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Kevin allan ms lpc ncc director of career services university of mary

Kevin Allan, MS, LPC, NCC

Director of Career Services

University of Mary

How to write an effective resume


What is a resume

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 documentary

What is a resume?


How long

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 relevant

How Long?


Why now

Immediate needs of employers

Future considerations (internships, full-time jobs, or graduate/professional schools)

Fresh in our minds

Why now?


What do employers look for in a resume

Focus

Readability

Skills/accomplishments

Relevance

What do employers look for in a resume?


Focus

Objective statement

Customizable to employer or position

Allows you flexibility in crafting your resume to demonstrate how you meet qualifications

FOCUS


Readability

Is resume pleasing to the eye?

Is resume easy to scan over?

Is information consistent?

Are details and information concise and succint?

READABILITY


Skills accomplishments

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 possible

SKILLS/ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Relevance

Does information provide pertain to position you are applying ?

Is your writing clear to reader and not overly flowery or verbose?

RELEVANCE


Resume turnoffs or pitfalls

  • Grammatical and spelling errors

  • Resume templates

  • Unprofessional looking resume

  • Too much info (overly wordy)

  • Irrelevant information

  • No objective statement

  • Lengthy paragraphs

  • Personal information

  • Leave a large amount of white space

Resume turnoffs or pitfalls


Be sure to

  • Keep your resume to 1-2 pages

  • List education and work experience in reverse chronological order

  • Put your resume, cover letter, and references on professional style resume paper

  • Proofread

  • Have your resume critiqued by a Career Service professional or employer

  • Make it relevant and focus on skills/accomplishments

Be sure to…


Resume sections demographic info

Contents

Examples

  • Name

  • Address

  • Phone

  • Email

Albert Einstein_____________

12 Smart Way * Boston, MA 32475

OR

Albert Einstein

12 Smart Way

Boston, MA 32475

[email protected]

Resume Sections- Demographic Info


Resume sections objective

Should be short

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 skills

Resume Sections- Objective


Sample objectives

Good

Bad

  • To obtain a position as an accountant

  • To obtain a position as an accountant in the automotive industry utilizing my strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • To find a challenging position with a growing company that will provide me with relevant experience in an exciting field

Sample Objectives


Resume sections education

Degree

Graduation date

College or University

Location

Minors

GPA

Resume Sections-Education


Resume sections experience

Job title

Dates of employment

Employer

Location

Do put jobs in Reverse Chronological Order

Don’t list employer address or supervisor

Resume Sections- Experience


Experience con t

Be sure to include duties, skills learned, and accomplishments

No set number of bullets to use

Avoid “I” statements

Begin with action verb

Experience Con’t


Resume sections other

  • Certifications/Licenses

  • Computer or technical skills

  • Honors/Awards

  • Volunteer Experience

  • Extra-curricular activities

  • Professional organizations

  • Professional development

  • Presentations

  • Military Service

Resume Sections- Other


Resume odds and ends

  • Font sizes and styles

  • Margins

  • Leave spaces between headings on resume

  • Most important to least important

  • Scannable resumes (no bolding or italics)

  • Quantify where possible

  • Accomplishments and skills

  • PROOFREAD

Resume Odds and Ends


References

Separate page

Include full contact information

Ask first

Three to five

Contact info at top

Put on high quality professional paper

References


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