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Title: Resume Writing Workshop

Resume Writing Workshop
  • Presented by Nikki Schaper
  • Director of Student Life
  • San Bernardino Valley College

What is a Resume?
  • A resume is a one or two page summary of your
    education, skills, accomplishments, and
    experience. Your resume's purpose is to get your
    foot in the door. A resume does its job
    successfully if it does not exclude you from
  • To prepare a successful resume, you need to know
    how to review, summarize, and present your
    experiences and achievements on one page. Unless
    you have considerable experience, you don't need
    two pages. Outline your achievements briefly and
  • Your resume is your ticket to an interview where
    you can sell yourself!

  • Paper plain bright white
  • Font Times,Arial,Courier
  • Font Size 10 or 12 pt.
  • Length of resume 2 PAGES MAX!

  • Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, web
    site address
  • All your contact information should go at the top
    of your resume.
  • Avoid nicknames.
  • Use a permanent address. Use your parents'
    address, a friend's address, or the address you
    plan to use after graduation.
  • Use a permanent telephone number and include the
    area code. If you have an answering machine,
    record a neutral greeting.

  • Add your e-mail address. Many employers will find
    it useful. (Note Choose an e-mail address that
    sounds professional.)
  • Include your web site address only if the web
    page reflects your professional ambitions.

CONTENT Objective
  • An objective tells potential employers the sort
    of work you're hoping to do.
  • Be specific about the job you want. For example
    To obtain an entry-level position within a
    financial institution requiring strong analytical
    and organizational skills.
  • Tailor your objective to each employer you
    target/every job you seek.

CONTENT Objective,Cont.
  • While it's important for your resume to include a
    clear career goal, you don't have to convey it
    through an Objective section. The majority of job
    seekers may incorporate their career goals into a
    Qualifications Summary instead.

CONTENT Education
  • Place education before experience if you are a
    recent graduate or have less than five years of
    work experience. If you are changing careers and
    have continued your education to support your new
    goal, education should come first.
  • Include applicable coursework.

CONTENT Education
  • Include certifications
  • If you are a student or recent graduate, list
    your GPA if it is 3.0 or higher. Consider
    including a lower GPA if you are in a very
    challenging program. Add your major GPA if it's
    higher than your overall GPA.

CONTENT Education
  • Include academic honors to show you excelled in
    your program. For example
  • Ace College -- Springfield, IllinoisBA in
    Accounting (cum laude), June 2000
  • - Delta Gamma Delta Honor Society, Dean's List,
    GPA 3.9

Qualifications Summary
  • 1. Conduct Research on Your Ideal
  • Job
  • The more closely you can target your profile to
    the employer's needs, the better your results
    will be. Start by searching jobs for your ideal
    position. Compare the ads and write a list of
    common job requirements and preferred

Qualifications Summary
  • 2. Assess Your Credentials
  • Based on your research, how do you measure up?
    How would you help potential employers meet their
    goals? Besides the qualifications described, do
    you offer any added bonus? If you are lacking in
    one area, do you make up for it with other

Work Experience
  • Briefly give the employer an overview of work
    that has taught you skills. Use action words to
    describe your job duties. Include your work
    experience in reverse chronological orderthat
    is, put your last job first and work backward to
    your first, relevant job.

Work Experience
  • Include
  • Title of position,
  • Name of organization
  • Location of work (town, state)
  • Dates of employment
  • Describe your work responsibilities with emphasis
    on specific skills and achievements.

Other Experience
  • A staff member at your career services office can
    advise you on other information to add to your
    resume. You may want to add
  • Key or special skills or competencies,
  • Leadership experience in volunteer organizations,
  • Participation in sports.
  • Awards

  • Ask people if they are willing to serve as
    references before you give their names to a
    potential employer.
  • Do not include your reference information on your
    resume. You may note at the bottom of your
    resume "References furnished on request."

How do I ask for References?
  • Inform them of your goals and interests.
  • Provide a copy of your transcript and job
  • Follow up with a hand written thank you note.

  • Keep copies of the ads you responded to.
  • Write when you sent/emailed/faxed your resume.

Important Resources
  • Knock Em Dead, 2006, by Martin Yates
    approximate cost 15.00
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