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Title: Effective Resumes


1
Effective Resumes
2
Contents
  • Introduction to Resume Writing
  • Purpose of the resume
  • Different styles of resumes descriptions and
    examples layout and organization
  • Guidelines for Writing Resumes
  • 8 Tips

3
20-30 Seconds
  • The time you have to make a great impression on a
    potential employer.

4
Main Purpose
  • An Interview

5
Other Reasons
  • To help you clarify your direction,
    qualifications, and strengths, boost your
    confidence, or to start the process of commiting
    to a job or career change.

6
Other Reasons (cont)
  • To establish you as a professional person with
    high standards and excellent writing skills,
    based on the fact that the resume is so well done
    (clear, well-organized, well-written,
    well-designed).
  • To use as a covering piece or addendum to another
    form of job application, as part of a grant or
    contract proposal, as an accompaniment to
    graduate school or other application.

7
Resume Styles
  1. Chronological
  2. Functional
  3. Combined

8
1. Chronological
  • Advantages
  • Easier to understand what you did in what job
  • May help the name of the employer stand out
  • Appeals to older, traditional readers
  • Disadvantages
  • Difficult to highlight what you do best

9
2. Functional
  • Advantages
  • Helps you most in reaching for a new goal
  • Clearly shows what you can do for the reader
  • Disadvantages
  • Not clear what you did in what job

10
3. Combined
  • Advantages
  • Maximizes the advantages of both styles
  • Disadvantages
  • Tends to be long
  • Can be repetitious

11
Guidelines for Writing Resumes
12
How Long?
  • IT DEPENDS!
  • Think about the impression you give
  • - are you organized?
  • - are you succinct?
  • - have you included all that is
    important?
  • Can you justify TWO pages?

13
Very Poor!
  • The second job worked in Finex Taiwan from 2000
    till now as an export customer service specialist
    in the beginning to Demand manager representative
    now. During the work experience in Finex, I was
    lucky and appreciated by my direct , I have
    across through three different functions in
    Logistics Division., and also got the promotion
    opportunities. I not only obtain a lot of Supply
    Chain science and also improve the communication
    skill and manner from my duties. Moreover, the
    supervision position is a bridge between the
    subordinates, director and company. I apply my
    leadership to help subordinates to grow up ,
    meanwhile, to achieve company goal.
  • Work Experience
  • Company Name
    Finex Taiwan Corporation
  • Company Major product Decorative Laminate
  • Period 2000till now
  • Title Demand Manager Purchasing
    assistance manager Export
    service specialist/Supervisor

14
Better!
  • Finex Taiwan (2000Present)
  • Demand Manager (2005-Present)
  • lead a team of 5 subordinates
    responsible for achieving company targets,
    development of staff and reporting to CEO.
  • Purchasing Assistant Manager (2004-2006)
  • Customer Service Specialist (2000-2005)

15
Resume
  • Personal Details
  • NameSusan Chang Date of Birth 29th
    Febuary 1995 Address 13, Minsheng Rd,
    Taipei Telephone 02 123 4567 Sex Female
  • Marital Status Single Nationality
    Chinese
  • Education
  • 1993-1997 Minsheng Junior High School 1997-2004
    Minsheng Senior High School 10 GCSEs, 4 A
    Levels Economics, History, Maths, General
    Studies 2004 - to date Top University, Taichung,
    studying for a BA in Economics
  • Work History
  • 2008-2009 Part-time work in Family
    Mart 2004-2005 Assistant Bar Manager for the Fat
    Pig, Taipei.I became familiar with the full range
    of products supplied in the bar and enjoyed
    striking up a rapport with customers. (Left after
    disagreement with the manager)
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Entertainments Officer for the University
    Drinking Society Captain of the University
    Women's Hockey Team
  • General Skills
  • Conversational Mandarin Word Procesing Skills
    Driving Licence (7 points)
  • References
  • Dr Lee, Top University, Taichung
  • Mr Derek Chang 13 Minsheng Road, Taipei

16
Resume Personal Details
  • NameSusan Chang Date of Birth29th Febuary
    1995 Address 13, Minsheng Rd, Taipei Telephone
    02 123 4567 SexFemale Marital StatusSingle Natio
    nality Chinese

17
Susan Chang
  • 13 Minsheng E. Rd, Sec 2, Taipei, Tel 02 123
    4567, email susan_chang_at_hotmail.com.tw
  • Objective
  • BA candidate in Economics. Management
    experience. Knowledgeable about China. Excellent
    communicator. Seeks to parlay education and work
    experience at leading global economic forecasting
    firm.
  • Education
  • 2004 present Top University, Taichung,
    Economics undergraduate
  • 1997-2004 Minsheng Senior High School
    10 GCSEs, 4 ALevels

18
DONT
  • - cram the information onto a page!
  • (Type point gt10.5)
  • - start a new page in the middle of a
    description.
  • - have only a few lines on a page.
  • - add superfluous text to fill up space.
  • - repeat your entire letterhead.

19
DO
  • - include your name and page number at the top of
    subsequent pages.
  • - condense information.
  • - preserve your resumes readability.

20
LAYOUT
  • Font
  • Subheadings
  • Bullet Points

21
Different Fonts
  • Showcard Gothic
  • Arial
  • Old English Text MT
  • Times New Roman
  • Century
  • Broadway
  • Verdana

22
Subheadings
  • Education (Bold)
  • Education (Bold underlined)
  • EDUCATION (Bold Capitals)
  • EDUCATION (Bold,Capitals underlined)

23
Bullet Points
  • COMPARE Without Bullet Points
  • Recruited, trained and managed 35-member team.
  • Ensured continuous delivery of outstanding
    customer service
  • Designed, developed and implemented employee
    training program which increased sales revenues

24
  • With bullet points
  • Recruited, trained and managed 35-member team.
  • Ensured continuous delivery of outstanding
    customer service
  • Designed, developed and implemented employee
    training program which increased sales revenues

25
WHAT TO INCLUDE
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Jobs
  • Educational Qualifications
  • Additional Targeted Information

26
WHAT NOT TO PUT ON A RESUME
  • The word "Resume" at the top of the resume
  • Fluffy rambling "objective" statements
  • Salary information
  • Full addresses of former employers
  • Reasons for leaving jobs
  • A "Personal" section, or personal statistics
    (except in special cases)
  • Names of supervisors
  • References

27
Target Your Resume
28
Objective Statement
  • The Objective statement (also known as the
    Overview statement) comes right after your
    contact information and highlights your unique
    talents, experience, and goals. Through this
    paragraph your reader can immediately grasp why
    youd be a strong candidate for or even an
    excellent fit with his opportunity.

29
Focus
30
Three Basic Pieces of Information
  1. What you have to offer the companyyour
    qualifications and expertise.
  2. How much relevant experience you have and for
    what length of time you did it.
  3. How your work impacted your employers
    bottom-linewhat are your quantifiable results.

31
Activity 1
  • In small groups, proof-read the Resumes you are
    given and make at least five recommendations to
    improve the Resumes.
  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.

32
Strengths
33
What are your strengths?
  • In groups decide on a list of five strengths that
    you possess.

34
Strengths

35
Discuss in groups
  • What advice would you give someone who
  • asked you how to write a good resume?
  • Try to agree on the three most useful pieces of
    advice.
  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.

36
8 Resume Tips
37
1. Technical Skills
38
2. Customize your Qualifications
39
3. Quantify Your Past Results
40
Poor
  • Languages
  • English?Mandarin and Taiwanese

41
Better
  • Languages
  • Mandarin Chinese (native speaker)
  • Taiwanese (native speaker)
  • English (upper intermediate) TOEIC score 780

42
4. Use Action Words
43
Examples of Action Words
  • Learned
  • Improved
  • Negotiated
  • Published
  • Supervised
  • Tackled

44
5. Give Yourself Credit
  • (but dont lie!)

45
6. Be Concise
46
Poor
  • I spent three months in the USA travelling and
    studying English.
  • I worked for Acer for six months and worked on a
    project in a small team.

47
Better
  • Skills
  • Teamwork - successful member of project team in
    ACER (2008)
  • Communication improved language and cultural
    knowledge in USA (2007)

48
7. Be Pertinent
  • (tailor the information)

49
8. No Errors
50
Activity 2
  • Find the errors in your handout and correct them.

51
Thats all folks!
  • Thank You
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