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Resumes and Cover Letters. Seminar Overview. Resume basics Resume strategy Hardcopy resume guidelines & structure Electronic resumes. Cover letters References Last comments Source materials. Resume Basics. The main purpose is to get you an interview

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Resumes and Cover Letters


Seminar Overview

  • Resume basics

  • Resume strategy

  • Hardcopy resume guidelines & structure

  • Electronic resumes

  • Cover letters

  • References

  • Last comments

  • Source materials


Resume Basics

  • The main purpose is to get you an interview

  • The first look at a resume averages 20 seconds

  • A resume should not exceed two pages in length

  • Spelling must be absolutely correct.

  • Things not to include on your resume

    • Personal data of any kind

    • The words “References available on request”

    • The words “Willing to relocate”


Resume Strategy

  • Tailor the resume to fit each employer

  • The chronological format

  • The functional format

  • Other formats


Hardcopy Guidelines

  • Black ink on white paper

  • Standard fonts

  • Font size should range from 10 to 14 points

  • Minimum use of italics, underlining, etc.

  • Use white space to enhance readability

  • Sentence fragments are acceptable

  • Use numerals, rather than spelling number


Chronological Resume

  • Objective

  • Qualifications or career summary

  • Education

  • Work experience


Chronological Resume

OBJECTIVE

A position designing CPU circuits, where experience with superscalar architectures will enhance the final value of the product


Chronological Resume

  • Objective

  • Qualifications or career summary

  • Education

  • Work experience


Chronological Resume

QUALIFICATIONS

Electrical engineer with 12 years of printed circuit board (PCB) layout experience. Has been successful as an individual contributor and as the manager of a 10 person PCB layout group.


Chronological Resume

  • Objective

  • Qualifications or career summary

  • Education

  • Work experience


Chronological Resume

EDUCATION

B.S. Electrical Engineering

University of California

San Diego, CA


Chronological Resume

  • Objective

  • Qualifications or career summary

  • Education

  • Work experience


Chronological Resume

  • Work Experience

    • This is the main part of a chronological resume

    • List each item in reverse chronological order

    • Different job at the same company count as separate items

    • Keep it short


Chronological Resume

Example – One Short Item

1995 – 1997 Varian Associations, Palo Alto, CA-Senior Engineer

Designed microwave tubes using computer codes. Wrote codes to improve the tube design process. Swept up after everyone else left the building.

  • Assisted design of framistat, now a major product.

  • Wrote design code decreasing design time by 90%


Functional Resume

  • The emphasis shifts to skills, and away from specific jobs

  • Shrink the work experience section to just the headers

  • Put all duties and accomplishments into skill categories


ASCII & HTML Resume

  • Space is not as tight

  • Use only alphanumeric characters, spaces and the Enter key.

  • Use lots of keywords and buzzwords


Cover Letters

  • No more than one page in length

  • First paragraph

  • Body

  • Final paragraph


References

  • Collected on the job

  • Collected from your network

  • Perishable!

  • Always notify your reference before you use them


Last Comments

  • Focus, rather than shotgun

  • Stay in control of your job search


Sources

  • “To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists” American Geophysical Union. ISBN #0-87590-889-6

  • “Engineer’s Guide to Lifelong Employability” IEEE Press. ISBN# 0-87942-314-5


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