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Resume WritingWhy Write a Resume?Writing a Solid ResumeChoosing a Resume FormatCommon QuestionsLast Minute TipsBefore everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. -Henry Ford
Main Function of a ResumeA written summary of your self-analysis
Assumption: You have done some self-analysis! Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. -Henry Ford
Why Write a Resume?Resumes are a vital part of corporate AmericaLike it or not, they are neededThey present your experience and background to future employersBefore everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. -Henry Ford
Why Write a Resume?A well prepared and presented resume will:Present a positive imageCapture the interest of the recipientTell what you have doneShare your accomplishmentsResult in interviewsTrigger a positive actionBefore everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. -Henry Ford
Why Write a Resume?The resume is intended to Open the Door to new opportunities. Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success. -Henry FordIt is often the first impression that you will make on the prospective employer.
Writing a Solid ResumeEvaluate the needs of the employerDetermine how you can fill those needsUse action verbs:Wrote management reportsDesigned new protocolManaged Accounting DivisionCut costs by over 20%Planned meetings and events
How Resumes are ReadTwo ways resumes are read:The Quick Scan (average time spent reviewing resumes: 20 seconds)The Long Read
Your initial objective is to have your resume pass the Quick Scan and get to the Long Read.
Choosing a Resume FormatThere are three basic types:ChronologicalFunctionalCombinationIt may be helpful to write one of eachNote: Regardless of the format, your resume should be Web-Ready
Chronological ResumeOrganized by job title with the most recent position listed first
Chronological ResumePros:Accentuates most recent experienceShows pattern of progression and associated skillsGives recruiters and managers an instant look at your credentialsWidely accepted / preferred format
Chronological ResumeCons:May reveal visible Gaps in employment historyDoesnt work well if your work history has been spotty or stagnantDoesnt work well if you are changing careers
Chronological ResumeWorks Best For:Job seekers with solid experience and a logical job history, the chronological resume is the most effective. Career changers and those who lack formal on-the-job experience (like new graduates) find this resume the most difficult to write.
Functional ResumeRearranges employment history into sections that highlight areas of skill and accomplishmentExample:ManagementLogisticsHuman Resources
Functional ResumeBegin with the skill you want emphasized the mostYou may customize for different employers by:Changing your job objectiveChanging the order in which you list the functions
Functional ResumePros:Emphasizes your abilitiesUseful if you are changing careersShows how you can transfer your skillsCons:May hide actual experiences, employers, projects, etc.If you dont list your previous jobs, the person reviewing your resume may be suspicious
Functional ResumeWorks best if:You have a "mixed bag" work history: no clear thread uniting positions held. You are a new graduate or entering the workforce. You must show how the skills you have used in the past (in volunteer or coursework) apply to the job you are seeking. Your job titles, such as such as "Administrative Assistant" or "Marketing Coordinator," do not clearly reflect the level of skills you used. You are making a career change--either changing industry or changing occupation
Combination ResumeCombines a functional resume with a chronological resumeUseful if you spent a long time at one job but moved up through the ranks
Common QuestionsWhere should my Educational background go?If you have a college degree not necessary to include HS informationPlace at top of resume if:Education completed less than 5 years agoYour degree is relevant to positionYou completed your education more than 5 years ago and you worked outside your field of study but you would like to re-enter the field.Otherwise, place at bottom of resume
Common QuestionsHow long is too long?General rule of thumb: 1 pageEmployers only need to see a snapshotMay extend to 2 pages if you have extra stuff that you must includeAdditional relevant work experience Special awards, AchievementsAdditional relevant community service experienceOther pertinent information
Common QuestionsWhat about personal information?Do not include any personal information such as:HeightWeightAgeMarital statusReligious backgroundIn the U.S. it is Illegal for employers to request this type of information
Common QuestionsWhere do I put salary history?If requested by an employer, include it as an addendum to resume
Common QuestionsHow do I handle gaps in employment?Consider using a functional resume instead of a chronological resumePut emphasis on your strengthsConsider including volunteer activities if it is relevant to the job youre applying forNever lie on your resumeInstead of writing specific dates, use years of employmentBe prepared to answer questions regarding your gaps AND dont apologize be up front
Last Minute TipsProof-read your resumeHave a friend proof-read itPut it away for a day, then proof-read it againKeep it updatedAdd new skills/experience acquiredAdd details of special projects