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Title: Resumes


1
MCFAM Minnesota Center for Financial
Actuarial Mathematics
  • Resumes
  • For Industry
  • Presenter Laurie A. Derechin
  • Executive Director - MCFAM

2
WHAT IS A ?
  • A personal summary of your academic and
    professional experience and qualifications.
  • Includes your education, work experience,
    activities, honors, skills
  • Tailored to the position, employer or industry of
    interest
  • Marketing tool to gain an interview

3
GENERAL GUIDELINES
  • Length One page for bachelors level Two for
    Masters or Ph.D.
  • O.5 1.0 margins (recommend 0.5 on all 4
    sides)
  • Font 10-12 point font (Times New Roman, Ariel,
    Garamond)
  • Dont use resume templates, tables, columns or
    other graphics
  • Single Spacing
  • 100 factual dont lie
  • Proofread!

4
GETTING STARTED
  • Write down all experiences work, volunteer,
    leadership, internship, extra-curricular,
    projects, awards, etc. (MASTER RESUME)
  • Organize resume into categories
  • Define target audience (job, internship, graduate
    school, etc.) and write down related
    skills/qualifications.
  • For Examples Career Job Search Guide, Resume
    Binder in CCSE

5
COMMON RESUME SECTIONS
  • Name and Contact Information
  • Objective
  • Education
  • Professional Experience
  • Research Experience
  • Teaching Experience
  • Activities
  • Skills/Certifications
  • Honors and Awards
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Professional Memberships
  • Projects
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Patents

6
OBJECTIVES
  • What type of position are you seeking and in what
    field?
  • Be concise
  • What skills can you bring to the position?
  • Example To obtain a summer internship in Risk
    Analysis, utilizing my _______________ (skills in
    the description that you possess).

7
EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
    Expected May 2012
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of
    Science and Engineering, Minneapolis, MN
  • Emphasis Actuarial Science
  • GPA 3.981
  • High school information (1st and 2nd Year
    students only)
  • Study abroad
  • Honors/Awards (or separate heading if more than
    2)
  • Master of Science in Financial Mathematics
    Expected May 2011
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, College of
    Science and Engineering, Minneapolis, MN
  • Emphasis Finance
  • GPA 3.750
  • Relevant Coursework Fundamental Structures of
    Algebra Introduction to Numerical Analysis
    Introduction to Analysis I, II Combinatorics A
    (in progress)

8
EXPERIENCE
  • Title Experience headings based on industry of
    interest
  • Research Experience, Industry Experience, Actuary
    Experience
  • Include company name and location, job title,
    dates, and duties, responsibilities
    (contributions) and accomplishments.
  • Make this section easy to read by using indents
    and bullets
  • Use action verbs to highlight your experience (do
    not use personal pronouns (i.e. I, My, We)
  • List your Experiences in reverse chronological
    order most recent first
  • 3M Co., Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Tech Aide May
    2009 Sept. 2009
  • Detailed description of your specific duties and
    responsibilities, as well as the skills used to
    accomplish these tasks (how you contributed)

9
PROJECTS
  • Include Project Title
  • Include Dates Involved
  • Provide a detailed description of the project,
    what your roles were and the technical skills
    used
  • Financial Mathematics Winter Workshop Fall
    2009
  • Detailed description of your project, what your
    roles were, and the skills used to accomplish
    these tasks

10
USE ACTIVE LANGUAGE
  • Use concrete words to describe your experience
    with strong action verbs.
  • Use present tense to
  • discuss current activities
  • and past tense for previous. (or all in pastbe
    consistent)
  • Be as specific as possible
  • in descriptions
  • Use field terminology
  • Vague
  • Worked as a Sales Associate.
  • Specific
  • Interact sensitively and tactfully with hundreds
    of customers each day.
  • Visualize and create imaginative window and
    in-store product displays for over 100 clients

11
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
  • COMMUNICATION
  • PROBLEM SOLVING
  • CREATIVITY
  • LEADERSHIP
  • SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT
  • RESEARCH/QUANTITATIVE
  • ORGANIZATION/PLANNING
  • TECHNICAL
  • TEAMWORK

12
SKILLS ACTIVITIES
  • Skills section with technical/lab skills/field
    specific skills
  • Technical C, C, Java, Mathematica, MS Excel
  • Applied Mathematics Mathematical Modeling,
    Statistical Analysis, Risk Management/Analysis
  • Activities demonstrate your leadership ability,
    communication skills, and time management ability
  • Focus on structured activities rather than
    hobbies (extra-curricular activities, leadership,
    etc.)
  • Include your title if appropriate
  • Include dates of involvement
  • Active Member, Financial Mathematics Student
    Association
    2009-Present
  • Member, Intramural Soccer, Softball and Ultimate
    Frisbee 2008-Present

13
What NOT to Include on a Resume
  • Lies Exaggerations
  • Employers typically conduct background checks, so
    everything on your resume is fair game for
    discussion in an interview Do not lie about or
    round your GPA. The U of M posts GPAs to three
    decimal places (Ex. 3.128)
  • Personal Information
  • Age, gender, political affiliation, race, marital
    status, sexual orientation, ID number, test
    scores, course grades, pictures
  • Supervisor Contact Information
  • Contact information related to experiences may be
    included on a reference sheet, and only after
    asking permission
  • Salary History/Requests
  • Disclosing this information may make salary
    negotiation more difficult and may rule you out
    of the candidate pool More appropriate to
    discuss during an interview
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Keep everything on your resume professional
    hobbies are personal information
  • However, if it is unique or related, it may come
    in handy. Ex. Mechanical engineering student
    listing auto repair
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Example I, Im, My, Our, We, etc. Begin
    statements with power verbs and do not write
    sentences
  • References Available Upon Request
  • Use a separate page for references provided
    during an interview. Employers assume you have
    them

14
VISUAL APPEAL
  • Headings should stand out and be different from
    other text
  • Ex. Bold, ALL CAPS
  • The most important information should be toward
    the top
  • You dont have to include everything
  • Balance of text and white space on page
  • Easy to read, professional, focused
  • Clean, consistent format and punctuation
  • Print resume on resume-based paper (stay
    conservative with color choice)

15
How To Read Job Postings
  • Credit Analyst 6 Quantitative Analyst US Bank
  • Job Description
  • Design, develop, test and document mathematical
    models Apply knowledge and understanding of
    quantitative methods, modeling methodologies,
    database and SAS statistics Develop validate and
    track probability of default loss severity
    models Prepare reports re the estimation
    process, accuracy of estimate default rates, loss
    severity rates expected losses
  • Qualifications
  • Master's degree (Stats., Math, Econ, or related)
    and 2 yrs of experience
  • Must have 2 yrs. of work exp. w/ statistics
    quantitative methods and 18 mos. work exp. w/
    credit analysis, modeling, and database SAS
    software.

16
Target Cover Letter to Key Requirements
  • February 15, 2011
  • Dear Mr. ____/Hiring Manger,
  • I was pleased to hear about the Quantitative
    Analyst position at US Bank which I saw on your
    website. After reviewing the requirements, I
    think I am a strong fit for the position.
  • Your job description requires a Master Degree in
    Statistics, Math or Economics, 2 years of
    experience in financial modeling, database and
    SAS statistics analysis, probability of default
    and loss severity models as well as 18 months in
    credit analysis and SAS software. Here are some
    of the ways my background fits your needs
  • I will be graduating with a Master in Financial
    Mathematics this spring
  • I have had 2 years of experience as an
    associate risk analyst at Wells Fargo Bank
  • My assignments focused on credit analysis
    loss forecasts using large data sets SAS
    software.
  • I am extremely interested in this position and
    believe I am well suited for the job and look
    forward to hearing back from you about an
    interview so we can further explore how I could
    contribute to the success of your department
  • Thanks for your time and consideration,
  • Jon Smith

17
Bullet Point How You Match Requirements
  • Try to always outline the key skills you
  • have that match what they are looking
  • for in bullet format because they will
  • take 30 seconds to read your letter

18
Career Advancement Resources
  • MCFAM
  • 112 Vincent Hall
  • For Career Development, Job/Internship Search
    Strategy, Interview Preparation
  • Set Up Appointment with Laurie Derechin via
    email
  • lderechi_at_umn.edu

19
Career Advancement Resources
  • Career Center for Science Engineering
  • 50 Lind Hall
  • If you dont already have a resume,
  • Get resume/cover letter reviewed here before
    appt. with Laurie
  • Hours Monday-Friday 800am-430pm
  • Quick Stop Counseling Monday-Friday, 1130-100
  • 612-624-4090
  • www.ccse.umn.edu ccse_at_umn.edu
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