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Title: Resume 101


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Resume 101
2
The Basics
  • A student resume gives a potential employer an
    easy-to-understand timeline. It includes
  • Header
  • Objective (optional)
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Work Experiences
  • Extras - depending on experience
  • Leadership Volunteerism
  • Honors Activities

3
First Impressions Matter
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Experience
  • Work ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Written communication
  • Analytical, Technical Computer Skills
  • When examining resumes,
  • employers say
  • they look for key evidence of

4
Format Matters
  • Most career related professionals agree
  • Format is probably
  • ONE OF THE MOST (if not THE MOST) important
    parts of your resume
  • It must USUALLY be
  • Formatted so items are easy to find
  • Look nice enough to SCAN quickly
  • If not, it will probably never get reviewed by
    the person who is doing the hiring.

5
How to Format
  • Make everything easy to find.
  • Offer a clean, well-organized, easy-to-read
    resume.
  • Help employers find critical information quickly!
    A student resume is usually in reverse
    chronological order
  • Leave off irrelevant details that do not directly
    relate to a job. If you dont have one find
    one.
  • Include the necessary items first. Then look for
    space to add extras.

6
Multiple sample formats are available at The
Citadel Career Centers Website
www.citadel.edu/root/career
7
Header
  • Name Use full name to avoid confusion with
    nicknames
  • Address Use full address with local/school
    address include City, State, Zip
  • Phone Number Use a professional voicemail
    greeting
  • E-mail Address Use a professional address that
    you will check often
  • Include a web link for a portfolio (if relevant)
    This can be a website or Social Media site to
    showcase work and accomplishments.

8
Header Samples
9
Objective Statement
  • THE JURY IS OUT ON THIS SECTION!
  • Ask someone who understands or works in a hiring
    role if you should include it depending on your
    personal situation. If you do include one
  • Tailor it to the specific position or
    organization
  • Keep it short

10
Objective Samples
  • FOR A SPECIFIC JOB
  • Seeking a position at The City of Charlestons
    Treasure Office as a Program Manager.
  • Applying for a Position as a History Teacher and
    Womens Soccer Coach at Wando High School for
    Fall 2013.
  • FOR JOB FAIRS ONLINE RESUME DATABASES
  • Business Administration candidate fluent in
    Spanish seeks a Sales and Marketing Internship
    position
  • Engineering Major with coursework in Computer
    Design and Management seeks Internship position
    with an RF Engineering Firm

11
Education Section
  • Education typically appears at the top of the
    resume for new graduates. Once you have job
    experience, it can move down.
  • Include
  • Full Degree/Major (not abbreviated) and Minor or
    Concentration if relevant
  • Full Name of Institution/Location,
  • Graduation Month and Year (you do not need
    Anticipated)
  • Study Abroad can be added here as well
  • GPA EXTRA!
  • Adding a GPA can be tricky! Some employers use
    GPA as a screening tool. If your GPA is 3.0 or
    higher (usually) you can include it, but discuss
    options with someone who knows before you add it.

12
Education Samples
13
Skills Section
  • Provide a brief summary of skills
  • RELATED TO A SPECIFIC POSITION
  • This section is easy to include when applying to
    multiple jobs through online systems because it
    can be easily and quickly changed.
  • It is typically provided as a series of bullets
    or in a column/table format.
  • It can include relevant coursework or exposure to
    industry specific skills if you lack job
    experience.

14
Skills Samples
15
Experience Section
  • This is a very important section. It may make me
    want to hire you if it is well done!
  • Job Title, Organization Name , Location, Dates
  • Skills
  • Skills
  • Internships, summer jobs, volunteer work can all
    go here.
  • Action verbs start the bullet and describe
    specifically and concisely what skills you
    gained.
  • Include keywords that match a job description.
  • Quantify your accomplishments as much as
    possible.  

16
Experience Sample
17
More Experience Samples
18
Extra SectionsLeadershipVolunteerHonors
Activities
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving skills
  • These give employers evidence of

19
Leadership Volunteer Section
  • ITEMS TO CONSIDER
  • Excelling in a course or earning an achievement
  • Holding an office or leadership position
  • Study abroad or a cultural involvement
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Participating in student organizations or clubs
  • Playing on a team
  • Organizing an event or developing an idea for a
    project

20
Leadership and Volunteer Samples
21
Honors and Activities
  • This section is optional, but it may be very
    important to you. Employers will look at this
    section to see if the candidate is well rounded.
  • Include those that are
  • relevant to the job,
  • demonstrate achievement, or
  • provide evidence of your skills.
  • Do not just list activities that you showed up
    for because is was required, but add ones in
    which you were truly engaged!

22
Honors and Activities Sample
23
Resume Dos
  • Confirm that your contact information is correct!
    Yay! I can get in touch!
  • Use consistent formatting and fonts. They took
    some time on this!
  • Use proper grammar, correct verb tense, and
    triple check for spelling errors and/or typos.
    This resume looks like it is coming from a
    professional.
  • Highlight what makes you stand out by including
    information specifically requested within a job
    posting. They know what I want and have done
    research!
  • Save as a PDF to preserve formatting They took
    time to make sure it came across correctly.
  • When sending, include your NAME in the subject
    line. Now, where is that person I wanted to
    hire, Page Something?

24
Resume Do Not's
  1. Use personal pronouns (I, Me, My) How did this
    person not know this?
  2. Make it so generic it in no way relates to a job
    Do you know what you want?
  3. Write resume in paragraph format No one has
    time to read this!
  4. Include photos/personal bios like age, gender,
    marital status - TMI
  5. Leave gaps in your work history- What has she
    been doing all this time?
  6. List high school diploma if you are a Senior
    (exception - unless you seek employment in the
    district to which you are applying) What have
    they done lately?
  7. Include references on resume. Ill let her know
    when I need her references.
  8. Repeat the same action verbs over and over again
    How many times can you Manage something?

25
Develop Your Own Resume
  • The Citadel Career Center can offer support and
    critique services to help you identify what is
    and isnt working on your resume.
  • A resume helps you define and showcase what you
    have to offer. Dont turn the responsibility over
    to someone else.
  • A 3rd party cannot know what you did or how well
    you did it, nor will they be with you in an
    interview to explain what you bring to the table!
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