
  • Read job descriptions carefully for key words
  • In general, keep your resume to one page
  • Try to avoid resume templates
  • Proofread your resume have someone else proof
  • (UWCC Walk-in advising Monday - Friday,

Cover Letters
  • Purpose and role
  • to let employer know how you learned of their
  • to begin to show value and match
  • to request an interview

Cover Letter Format
  • Business letter format
  • 1 page
  • 2 - 4 paragraphs in length
  • First Paragraph
  • identify position or department or organization
    and how you heard about it
  • emphasize your value and how well you match
    their needs
  • indicate interest and enthusiasm in the field,
    position and/or organization

Cover Letter Format
  • Middle Paragraph(s)
  • emphasize what you have to offer
  • include education, experience and strengths that
    you bring
  • mention any related future internship or
    experiences that you will be doing
  • indicate the good match you will be for the

Cover Letter Format
  • Last Paragraph
  • reaffirm your interest about the position
  • request an interview (i.e., I would appreciate
    the opportunity to meet with you to further
    discuss how my qualifications might match with
    the ________ position.
  • thank the employer for their consideration of
    your application
  • indicate phone and email contact information

Resume Cover Letter Websites
  • Resume Resources page
  • Optimal Resume
  • http//
  • http//

Resumes for the 21st Century
  • 134 Mary Gates Hall
  • (206) 543-0535