Kevin Allan, MS, LPC, NCC Director of Career Services University of Mary. How to write an effective resume. A resume is a SUMMARY of one’s education, work history, volunteer experience, organizations, activities, honors/awards First impression of you for employer
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Director of Career Services
University of Mary
A resume is a SUMMARY of one’s education, work history, volunteer experience, organizations, activities, honors/awards
First impression of you for employer
Commercial and not documentaryWhat is a resume?
Employers spend less than 2 minutes reviewing resume (some less than 30 secs)
Search for key words or information to show fit with the position
More is not always better
Content needs to be relevantHow Long?
Immediate needs of employers less than 30 secs)
Future considerations (internships, full-time jobs, or graduate/professional schools)
Fresh in our mindsWhy now?
Focus less than 30 secs)
RelevanceWhat do employers look for in a resume?
Objective statement less than 30 secs)
Customizable to employer or position
Allows you flexibility in crafting your resume to demonstrate how you meet qualificationsFOCUS
Is resume pleasing to the eye? less than 30 secs)
Is resume easy to scan over?
Is information consistent?
Are details and information concise and succint?READABILITY
Employers are looking to see how you can better their company or increase their bottom line
Show skills or accomplishments as they relate to the position
Be specific and concrete- provide examples
Quantify wherever possibleSKILLS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Is your writing clear to reader and not overly flowery or verbose?RELEVANCE
Should be short applying ?
Helps to focus resume
Lets employer know where you fit into organization
Focus on the type of position you are seeking
May include information on your skillsResume Sections- Objective
Good applying ?
Degree applying ?
College or University
Job title applying ?
Dates of employment
Do put jobs in Reverse Chronological Order
Don’t list employer address or supervisorResume Sections- Experience
Be sure to include duties, skills learned, and accomplishments
No set number of bullets to use
Avoid “I” statements
Begin with action verbExperience Con’t
Separate page accomplishments
Include full contact information
Three to five
Contact info at top
Put on high quality professional paperReferences