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Title: Write The Perfect Resume

Write The Perfect Resume
What to know before you start!
  • People dont read resumesThey SKIM them!
  • (Employers look for any reason to throw away a
    resume since they get so many. Visually it should
    look appealing and be easy to read)

  • Identify your Job/School target and make target
  • Identify core job/school qualifications and find
    evidence for skills
  • Parts of a Resume
  • Dos and Donts
  • Format, Edit, Polish, and Proofread
  • Full Sample

Identify your Job/School target and make target
  • You dont want to apply for a job you arent
    interested in
  • Decide what you want to do or where you want to
    go (ex. Im good at accounting)
  • Specify your target (ex. Entry level auditor for
    a big 5 accounting firm)

Identify Core Job/School Qualifications and
Compile Evidence
  • Most ads specify a variety of required skills
  • Other ways to find qualifications
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Informational Interviews with Professionals
  • Professional Associations
  • College Career Centers
  • Make notes on experiences that could fill the
    skill requirements of the job

Parts of a Resume
  • Contact Information
  • Objective
  • Education
  • Related Experience
  • Other Experience
  • Activities
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Honors
  • Licenses/Accreditations
  • Skills (languages, computer programs)
  • References

Contact Info
  • Your NAME (18pts at the top)
  • Font style same throughout document
  • May vary size, use CAPS, italic, bold, underline
  • Permanent and/or local, under name, spell out -
    Street, Boulevard, Avenue
  • Be sure they will be able to get in touch, check
    voicemail message if someone answers phone you
    get message.
  • Professional email address check often

  • Make it short and to the point
  • There should be no question as to the purpose of
    this resume
  • Clearly state the type of position you hope to
  • Example for an Engineer

Objective To obtain a position as an engineer in
the field of structural engineering.
  • Recent graduates should have this section right
    below their objective (this will probably be your
    strongest asset).
  • Highest level of achievement should be first (ex.
    Bachelor and then Associate), and leave out High
    School unless it applies to the career.
  • List the degree as awarded by the institution
    (A.A., B.A., B.S., etc.) but spell them out.

Education cont
  • Include your GPA only if it is over a 3.0 (you
    may want to include Major GPA instead if it is
  • You only need to include schools that granted you
    a degree (If you transferred from a school you
    may leave it out).
  • Could include Deans/Provost list below the

Education State University of New York, College
at Oneonta Oneonta, NY Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology Exp. May 2012 GPA
3.6 Deans List Fall
2009,Spring 2010
Related Experience
  • Any work experience or major activities that are
    relevant to the career you are applying for can
    be included here.
  • Include place of employment, job title, dates
    worked, bulleted summary (w/ action verbs)
  • Start with most recent
  • Example
  • Related Experience
  • Intern, Evening Sun Newspaper, Stansbury, CT
    Jan 2006-Present
  • Received Outstanding Service Award, 2006-2007
  • Effectively interviewed and wrote articles for
    the weekly news
  • Generated a list of 120 advertising businesses

Other Experience
  • Any other job experience that doesnt relate to
    the career you are applying to should go here,
    with same format as in related experience.
  • Include any activities you have been actively
    involved in, starting with most recent.
  • Should include activity title, any leadership
    positions, and dates involved.

Publications, Presentations, and Honors
  • Honors awarded for sports, leadership, and
  • Written and published articles or papers
  • Presented at any conferences or meetings
  • Ex
  • Presentations
  • Bake a pie National Cake Conference
    May 2009

  • Fluency in a foreign language
  • Computer knowledge and experience
  • Operating office machinery
  • Certification or license to operate special
    equipment in this section (if received in
    college, you may place this under education)

  • Available upon request
  • OR
  • Include full name, title, address, and phone /
    email address
  • Hint If you only have an email address for one
    Reference, dont include it.

  • Do STAY CONSISTENT! If you start with one format,
    stay with it. (ex. If you start numbering dates
    5/08, number all dates. Dont change half way
    through to May 2008)
  • Do make the whole resume look appealing to the
  • Do use professional weight paper, maybe in an off
    white or bright white, so the resume will stand

  • Do use only one font style, but utilize font
    size, bolds, italics, and underlines to catch the
  • Do Label your second page with your name and page
  • Do prepare a list of great Action verbs
  • Do be prepared for a phone call
  • Do keep information relevant to what you are
    applying for

  • Dont make your resume more than 2 pages
    (especially if you have recently graduated)
  • Dont repeat anything
  • Dont include high school information
  • Dont make bulleted items full sentences
  • Dont use pictures or random colors

  • Dont ever repeat the same information
  • Dont use templates
  • Dont staple a resume/cover letter
  • Dont use negative words

PAT STUDENT  Box 680, SUNY College at Oneonta,
Oneonta, NY 13820 5555 Garrett Place, New York,
NY 10017 Phone 212-555-1234 ? E-mail
pat582_at_yahoo.com   OBJECTIVE To obtain an
entry-level position in psychology with a focus
on counseling   EDUCATION State University of New
York, College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY
May 2008 Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
with a minor in English GPA 3.6 Deans List all
semesters, Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society)
  RELATED COURSEWORK Abnormal Psychology Psycho
logical Testing Contemporary Psychotherapy Child
Psychology Techniques of Interviewing
Counseling Personality Theory
  • Intern Patient Services, Presbyterian Hospital,
    White Plains, NY January-May 2008
  • Interacted with patients in recreational areas
  • Observed groups and therapeutic sessions
  • Assisted with maintaining records
  • Camp Counselor, Riverdale Neighborhood House,
    Riverdale, NY May-August 2007
  • Supervised groups of 10 children ages 5 to 8
  • Planned and monitored craft and sports activities
  • Resident Assistant, SUNY, College at Oneonta,
    Oneonta, NY August 2006-May 2008
  • Assisted students with personal and academic
  • Developed educational and recreational programs
  • Enforced college regulations
  • Volunteer, St. Vincent Elementary School, St.
    Vincent, NY September 2007-May 2008
  • Coordinated after school program for 25 children,
    ages 5 to 8

SKILLS Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and
Outlook Conversational Spanish and Sign
Language   ACTIVITIES Tennis Team, Captain, Fall
2006 Leadership Institute, March
2007, 2008 Psychology Club, Fall 2006 - Spring
2008 Alpha Beta Gamma, May 2005-May
2008 Intramural Basketball, Fall 2005
Terpsichorean Dance Company, Spring
2006   REFERENCES Available upon request
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other wise you should remember to include your
name and page number at the top of each page.
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