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Resume Writing 101. What is the initial amount of time an employer takes to review an applicant’s resume? Answer: 30-45 seconds. First Impressions Count. A One Page Resume Is Preferred By Most Employers An employer will evaluate you as a person when scanning your resume, i.e.:

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Resume writing 101

Resume Writing 101

Resume writing 101

What is the initial amount of time an employer takes to review an applicant’s resume?

Answer: 30-45 seconds

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First ImpressionsCount

A One Page Resume Is Preferred By Most Employers

An employer will evaluate you as a person when scanning your resume, i.e.:

a) neat resume = neat person

b) well-organized resume = well-organized person

c) error free resume = careful person

d) professional appearance = careful & competent


Will i have more than one version of my resume

Will I Have More Than One Version of My Resume?

  • YES!

  • Employers today want to know what you can do for them, so it is imperative that you create a targeted resume each time you apply for an opportunity.

  • You will also develop a 'generic' resume to use in online databases, such as ours.

  • You may also need a scan able or web-based resume, depending on your field; more on these later.

Types of resumes

Types of resumes

  • Chronological resume-

  • Focus on education and work experience. 

  • Functional Resume-

  • Highlights accomplishments and emphasizes skills. This provides applicant’s ability to handle the position. 

The functional resume

The FunctionalResume

  • focuses on your skills & accomplishments highlights what they are, not when you developed them

  • good format for job seekers with lots of job experience and many




  • Combination Resume-

  • Highlights skills but includes detailed information about candidate’s education and work experience. Mainly for new Graduates.

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Resume = Marketing Tool

Use Resume To Obtain an Interview, Not A Job

Use Short Concise Statements

Use Numbers and Percentages

Keep It Easy to Read

Use Action Verbs

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Contact Information

At the top of the page, list your name and the address and telephone numbers of both present and permanent residences,

if appropriate.

Note: Use Professional Email Address

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Objective Statement

The purpose of the career objective is to communicate clearly the type of position in which you are interested.

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Degrees should be listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent listed first.

Degree Granted or Seeking

Date of Graduation or Anticipated

College or University, city and state (if the state is not part of the institution's title)

Major and Minor, if applicable

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Honorsand Awards

Honors, awards and scholarships are important items

Rank ordered by importance to the career objective.

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Use the term "experience" instead of "work history" or "employment," so that you can include full and part-time jobs, self-employment, volunteer work; and practicum, field, and cooperative education experiences.

Note: Describe your functional skills in short, snappy phrases starting with descriptive action verbs.

Action verbs

Action Verbs













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Professional Affiliations



Rank order professional associations, leadership positions and other activities by importance to the career objective.

Emphasize your leadership roles.

Spell out the name of the organization: do not use abbreviations or acronyms.

Student Professional Organizations

Sports Teams




Student Newspaper

Additional information

Additional Information

Include any specialized skills, training, certification or licenses such as foreign language ability, ability to sign for the deaf, CPR, etc.

Suzy q student 1234 river run road chattanooga tn 37343 413 425 5555 suzyqstudent@utc edu

Suzy Q. Student1234 River Run RoadChattanooga, TN

Objective To obtain an entry-level Human Resources position

Education University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Human Resources

GPA: 3.1/4.0

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2007

Honors and Awards

Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Deans List 6 Semesters

Relevant Experience

Blue Cross Blue Shield of TennesseeJune 2005 – August 2005

Chattanooga, TN

Human Resources Intern

  • Assisted with updating employee personnel files

  • Screened job applications

  • Observed Human Resources Manager interviewing candidate

    Other Experience

    Abercrombie FitchMay 2003 – present

    Chattanooga, TN

    Sales Associate

  • Train new employees

  • Participate in employee interviews and selections

  • Oversee inventory and audit of product

  • Open and close store, including nightly deposits

    UTC College of Health and Human ServicesAugust 2002-May 2003

    Chattanooga, TN

    Student Worker

  • Performed Internet research

  • Organized office files, records, etc.

  • Responded to office inquiries

  • Answered a multi-line telephone

    Professional Affiliations and Activities

    Society for Human Resource Management, Volunteer at the Chattanooga Soup Kitchen, Student Government Association-Treasurer

    Additional Information

    Familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher

    Fluent in Spanish and familiar with French languages

Finishing touches

Finishing Touches

♦Proofread your resume

♦Make sure it is “employer-centered”

♦Double-check your contact information

A resume is not a cv

♦ A CV is used in

academic & research-oriented job searches.

♦ A CV is of flexible length

♦ A CV is a record of your academic

accomplishments & credentials.

♦ A resume is used in business, non-profit, government & other types of job searches.

♦ A resume should be 1 page, 2 pages max.

♦ A resume is not all embracing;

it should be targeted to a particular job in a particular field.

A Resume is NOT a CV



A resume does not get you a job…

A resume does get you an interview.

And, putting time & consideration into your resume is one of the best ways to prepare for your interviews!

Cover letter writing

Cover Letter Writing

When why do i need a cover letter

When & Why Do I Need a Cover Letter?

  • Any time you send your resume to an employer it should be accompanied by a cover letter.

  • A cover letter acts as an introduction for your resume.

  • A cover letter also stands as a sample of your writing skills, so be sure to make it the best possible sample you can.

  • If you are sending your resume via email - the cover letter is the email message itself. Then attach the resume following the employer's instructions (i.e., MSWord document, text document, etc.)

Cover letters

Cover Letters

  • Should give the employer a reason to look at the resume

  • 3 to 5 bulleted points leading to the resume

  • If the cover letter does not “speak well,” the resume will not be read!

Application cover letter

Application (Cover) Letter

  • Purpose: persuade your audience to move you onto the next step of the job search process

  • Tone: project self-confidence and maturity; do not be apologetic, timid, stuffy, or arrogant

  • Homework: learn something about the company that you can mention in the letter. Can you tie your qualifications to what you learned or the way you might benefit the company?

Letter format


  • Heading: your address; city, state, zip code; date

  • Inside address: audience name and job title, company name, address, city, state, zip

  • Salutation or attention line

  • Body of letter

  • Complimentary close, signature block

  • End notations Enclosure



  • Use an attention line when you don’t have a specific person to address

    • Ex. Attention: Human Resources Department

  • Choose a traditional complimentary closing

    • Sincerely yours,

    • Very truly yours,

    • Respectfully yours,

  • End notations

    • Signature block

      • Enclosure: résumé

Specifics 2

Specifics 2

  • End notations

    • Signature block: typed name four lines below complimentary closing phrase with space for signature

    • Enclosure: can include name or type of enclosure. Use the entire word or abbreviate.

    • Ex.

      • Enclosure: résumé

      • Encl.

Heading and inside address example

Heading and Inside Address Example

4912 Vasant Vihar

Dehradoon, Uttranchal 21207

February 28, 2009

Dr. ABC Sharma, President


1000 Hilltop Circle

Bangalore, Karnataka 21250

Dear Dr. Sharma:

Complimentary close etc example

Complimentary Close, etc. Example

Sincerely yours,

Jobseeker Negi

Enclosure: résumé

Body paragraph 2 3

Body (paragraph 2-3)

  • Discuss work and education experience, one paragraph each

    • For education, include specifics about work done in classes. Class titles without supporting specifics won’t tell your audience much about you.

  • Education example

    • In my technical writing course, I designed a web site and worked on a collaborative manual on using Front Page

Conclusion paragraph 4

Conclusion (paragraph 4)

  • Ask for action from audience:

    • an interview

  • Give contact information

    • E-mail address

    • Landline phone number(s)

    • Cell phone number

  • End all letters with a courteous closing sentence

    • Thank you for your assistance.

Conclusion paragraph 41

Conclusion (paragraph 4)

  • Ask for action from audience:

    • an interview

  • Give contact information

    • E-mail address

    • Landline phone number(s)

    • Cell phone number

  • End all letters with a courteous closing sentence

    • Thank you for your assistance.

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