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Title: Resume Writing


1
Resume Writing Cover Letters
  • Physical Therapy
  • September 9, 2008
  • VCU University Career Center
  • Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment
    Services
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

2
Agenda
  • Resumes
  • Purpose
  • Formats
  • Content
  • Organization and Appearance
  • Cover Letters
  • Purpose
  • Format
  • Content

3
Purpose of a Resume
  • Goal ?
  • an interview
  • A resume is a strategic personal marketing tool
    to sell your relevant experience, education,
    skills, accomplishments and qualifications to
    potential employers

4
Resume Formats
  • Resume
  • Chronological Resumes
  • Functional Resumes
  • Combination Resumes
  • Curriculum Vitae

5
Resume Content Use the categories that fit you
  • CORE CONTENT AREAS
  • Name and Contact Information
  • Objective or Professional Interest Statement
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Scholarships/Honors/Awards
  • ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES
  • Certification/Licensure
  • Selected Coursework/
  • Projects/Presentations
  • Research Experience
  • Publications Presentations
  • Professional Organizations
  • Computer/Technical Skills
  • Skills Summary
  • Additional Experience
  • Professional Development training, professional
    organizations, workshops, conferences
  • Student Organizations
  • Community Service/Volunteer
  • Foreign Languages

6
Name and Contact Information
  • Do not write Resume or Curriculum Vitae on
    your resume
  • On top of page
  • Name slightly larger font size (14 or 16)
  • Contact information legible font size (11 or
    12)
  • Address
  • Phone number(s) (cell screen calls,
    professional voicemail)
  • Email address (remove hyperlink, professional)

7
Name Contact InformationExamples
  • Jamie T. Student
  • 907 Floyd Avenue ? Richmond, VA 23284 ?
    804.123.4567 ? studentj_at_vcu.edu
  • __________________________________________________
    _____________
  • Jamie T. Student
  • Current Address 907 Floyd Avenue ? Richmond, VA
    23284
  • Permanent Address 123 Lovely Lane ? Fairfax, VA
    32145
  • 804.123.4567 ? studentjt_at_vcu.edu
  • __________________________________________________
    _____________
  • Jamie T. Student
  • Current Address
    studentjt_at_vcu.edu Permanent Address
  • 907 Floyd Avenue
    804.123.4567 123 Lovely Lane
  • Richmond, VA 23284 Fairfax, VA 32145

8
Objective
  • Optional
  • If you have one, be specific
  • Avoid clichés or general statements
  • Focus on how the employer would benefit, not on
    how they can help you
  • Consider targeting your objective for each resume
    you send out

9
ObjectiveExamples
  • OBJECTIVE
  • To obtain a position as a Pediatric Physical
    Therapist.
  • OBJECTIVE
  • Seeking an acute care Physical Therapy position
    through the assistantship program offered by VCU
    Health System.
  • OBJECTIVE (PROFILE)
  • Recent physical therapy graduate with interest
    in sports medicine and experience as a certified
    athletic trainer seeking orthopedic resident
    position.

10
Education
  • List all degrees in reverse chronological order
  • MCV/VCU
  • Abbreviating degrees is appropriate writing them
    is preferred
  • GPA optional for graduate or professional school
  • Indicate graduation with honors
  • Do not include high school graduation

11
EducationExamples
  • EDUCATION
  • D.P.T., expected May 2008
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU),
    Richmond, VA
  • (in the tradition of the Medical College of
    Virginia)
  • B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, May
    2005
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute State
    University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA
  • EDUCATION
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond,
    Virginia
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Expected 05/2008
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute State
    University Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Bachelor of Science 05/2005
  • Major Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
  • GPA 4.0

12
Experience
  • Focus on relevant experience
  • Include clinical experience and other relevant
    experience
  • Focus on type of clinical experience and any
    specializing (e.g., spinal cord injuries)
  • Demonstrate well rounded clinical experience
  • Can include unpaid experience, internships or
    volunteer work
  • Begin descriptions with strong action verbs
  • Include complete but succinct descriptions
  • Avoid the use of personal pronouns
  • Focus on skills and accomplishments rather than
    including a comprehensive list of job duties
  • Quantify accomplishments whenever possible

13
Action Verbs
  • Use strong, descriptive action verbs to describe
    your experience
  • If it is a current experience, use the present
    tense
  • If it is a previous experience, use the past
    tense
  • Avoid gerunds (-ing)
  • Vary your action verbs (refer to action verb list
    in resume guide)
  • Avoid duties include or responsible for
  • Refrain from using handled or dealt with when
    referring to people

14
Physical Therapy Skills/Action Verbs
  • Implement
  • Refer
  • Supervise
  • Diagnose
  • Manage
  • Collaborate
  • Plan
  • Evaluate
  • Consult
  • Communicate
  • Document
  • Examine
  • Teach
  • Assess

15
Examples of PT Experience Descriptions
  • Developed patient education handouts that are
    used by all nine PTs in the clinic
  • Initiated and headed up PT Month activities for
    the hospital that included a community health
    fair and local radio spots
  • Completed a clinical research project that
    resulted in a 37 increase in patient
    satisfaction
  • Developed a program for measuring continued
    competency
  • Increased revenue by 25 through direct marketing
    efforts to physicians
  • Taught inservice programs on documentation for
    staff PTs that resulted in fewer reimbursement
    denials
  • Revamped the clinics documentation forms to be
    consistent with the Guide to Physical Therapist
    Practice
  • -taken from The American Physical Therapy
    Association website

16
ExperienceExample
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
  • VCU Health System Richmond, VA
  • Student Physical Therapist May-July 2006
  • Completed an acute care rotation.
  • Evaluated and treated patients in various
    intensive care units including neuroscience,
    surgical, and medical

17
Honors
  • Honor Societies
  • Scholarships awarded
  • Other awards
  • May separate into undergraduate and graduate if
    you have many items
  • Alphabetical or reverse chronological order
  • Include graduation with honors in Education
    section (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum
    laude)

18
HonorsExample
  • HONORS
  • MCV Alumni Association of VCU Scholarship,
    awarded 2006
  • Mary T. McGuire Scholarship, awarded 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 2005
  • Order of Omega Honor Society, inducted 2004
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, inducted
    2003
  • Virginia Tech Deans List, all semesters

19
Organizations
  • Focus on relevant organizations
  • Highlight leadership positions
  • Include memberships in professional organizations
    and student organizations related to field
  • Include years of membership
  • Can be combined with Honors or another section
  • List in reverse chronological order or
    alphabetically

20
OrganizationsExample
  • ORGANIZATIONS
  • Student Conclave, Staunton VA (2006)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (member
    since 2005)
  • Virginia Physical Therapy Association (member
    since 2005)
  • Virginia Tech Student Government Association
    (2001-2005)

21
Community Service/Volunteer
  • Include relevant volunteer experience or
    community service
  • Consider elaborating on this experience organize
    just like experience section

22
Community ServiceExample
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • 1st Annual VCU Department of Physical Therapy
    Golf Tournament, Bottoms Bridge, VA
  • Coordinator/Volunteer, April 2007
  • Planned and organized golf tournament to raise
    money for The Foundation of Physical Therapy
  • Camp Bruce McCoy, Chesapeake, VA
  • Volunteer, May-June 2006
  • Took an interdisciplinary team approach in
    working with campers with traumatic brain injury
  • Adapted activities for a variety of functional
    levels
  • Habitat for Humanity, Newport News, VA
  • Volunteer, July 2005
  • Collaborated on a team to build affordable homes
    for low-income families

23
Resume Organization and Appearance
  • Consistent organization is critical to an
    effective resume
  • The appearance and organization of the resume is
    just as important as the content
  • Skim
  • in less than 10 seconds

24
Resume Organization
  • Avoid templates
  • Consistent organization
  • Use horizontal space
  • Balanced page
  • Fill the page
  • White space in between sections and entries
  • Use tabs, not space-bar to indent
  • Use print preview
  • Resumes should be one page in most cases
  • A second page is justified if it includes
    relevant, significant information
  • If you use more than one page, make sure you
    include Name, Page avoid stragglers on all
    subsequent pages
  • Use bold, CAPS, italics and underlining
    strategically and sparingly
  • Be consistent with heading style and margins
  • Use one font style and size (except for your name
    and/or headings)
  • Font Times New Roman or Arial
  • Font Size no smaller than 10 in Arial or 11 in
    Times
  • Margins at least 0.5 inches
  • Avoid paragraphs
  • Use bullets, not dashes
  • Avoid numbering your secitons

25
Resume Appearance - Proofread
  • Use all periods or no periods at the end of
    sentences
  • Dashes used in dates consistent size,
    consistent spacing
  • Check for spelling and grammatical errors
  • Spellcheck does not check words in all caps
  • Avoid personal pronouns and personal information

26
Resume Appearance - Final Copy
  • Avoid graphics, pictures, color ink
  • Print on laser printer
  • Use high quality, 100 cotton paper in white or
    off-white
  • Dont staple or fold
  • Dont print on both sides of paper
  • If mailing, use large envelope

27
References
  • List 3-5 professional references on a separate
    document following the resume
  • Copy and paste your contact information at the
    top of the page
  • When listing references include name, title,
    organization/institution and department, business
    address, phone number, and email
  • Dont write References available upon request
    on your resume
  • ALWAYS ask permission from person giving you the
    reference
  • Offer your references a copy of your resume
  • Inform your references of the positions youre
    applying for so they are prepared

28
ReferencesExample
  • REFERENCES
  • Judy Smith, PT, PhD
  • Assistant Professor
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • School of Allied Health Professions
  • Department of Physical Therapy
  • P.O. Box 980224
  • Richmond, Virginia 23298-0224
  • Phone (804) 828-0234
  • Fax (804) 828-8111
  • jsmith_at_vcu.edu

29
Cover Letters
  • Why write one?
  • Purpose
  • Introduce yourself/your resume
  • Indicate the position you are seeking
  • May take the place of the objective
  • Highlight your qualifications
  • Tailor letter to the job

30
Cover Letter Format
  • Business letter format
  • (Left justify everything)
  • Your address
  • Todays date
  • Employers name, title, organization, address
  • Greeting
  • Body
  • Closing (Sincerely, Yours truly)
  • Your signature
  • Your typed name
  • Enclosure(s) resume, application, references...

31
Cover Letter Format
  • Simplified format
  • Leave off greeting and closing
  • Use this option when you are not writing to a
    specific person
  • Allows you to avoid generic greetings (To whom it
    may concern Dear Sir or Madam)

32
E-mailing a Cover LetterTwo options
  • 1. Your e-mail is the cover letter, attach your
    resume
  • Leave off return address, date and employers
    address
  • Follow basic cover letter writing guidelines for
    the body of your e-mail
  • E-mail cover letters should be briefer than
    traditional cover letters
  • Spell check and proof read your e-mail prior to
    sending
  • 2. Write a brief e-mail, attach your cover letter
    and resume
  • Follow traditional cover letter writing
    guidelines
  • Spell check e-mail and cover letter prior to
    sending

33
Content First Paragraph
  • Introduce yourself and state why you are
    contacting the organization
  • Indicate the specific position of interest and
    how you learned of the position
  • Include degree you are seeking and when it will
    be awarded
  • You may wish to quickly summarize your
    experience/qualifications in one sentence

34
Content Body Paragraphs
  • Explain why you are interested in this position
    and this organization demonstrate that you have
    done your research
  • Address each skill or qualification in the
    position description and explain how you meet the
    organizations needs be specific
  • Provide examples that demonstrate your skills
  • Do not just repeat your resume

35
Content Concluding Paragraph
  • Reiterate your interest
  • Invite the employer to contact you and repeat
    your contact information (it should already be
    listed at the top)
  • Indicate how and when you will follow up (if you
    have the contact information to do so)
  • Thank the employer for their time and/or
    consideration of your application

36
Cover Letters
  • Other information to include
  • Request information or interview
  • Explain gaps in employment, why you are
    reentering the job market, or why you are
    changing the focus of your career
  • If you were informed of the position by an
    employee of the company, include their name

37
Tips For A Stellar Cover Letter
  • Address letter to a specific individual, when
    possible
  • Be specific when discussing your career goal and
    qualifications
  • Give supporting evidence of your skills
  • Try not to start many sentences with I
  • Write no more than 3 or 4 paragraphs
  • Write simply and clearly
  • Cover letter should complement, not repeat your
    resume
  • Let your personality come through

38
Resources
  • Resume Guide http//www.students.vcu.edu/careers/
    documents/ResumeHandout.electronic.allpages.pdf
  • Cover Letter Guide http//www.students.vcu.edu/ca
    reers/documents/CoverLetterHandout.pdf
  • OR
  • Go to www.students.vcu.edu/careers
  • Scroll down and click on Resume Guide and
    Cover Letter Guide on the left side of the page

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VCU University Career Center
  • Jeanette Waterman
  • ejwaterman_at_vcu.edu
  • University Student Commons
  • Monroe Park Campus
  • www.students.vcu.edu/careers
  • Hours Monday Friday, 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
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