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


1
Resume Building Tips
2
Summary
  • Resume Philosophy
  • Resume Content
  • Structure
  • Resume Building Resources
  • Many of the comments in this presentation may
    seem obvious to some, but they all require
    attention

3
Bretts Resume Philosophy
3 Important Questions
What are my strengths, acquired skills, and
talents?
When someone else reads my resume, do they
recognize them?
Where is this resume going?
4
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
    preferable)
  • 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
    position
  • 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
    line

5
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

6
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
    across
  • 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

7
Resume Content Continued
GPA
  • 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
    resumes
  • 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

8
Unconventional Resume Content
  • Including unconventional items on a resume is a
    gamble
  • Discussions of your love for windy walks, Star
    Trek, or whatever else should be kept at a
    minimum
  • 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

9
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
    resumes)

Bullets.I have never seen any concept that could
not be accurately described with a few well
thought out bullet points
10
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
    people
  • 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
    yourself
  • If you are really stumped, procure the services
    of a professional resume writer
  • More Time

11
Conclusions
  • Put serious thought into your resume know
    thyself
  • 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
    content
  • Make sure that your resume is comprehensible by
    non-LDS recruiters
  • Utilize all available resources
  • Time

12
All resumes say something about their creators.
What does yours say?
Questions
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