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Title: Ringhorne Development Full Funding Package October 19, 2000 Endorsement Meeting

Resume Building Tips
  • Resume Philosophy
  • Resume Content
  • Structure
  • Resume Building Resources
  • Many of the comments in this presentation may
    seem obvious to some, but they all require

Bretts Resume Philosophy
3 Important Questions
What are my strengths, acquired skills, and
When someone else reads my resume, do they
recognize them?
Where is this resume going?
Resume Content
Basic Information
  • Make sure that any information used to collate
    resumes is easy to find and located at or near
    the top
  • Your Name
  • Contact information (current information is
  • University Major
  • Expected graduation date
  • Desire for a full time position or an internship
  • A word on Objective Statements
  • Unless you know exactly what job you would like
    to apply for, keep your objective statement
    general simple
  • Seeking fulltime employment in engineering
  • Seeking full time employment as a quality control
    engineer preferably in the Heber City, Utah area.
  • Cover letters are normally only needed when
    applying for specific jobs or if you are sending
    a Cold Call resume.
  • Keep mentions of high school education, college
    courses taken, and any other information at the
    top of the resume to a minimum.
  • No need for References Available Upon Request

Resume Content Continued
Job Experience
  • Be specific
  • Include all pertinent experience general
    guideline - jobs since youve been 18
  • Internships, summer jobs, campus jobs, etc.
  • Include timeframe, position, and a summary bullet
    or two on job description
  • Highlight Skills (developed/enhanced) focus on
    transferable knowledge/skills/experience
  • Use Action words like led, organized,
    coordinated, instructed, learned, applied, etc.
  • Example
  • Mac Steel, Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • I worked in steel mill grinding slag off of
    finished metal bars. I did a good job so they
    moved me to the heat-treat department where I ran
    a treater. I was responsible for setting up the
    treating machine, testing, tagging, and banding
    finished product.
  • Mac Steel, Fort Smith, Arkansas Summer 1994
  • Quality control technician responsible for final
    inspection of finished product
  • Heat Treater Operator responsible for treatment
    set up, treater operation, and quality testing of
    varying grades of cabon steel. Practical
    application of materials science hardness testing

Resume Content Continued
Missionary Experience your Resume
  • Be genuine and simple when handling your
    missionary experience on your resume
  • Keep it very professional and avoid jargon that
    may confuse someone not familiar with the LDS
    church or its missionaries
  • Zone and District Leader, Assistant to the
    President, Mission, etc.
  • Avoid mentions of increasing performance of the
    mission on your resume, sounds pretentious and
    might be hard to explain if someone questions you
    about it.
  • Do not refer to your mission or other church
    callings as a male service organization
  • Example simple, concise, yet gets the point
  • Served as full-time representative of the Church
    of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Boise,
    Idaho. May 1990 to June 1992
  • Led group of 30 volunteer representatives
    coordinated resources and organized instruction
  • Gained valuable experience in public speaking,
    teaching, and leadership

Resume Content Continued
  • Heads Up! - If you dont put your GPA on your
    resume recruiters will assume it is low
  • The decision not to include your GPA on your
    resume should be carefully considered
  • Different companies hold GPA in more or less
    regard than others
  • If your GPA is lower than you would like for it
    to be, make sure that you highlight valuable
    skills/experience in your resume
  • If your Major GPA is lower than your total GPA
    leave it off your resume
  • Every year I see several resumes including two
    GPAs and the major GPA is lower

Different Strokes
  • Recruiters for different companies can have very
    different opinions about format and content of
  • Talk to recruiters and get their opinions on what
    a good resume contains
  • If you are looking at a couple of very different
    companies, you may want different versions of
    your resume
  • If you do, be careful to send the right resume to
    the right company

Unconventional Resume Content
  • Including unconventional items on a resume is a
  • Discussions of your love for windy walks, Star
    Trek, or whatever else should be kept at a
  • Dont be ashamed of your Familial/Ecclesiastical
    devotion simply stating that you are active in
    your church congregation is powerful enough
  • Example A simple list of Other Activities is
    usually sufficient
  • Other Activities/Hobbies Family, Church, Cub
    Scout Pack Master, Military History

Resume Structure
  • Unless you have a PhD or 3 years of industry
    experience - keep your resume to one page
  • After 5 years of recruiting, seeing 300 resumes
    a year I have never seen a resume from a
    Bachelors or Masters student that warranted more
    than one page
  • Simple and concise is far more impressive than
    paragraphs of flowery language
  • Easy to read fonts
  • Quality white paper (many companies fax or scan

Bullets.I have never seen any concept that could
not be accurately described with a few well
thought out bullet points
Resume Building Resources
  • Time
  • There is no substitute for time in building a
    great resume
  • Your resume should be the object of a lot of your
    time and efforts You have spent the majority of
    your adult life, to date, acquiring the
    credentials and information to build it. Spend a
    few extra hours on itI promise it will pay off.
  • Seek Council
  • Have your resume reviewed by several different
  • Seek Professional Help
  • Go online or buy a book on resumes (very helpful
    for looking at different formats/styles)
  • Review dozens of resumes from other people
    (classmates, online, etc.) keep a few ideas for
  • If you are really stumped, procure the services
    of a professional resume writer
  • More Time

  • Put serious thought into your resume know
  • Keep it simple, accurate, and easy to read
  • Build a case for your employment (highlight
    talents skills back up with experience and
    past accomplishments)
  • Carefully consider objective statements,
    exclusion of GPA, and unconventional resume
  • Make sure that your resume is comprehensible by
    non-LDS recruiters
  • Utilize all available resources
  • Time

All resumes say something about their creators.
What does yours say?
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